The EU-Mercosur agreement (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay) concluded in June by the European Commission on behalf of the Member States has yet to be validated by the latter to enter into force. This ratification requires unanimity of Heads of State and Government.
Vienna will have to oppose the ratification by the vote on Wednesday by the Austrian deputies in parliamentary committee. Four of the five parties represented in parliament, including the right-wing majority, forced the government to reject the treaty.
Paris opposed to the treaty
"Austria will refuse the Mercosur Treaty," said the Conservative MP (ÖVP) and former Minister of the Environment, Elisabeth Köstinger. "In South America, tropical forests are destroyed by fire to create pasture and send cheap beef to Europe," she said.
French President Emmanuel Macron announced at the end of August his opposition to the treaty, believing that his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro had "lied" about his commitment to the environment.
This agreement between the EU and the four Mercosur countries is suspended by a specific commitment of the signatories to implement the Paris agreement on climate.
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