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Parliamentary questions
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19 May 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Mathilde Androuët (ID)
 Subject: The risks posed by the new free trade agreement between the European Union and Mexico

Calls for production to be brought back to the EU and for our food sovereignty to be ensured and the environment to be respected have grown in recent months. However, the trade agreement with Mexico, which provides for preferential customs duties on imports of many products into the EU, was finalised on 28 April 2020, once again in the name of the theory that globalised free trade agreements are needed for an EU in recession to conquer growing markets. This agreement provides for the import of several thousand tonnes of products (beef, poultry, pork, honey, etc.) which are particularly harmful to our farmers. As for the expected financial counterparties for exports, in particular of dairy products, there are fears that, as was the case with the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Canada (CETA), they will benefit traders, not European producers. What is more, this new agreement authorises the opening up of the European market to 20 000 tonnes of Mexican beef, which until now has been banned as it does not have sufficient health guarantees,

How is this agreement compatible with the environmental, short supply chain and public health options advocated by the Commission as part of the Green Pact for Europe?

Original language of question: FR
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