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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.
NGOs ask Macron to ’bury’ EU-Mercosur agreement
More than 30 NGOs join forces, sending open letter to French leader Emmanuel Macron asking him to "bury" EU-Mercosur trade deal over environmental concerns.
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.
Poll: Vast majority of Europeans opposed to EU-Mercosur trade deal
Consumer group SumOfUs urges the EU to call off its free trade agreement with Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay in the face of Amazon rainforest fires.
Amazon, Bolsonaro, cattle: the ABC’s of destruction
The Amazon is under attack but the Canadian government plans to continue negotiating a Canada-Mercosur free trade agreement with Brazil. But you can do something about it.
EU revolt: Germany threatens to plunge bloc into crisis by rejecting new trade deal
German agriculture minister Julia Klockner said her European counterparts are very sceptical of the agreement because it heaps unneeded pressure on the bloc’s farmers.
Low-key EU player’s new job may help sell Mercosur deal
The late-July selection of veteran EU insider Denis Redonnet as chief trade enforcement officer coincides with the 27-nation bloc’s continuing preparations to vote on its hard-fought — and controversial — draft accord with the Mercosur group.
Climate protest against the EU-Mercosur trade deal
A protest against the planned EU-Mercosur trade agreement was held on 28 August, with the participating groups citing the incompatibilities of the EU’s climate ambitions with actions taken by the Brazilian government.
The Mercosur-EU agreement and its main problems to Brazil
The fundamental bargain is quasi colonial: this means that Mercosur countries are left with the task of providing commodities, agricultural produce, ore and energy products, while the EU will provide higher value-added products and services.
Egypt to exempt 600 MERCOSUR-bound export items from customs in September
MERCOSUR agreement supports state’s current trend of increasing exports, opening of new markets, says Minister of Trade and Industry Nevine Gamea.
Despite Merkel’s “serious doubts,” German industry defends the Mercosur-EU agreement
The Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce defended the agreement as it “could provide the urgently needed boost to the economy, during the current crisis.”
Merkel raises ‘doubts’ over EU-Mercosur trade pact
German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed "significant doubts" over the EU-Mercosur free trade deal on concerns over the devastating deforestation of the Amazon rainforest.
Chile’s Senate approves trade pact with Brazil
The agreement builds on rules facilitating commerce already in effect between Chile and Mercosur bloc nations Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.
Brazil optimistic about a Mercosur free trade accord with Canada
An estimate by Brazil´s Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock (CNA) points out that the conclusion of a free trade agreement between Mercosur and Canada has the potential to increase Brazilian export revenues of agricultural products by US$7.8 billion.
New EU ‘trade enforcement officer’ might be ‘game-changer’ on Mercosur
The president of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA), has said the very first item the newly appointed EU Chief Trade Enforcement Officer (CTEO) must deal with is “multiple aspects of the trade deals permitting the importation of South American beef”.
EU ombudsman opened an inquiry into the EU/Mercosur sustainability impact assessment
European Ombudsman has opened an inquiry into why the European Commission did not finalize an updated Sustainability Impact Assessment before the conclusion of the Mercosur-EU trade agreement in June 2019.
Corporations to sue states for pandemic billions
Corporations are busy weaponising obscure legal instruments to sue government for their actions to save lives and jobs during the coronavirus crisis.
Stop the EU-Mercosur vampire treaty!
One year ago, Bolsonaro, Macri, Macron and Merkel announced the “biggest economic area in the world”. It is unlikely that anything will come of it.
European Commission publishes draft Sustainability Impact Assessment for the Trade part of the EU-Mercosur Association Agreement
The Commission published the draft version of the final assessment of the potential economic, social, environmental and human rights impact of the trade part of the association agreement between the European Union and Mercosur.