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Parliamentary questions
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14 November 2019
Answer given by Ms Malmström
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002498/2019

The beef tariff-rate quota that will be opened under the EU-Mercosur Agreement amounts to far less than 1% of Mercosur beef production. Moreover, the tariff-rate quota falls well short of covering existing EU imports from Mercosur countries, a part of which enters paying the full third-country tariff.

Hence, the tariff-rate quota’s primary effect could be to relieve existing imports from paying duties rather than creating new trade flows. The tariff-rate quota would therefore not be expected to have a significant impact on net greenhouse gas emissions by the Mercosur beef sector.

The EU and Mercosur explicitly commit themselves to effectively implement the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Paris Climate Agreement and agree to cooperate on trade-related climate change issues bilaterally, regionally and in international fora, particularly in the UNFCCC.

This includes among other issues tackling deforestation and respecting the national commitments in the area of climate change.

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