Welcoming its leader to Lisbon, the European Union has told the South American powerhouse it wants it to exercise leadership… to bring the Doha World Trade talks and Mercosur negotiations to a successful conclusion. EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner says a new strategic relationship sets Brazil at the same level as Canada, Japan, the US, China and India.
Visiting President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said: “I think with this strategic partnership between the EU and Brazil… and indeed between the EU and Mercosur, because we will certainly make progress… I think the important thing is that those things that are working well should continue to work well and those which are working less well need to be improved.”
This was in Lisbon, at the first summit of Portugal’s six-month tenure holding the rotating EU presidency. Prime Minister Jose Socrates said the upgrading of ties with the former Portuguese colony would also give coherence to EU foreign policy. The partnership is meant to improve cooperation between the EU and Brazil in areas such as trade, energy and the fight against poverty.