EURACTIV`s partner EFE Asunción. The trade agreement will be on the agenda of the Council of the EU in the autumn. It will increase trade in beef and ethanol between the EU and Mercosur, the main drivers of deforestation: this briefing note describes what we know about the proposed trade agreement, what we do not yet know and some of the effects on humans and forests. Tackling climate change, maintaining forests and respecting people`s right to make decisions about their own lives can only be done if trade is done in a way that promotes supply chains without deforestation and respects the rights of the community and indigenous peoples. The EU-Mercosur agreement is far from reaching this standard. The free trade agreement between the European Union and Mercosur is a free trade agreement on which the EU and Mercosur agreed in principle in 2019.  The agreement was announced on 28 June at the G20 summit in Osaka in 2019, after twenty years of negotiations.   Although there is a consensus in principle, the final texts have not been finalised, signed or ratified and therefore have not entered into force. If ratified, it will be the largest trade agreement concluded by both the EU and Mercosur as far as the citizens concerned are concerned.  The trade agreement is part of a broader association agreement between the two blocs. In addition to trade, the Association Agreement would also cover cooperation and political dialogue. Negotiations on these two parties ended on 18 June 2020.  On 10 November 27, 2017, MERCOSUR Foreign Ministers met with the Vice-President of the European Commission, to whom they presented a comprehensive proposal aimed at achieving the Mercosur Agreement between the European Union.
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