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Mercosur - European Union Troika ministerial meeting. Joint communique. Prague, 14 May 2009. 8439/09

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Microsoft Word - st08438.en09 P R E S S R u e d e l a L o i 1 7 5 B – 1 0 4 8 B RU S SE LS T e l . : + 3 2 ( 0 ) 2 2 8 1 6 3 1 9 F a x : + 3 2 ( 0 ) 2 2 8 1 8 0 2 6 [email protected] 8438/09 (Presse 81) 1 E� COU�CIL OF THE EUROPEA� U�IO� EN Prague, 14 May 2009 8438/09 (Presse 81) Mercosur - European Union Troika Ministerial Meeting Prague, 14th May Joint Communiqué 1. On the occasion of the EU-Rio Group Ministerial Meeting in Prague, a meeting between the EU Troika and MERCOSUR took place on 14 May 2009. The European Union was represented by the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Jan Kohout and the European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy Mrs. Ferrero-Waldner. The Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay Mr. Jorge Lara Castro, as pro-tempore Presidency of MERCOSUR, co-chaired the meeting. 2. Both sides highlighted the need for concerted action to successfully face the challenges of the global economic crisis and its serious social impacts, to better serve the shared aims of sustainable development and social prosperity for all. 8438/09 (Presse 81) 2 E� 3. The Mercosur countries and the EU remain committed to reaching an ambitious and balanced conclusion to the Doha Development Round, which is urgently needed. To achieve this, the Mercosur countries and the EU are committed to building on the progress already made, including with regard to modalities. Both sides will give renewed focus and political attention to this critical issue in the coming period and will use their continuing work and all international meetings that are relevant to drive progress. In addition, Mercosur and the EU underscore the critical importance of rejecting protectionism, in all its forms. 4. Both delegations reaffirmed the importance of the political dialogue between their

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