EU-MERCOSUR Free trade agreement

  • The EU-Mercosur free trade agreement was negotiated for over 20 years. After the election of the right-wing populist Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil and shortly before the elections in Argentina, the negotiations were politically concluded in June 2019 and individual chapters of the negotiating text were published shortly afterwards. The driving force behind these efforts within the EU was primarily Germany, as the German automotive industry (including car parts), the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, and the mechanical and electrical engineering industry will especially benefit from implementation of the trade agreement. The trade agreement is part of a larger EU-Mercosur Association Agreement.
  • This agreement must be stopped because it will create obstacles for climate and biodiversity action and protection of Indigenous rights, and will accelerate forest destruction, especially in the Amazon. It will prevent the just agricultural and transport transitions necessary for a livable planet where everyone can realise their full range of human rights. Right now, we need to move at full speed towards climate and biodiversity action, not backwards, which is where this deal would take us.