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Brazil forges emerging market alliance to bring down EU environmental barrier

The government of Jair Bolsonaro has led an offensive by emerging economies to prevent Europe from adopting protectionist measures against agricultural products on the grounds that they protect the environment.

In a letter to the European Commission, Brazil and a dozen developing countries warned that such barriers could violate international treaties.

In Europe, governments are considering introducing environmental criteria for importing agricultural products, which could mean the closure of the European market for dozens of national exporters. The process amounts to a decision in the EU in the coming months.

The initiative to draft a response came from Indonesia, which . . .

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