The Impact of the TTIP on Mercosur

Arantza Gomez Arana

The ongoing negotiations between the European Union and Mercosur to sign and Association Agreement have been unsuccessful. The first attempt failed in October 2004 due to the lack of commitment in particular in Argentina. This second time around the negotiations face new barriers including a larger European Union with more countries depending heavily on the agricultural sector than before and the ongoing economic crisis. This paper argues that the fear of a more integrated transatlantic space created by the US and the EU through the negotiations and implementation of the TTIP could have an impact on other negotiations of the European Union in general, and in particular in relation to Mercosur. The feeling of being "left out" could be used as a motivation to end positively the negotiations that started in 1999. This paper will also look at the potential consequences for Mercosur if its state member end up negotiating individually with the EU in order to end the negotiations before the TTIP agreement is implemented.

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