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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)

  Grace O'Sullivan (Verts/ALE). – Madam President, welcome Commissioner Hogan. I’m very glad to see this debate happening here today, initiated by my own Green Group. Too often we fall short of the aim of improving the world through our trade policy, instead compromising ourselves and our ideals in the interest of corporate profits and unsustainably cheap products. It is unclear how the proposed Mercosur deal can in any way be compatible with the Green Deal. How can a deal that ships goods needlessly around the world, imports beef produced on cleared rainforest, that suits the interest of car manufacturers but not the climate, be compatible with the safe, clean future for all? We risk talking out of both sides of our mouth here, talking of a circular economy and sustainable agriculture and then importing climate-destroying agricultural produce. Any deal needs to comply with our Paris obligation, needs to protect workers’ rights in the EU and in South America and needs to maintain the key elements of the Green Deal. It also avoids causing chaos to European farming, where Irish beef farmers are already facing unacceptably low prices.

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