The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, will make a working visit to London, Paris and Brussels, between August 25 and 30.
The aim of the mission is to strengthen the traditional partnership with European countries. Europe is an essential partner in the domestic development and competitiveness of the Brazilian economy. The visits continue the high-level political dialogue and the promotion of bilateral cooperation, particularly in trade and investment.
In London, on the 25th, Minister Aloysio Nunes will meet the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson. Issues to be discussed will include Brazil's entry into the OECD, environmental themes and the reform of the United Nations Security Council. The ministers will also discuss ways to promote the expansion of bilateral trade and investment flows. The United Kingdom was the fourth largest source of investment in Brazil in 2014, with an estimated stock of USD 36.7 billion. In 2016, Brazil-UK trade exchange reached USD 5.13 billion.
In Paris, on the 28th, the Brazilian Foreign Minister will meet Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France. The two foreign ministers will review issues of the bilateral relation, including cross-border cooperation and projects in the area of defense and space, within the context of the strategic partnership between the two countries, established in 2006. They will also hold dialogue on trade and investment, with an emphasis on negotiations of the Mercosur-EU Agreement, in addition to international agenda issues, including peace missions and climate change. France was the fifth largest source of Brazilian investment in 2014, with an estimated stock of USD 31.6 billion. In 2016, Brazil-France trade exchange totalled USD 5.98 billion.
On August 29-30, in Brussels, Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira will hold meetings with the Vice-President and Commissioner for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness of the European Commission, Jyrki Katainen, and Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström to discuss, within the scope of the Brazilian Pro Tempore Presidency of Mercosur, the conclusion of trade negotiations between the two blocs. Minister Aloysio Nunes will also be hosted by the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, with whom he will address the deepening of the EU-Brazil Strategic Partnership, which celebrates ten years in 2017. The European Union is the region that most invests in the country: the EU's investment stock in 2014 totaled USD 262 billion, almost half of all foreign investment in Brazil. In 2016, trade between Brazil and the EU reached USD 64.42 billion.