EU, Mercosur begin free trade talks BUENOS AIRES — The European Union and Mercosur countries start free-trade talks with hopes a pact can be reached within five years. The groups are discussing legal trade barriers, investment promotion, political cooperation and technical standards, but tariff negotiations will not begin until summer 2001. Trade between the EU and Mercosur countries reached US$41 billion in 1998. Negotiators are set to meet in June in Brussels and one other time by the ...

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