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Mercosur: Protocol for Accession of Bolivia Approved

(Aug. 18, 2015) On July 17, 2015, at the Mercosur summit in Brasilia, the member countries, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela, signed a new protocol for Bolivia’s accession to the organization (Mercado Común del Sur). A previous accession protocol for Bolivia had already been signed by the other four Member States in 2012, when […]

Mercosur; Venezuela: Venezuela Joins Trade Bloc

(Aug. 3, 2012) On July 4, 2006, Venezuela signed the adhesion protocol to Mercosur, which established a four-year term for full incorporation into the economic bloc. (Mercosul, Venezuela Consolida Participação, VEJA ON-LINE (July 5, 2006).) Six years later, on July 31, 2012, Venezuela was officially admitted to full membership in the Mercosur trade bloc, formed […]

Mercosur: Member Countries Block Entrance of Ships with Falkland Islands Flags

(Dec. 30, 2011) Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended with Argentina's defeat and the deaths of more than 1,000 soldiers. Argentina continues to claim sovereignty […]

Israel; Mercosur: Free Trade Agreement Signed

(Feb. 2, 2008) Following negotiations that began in 2005, on December 18, 2007, in Montevideo, Uruguay, the member states of MERCOSUR, the trade bloc that comprises Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, signed a trade agreement with Israel, the first non-Latin American country to sign this type of agreement with the bloc. Besides Israel, MERCOSUR has […]

Israel; Mercosur: Free Trade Accord to Be Signed

(Jan. 2, 2008) Delegations representing Mercosur and Israel held meetings in Geneva to negotiate a free trade accord that can be signed in early 2008. It will be the first accord signed between the bloc and a country outside Latin America. However, participants in the discussion said that there are still obstacles to be overcome […]