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Members of European Parliament are concerned about free trade negotiations between the EU and MERCOSUR.

 

21June 2010



After three years of intense negotiations, the European Union and Latin America have finally signed several free trade agreements to facilitate trade in the agricultural sector. The trade agreement reached by the block formed by Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua will provide the exporters of agricultural products from these countries greater access to EU markets in exchange for the liberalization in trade of vehicles, machinery, chemicals or environmental services that will benefit EU companies.

That was almost a month ago, and already there have been many raised voices against these agreements: from all political persuasions, several members of the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee did not hesitate in raising the tone on 1 June during an exchange with a representative of the European Commission. Their leitmotif? The free trade agreements between the EU and Latin America are likely to strongly destabilize the CAP and European agriculture. "We are witnessing the squandering of European agriculture", warned the Irish Christian Democrat Mairead McGuiness. The British liberal, George Lyon has meanwhile asked the Commission to provide more information on its position in negotiations and for the European Parliament to be more involved.

"A wider opening in the internal European market to production from Latin America would be the coup de grace, the final blow for Spanish production and would have a huge impact on European livestock" warned Jose Luis Miguel, a Spanish Agricultural leader shortly after the confirmation of the agreements. In the context of an economic crisis, high deficits and the deregulation of markets, will this agreement affect an already depressed European agriculture in the measure where Mercosur countries concentrate 20% of global livestock, 35% of soybean production and are the leading exporters of corn?

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