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Brazil talks trade with European Commission head

July 18, 2014

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s president has met with the head of the European Commission to discuss ways to potentially increase trade between Europe and South America.

A presidential press officer says that during a two-hour meeting Friday in Brasilia, Dilma Rousseff and commission President Jose Manuel Durao Barroso discussed the need to resume free-trade negotiations between the European Union and the Mercosur trade bloc.

The press officer, who was not authorized to give his name, said they also discussed ways Brazil could increase trade directly with the European Union.

Talks to reach a free-trade deal between Mercosur and the EU were launched in 1999 but have been stalled over a variety of concerns by the different parties.

The Mercosur trade bloc is formed by Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Venezuela.

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