It was announced yesterday that all 4 MERCOSUR members had agreed to allow Venezuela to join as a full member. The original MERCOSUR is made by: Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay.
Now that Venezuela's has joined this "customs union" I can't see where Venezuela is heading regarding regional integration. The Venezuelan Govt. proudly announced last month that starting Dec 15th 2005 we would start using Andean Community passports and now we join MERCOSUR. By joining MERCOSUR we have to set our tariffs to MERCOSUR standards, but we already have our tariffs at Andean standards. I wonder how this is gonna work out. I personally see more future in the Andean community which in my opinion is a stronger bloc with defined institutions (Andean Parliament, Andean Court of Justice, Andean Secretary) than MERCOSUR. Aviation-wise we have a working Open Skies agreement in the Andean Community, which MERCOSUR lacks.
Comments are welcome!
Saludos desde Caracas,