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Mercosur / Mercosul

Ulster farmers against any EU/Mercosur deal that includes...

Mercosur / Mercosul 41%

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... beef and lamb


The Ulster Farmers’ Union has raised concerns over the current trade deal being discussed between the European Union and Mercosur. UFU beef and lamb chairman Ray Elkin said: “The potential for a Mercosur trade deal is of great concern to the UFU, and could have a devastating impact on Northern Ireland’s beef sector in particular.”


The proposed deal, which is backed by the European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso and Trade commissioner Karl De Gucht, would likely see a reduction in tariffs on beef imports from Mercosur countries.


“The Mercosur trade deal has the potential to be extremely damaging to our livestock industry. Worryingly, we are hearing that initial estimate are showing that it could cost the EU beef sector over €10 billion”, said Elkin.


Read more: MercoPress. (April 5th 2011)

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