France on agreement negotiation with Mercosur

France will not ratify any agreement with Mercosur countries if it harms the interests of French farmers and consumers.

The EU is negotiating a trade agreement with the four founding members of Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay) as part of a bi-regional Association Agreement.

France is looking forward to a trade deal but would like to see a protection mechanism for EU beef farmers and guarantees concerning climate and environmental issues, especially for the Amazon rainforest.

The current negotiations include:

  • tariffs
  • rules of origin
  • technical barriers to trade
  • sanitary and phytosanitary measures
  • services
  • government procurement
  • intellectual property
  • sustainable development
  • small- and medium-sized enterprises