I Seminar Jean Monnet Network BRIDGE gets attention in Portuguese media press
The publications: LUSA (Portugal News Agency), NotĂcias ao Minuto, Observador and Correio do Minho have highlighted the debates that have happened virtually during the IstÂ Â Jean Monnet Network â€“ BRIDGE Seminary on March 15th, together with the University of Lisbon School of Law European Institute, addressing the topic: "EU-Latin America trade and investment relationsâ€ť.
Portugal News Agency (LUSA) highlighted that the Member of the European Parliament JosĂ© Manuel Fernandes has stated his position that the â€śEU-Mercosur trade agreement will not be ratified before the presidential elections in France and Brazil, appealing to the responsibilities in this subject that Portugal has while sitting president of EU-Councilâ€ť
Otherwise, the news outlet NotĂcias ao Minuto highlighted the comment from EU Ambassador, Ignacio IbaĂ±ez, that the EU â€świll be availableâ€ť to Brazil in order to advance the EU-Mercosur trade agreement, encouraging the country to â€śtake action to end deforestationâ€ť in AmazĂ´nia, underlining that the trade agreement will be based â€śon the premise that the trade will not take place at the expense of the environment, climate and work conditionsâ€ť.Â
The Journal o Observador punctuated also that, in regard to AmazĂ´nia, Ignacio IbaĂ±ez has guaranteed that EU is â€śsureâ€ť that the EU-Mercosur trade agreement â€świll be a toll that contributes to this goalâ€ť, underlining that â€śthe promotion of values and the defense of interests have must go hand in handâ€ť.
Correio do Minho stressed the words from the Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, that â€śthere has not been by EU side and appropriation of the importance of the bonds with Latin America. Itâ€™s a reality that Europe should not ignore, and the main tolls are the trade agreements and investmentsâ€ť highlighting still â€śthe power that Latin America has global sceneâ€ť.
The event featured also the deputy secretary of Foreign Relations of Mexico, Carmen Moreno Toscano, and former secretary of the Permanent Court of Review of Mercosur, Santiago Deluca.
The meeting was promoted in the scope of Project Jean Monnet Network â€“ BRIDGE, financed by Erasmus Program + European Commission of which participate seven Latin American and European Universities that aim to promote incentives that build bridges of dialogue and exchange of good practices between regions.
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