Latin America and Europe are closely linked economically, culturally, and historically. Several agreements to foster the relationship have been negotiated or are close to conclusion. Changed requirements on both sides regarding scope and content of the agreements as well as the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic which is hitting Latin America particularly hard have dramatically changed the context. FES gathers experts from politics, civil society and academia to discuss the social, political and ecological impacts of the agreements:
EU-Mercosur-agreement | A step forward in trade, a step back in sustainability?
“Discussions on market access, quotas for agricultural products, national sovereignty on public and development policies, consumer protection, as well as concerns about environmental and social impacts, were among the contentious issues that have led to more than 20 years of negotiations. Why is an agreement with MERCOSUR so difficult to achieve? While on the one hand it is welcomed as a historic agreement because of its economic scope, on the other hand it has prompted severe criticism from civil society on both sides. What social and economic impacts can be predicted? Can the future agreement sufficiently guarantee sustainable development and environmental protection?”