Tusk: EU states may hesitate to ratify EU-Mercosur deal if Brazil ignores rainforest fires
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  • 19:33 24 August 2019

Tusk: EU states may hesitate to ratify EU-Mercosur deal if Brazil ignores rainforest fires

The process of ratifying the EU-Mercosur trade agreement by individual EU member states may be impeded due to Brazil's inaction toward the continuing destruction of the Amazon rainforest, President of the European Council Donald Tusk said Saturday, ONA reports citing Sputnik.

"We, of course, stand by the EU-Mercosur agreement, which is also about protecting the climate and environment. But it is hard to imagine a harmonious process of ratification by the European countries as long as the Brazilian government allows for the destruction the green lungs of planet Earth," Tusk said during a press conference ahead of the G7 summit in the French town of Biarritz.

On Friday, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said that there would be no way that Ireland would vote to ratify the EU-Mercosur trade agreement if Brazil did not honour its environmental commitments and protect the Amazon rainforest.

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