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Monday, 16 May 2011

Copa : Mercosur agreement would increase the EU’s dependency

The free-trade agreement that is currently negotiated between the EU and Mercosur “would only increase the already considerable dependency of the EU vis-à-vis Latin America” with regards to food products according to Copa-Cogeca (agricultural organisations and cooperatives in the EU). Copa launched their warning at a public hearing in the European Parliament organised by the Committee for International Trade. A trade liberalisation of would be to European farmers’ disadvantage and could moreover lead to grave environmental degradations and deforestation,” Copa stated in a press release. The organisation holds that “the losses of the agricultural sector would largely outweigh the potential gains in other sectors. The fact that the EU offers a privileged access to Mercosur countries which are very competitive, also sends a negative signal to Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and to the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.” “A study realized by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission reveals that beef production in Brazil leads to greenhouse gas emissions that are twice as high as European production, and four times as high if deforestation is included in calculations,” stressed Pekka Pesonen, Copa-Cogeca secretary general.