On January 19, 2017, MERCOSUR and EFTA signed a Joint Statement announcing the conclusion
of their exploratory dialogue on a possible comprehensive free trade agreement. MERCOSUR and
EFTA held a meeting to prepare for the start of negotiations on February 17, 2017 in Brussels,
Belgium. The first round of negotiation took place on June 19, 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
MERCOSUR and EFTA met for the second round of free trade negotiations from 29 August to 1
September, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.
MERCOSUR and EFTA held an Intersessional Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 17-18, 2017.