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FOR PEOPLE AND THE PLANET, SAY NO TO EU-MERCOSUR

FACTSHEETS ON EU-MERCOSUR TRADE AGREEMENT

BIODIVERSITY

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A destructive deal for biodiversity

DEFORESTATION

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A devastating impact on forests

HUMAN RIGHTS

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Fuelling conflict and human rights violations

ANIMAL WELFARE

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A trade-off at the expense of animal welfare

OUR VISION: TRADING FOR GOOD

Imagine if the EU used its powers as a massive trading bloc to promote the green transition and human rights all over the world. That’s our vision for future trade deals - we want the EU to only agree to deals that are good for people and the planet, rather than deals that are only about profits for some and plundering of natural resources.

SAY NO TO EU-MERCOSUR

That’s why we say no to the EU-Mercosur deal! The EU-Mercosur trade agreement is expected to exacerbate deforestation in the Amazon, destroy biodiversity, undermine animal welfare and increase violations of human rights.

There is a growing coalition of governments that is coming to realise the dangers of signing this agreement for people and planet. Plus, we already managed to get the European Parliament to oppose the EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement’s ratification in October 2020, mainly due to the alarming situation in the Amazon.

We need to increase the pressure to make sure more and more governments realise that signing this deal is a bad idea!

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  • We are calling on the European Commission to re-open the current deal and propose clear new standards on deforestation, climate change, human rights, agriculture and health and animal welfare, that would lead to sanctions in case any of these are violated. The President of the EU Commission has made ambitious promises on climate change, known as the “Green Deal”. But this agreement, if signed, will turn all those promises into empty words.
  • We are campaigning to put pressure on EU governments so that they reject the deal and stand up for people and the planet.

Join us to defend our commitments to climate, sustainable development and human rights!

KEY DEMANDS ON THE EU-MERCOSUR DEAL

 

1. We call for the EU-Mercosur trade agreement to be re-opened. This is the only way to fully anchor sustainability standards throughout the text, with enforceable and sanctionable standards on deforestation, climate, human rights, agriculture and health, animal welfare.

2. We want to make sure the EU-Mercosur deal, or any other EU trade deals, are in line with the European Green Deal and our commitments to the Paris Agreement.

3. We need a paradigm shift in trade policy whereby social and environmental dimensions are truly at the core of trade and investment deals. The EU-Mercosur Deal, as it stands, fails to do so. Non-binding, ad hoc pre-ratification declarations will not make this deal pass.

The shortcomings of the agreement cannot be mitigated by declarations of intent or other tricks which do not change the content of the agreement itself.”
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