The EU’s trade and investment agenda contributes to global forest loss.
Demand for commodities grown on recently deforested land, low import tariffs, and inadequate environmental and social safeguards drive deforestation and undermine community rights. The EU is negotiating Free Trade Agreements with forested countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. The only way to ensure these agreements respect human rights and meet forest protection goals is to include sufficient safeguards and negotiate them in an open, transparent and inclusive manner.
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European Ombudsman: Commission must answer questions over failure to consider environmental, social impacts of South American trade deal
The European Ombudsman has opened an inquiry into the EU Commission’s trade agreement with the ‘Mercosur’ group of South American countries.
This follows a complaint from several NGOs alleging that the Commission ignored its...
EU failed to consider environmental and social impacts of South American trade deal: complaint
The European Commission has ignored its legal obligation to ensure the trade agreement with the ‘Mercosur’ group of South American countries will not lead to social, economic, environmental degradation and human rights violations,...
The EU-Mercosur trade agreement: What is it, and what could it mean for forests and human rights?
In June 2019 the European Union (EU) and Mercosur (Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay) announced that they had reached an ‘in principle’ agreement on the content of a bilateral trade agreement which they had been negotiating,...