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Mercosur & the EU - What Brings the future?
In June 2019, a trade agreement with the Mercosur countries (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Uruguay) was reached. Since then, news about the high use of pesticides, the danger for food safety and the increasing environmental impact of extensive agriculture in the regions have been accumulating. Paris in particular has increased the pressure, officially due to environmental concerns. At the same time, the Portuguese Presidency is pursuing the goal of moving the agreement forward. What could we expect by the end of the Presidency? What does the delay mean for the general relationship with the trade bloc and is the agreement compatible with the fight against climate change? And most importantly, could the Brussels effect lead to positive change (e.g. environmental protection in production) in the South American countries?
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