Eu And Mercosur Trade Agreement

The Commission has not fulfilled its legal obligation to ensure that the agreement does not lead to social, economic and environmental deterioration and human rights violations. The first draft interim report on the Sustainable Development Impact Assessment was published only four months after the official announcement of the end of the negotiations. This makes the pre-impact assessment process meaningless and does not make it possible for civil society to participate effectively. While the ratification of the EU-Mercosur agreement will be one of the priorities of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU, the five organisations invite the EU Ombudsman to look into the matter in order to suspend the ratification process until the completion of the impact assessment (including the consultation of civil society on the results and recommendations, and the Commission`s response to take account of these results). The agreement will make it easier for EU companies to sell their services to Mercosur, both through local establishments and on a cross-border basis. The agreement came after twenty years of negotiations. Talks began in 1999[2], but stagnated before regaining momentum in 2016. [4] The talks had failed for years due to opposition from European beef producers, especially small farmers, who feared being underestimated by imports from Brazil, the world`s largest beef producer. [5] Many South American governments at that time preferred “South-South cooperation” to building relations with Europe, while European governments also had other priorities. [6] The agreement will facilitate the candidacy of European companies for public contracts in Mercosur countries, on an equal footing with local companies.

The agreement will make it easier for EU companies to award contracts in three ways. First, it will prevent Mercosur governments from discriminating against EU suppliers. Secondly, the tendering procedure is becoming more transparent. Each Mercosur country has agreed to publish the notices online at a single national access point for the markets covered by the agreement. Third, the agreement also sets standards for fairness throughout the procurement process and remedies available to bidding companies that feel unfairly treated. At a ministerial meeting held in Lisbon in October 2004, MERCOSUR and EU negotiators reaffirmed the priority of negotiating the Association Agreement. In May 2005, at a meeting in Luxembourg, ministers reviewed the progress made so far, and in September 2005 they met at a ministerial meeting to carry out a more in-depth assessment of the progress made towards the conclusion of the agreement. . . .

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