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Top officials from the EU will meet with the Mercosur group of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay on January 30 in Brussels to gauge the prospects for a free-trade deal that would follow groundbreaking commercial pacts with Japan and Canada. The EU-Mercosur talks began almost two decades ago, faltered and were re-started in 2010. With EU-Mercosur trade worth almost ^85 billion ($105 billion) in 2016, a market-opening agreement would be among Europe’s biggest. Mercosur says an EU offer to open further its agricultural markets, including for beef, is inadequate.