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Parliamentary questions
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29 August 2019
E-002583-19
Question for written answer E-002583-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Petra De Sutter (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest
 Answer in writing 

In recent months the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has been burning at a record rate. Scientists worry that this deforestation is close to reaching a point of no return.

As the second biggest market for Brazilian exports, the EU has a huge responsibility when it comes to preventing deforestation of this major source of oxygen and biodiversity. According to the WWF, the EU currently accounts for as much as 36% of all global imports of crop and livestock products associated with deforestation. Following a future trade deal between the EU and the South American trade bloc Mercosur, imports of these commodities are expected to increase even more.

What actions has the Commission undertaken — or will it undertake — to express its concern about this issue to the Brazilian government, either through the High Representative or through other diplomatic channels? Will actions be taken to ensure that no products linked to deforestation, whether legal or illegal, or to ecosystem destruction are imported into the EU market?

What implications does the situation in the Amazon forest have for the Mercosur agreement that is currently being finalised?

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