ODSPAULSep 21 – The Brazilian presidential candidate, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, said on Wednesday that if he is elected in October, he will seek the South American bloc Mercosur to reach an agreement with the European Union within six months.
Lula, who is ahead in opinion polls, told the Canal Rural radio station that Brazil needed the trade agreement and should export as much as possible, especially in the grain production sector.
Last month, sources told Reuters that EU representatives had approached the Brazilian government to revive talks with the Mercosur bloc, made up of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.
According to a Brazilian official, the contact came amid rapid changes in global supply chains in the wake of the pandemic and the war in Ukraine, which have increased Brazil’s influence as an agricultural powerhouse.
Negotiations for a deal were completed in 2019, but environmental concerns stalled the pact before it was approved by the legislatures of EU member states.
A recent poll showed former President Lula widening his lead over incumbent Jair Bolsonaro ahead of a first round of elections on Oct. 2.