Minister says EU deforestation project is trade protectionism

Brazilian Foreign Minister Carlos França has said the European Union (EU) proposal to ban deforestation-related products from entering the region is a form of “trade protectionism”. | Photo: Marcelo Camargo / Agência Brasil

Brazilian Foreign Minister Carlos França said the European Union (EU) proposal to ban deforestation-related products from entering the region is a form of “trade protectionism”. The statements were made in an interview with the British Financial Times newspaper published on Sunday (28).

“I cannot accept that the environment is used in the form of trade protectionism. It is bad for consumption and trade flows ”, declared the Minister. França also said that there is a kind of “myopia” on the part of the bloc in relation to the project.

The European Union’s proposal was presented on November 17 and calls for countries that sell products such as meat, timber and soy to members of the bloc to prove that these products do not come from areas of illegal deforestation.

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