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Wednesday, 18 December 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Compatibility between the current EU - Mercosur Free Trade Agreement and the Commission's proposal for a European Green Deal (topical debate)

  Karin Karlsbro (Renew). – Madam President, the fires in the Amazon forest this summer and the sometimes disgraceful rhetoric from the Brazilian leadership about the climate have understandably stirred a lot of concerns about the Mercosur Agreement. But let’s take a deep breath and look at the facts.

The Mercosur Agreement already contains binding references to the Paris Agreement. In fact, this deal would make the Paris Agreement more effective, not less, because it would anchor our climate commitment in mutually beneficial trade. I agree with the science that very ambitious measures must be taken to save the climate. Living up to the commitments in the Paris Agreement will be totally impossible if we don’t do it together.

The free trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur gives us a unique opportunity to cooperate, to put pressure on and create incentives for all partners to take responsibility. Modern trade deals with binding chapters on sustainability are the most efficient forms of international cooperation, so let us use trade policy as a tool to save the climate instead of treating it like an enemy of the climate. This deal would make trade more sustainable in a better legal framework. This is an opportunity we can’t refuse.

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