Eu Agreement With Mercosur
The agreement pays import duties on more than 90% of EU goods exported to Mercosur. Tariffs on certain products will be liberalized for longer availability periods to allow sufficient time for companies in Mercosur countries to adapt. For both foreign and domestic service providers, the agreement will not affect the ability of regulators to develop and impose non-discriminatory rules and standards: the Commission has not fulfilled its legal obligation to ensure that the agreement does not lead to social, economic and environmental deterioration and human rights violations. The first draft interim report on the Sustainable Development Impact Assessment was published only four months after the official announcement of the end of the negotiations. This makes the pre-impact assessment process meaningless and does not make it possible for civil society to participate effectively. While the ratification of the EU-Mercosur agreement will be one of the priorities of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU, the five organisations invite the EU Ombudsman to look into the matter in order to suspend the ratification process until the completion of the impact assessment (including the consultation of civil society on the results and recommendations, and the Commission`s response to take account of these results). The agreement came after twenty years of negotiations….