Update: the main results are now available.
The Council discussed the future of cohesion policy post-2020, with reference to the recent report published by the Commission on economic, social and territorial cohesion. The Council also took note of the progress made on the ongoing legislative process concerning the modification of the “Common Provisions Regulation”, in particular on the European Structural and Investment Funds provisions included in the so-called “Omnibus” Commission proposal. A items concerned trade and transport related issued.
The fifth negotiating round between the European Union and Mercosur since the resumption of formal talks in October last year was held from 6 to 10 November in Brasilia. This round follows on from the round from 2 to 6 October, also held in Brasilia. Mercosur is the trade grouping which in these negotiations includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.
On 13 November, the Council approved a mandate to negotiate the modernisation of the existing association agreement with Chile.
New Commission report highlights positive outcomes of existing EU trade agreements and identifies areas for improvement.