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“Towards greater mutual cost-benefit in EU-Mercosur agri-trade”

The problem

The agricultural practices and trading opportunities of some EU regions are in competition with those of Mercosur countries: Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile and Bolivia. This is not necessarily to the benefit of either group. A fuller understanding of these relationships can lead to greater benefits in the trading relationships between the two groups through more efficient trade policies and agreements.

EUMercoPol  Improving trade between the EU and Mercosur countries


EUMercoPol will generate scientific information in support of trade policy between the EU and Mercosur countries. The project will analyse:

  • The competitiveness of key Mercosur agri-food sectors relative to EU commodity systems
  • Agri-food policies in the context of production, consumption and trade environments
  • The ex-ante impact of liberalised trade between the EU and Mercosur on markets, budgets, and key indicators of their agricultural sectors

Contribution to policy development:

  • The formal position some project partners have within Mercosur policy decision-making bodies will ensure efficient and effective uptake of project outputs by these bodies and by national ministries.
  • EUMercoPol modelling will provide the means to forecast and analyse the potential implications of policy options affecting the agricultural sectors of EU and
    Mercosur countries.
  • Results from project analyses and future modelling will inform the debate between the EU and Mercosur when negotiating future trade agreements.

Project deliverables

  • Develop methodologies – December 2005
  • Report: info-gap matrix by commodity and country – February 2006
  • Annual report – April 2006/2007
  • Report: key references database on Mercosur agri-food systems competitiveness – April 2006
  • Report: time series database for Mercosur commodities – June 2006
  • Comparison of EU and MercoSur agriculture and policy synergies – October 2007
  • Report: results and database of behavioural parameters and impact model – October 2007
  • Report: impact analysis of EU-Mercosur trade – February 2008
  • Final project report – April 2008


  • Establish project website – September 2005
  • Progress and results will be shared with complementary EU-funded projects, such as ALCUE-Food and GlobalFoodNetwork
  • Attend international workshops and conferences – as necessary
  • Direct contact with the six policy planning bodies and ministries in the Mercosur
    region – ongoing
  • Publish significant findings in international peer-review journals – ongoing

Technical information

Project acronym: EUMercoPol
Project’s official full title: Analysis of the competitiveness of Mercosur’s key agri-food sectors, comparison of policies and the ex-ante impacts of EU-Mercosur trade liberalisation
Research priority: 1.1. Modernisation and sustainability of agriculture and forestry, including their multifunctional role in order to ensure the sustainable development and promotion of rural areas
Specific webpage:
Proposal/contract no: 006516
Start date: 1 April 2005
Kick off meeting: April 2005
Completion date: April 2008
European Commission scientific officer: Hans-Jorg Lutzeyer,

Dr. Guy Henry
Name: CIRAD-Amis, ProsPER
Abbreviated name: CIRAD
Address: Directeur Régional Languedoc-Roussillon
Avenue Agropolis
34398 Montpellier Cedex 5
Country: France
Tel: +33 4 67 61 58 00
Fax : +33 4 67 61 59 86


Name: Université de Pau CATT
Abbreviated name: UniPau
Country: France

Name: University of Bonn, IAP
Abbreviated name: UniBonn
Country: Germany

Name: Omta Wageningen UR
Abbreviated name: WUR
Country: Netherlands

Abbreviated name: INTA
Country: Argentina

Name: Universidad Federal Sao Carlos
Abbreviated name: UFSCar
Country: Brazil

Name: Universidad de la Republica
Abbreviated name: UdelaR
Country: Uruguay

Name: Fundación Chile
Abbreviated name: FChile
Country: Chile

Name: Universidad Cono Sur Americas
Abbreviated name: UCSA
Country: Columbia

Name: Universidad del Cono Sur de las Americas, Asuncion
Abbreviated name:UCSA
Country: Paraguay

Abbreviated name: IICA
Country: Uruguay

Abbreviated name: AgroD
Country: Bolivia