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Joao Pacheco has partnered with Allen F. Johnson & Associates to service European and Brazilian markets. Mr. Pacheco brings over 30 years of top European government trade and agriculture policy as well as private sector experience. He served multiple leadership roles representing Europe in multinational and bilateral negotiations throughout the world. In addition, he has valuable unique experience in dealing with EU internal policies and the inner workings of the European Commission, interacting with the European Parliament and European Council, and working with all the European Unions member states. Mr. Pachecos diverse international experience combined with his in depth knowledge of European affairs and markets provides a valuable perspective that will assist AFJ clients and partners in understanding the market and in addressing market access, subsidy, SPS, food safety, farm and trade policy, technology, and other issues.

Mr. Pacheco has held multiple top-level positions in the European Commission. Most recently he was the top official in the European Commission in charge of policy management for the European Union agricultural direct payments and agricultural markets. He was a lead European Commission negotiator in 2013 with the co-legislators - European Parliament and European Council - for the reform of the European Union Common Agriculture Policy. As the representative of the European Commission in the reform negotiations for agriculture markets and domestic support, he was instrumental in achieving a political deal with the other two EU Institutions in June 2013. As a Deputy-Director General in DG AGRI, he was the spokesperson for the European Commission at the European Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development and at the European Council Special Committee on Agriculture.

Mr. Pacheco has also served the European Union Ambassador to Brazil. In that role he played a key role in promoting the establishment of the European Union-Brazil Strategic Partnership, which among other areas established bilateral consultations on agriculture. Prior to being appointed Ambassador to Brazil, he was the European Union top agriculture negotiator the European Union - Mercosul Free Trade Agreement negotiations. He also formerly was the European Commission spokesperson at the OECD Committee on Agriculture and at the World Trade Organization Committee on Agriculture.

Mr. Pacheco has extensive experience in multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations including at the WTO and with the US and Canada, and Latin American, African and Caribbean countries.

Joao Pacheco graduated in Agronomy at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, and later obtained a Master in Agricultural Economics at the Wye College, University of London, UK. Prior to joining the European Commission, he worked in the insurance business in Portugal. He is fluent in French, English, Portuguese, and Spanish.