Yesterday, the European Commission received a crucial proposal from Mercosur that could seal an association agreement this year.
It focuses on environmental protection.
Both sides held a virtual meeting on the same day. They discussed how to end negotiations by the end of the year.
Their presidents also made this commitment.
Earlier in the week, Ursula von der Leyen, the EC President, spoke. She said finalizing the agreement this year was a goal.
She said, "Smart trade leads to good jobs . . .