Uruguay reportedly became the second South American country to seeks non-preferential trade agreement with the Common Market on Tuesday (25 April).
Uruguay reportedly became the second South American country to seeks non-preferential trade agreement with the Common Market on Tuesday (25 April). The two-day talks began in Brussels at the headquarters of the European Economic Community (EEC). Uruguay's Ambassador, Frderico Grunwalt-Rammasso headed his country's delegation when negotiations started for an agreement similar to that concluded between the Common Market and Argentina last November.
The EEC delegation at Tuesday's talks was headed by Wolfgang Ernst, a member of the External Trade Department. Representatives of four candidate countries -- Britain, Ireland, Norway and Denmark -- are also attending the talks. This is the first time that candidate nations have been represented at such negotiations.
Uruguay has indicated that it would be satisfied with an accord similar to the three-year agreement between the Common Market and Argentina. The main element of the agreement was an EEC offer to increase by 30 per cent its duty-free quota of imported beef. It's reported that the same terms are being offered to Uruguay.
There will be a final session of negotiations after the current round finishes on Wednesday (26 April), probably in about two months.