Not so fast Brussels! Macron pushes EU to take tougher stance in trade talks


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Emmanuel Macron induced the EU to slow down

Ahead of an EU summit on Thursday and Friday, the French president lessoned the European Commission to slow down on trade talks with South America’s Mercosur bloc.

And he required that France was in no hurry to a deal by the end of the year, a goal the Commission has set.

The requests come as Mr Macron seeks to show critics that Brussels can take precautions better protections for farmers and workers.

France has led a group of 11 homelands calling on the EC, which negotiates trade agreements on behalf of European Amalgamating nations, not to rush into a deal with the south American bloc of Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay.

France’s minister to Brazil said on Monday that France would propose a energizing of the notion of “reciprocity” when negotiating a free trade deal.

And that Mr Macron also trusts to raise the bloc’s environmental and health standards in food.

A source mounded the Financial Times: “It seems to us that we are putting the cart before the horse.

“We should oldest think about what we want exactly before heading for contracts.”

EU officials said Macron was interested the Commission was “running too fast” towards a deal with Mercosur, as it also designs to open up talks with Australia and New Zealand who hope to expand exports of farmhouse products.

But the French push goes against a move by Jean-Claude Juncker, the commission president, to accelerate talks with Mercosur.

End week, EU lawmakers backed the start of such free trade talks, while portent negotiators should be cautious about allowing in produce such as butter and beef.

No matter what Mr Macron wants to tread carefully with these new negotiations, without thought his strong belief in free and global trade.

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Mr Macron dialect expects to raise the bloc’s environmental and health standards

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Jean-Claude Juncker pauperisms to accelerate talks with Mercosur

And sources say France needed to learn innumerable on the Commission’s plan for Australia and New Zealand talks and on whether each set of talks should be split.

An EU court prevailing in May opened the door for trade deals to be split in two – one on major parts of bazaar opening that could be fast-tracked and a second centred on investment that resolve need to wait for approval by national parliaments.

Some EU states are troubled that national parliaments remain involved in the process.

One EU diplomat anticipate an “interesting” discussion going beyond just the Mercosur talks, with some boonies clearly wanting to accelerate deals and others more concerned nigh the impact of globalisation and parts of society put at risk by increased trade.

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