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Curbing Amazon Deforestation Conditions EU/MERCOSUR Trade Deal

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Until Brazil makes a political commitment to curb deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, the trade deal between the European Union and South America’s MERCOSUR trade bloc will not advance toward ratification in Europe, the EU’s envoy in Brasilia said.

Ambassador Ignacio Ybañez said in an interview that talks were underway to add a commitment to the treaty concluded last year, and that Brazil’s government is aware it is needed to save two decades of negotiations.

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest surged to a 12-year high in 2020, according to official . . .

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