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The Union calls for analysis of the impact of the Mercosur treaty on Spanish citrus fruits

In a statement to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Union has asked for a real analysis of the impact of Mercosur, stressing the "risks" that the EU-Mercosur trade agreement may entail for Valencian productions and has demanded that the acting minister "deepen" the consequences that this agreement may have "before officially positioning itself in the ratification of the agreement". In this context, he has given an example to the French executive, which commissioned independent experts to carry out a complete study of the impact that this agreement could have on French production.

The Union has been "cautious" and has asked that the government and Congress "do not rush" to ratify the agreement. "This issue has been under negotiation for 20 years. It would not have made sense to have waited so long if none of the most important impediments to precipitation for signature had been changed," they warned.

For its part, AVA-Asaja has considered it "unsuitable" for an Agriculture Minister to make a "triumphalist assessment" of the agreement with Mercosur "when there are European producer sectors that are going to be seriously affected, as is the case of citrus cultivation".

In this context, he pointed out that imports from these countries to the EU far exceed exports of European agri-food products to Mercosur. Specifically, in 2018, 377,350 tons of citrus were imported, while 27,700 tons were exported.

AVA has demanded "strict tariff measures and that citrus be declared a sensitive product". The president of the organization has assured that they are not against free trade, since they are exporters, but "free trade does not mean that anything goes and it is necessary to carry out an impact study. In the same vein, he has argued that those who are going to enjoy this treaty are precisely the large Spanish companies and investors, who will do business while other productive sectors, the usual ones, are plunged into absolute ruin."

 

Source: Europa Press/20minutos.es 


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