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Read ePURE's new position paper on the EU-Mercosur trade agreement

23/10/2019

Ahead of consideration by the European Parliament and Member states of the EU's trade agreement with Mercosur, ePURE has published a position paper informing policymakers that the agreed concession granted to Mercosur in the form of a Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) for ethanol remains disproportional as:

  • the EU ethanol market has not grown significantly to allow the absorption of such volumes which
    correspond to close to 12% of the entire market
  • it risks seriously disrupting the EU ethanol market for all end-uses
  • unlike the EU, Brazil has a remarkable ability to protect and support its industry and farmers
  • the agreement ignores that renewable ethanol is positive for Europe if produced domestically

Download the full position paper here.