Montevideo, Dec 11 (EFE) .- Uruguay will hand over the Pro Tempore Presidency of the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) to Argentina on December 16 during the summit that, as happened six months ago in Paraguay, will be held virtually, they reported this Friday official sources.
According to the statement on the Presidency website, the president of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou; the chancellor, Francisco Bustillo; and the Minister of Economy and Finance, Azucena Arbeleche, will participate in the event that will take place from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm (13:30 to 16:00 GMT), at the end of which Argentina will take over.
The summit will open with the intervention of Lacalle Pou as president pro tempore of Mercosur, after which the report of the period during which Uruguay held that position will be presented, in which the South American country tried to bring positions closer to the European Union (EU ) for the ratification of the agreement reached in 2019.
Subsequently, the speeches of the presidents of the Mercosur member and associated states and the approval of the joint statement of the heads of state will take place.
According to official information, the “formal transfer” of the Pro Tempore Presidency from Uruguay to Argentina is scheduled for 1:00 pm (4:00 pm GMT).
Previously, on Tuesday 15, Bustillo and Arbeleche will participate in the LVII Ordinary Meeting of the Council of the Common Market Group (GMC), within the framework of the Uruguayan Pro Tempore Presidency.
The Uruguayan Foreign Minister held several meetings in Brussels last week with the intention of moving forward so that the strategic agreement between the Mercosur bloc and the EU, reached in 2019 and negotiated for 20 years, is ratified in the first half of 2021.
As he indicated in an interview with Efe in Belgium, “the time has come to leave the rulers and their situations, and leave the place to the statesmen,” by asking that the 27 EU countries and the four Mercosur countries (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) give themselves the “opportunity not to look at the tree but to look at the forest, go further and watch over future generations for the sake of a great agreement” for both blocks.