The treaty with Mercosur does not provide for sanctions when a country like Brazil illegally destroys forest. That’s what the European Commission acknowledged.
The EU Free Trade Agreement with Brazil and the other members of the Mercosur Group does not provide for sanctions for breaches of environmental protection obligations.
The dispute settlement mechanism of the treaty “does not ultimately lead to economic sanctions,” said Sabine Weyand, Director – General for Trade Policy of the European Commission, in Berlin on Wednesday. Instead, after unsuccessful consultations, a panel of experts would be set up to investigate the allegations (!!!)
“And the reports from this panel are public,” said Weyand. However, according to the sustainability chapter of the agreement, the recommendations of these experts are non-binding (!!!)
The agreement reached at the end of June with the Mercosur Group from Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay is intended to give the EU access to a hitherto highly isolated market with 260 million citizens.
Most tariffs on EU imports such as cars should be abolished, which would save the economy € 4 billion a year. In return, the EU wants to lower its import taxes on industrial products from the Mercosur states and further open its market for agricultural products.
In the agreement, both sides also undertake to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, to fight illegal clearing and to protect workers’ rights.
In view of the current illegal forest fires in Brazil, there are increasing calls to ratify the Mercosur Treaty. President Jair Bolsonaro even advocates grubbing up, critics say. Because of the agreement, more meat from Brazil will come to the EU, so that more forests in the South American country would be cleared for agriculture.
However, the German government does not want to stop the treaty because it has “an ambitious sustainability chapter with binding regulations on climate protection” (!!!).
On Wednesday, government spokesman Steffen Seibert formulated that not so clear, but also did not announce that the agreement to burst. Obviously, Germany and the EU now want to use “pinpricks” to get Bolsonaro to tackle the current forest fires more rigorously.
In the text are only nice appeals, the contract has already given the “tropical Trump” Bolsonaro, who designates climate change as an invention, a great reputation gain.
The free trade agreement is a driver of the fires in the South American country. Brazil creates space for grazing land and soy plantations – because Europe is to be supplied with the meat of 600,000 cattle and countless chickens. In addition, there are 300,000 tonnes of agrofuels, which should flow into the EU and are harmful to the climate. The agreement stipulates that the Mercosur states in the future to pay 99,000 tonnes of beef per year only 7.5 percent duty instead of the previous 40-45 percent. 180,000 tonnes of poultry meat can be imported duty-free.
The EU Commission’s admission that the sustainability chapter does not provide for sanctions will strengthen the opponents of the Mercosur Treaty. In the end, however, the European Parliament as well as the parliaments and governments of the member states will decide.
My comment: Clearing, burning, fattening, growing! this is the business model of the meat mafia.
Usually it runs in the Amazon, but not only there, from time to time following the same pattern: First, valuable tree trunks are taken from the natural forests, then the rest burned down.
This is followed by pastures for the cattle and after a few years the pastures are broken, mostly to grow soybeans. The rainforest ecosystem regenerates itself, but the pastures are no more productive.
After deforestation, a stable balance is destroyed. The soils do not produce more – neither for grasses nor for crops. The proportion of beef imported from Brazil into the EU is growing steadily – by nine percent in last year alone.
In addition, genocide happens simultaneously!
Not “only” animals and plants, but also a whole range of human peoples lose their habitat through the illegal fires in Amazon.
These are mass murderers who commit their crimes to everything that is alive and useful to this planet, and for these criminals, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the Kostarican San José is responsible.
So we should ask ourselves: what do we import with our meat consumption? First, this biblical destruction of the rainforest, the destruction of thousand animal species; At the same time, we are importing a gross violation of human rights because the indigenous peoples are brutally expelled, removed from their habitat by force and murder.
We feed the cattle barons of Brazil, and Amazon is also burning because of us.
My best regards to all, Venus