President Mauricio Macri lunched with Chancellor Angela Merkel today (at 7:30 AM Argentine time) in his first State visit to Germany. In a press conference held afterwards, both countries confirmed their intention of moving forward with ongoing negotiations between the EU and Mercosur, the South American economic trade bloc comprised of Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Venezuela.
“We celebrate this because we want to move forward as quickly as possible with the agreements between the EU and Mercosur,” said Macri.
The objective of Macri’s trip to the European Union is to amend Mercosur’s failure to negotiate a viable trade agreement with the EU and initiate negotiations as well as improve bilateral relations with the EU. A couple of weeks ago, draft proposals to liberate trade movement between Mercosur and the EU were made public (they had been submitted a month beforehand).
El Presidente se reunió en Berlín con Angela Merkel y compartieron una mesa de trabajo con sus respectivos equipos pic.twitter.com/FSO0nzKMnX
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“The President met with Angela Merkel in Berlin and they shared a workspace with their teams.”
Macri and Merkel signed a number of bilateral agreements to cooperate in areas such as health, agriculture, transport and social security. In addition, both heads of state expressed their concerns regarding renewable energy and climate change.
Macri’s meeting with Merkel was arguably the high point of his six-day world tour in which he met with French President François Hollande, King Philip of Belgium and the head of the European Council, Donald Tusk.
This afternoon, Macri will have a meeting with world-renowned Argentine director Daniel Barenboim, the general music director of the Berlin Music Opera. He is well known for directing the West-Eastern Divan orchestra and has called for countries to open their borders to Syrian refugees. On Wednesday, he will be meeting the CEOs of German companies like Mercedes Benz, Siemens and Volkswagen in a bid to attract investment.
Macri will return to Argentina this week in time to celebrate Argentina’s Independence Day Bicentenary. He will hold a vigil on July 8th in Humahuaca, Jujuy Province, and then go to Tucumán on July 9th to the place where the declaration of independence was signed 200 years ago.