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European indigenists demand Apartheid in agreements with MERCOSUR

Not only smoke is the barrier to agreements with MERCOSUR in Europe.

MERCOSUR agreements with the European Union and EFTA, which bring together Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, have become targets of attacks by European NGOs and indigenist politicians.

After concluding a trade agreement with the EU, Brazil and MERCOSUR also come to an agreement with the countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). Both blocks started negotiations in 2015. But it was not until 2017 that there was a political decision that an understanding should be reached. That same year, trade between the blocs exceeded $ 8.7 billion, EFTA data show. Apart from the four European countries, Brazil exported 1.9 billion euros in 2018 and imported 2.6 billion euros in the same year.

Agricultural products, food, coffee and aircraft parts are among the main items of Brazilian exports to the EFTA markets. But one of the Swiss fears was that they would miss a deal with MERCOSUR and lose room for EU products.

In Norway, the Rainforest Foundation has warned that it will campaign for the treaty not to be ratified:

“Norway should not come to terms with Brazil until deforestation increases and forest fires are not stopped. These are perfectly legitimate and reasonable requirements in negotiating for a trade agreement,” the company’s secretary general, Øyvind Eggen, told NTB’s website.

Faced with the decision by France and Ireland to threaten the agreement between MERCOSUR and the EU for the same reasons, Norwegian parliamentarians also asked the government to do the same.

“Norway must act like other European countries, namely to demand a better policy for the Amazon as a condition for the ratification of the trade agreement,” said the secretary general.

The deal came the same week that Oslo decided to suspend transfers to the Amazon Fund.

The Norwegian Farmers’ Association also said it was “concerned” by the news that an agreement had been reached. One of the group’s arguments is that the Norwegian government demands environmental standards from local producers that are not required from MERCOSUR. The result, they said, would be unfair competition.

In MERCOSUR diplomacy, reactions in Europe are presented as excuses to justify agricultural protectionism, a true tradition in Old Continent politics.

In Switzerland, Alliance Sud, the Fédération Romande des Consommateurs, Public Eye and Unitaire also warned against the deal. According to the group, if environmental and social criteria are not met, the entities could “test the agreement in Parliament” at the time of ratification.

Indigenous apartheid and gender ideology included

In a statement issued on Saturday, entities say they are not against trade agreements. But they warn of the “impact on peasant families, indigenous people and the environment in MERCOSUR countries, as well as on Swiss agriculture, food employment and Swiss consumers.”

According to the entities, the agreement contributes to “further violating the rights of indigenous peoples in Brazil”.

The MERCOSUR Agreement with the EU includes the acceptance of the Paris Agreement, which establishes the UN-promoted Apartheid policy and gender ideology.

The creation of exclusive territories for Amerindians is accompanied by ethnic cleansing against the local population, mostly poor and Brazilian Mestizo ethnicity people.

The entities called for concessions on agricultural imports not to exceed Switzerland’s WTO commitments.

“Meat imported from MERCOSUR countries must also have been produced in accordance with high animal welfare and food safety standards. To ensure that consumer protection is not compromised, controls and reporting on imported food should be improved,” they said.

Rewrote from UOL.

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