“The red lines we have drawn for the agreement are firm,” he told Parliament, adding that it remained to be seen whether Paris would support him when he discussed the details of the agreement. These results run counter to an earlier analysis by the European Greens, which concluded that the trade agreement would deepen Mercosur`s dependence on the extraction of natural resources for national growth. Indigenous leaders in the Amazon also said the trade deal threatened their communities and risked other human rights violations, such as the killing of activist Paulo Paulino Guajajara in November 2019. The EU-Mercosur agreement is the result of a number of free trade agreements concluded by the EU in recent months, including CETA with Canada and agreements with Japan, Singapore and Vietnam. Critics are making comparisons with an agreement with South African countries that allowed the introduction of oranges to European markets containing up to three materials deemed “extremely dangerous” by the World Health Organization (WHO). “We will wait to see exactly what is in this text, but I would like to tell you that the whole government and I will be vigilant. I will not be the minister who will sacrifice French agriculture on the altar of an international agreement. However, the treaty did not satisfy all Member States. While French President Emmanuel Macron said it was a “good deal” that meets france`s most important demands, other groups in France disagreed. However, the agreement has not yet been adopted.
The ball is now in the court of the European Parliament and the European Council, which must approve the agreement. Then the text must be ratified in each state concerned, usually by a vote in the national parliament. Crime partners: how the EU-Mercosur trade agreement would boost deforestation. Meanwhile, EU beef imports from Mercosur could increase by 30-64%, which could lead to a drop in EU production of between 0.7 and 1.2 per cent. Pekka Pesonen, secretary general of Copa-Cogeca, the EU`s largest agricultural lobby, said the agricultural sector will pay for the deal, particularly producers in sensitive sectors such as beef, poultry, sugar, cereals, rice, honey and citrus. The Amazon is home to the natives and is home to luxurious and vital ecosystems. Incineration is a human and environmental crime – and a new trade deal would fuel these fires with gasoline.