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Parliamentary questions
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13 May 2019
Answer given by Ms Malmström on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001370/2019

Exports of cane sugar constitute a major economic interest of Mercosur countries, as well as of Australia. Free trade agreements are designed in view of their long-term application. When a free trade agreement is negotiated, the Commission balances the interests of relevant EU industries. For sugar, the EU traditionally negotiates Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQ) carefully calibrated to safeguard the interests of the EU sugar sector. This also applies to the negotiations with Mercosur and Australia.

The Commission is well aware of the interests of the EU sugar refining industry. The outcome for the sugar sector as well as the modalities of the TRQs still need to be agreed and will depend on the overall balance of concessions in both agreements.

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