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Parliamentary questions
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25 July 2019
Question for written answer E-002449-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Anna Fotyga (ECR)

 Subject:  EU trade agreement with Mercosur countries
 Answer in writing 

After 20 years of negotiations, the European Union and the South American Mercosur (Southern Common Market consisting of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay) have reached a political agreement on the creation of the world’s largest free trade area. The agreement to abolish tariffs on fruit, beverages and coffee sold to the EU and to facilitate the sale of meat and sugar is set to enter into force in two years’ time.

While I am in favour of free trade, the provisions of the agreement are very questionable. Care for animal welfare is part of the historical and cultural heritage of the European Community as a whole. Another of the EU’s most important values is environmental protection and ambitious environmental goals. I am afraid that the provisions of the agreement will not encourage improvements in animal welfare or climate action, as they will increase the costs of agricultural production in the EU.

In this connection:
1. What actions does the Commission intend to take to balance the various animal welfare and environmental standards in the Mercosur countries with the costly requirements for farmers in the EU Member States?
2. Will products imported from Mercosur countries have to meet EU animal welfare requirements and labelling requirements concerning the production and use of genetically modified plants (e.g. as feed)?
3. Is it clear how the effects of the agreement could be felt by individual EU Member States, and what instruments will be financed from the EUR 1 billion fund announced by Commissioner Hogan to address potential market problems caused by the agreement?
Original language of question: PL 
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