Officials optimistic South American deal can be sealed
EU officials are pressing ahead with a trade deal with the South America common market, Mercosur, in the hope that a deal can be done this year.
The EU side is confident it can make an attractive offer on sensitive products including beef, but has insisted there will not be full market liberalisation.
Last year an EU offer that included beef was taken off the table under pressure from EU agriculture chief Phil Hogan and countries including France and Ireland.
Negotiators will hold informal talks in September to discuss a possible exchange of offers, with the next full round of talks due to take place at the beginning of October in Brazil.
A round of talks earlier this month made progress on customs (except anti-fraud), goods - including geographical indications on wine and spirits - sustainable development and dispute settlement.
There were also talks on rules of origin for chemicals and machinery, though the sides are still far apart on textiles.
Public procurement and investor protection are still contentious issues, with Mercosur reluctant to open up state contracts to EU companies, and Brazil particularly wary of the EU's investor court system.
The EU's most sensitive agricultural products - such as beef, ethanol and sugar - were not discussed during this month's round.