The EU is close to finalising a climate-wrecking trade deal with Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay – known collectively as Mercosur. But there’s still time to stop it.
The corporate-friendly deal would have dire consequences in both South America and beyond. It would lead to:
- More fires and deforestation in the Amazon
- Soaring greenhouse gas emissions
- A disruption of local food production in Mercosur countries
- Increased use of dangerous pesticides
- Worse food safety in Europe
A an agreement would strengthen the position of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is known for attacking the rights of indigenous people, women, peasants and other workers, trashing the country’s environment, and undermining the Paris climate agreement.
To enter into force, the deal must still be approved by the Council of the EU, the European Parliament and all parliaments of the Member States. They must reject a monstrous trade deal which would harm people, the climate and the environment.
Paul de Clerck
paul.declerck [at] foeeurope.org
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