The European Commissioner of Agriculture, Phil Hogan, has been harshly criticized by the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-Asaja) after saying on Monday that Brussels will only look into the negative impact that the agreement signed with Mercosur (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay) may have on the European beef sector, without mentioning any other sensitive Mediterranean agricultural and livestock products that are going to be severely affected, such as citrus fruits, rice and honey.
This decision follows the words of Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malström, who had said days ago that the agreement with Mercosur was closed and nothing could be improved. Now, however, the Commissioner of Agriculture accepts that certain aspects related to bovine meat could be reconsidered, while forgetting other productions equally threatened by the tariff disarmament with Mercosur, which will result in increased imports.
Once again, it is a question - as AVA warns - of dealing with claims that come mostly from northern Europe, while those of producers in the south are neglected. AVA-Asaja president Cristóbal Aguado pointed out that "once again, the difference between Mediterranean producers and those who are not has been made clear."