About this webinar

Food security is a sensitive topic since MERCOSUR is one of the biggest food exporters in the world. Accordingly, this has created some internal conflicts within the EU (as discussed in webinar #1) such as that it has been argued that, for example, MERCOSUR may not comply with sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) regulations, which could lower cost of food production as well as put EU consumers at risk.

However, the aim of the agreement also is to ensure food security and protect public health, as they both play a central role in the development and well- being of populations, especially in the most vulnerable settings. Join our webinar to find out how can the EU-MERCOSUR cooperation strengthen food security on both continents.

Speakers include:

Moderated by Dr Maria Garcia, Acting Head of the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies. University of Bath

‘EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement’ Series

Negotiations on the free trade agreement between the EU and the Mercosur nations of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay has taken more than 20 years. For many this free trade agreement is seen to undermine the EU’s climate ambitions as well as be a threat to sustainably on the South American continent. The series of webinars will deliver accurate and validated specialist knowledge on this Agreement, the criticism it has provoked and its impact on the climate and environment. In addition to the webinars, a series of papers will be published written by the experts. 

The Four webinars will discuss: 

  1. Protectionism – does it show its face? 
  1. How can cooperation strengthen food security? 
  1. Free trade as a tool to save the environment 
  1. Where is the EU / Mercosur FTA going and why does it matter? 
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