EU diplomats say it is up to Brazil to save Mercosur trade deal

Deforestation in the world’s largest rain forest has surged since President Jair Bolsonaro, who campaigned on opening more areas of the Amazon to development, took office in 2019.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The free-trade treaty reached between the European Union and the South American bloc Mercosur will not get signed if Brazil does not show concrete steps toward reducing deforestation in the Amazon, European ambassadors said on Wednesday, February 11th.

“We need facts. If there are no advances, it will not be possible to sign this agreement,” Ignacio Ybañez, EU ambassador to Brazil, told reporters.

If that does not happen, the European Commission will not be able to present the deal that took two decades to negotiate to the European Parliament for ratification, he said.

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