Sat. Mar 28th, 2020

The European Parliament believes that not concluding the EU-Mercosur agreement would be a fatal mistake

The European Parliament believes that not concluding the EU-Mercosur agreement would be a fatal mistake



The European Parliament (PE) estimated today that not concluding the trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and Mercosur would be a "fatal historical error", as explained from Montevideo by the Portuguese MEP Francisco Assis.

"It would be a fatal historical mistake if we were not able to conclude the political and commercial agreement between the European Union and Mercosur," the representative of the European bloc told the press.

In addition, Assis, who is on an official trip with a delegation of the EP and today met with the Parliament of Mercosur (Parlasur), said that "there is no valid reason not to advance until the end of this process."

However, he pointed out that there are still some issues that have to be solved, such as the efforts by the European side of the imports of agricultural products from Mercosur.

"There is some resistance from some European sectors, I am certain that it will be overcome," he added.

Likewise, he said that on the part of the bloc composed of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay there are resistances to European requests in the "maritime security management, in issues of the automotive sector, the dairy sector and the sector of geographical indications".

On the other hand, the president of Parlasur, Tomás Bittar, emphasized to the press the "fantastic" political will of the MEPs.

"There is a huge political will for everything to go forward and even (to be) signed before the end of the year," added the Paraguayan politician.

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