ER Editor: On Twitter X, #Mercosur est presque pret (Mercosur is almost ready) is trending. We have to reiterate – it’s a movie. This is such curious timing, n’est-ce pas? Mercosur was put on hold a handful of years back, and now comes into force right before the European elections with no public input, just as the farmers are ready to explode? Nobody-governs-this-way. For Mercosur, check here.
Translation: In the midst of peasant anger, the EU explains that the agreement with Mercosur is almost ready: 99,000 tonnes of beef raised in buildings and stuffed with antibiotics. 180,000 tonnes of chickens with customs duties. The EU is murdering our farmers.
En pleine colère paysanne, l’UE explique que l’accord avec le Mercosur est presque prêt:
✅99.000 tonnes de bœuf élevés dans des bâtiments et bourrés d’antibiotiques.
180.000 tonnes de poulets avec 0 droit de douane.
❌L’UE assassine nos agriculteurs ⤵️
A lire ici… pic.twitter.com/S2VdoggLBl
— Philippe Murer 🇫🇷 (@PhilippeMurer) January 25, 2024
Translation: The Macronists have already voted for the Mercosur treaty and yet they are trying to make us believe that they are against it. How crazy is this?
Les macronistes ont déjà voté pour le traité Mercosur et pourtant ils essayent de nous faire croire qu’ils sont contre.
C’est quel niveau de foutage de gueule, ça ?pic.twitter.com/weuuzPbQ2r
— Marcel (@realmarcel1) January 29, 2024
Translation: LIAR! In 2019, Macron approved the issues of #Mercosur and organized competition between our farmers at the risk of signing their death warrant. animals with hormones, spoiled meat scandal AMAZING #BlocusRungis #BlocusParis #blocageDeParis Rungis
MENTEUR! En 2019, Macron approuvait les enjeux du #Mercosur et organisait la mise en concurrence de nos agriculteurs au risque de signer leur arrêt de mort.
🗣️👂animaux aux hormones, scandale de la viande avariée HALLUCINANT ‼️⤵️ #BlocusRungis #BlocusParis #blocageDeParis Rungis pic.twitter.com/qQ7cuXYtxA
— Jeanne 🐞 (@StMary_Eton) January 30, 2024
Independent French politician Florian Philippot skewers the French MEPs —
Translation: But why on October 6, 2020 were there not 100% of French MEPs in favor of rejecting the EU- #MERCOSUR free trade agreement?! Far too many red thumbs (votes against rejection: Macronists, LR) and yellow thumbs (abstention: RN) here! This Treaty will bring our farmers and our agriculture to the ground! It’s time today to go cry with the #AgriculteursEnColere in front of the cameras: we shouldn’t betray them! #FrexitVite And out come the traitors!
Mais pourquoi donc le 6 octobre 2020 n’y a-t-il pas eu 100% des eurodéputés français pour le rejet de l’accord de libre-échange UE-#MERCOSUR ?!
Bien trop de pouces rouges (votes contre le rejet : macronistes, LR) et jaunes (abstention : RN) ici !
➡️ Ce Traité va mettre à terre… pic.twitter.com/ukaZ7wI4qZ
— Florian Philippot (@f_philippot) January 26, 2024
For the record, we don’t believe this woman is still around —
Translation: Amazing ! In the midst of the #AgriculteursEnColère revolt, the European Commission has just committed a huge provocation by announcing that it wants to accelerate the adoption of the EU- #MERCOSUR Free Trade Treaty, which would kill our agriculture! It can do this perfectly because the Treaties provide that the EU has “exclusive competence” over trade! Read this! “The executive vice-president of the European Commission, the Latvian Valdis Dombrovskis, has just created astonishment in the agricultural world during a press conference by declaring: ‘A conclusion of the negotiations with Mercosur is within reach before the end of this mandate. We are working to seize this opportunity which is of major geopolitical importance! » (see: lopinion.fr/economie/accor ) Let’s destroy the EU before it destroys us! The #Frexit and the trials for high treason are essential! The rest is blah blah!
Incroyable ! En pleine révolte des #AgriculteursEnColère, la Commission européenne vient de commettre une énorme provocation en annonçant vouloir accélérer l’adoption du Traité de libre-échange UE-#MERCOSUR, qui tuerait notre agriculture !
Elle peut parfaitement le faire car les… pic.twitter.com/C1Ah8l4IWL
— Florian Philippot (@f_philippot) January 25, 2024
La solution pic.twitter.com/tZThC3xhug
— Eric BLS ❤🇲🇫 (@BlusseauE) January 25, 2024
Chile, Mercosur… nothing stops Brussels’ crazy agenda
LAURIANE BERNARD for FRANCE SOIR
WORLD – On Wednesday January 24, in the midst of an agricultural revolt, the European Parliament approved a new free trade agreement between the European Union and Chile. And the European Trade Commissioner has just announced that Mercosur would be signed before the European elections.
What is Brussels playing at?
While farmers’ protests are in full swing in Germany, with France seemingly following suit, MEPs from the International Trade Committee gave the green light to “strengthening political and economic ties with Chile” by 66 votes to 12 (and 4 abstentions). Parliament must confirm this vote during its second session in February in Strasbourg.
Agriculture versus fuels
On the one hand, this agreement plans to greatly facilitate imports of raw materials and fuels (lithium, copper, hydrogen) to the European Union. Companies specializing in this sector will also have fewer constraints establishing themselves in Chile. But all this has a price, and as is often the case, it is agriculture that will pay the bill. In return , the text plans to abolish customs duties of up to 96% on imports from Chile.
With the entry into force of this new free trade agreement, Chilean exports to France could reach 9,000 tonnes per year for pork, 4,000 tonnes for sheep meat, 2,000 tonnes for beef! The poultry sector, already very disrupted by Ukrainian imports , would go from 18,000 tonnes of imported chicken to almost 40,000!
Just like the one passed with New Zealand, the text promises to protect the marketing of 216 European geographical indications. It also pretends to take sanctions, “as a last resort”, in the event of a serious violation of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the social and labor obligations of the International Labor Organization. No doubt to make people forget the absence of reciprocity of standards between the two agricultural productions… Not enough to calm the anger of the farmers, therefore.
And, last but not least , the European Trade Commissioner has just announced that the agreement with Mercosur would be signed before the European elections in June!
A conclusion of negotiations with Mercosur before the end of this mandate
At a press conference in Brussels on January 23, Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commissioner for Trade, said that “a negotiating conclusion with Mercosur is within reach before the end of this mandate.”
As a reminder, the Mercosur treaty has been signed since 2019, but has never been ratified due to European concerns about Brazil’s ecological commitment. Concerns quickly disappeared once President Lula was re-elected to power in January 2023, while discussions were at a standstill under the presidency of Jair Bolsonaro. A European delegation went to Brasilia last September to finalize the negotiations.
What’s in the pipeline? 82% liberalization of agricultural imports! French farmers will appreciate it.
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