As of autumn 2020, the EU-Mercosur free trade agreement, which is part of the Association Agreement, is in the hands of lawyers and translators to agree on the final detailed wording (what is termed “legal scrubbing”). The last negotiations finished in June 2019, so technically the deal EU Member States would finally sign, after the “legal scrubbing” would be different. But this is no reassurance – the CETA deal that was signed between the EU and Canada had had 19% of text changed
after the negotiations officially closed, but the final deal was just as dangerous for the environment, workers’ rights and public health. The non-trade related text of the Association Agreement is also in the hand of lawyers and translators. In July 2020, then Trade Commissioner Hogan announced that the final version of the complete Association Agreement would be sent to Member States in October.