Spanish For Free Trade Agreement

April 12th, 2021

The ratification of the EU-Canada agreement by the Spanish government last week once again highlighted the complexity of free trade agreements and the persistent concerns of agricultural companies about the more subtle details of these major agreements. Spanish farmers are both concerned and sceptical about progress in free trade negotiations between Brussels and third countries. Many want more diplomatic efforts to ensure that farmers are not disadvantaged by opening borders. The Trenzado organisation has asked Brussels not to reach an agreement with Mercosur “at all costs” because the trading bloc is made up of powerful agricultural exporters, particularly in the livestock and citrus sectors. The Government welcomes the agreement reached on the lifting of tariffs in the automotive, food and beverage sectors and on the total liberalisation of the cheese market in Japan. The agreement also includes access to the public procurement market in Japan and measures to remove non-customs barriers, including harmonization of rules and standards in the automotive sector. Argentina`s Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra met with Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom on Thursday (April 20th) to discuss the long-awaited EU-Mercosur trade agreement (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay). He referred to the EU trade pact with various southern African countries and concessions to the citrus industry in South Africa. Such free trade agreements between the European Union and Japan, or the recently approved agreement with Canada, are a source of prosperity and strong growth, opening up new markets and improving access to our exports in existing markets, thereby creating quality jobs, a top priority of the government`s economic policy. Sources from Spain`s agricultural associations Asaja, COAG and UPA, as well as other cooperatives, said EU trade agreements often lead to “frustrating” results for the sector, which needs to focus more and more on external markets. Spain`s agricultural sector is concerned about free trade negotiations between the European Union and third parties. The agreement with Canada (CETA) and ongoing discussions with the South American trade bloc Mercosur raise doubts in the Iberian landscape. IT`S EFEAGRO.

José Manuel Roche of the UPA said CETA “is not the agreement farmers want” and lamented that the agricultural sector is only being used as a form of negotiation in trade negotiations. The terms of the future agreement will be of great benefit to both parties, as it will cover 99% of total trade between the European Union and Japan at the end of transitional periods. Spain welcomes the agreement in principle on the signing of a free trade agreement reached on 5 July and approved at the EU-Japan bilateral summit on 6 July A draft free trade agreement between the EU and the South American bloc Mercosur could double EU exports to the region within five years, according to EU sources on the eve of the negotiations. EURACTIV Spain. Fauli said trade agreements are “often very frustrating” and there are also crop concerns because “three or four parasites appear every year” because of imports. Trenzado cited CETA as an example, acknowledged that the agreement was a “good agreement,” but noted that there were “technical layers” and that there had recently been problems exporting stone and kiwi fruit to Canada.

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