EU lawmakers and scientists warn that the deal’s green clauses are toothless and will give carte blanche for increased deforestation and human rights abuses.
EU trade chief Cecilia Malmström insisted on Monday that the EU-Mercosur trade deal would contain environmental clauses that are “as ambitious as possible” and include “a reference to deforestation.” Despite the lack of enforcement powers, she said the deal is still a useful platform: “A trade agreement cannot … solve all the miseries of the world. But we can get a context to discuss these issues,” she said.
In terms of tariff reduction, it will be the EU’s biggest trade accord that would open up leading Latin American economies (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) to European cars and machinery.
Meer dan 300 milieugroepen hebben inmiddels protest aangetekend.