The Brazilian National EUROSCI Network Centre has been created to better serve the needs of Brazilian students and scholars. Brazil is the largest country in both South America and Latin America, besides being the largest of the Americas by continental area, and the world's fifth-largest country by both area and population, with an estimated 207 million inhabitants in 2017. Brazil's economy is the world's ninth-largest by nominal GDP as of 2016. Brazil is a founding member of the United Nations, the G20, BRICS, Unasul, Mercosul, Organization of American States, Organization of Ibero-American States and the CPLP.
The EU is Brazil’s leading trade partner and represents around 20% of Brazil’s total trade. At the 1st EU-Brazil summit, in 2007, Brazil entered in a strategic partnership with the European Union, which places Brazil high on the EU’s agenda. The present relationship is governed by the EC-Brazil Framework Cooperation Agreement(1992), EU-Mercosul Framework Cooperation Agreement(1995) and the Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation(2004). The EU is currently seeking a free trade agreement with Mercosur, the regional trading bloc of which Brazil is a part.