EU-Mercosur free trade accord draft may be ready this year – EU diplomat

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SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Terms of a free trade accord between the and the Mercosur trade bloc could be ready before the end of this year and take effect in 2019, a senior diplomat said on Monday.

The accord, which has been negotiated for years, could be ratified in 2018, João Cravinho, the ’s ambassador to , said at an event in São Paulo.

(Reporting by Aluísio Alves; Writing by Guillermo Parra-Bernal)

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