Kelleher welcomes EU Ombudsman’s inquiry into Mercosur trade deal

Fianna Fáil MEP, Billy Kelleher has welcomed the announcement of an inquiry into the EU Commission’s Mercosur Trade Deal by the EU Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly.

This is a positive and responsible move and further highlights the concerns I, and many others, have about this deal from a trade and climate change perspective.

„At the core of this inquiry is the EU Commission’s failure to follow its own advice and carry out a full Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) before concluding the agreement with a number of South American countries.

„If the EU cannot follow its own guidelines, how can we be confident that the decision taken is in the best interests of EU citizens and of the environment?

„The idea that such a trade deal would not have a major impact on sustainability is ludicrous to me. How can producing beef in South America and transporting it across the Atlantic to Europe, when we already produce, to the highest animal welfare and environmental standards, enough high quality beef ourselves, be environmentally sustainable?

„Ms O’Reilly’s decision to commence an inquiry makes sense to me, and represents a victory for those EU citizens who are deeply dismayed by the Commission’s short-sightedness.

„We need to rethink the Mercosur deal, and to put it bluntly, scrap it,” concluded Kelleher.

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Billy Kelleher MEP
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