Ireland joined France and asked that the agreement between the European Union and Mercosur not be ratified “in its current form”

Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar speaks to the press as he attends a European Union summit in Brussels, Belgium, February 1, 2024. REUTERS/Johanna Geron (JOHANNA GERON/)

The prime minister of Ireland, Leo Varadkarsaid this Thursday that the agreement of the European Union (EU) and Mercosurcurrently in its final phase of negotiation, “cannot be ratified in its current form”.

In this way, Varadkar “echoed” the request recently launched by the French president, Emmanuel Macronwhose government has shown its determination to ensure that the EU give up negotiations with Mercosur in current conditions.

“I would like to echo President Macron’s comments about Mercosur. This trade agreement cannot be ratified in its current form. “We cannot have a situation in which we impose environmental regulations on (European) farmers and then allow imports from countries that do not have those same requirements,” said the Irish prime minister upon his arrival at the summit of heads of state and government that takes place today in Brussels.

French President Emmanuel Macron attends a debate at 'Student Evening', a forum for speech and debate, at Lund University in Lund, Sweden January 31, 2024. TT News Agency/Johan Nilsson via REUTERS
French President Emmanuel Macron attends a debate at ‘Student Evening’, a forum for speech and debate, at Lund University in Lund, Sweden January 31, 2024. TT News Agency/Johan Nilsson via REUTERS (TT NEWS AGENCY/)

Coinciding with the summit, hundreds of farmers They have been there since early in the morning with their tractors. Brusselswhere they have called rallies to protest against the decrease in income, environmental regulations, administrative overload or free trade agreements such as the one that the European Union and Mercosur (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay Paraguay) have yet to conclude.

According to Varadkar, the leaders spoke last night at a dinner held at the European Council about the demands of farmers, who in recent weeks have multiplied their protests in several EU countries, such as Germany, France or Belgium.

The leaders “understand the pressures our farmers are under with the increase in the price of fertilizers and the cost of energy, the new environmental regulations (…) I think the priority for us should be to implement the existing rules and not impose new ones.” additional over the next couple of years,” said the Irish politician.

A delegation from the Young Belgian Farmers association blocks a motorway between Paris and Brussels in Halle, on the outskirts of the Belgian capital, on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, for the third day in a row.  Like other farmers in the European Union, they demand less bureaucracy and more money for their products.  (AP Photo/Raf Casert)
A delegation from the Young Belgian Farmers association blocks a motorway between Paris and Brussels in Halle, on the outskirts of the Belgian capital, on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, for the third day in a row. Like other farmers in the European Union, they demand less bureaucracy and more money for their products. (AP Photo/Raf Casert) (Raf Casert/)

The reasons for farmers’ discontent were not expected to be formally addressed at today’s European summit, which focuses on aid to Ukraine and the situation in Gaza.

However, the French president arrives at the summit with the intention of discussing the matter during his stay in Brussels.

(With information from EFE)

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