Brazil’s Lula ready to reopen EU-Mercosur pact if he wins election, aide says

Reuters, Anthony Boadle e Lisandra Paraguassu in 25/07/2022

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, candidate of the Workers’ Party (PT) in the Brazilian presidential elections, is in favor of reopening negotiations on the free trade agreement between the European Union and Mercosur to add provisions on environmental protection, human rights and technology, said Celso Amorim, senior foreign policy adviser.

“Without it becoming a pretext for protectionism, I think we can strengthen the clauses on climate,” said Amorim, who was Brazil’s foreign minister between 2003 and 2010. “”It has to be a balanced agreement that takes into account global warming and the need for sustainable development, while on the other hand allowing industrial development with up-to-date technology that must be green.

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