Brazil’s strategic partnership with European Union expected to be underway by 2008

7 June 2007

Brasilia, Brazil, 7 June – Portugal’s ambassador to Brazil, Francisco Seixas da Costa, said Wednesday that he believed that the strategic partnership to be established between Brazil and the European Union (EU) would be in place by 2008, making it possible for Europe to have a new perspective on Latin America.

“The discussion about the bilateral document to define the scope of the strategic EU-Brazil partnership should take months, but I believe that it could be underway next year,” said Seixas da Costa to Portuguese news agency Lusa.

The diplomat said that the document outlining future strategic relations with Brazil had been presented to member-countries for discussion and the final European proposal would be concluded by July 4, the date of the EU-Brazil summit, to be held in Lisbon.

Strategic partner status would offer Brazil the same benefits that EU currently gives the United States, Canada, China, Russia, Japan and India.

Seixas ad Costa also said that Portugal, which holds the presidency of the EU in the second half of 2007, wanted to focus the EU’s attention on Latin American countries, which have lost importance over the last few years.

Amongst other issues, the document on the EU-Brazil strategic partnership proposes boosted cooperation in all international arenas and efforts to conclude negotiations at the Doha Round of the World Trade Organization. (macauhub)