During her visit to the European Parliament (EP) on Tuesday (26/05) in Brussels, the Brazilian minister of Agriculture, Kátia Abreu, stressed that both the productive sector and the Brazilian government attach “the highest priority to the EU-Mercosur trade agreement”. The minister also said that Brazil wants a sanitary and phytosanitary agreement with the European bloc, in order to stimulate trade in animals, plants and their products, from both sides.
Kátia Abreu was received by MEPs, also members of the EUBrasil Association: Viorica Dăncilă, vice president of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) of the EP; Carlos Zorrinho, vice president of the Delegation of Brazil in EP; Jan Huitema and Albert Dess. The Minister participated in a debate sponsored by the AGRI committee.
“We are willing to negotiate in order to conclude the agreement as quick as possible and we sincerely hope that the agriculture issues will not be an obstacle,” said the minister. “We want to convince Europeans that a bilateral sanitary agreement would be a great step towards the larger agreement (Mercosur-EU free trade)”, she added. Europeans have such agreements with other strategic partners such as China and the United States.
The minister recognized that Brazil ” is not entirely open to trade”, but reiterated that “the fate of the economy is now to integrate and overcome barriers”.
MEP Dăncilă was actively promoting the economic partnership between Brazil and the EU. “I believe that the development of trade relations between Brazil and the EU will be good for both parties. The structured dialogue on sustainable agriculture and rural development can generate positive and visible results”, she said.
With a full agenda for several meetings with representatives of the European Commission, Kátia Abreu said she hopes to “dissolve the obstacles with the European health authorities and carry out a health agreement between the EU and Brazil so that there can be between trade facilitation and that Brazilian pork could soon reach the European market”.
The Minister participated on the 24th in Paris to the 83rd General Session of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), in which the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul were officially recognized as swine fever-free areas.
From Brussels, Kátia Abreu goes to Geneva following the multilateral agenda and the conclusion of the Doha Round. “I will give a clear message that Brazil wants to strengthen the multilateral trade system incorporated in the WTO, the full integration of agriculture in the multilateral system and the completion of the Doha Round”, the minister said.
“Brazilian agriculture, however, will not accept a trade round with minimal results in agriculture,” she added.
The official visit is part of a series of commitments aimed at promoting agribusiness. From Geneva, the minister will go to London.