France Rejects MERCOSUR Agreement without Anti-Deforestation Guarantee – Minister

For negotiators on both sides, the repeated explicit French opposition is an indication that the EU-MERCOSUR agreement is unlikely to progress before the 2022 elections in France.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The French government will not endorse the association agreement between the European Union and MERCOSUR unless it includes guarantees that increased trade will not result in increased deforestation, French Trade Minister Franck Riester said on Friday, January 29th.

The statement came the same week that the President of the European Parliament Environment Committee, also French Pascal Canfin, rejected the agreement: "The Parliament has no intention of writing a blank check to Brazil on the Amazon."

"It is inconceivable that the increase in trade will also increase the imports of deforestation. There must be guarantees in the . . .

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