The pressure is mounting on the European Commission not to make any further concessions on beef to the Mercusor group of South American countries when trade talks resume next month, reports the Irish Examiner.
Agriculture Minister Michael Creed reportedly said that he and his officials have been active in highlighting the potentially very damaging effects of a Mercosur deal on European agriculture and on the beef industry in particular.
He said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar raised the matter in the course of recent meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker.
Minister Creed highlighted that there is a need for continued vigilance in relation to the conduct of these trade negotiations.
“I will continue to insist that they are handled appropriately, and in a manner that safeguards the interests of the Irish and European beef sector,” he said.
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