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Amazon deforestation and EU-Mercosur deal
A study of the trade pillar’s provisions concludes that, taking the risk of deforestation into account, the deal’s environmental costs are likely to exceed its economic gains.
How the Amazon rainforest at risk because of an EU trade deal – Dr Richard Dixon
Trade deals with the EU are very topical just now but it is not a possible Brexit trade deal but a deal between the EU and four South American countries which concerns our international colleagues most.
EU seeks Amazon protections pledge from Bolsonaro in push to ratify trade deal
Brazilian president’s stance on deforestation remains stumbling block for South America agreement
US chemical industry overreaches by invoking USMCA
The plastics industry is using the promise of its future voluntary cooperation to postpone or bar more effective regulatory measures - relying on language in the USMCA to make its case.
The secret tribunal
Expert Marcos Orellana walks us through the shadowy arbitration system, the Chevron case in particular, and what it all means for global climate action.
Environmental impacts of free trade deal with Brazil ignored by review, advocates say
A federal environmental assessment of a proposed trade deal between Canada and the Mercosur countries ignores major environmental and human rights violations in Brazil, environmental advocates say.
EU parks trade deal with Mercosur over environmental concerns
As European nations express environmental concerns, the ratification of the EU-Mercosur trade deal isn’t even close to starting.
EU-Mercosur: leaked treaty has no climate protection, undermines democracy
International agreements must have the protection of people and nature at their core, not as a ‘nice-to-have’ – this deal doesn’t measure up and must be scrapped.
Rethinking trade: Kenya and the environment
So-called “trade agreements” such as the US-Kenya trade deal have nothing to do with trade. But rather they impose new limits on government regulatory authority.
EU-Mercosur mythbuster
We’ve made this mythbuster to unpick powerful economic interests’ spin on this toxic deal.
Burning Amazonia: A global corporate crime
The Mercosur-EU free trade agreement is set to intensify trends of territorial expansion, will contribute to the climate crisis, and will directly impact the rights, territories and ways of life of Amazon peoples.
Luxembourg opposes the draft EU-Mercosur agreement
The Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it "will not be able to give its support" to the signing of the EU-Mercosur agreement, asking for "additional commitments in the fight against climate change and deforestation.
Mining companies stand to win from Peru-China FTA that neglects environment
Ten years after the entry into force of the Peru-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA), officials from both countries are in stuck a slow renegotiation process in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Time is ticking to stop the EU-Mercosur trade deal
For the EU Commission to remain steadfast in supporting this deal, whilst simultaneously tabling an increase of the EU’s 2030 climate target, is entirely contradictory.
Key EU states worry South America trade pact may hurt Amazon
EU countries remained divided on whether to approve a preliminary free trade deal with South American countries because of concerns related to the Amazon deforestation and the respect of European standards.
France says opposes EU-Mercosur trade deal over deforestation concerns
France remains opposed to a free trade deal in its current proposed form between the EU and South American countries due to “major” concerns about deforestation in the region, the government said.
Beyond the Bolsonaro policy, it is the very content of the EU-Mercosur agreement that promises an environmental disaster
The commission of experts has spoken: an annual increase in deforestation of 25% for 6 years, facilitated entry into the European market of foodstuffs produced with pesticides banned in the EU, risk of weakening European environmental and health standards.
Eight EU countries urge “real action” from Brazil to combat deforestation
European politicians and investors have mounted pressure on Brazil to step up environmental protection as deforestation rises and the two sides attempt to finalize a free trade deal agreed to in principle last year.
Hague court rules in favor of Chevron in dispute with Republic of Ecuador
The District Court of The Hague ruled in favor of Chevron in its dispute with the Republic of Ecuador, upholding a 2018 arbitral award rendered by an international tribunal administered by the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
Mercosur agreement a “direct contradiction” to European Green Deal
The proposed EU-Mercosur trade agreement is a “direct contradiction” to the goals of the European Green Deal, according to a new study.