Swedish farmers have expressed concern over the trade agreement struck between the EU and the Mercosur countries – Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay – warning of unfair competition and “dumping”.
Foreign Trade Minister Ann Linde (S) does not see any reason for concern, although she does admit competition will increase. She points out that the deal gives Swedish farmers access to new markets and there will be import quotas on beef and chicken.
The Federation of Swedish Farmers (LRF) is sceptical however, saying farmers will be paying the price for European car makers and pharmaceutical companies to sell their products on better terms to the Mercosur countries.
The trade deal can enter into force in 2021 at the earliest, subject to approval by the European Parliament.
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