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Parliamentary questions
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29 November 2019
Answer given by Ms Malmström
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002787/2019

After 20 years of negotiations on an EU-Mercosur Association Agreement, both sides reached a political deal on the trade part on 28 June 2019. Negotiations on the other parts are still ongoing. In the meantime, the parties are finalising the schedules and legal scrubbing before starting the translations. These are necessary steps before the ratification process — that will include consent from the European Parliament.

The Agreement will contain a comprehensive trade and sustainable development chapter as well as substantial provisions for political dialogue and cooperation on sustainable development and the environment. It is the Commission’s firm view that once applicable these provisions will provide a solid platform for working together with the Mercosur countries on sustainability, environmental protection, biodiversity, forest management and climate change.

Over the past months, the services of the Commission and the European External Action Service have been in constant dialogue with the Brazilian government, the National Congress, the judiciary and other institutions, expressing great concern over the forest fires in the Amazon. Regular exchanges on the Amazon also take place with civil society, including indigenous and local communities, human rights and environmental organisations, as well as representatives of the private sector.

The Commission supports specific initiatives under its bilateral, thematic and regional development cooperation, aiming at supporting long-term conservation and sustainable use of forests and other related ecosystems in the Amazon basin. These initiatives are conducted together with national and sub-national governments, civil society and the private sector. This cooperation will be further strengthened as stated in the Joint Communication to the European Parliament and the Council ‘European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean: joining forces for a common future <QT.END> ” </QT.END>(1).

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