Free Trade Agreement Brazil Europe

The agreement is expected to result in a significant increase in Brazilian beef exports to all EU countries. [8] [14] Under the agreement, the EU will open its markets to a quota of up to 99,000 tonnes of beef per year, at a preferential rate of 7.5% inches. [5] Farmers across the EU oppose it, especially small farmers who fear being underestimated in terms of prices. [5] The COPA-COGECA union, which represents 23 million farmers in the EU, warned that the agreement “will go down in history as a very dark moment”. [5] The Irish Farmers` Association condemned the agreement as a “shameful and weak sell-off”. [15] “It must be said that the agreement does not pose a threat to the environment, human health and social rights,” Dias said in the same statement made during his visit to Lisbon. The increasing use of protectionist measures by national heads of state and government would have encouraged the resumption of talks in 2016. [7] The EU can hope that the agreement is a major break in this global revival of protectionism. [7] European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called the agreement the approval of “rules-based trade” at a time of increasing protectionism. [5] Mercosur could hope to use the agreement as a model for future business in the future.

[7] Mercosur`s presidents have already stated that they want to conclude trade agreements with Canada and EFTA. [6] Argentine President Mauricio Macri said the agreement with the EU was “not a point of arrival, but a starting point”. [6] According to Jonathan Watts, “the negotiations lasted nearly two decades, which may explain why last week`s result reflects the industry-friendly values of the past rather than the environmental concerns of the present.” [14] According to an editorial in the Irish Times, “EU countries are committed to achieving net zero carbon by 2050, but this will not be significant if the world`s largest carbon sink is destroyed.” [16] Former French environment minister Nicolas Hulot condemned the agreement in an interview with Le Monde, saying it was “totally contradictory” to the EU`s climate targets and warned that it would further destroy the Amazon rainforest. [22] The Financial Times expressed concern that “the EU-Mercosur agreement will not nullify climate efforts”. “We remain committed to ensuring that the agreement can be quickly implemented,” Portuguese Agriculture Minister Maria do Céu Antunes said in a statement from Brazil`s Ministry of Agriculture. The document to be sent to the EU Ombudsman – a channel through which civil society can question the functioning of the European Commission – states that the EU`s executive body signed the agreement without carrying out a full assessment of its future impact on the environment. “First of all, the pact, which is an association agreement [including trade, political and cooperation pillars], must be ratified by countries so that it can enter into full force. However, if the European Commission, with the support of the European Parliament and its Member States, separates the free trade agreement from the Association Agreement, it can try to implement its trade component and leave aside the political issues of the pact, including the environment, i.e. the provisional implementation of the agreement. It all depends on what the European Commission is going to propose to Parliament,” said Filipe Gruppelli Carvalho, an analyst at Eurasia Group, an American political risk analysis consultant with offices in five countries, including Brazil. On 7 October, the European Parliament adopted an amendment which stated that the agreement with Mercosur should not be ratified in its current form, the most recent expression of opposition to an agreement that must be approved by the 27 EU Member States.

Indigenous leader Dinaman Tuxé said: “Agreements like this only increase the level of violence against indigenous peoples. We must tell the EU that the signing of this free trade agreement could lead to genocide in Brazil.