NAK joins campaign against EU's South American FTA

Trade

The Hungarian Agriculture Chamber (NAK) is joining a campaign by COPA-COGECA, Europe's biggest interest group for farmers, against a free trade agreement the European Union has negotiated with South American trade bloc Mercosur, according to business daily Világgazdaság.

NAK told Hungarian news agency MTI that the trade agreement, in its present form, could bring a flood of food products of unknown origin into Europe and put already vulnerable European farmers at a disadvantage.

NAK said the agreement would clear the way for the import of sugar and ethanol produced in factories that don't meet European standards. It added that Brazilian farmers use 27 insecticides and pesticides that are banned in Europe. Talks on ratification of the EU-Mercosur trade deal were re-started after Portugal took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU on January 1.

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