The agreement will create the necessary conditions for European consumers to choose from a wider and more affordable range of products and services. He has been accused of weakening Brazil`s Ministry of Environment, promoting agriculture and mining in the region, and turning a blind eye to illegal destruction.  The current Environment Minister, Ricardo Salles, has imposed the lowest number of fines for illegal deforestation in a decade.  Find out how the EU-Mercosur trade deal would help small businesses that already export to the world. The free trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur – which could be described as an interregional agreement or more precisely a bilateral agreement between two common markets – is expected to be concluded in October 2004. But the two sides failed to agree on each other`s final offers. Among other things, Mercosur has not been satisfied with EU rules on access to the agricultural market, while the EU has complained about the lack of Mercosur proposals to open up its telecommunications sector and improve the protection of European geographical indications. In general, commentators have blamed the failure of the talks on the lack of mutual political will. The agreement also contains commitments on sustainable fisheries and sustainable forest management. This briefing note explains what we know about the proposed trade agreement, what we do not yet know and what the consequences are for people and forests.
Tackling climate change, maintaining forests and respecting people`s right to make decisions about their own lives can only be done if trade is done in a way that promotes supply chains without deforestation and respects the rights of the community and indigenous peoples. The EU-Mercosur agreement is far from reaching this standard. After Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro received widespread criticism over protecting the Amazon rainforest, Ireland and France became concerned and threatened to veto the deal if the Brazilian government did not act.  In July 2019, a symbolic motion to reject the trade agreement was passed by 84 votes to 46 in Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish legislature.  On 8 August 27, 2019, the Luxembourg Minister of Trade stressed that the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement was a necessary condition for the signing of the trade agreement BETWEEN the EU and Mercosur.  On August 28, Slovak Agriculture Minister Gabriela Matecna said Slovakia would block the deal because of Brazil`s unacceptable management of the Amazon fires.  In September 2019, members of the Subcommittee of the Austrian Parliament voted almost unanimously in favor of rejecting the draft free trade agreement citing concerns about their domestic agricultural sector and the forest fires in the Amazon. . . .