“The First European Investment Forum in Uruguay speaks volumes about the good relationship between the European Union and our country, as well as the growth that Uruguay has enjoyed”,

Antonio Carámbula, Executive Director of Uruguay XXI

“Uruguay has the opportunity and the ability to be at the forefront of a renewed relationship with European companies”

Rodolfo Nin Novoa, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“The Forum is a space to continue differentiating our production in order to position the country on an international level”

Tabaré Aguerre, Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries

“In the last decade, Uruguay has positioned itself as the largest recipient of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Latin America after Chile, and is the country with the highest levels of reinvestment. Europe is one of the most important sources of foreign investment in Uruguay”

Danilo Astori, Minister of Economy and Finance

“Uruguay is a country recognized worldwide as a gateway to the region, due to its transparency. For us there can be no better partner”

Juan Fernández Trigo, Head of the Delegation of the European Union in Uruguay

“The EU is both the world’s biggest recipient of investment; but also the most important donor of it abroad. That investment creates growth and jobs, at home and abroad.”

Reforming investment dispute settlement

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström at Brussels, 27 February 2017. Reforming investment dispute settlement

“Trade is about openness; and opportunity. 31 million European jobs depend on exports. Not to mention the jobs which depend on quality imports; on trade within the internal market itself; or on the €4.5 trillion in foreign direct investment and the jobs foreign companies have created in the EU (…) Most countries still share this same vision: they believe in the benefits of open trade and investment, and are ready to work with us bilaterally and in multilateral organisations like WTO.”

The future of EU trade policy

Cecilia Malmström, EU Trade Commissioner at Bruegel on 24 January 2017. The future of EU trade policy

“Foreign trade is of great importance for both Uruguay and Germany. Germany is the main market in the European Union for Uruguayan products, and the country in Europe where Uruguay matters most. A successful conclusion of the negotiations on a trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur would therefore also favour the development of economic relations between Uruguay and Germany. I am pleased that German companies in Uruguay have invested heavily in the future area of ​​renewable energies. Our two countries are united in the goal of increasing growth and well-being in a manner that is respectful of natural resources, the environment and the climate. In Germany, the achievements of the Uruguayan economy are well known”

Joachim Gauck, Federal President of Germany

“I think that the experiences of Finnish entrepreneurs in Uruguay have been very positive. And the fact that these companies (two pulp mills) are thinking of increasing their investments to the extent that they are talking about, makes me think that they are happy. You do not double your investment in a country if the precedent has not been satisfactory. There are Finnish industries that are showing great interest in Uruguay. We know about the investments they are making. Some of these industrialists are going to join our delegation for the trip and we hope they find new businesses and associations that also bring benefits to Uruguay and its people.”


Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland

“Germany today has common issues that are being developed with Uruguay, a basis of trust in agriculture to achieve healthy and safe products so that consumers can feed themselves with confidence. The work of Uruguay’s agricultural and livestock traceability has been recognized throughout the world as an example to be followed”

Christian Schmdit, Minister of Agriculture of Germany

“In Uruguay, we find a powerful supply of professionals, with very good universities that train a huge number of highly competent people every year”

Berthold Ebner, Managing Director BASF Services Americas

“We chose Uruguay to establish the Lobraus Regional Distribution Centre because of its strategic geographical location, its political and economic stability, and its Free Ports and Airports regimes. When you arrive in Uruguay, you discover that it has the things you are looking for, but when you settle here you understand that it has more benefits than you expected. So my advice is: come to Uruguay, it is a country with many advantages”

Renato Ferreira, LOBRAUS Uruguay