EU farmers worried about increased imports of beef from Mercosur
Staff Writer |
Cheaper imports from Mercosur and the recovering dairy market will push down EU beef production and prices, states in a long-awaited impact study released by the European Union.
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Dairy and pigmeat exports will see steady gains, says the report, which looked at the cost of 12 pending trade deals on EU agri-food markets.
European Union Agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan said the report will strengthen the EU’s hand in trade talks, especially with Mercosur countries Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.
”We expect that countries that we are trading with now, or negotiating with, will take into account this particular study in moderating their expectations of the EU in terms of what we can offer,” said Mr Hogan.
“I think that this document and this study certainly gives us a lot more ammunition in terms of any negotiations that we would have with countries like Mercosur.”
Beef was taken off the menu in the Mercosur talks earlier this year, but not before a draft EU quota offer of 78,000 tonnes of beef was made public. It is higher than the 45,000-tonne quota agreed with Canada, which is to be phased in over several years.
Irish Agriculture Minister Michael Creed said the report “vindicates” Dulbin's position. “The message coming from Ireland is that the beef sector is no longer prepared to be the sweetener for trade deals, particularly for Mercosur” he said.
France, Germany, and the UK spoke out about the negative effects of trade deals, particularly with Mercosur, on Europe’s farmers. ■
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