Long-running negotiations between the European Union and Mercosur, aimed at forming an Association Agreement and liberalising trade, have faced numerous hurdles. As the December deadline for signature approaches, doubts loom over the pact’s future, write Juan Cruz Díaz and Carlos José Cruz Infante
Juan Cruz is also a Special Advisor at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA), and he co-directs the Corporate Governance Program at the Universidad de San Andrés.
At Cefeidas Group, he offers strategic, regulatory, and policy advice to companies operating in Latin America.
Prior to founding Cefeidas, he held positions as director of Public Policy Programs at the AS/COA and senior editor at Americas Quarterly.
Juan Cruz has consulted for the Organization of American States, the International Finance Corporation, and the World Bank.
He is a lawyer with a master’s degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, specialised in international business and Latin American politics.
He has received training from institutions such as Harvard University, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, and the Université Laval, Quebec.
Juan Cruz has been a fellow of the United Nations Foundation, the Government of Quebec, and the US Department of State.
Currently, he serves on the Consultative Council at the Centre for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth (CIPPEC) and is a leadership associate of the Inter-American Dialogue.
His insights are frequently featured in renowned international publications, including The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Bloomberg News, Latin Finance, and Reuters.