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EU Discards Lowering Standards if Brazil Wants to Renegotiate Agreement With Mercosur

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The presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) warned on Friday that it will not lower “standards” if Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro wants to revise the association agreement negotiated with Mercosur.

“We have seen the elections in Brazil and what was said during the campaign, which tells us that Brazil wants to renegotiate and reopen what has already been achieved,” Margarete Schramböck, the Austrian Economy Minister, told the press. an EU Council of Trade Ministers.

“From my point of view, we will not give in to anything that undermines European standards, both in agriculture and in industrial products,” said the president, who holds the position in industrial products,” said the president, who holds the position in a rotating role.

“We do not know anything about the new government in Brazil,” said European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström after being questioned about the agreement that the EU has been negotiating with Mercosur since 2000.

Cecilia explained that her interlocutor is “the current government” of Brazil.

“This is what we do and next year we will see what happens, so we are trying to give the last impulse or at least enough to make the agreement really close,” and then “discuss it with the new government,” he concluded.

The commissioner said that the contacts between the EU and Mercosur have “intensified” in recent weeks and that “we are making progress, but there is still work to be done”.

Negotiators from both blocs will begin next Monday in Brussels a new round of negotiations with the intention of giving a technical and political impetus to the pending issues.

“The EU remains committed to a successful conclusion of an ambitious, balanced and mutually beneficial agreement with Mercosur once all the necessary elements are in place,” EU sources said.