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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)

  Molly Scott Cato (Verts/ALE). – Madam President, European negotiators at the Madrid climate talks like to position themselves as leaders on climate change, but we are still ignoring the science and failing to tell the truth on climate. The truth is that we need to achieve net zero carbon by 2030, and this means a radical transformation of the way we live across the European continent. We are also hypocrites, as we focus attention narrowly on our direct carbon emissions whilst ignoring the CO2 embodied in the goods we consume that have been imported.

The European Green Deal is pointless if we do not combine it with an enlightened trade policy. Brazil’s President Bolsonaro saw the provisional Mercosur agreement as a green light to invite ranchers to destroy the Amazon and murder its indigenous people. A genuine green deal means a radical shift towards low—energy lifestyles in our continent and an enlightened trade policy embedded in the protection of our precious climate, which we must respect as a common good for all humanity.

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