Brazil`s average beef exports to the EU over the past 10 years have amounted to 120,000 tonnes per year, according to government data compiled by Abiec. Farmers were concerned about the deal sealed late Friday, as it would put 99,000 tons of South American beef on the European market each year. He has been accused of weakening Brazil`s Ministry of Environment, promoting agriculture and mining in the region, and turning a blind eye to illegal destruction.  The current Environment Minister, Ricardo Salles, has imposed the lowest number of fines for illegal deforestation in a decade.  Camardelli said the agreement increased beef sales to Brazil to the EU, as it accounted for 42.5% of the new annual quota of 99,000 tonnes for beef exports to EU member states allocated to Mercosur. The tax on the new quota is 7.5%. Once the texts are final and legally revised, they will have to be translated into all the official languages of the EU and Mercosur.  The texts are then submitted to the European Commission for approval by the Council of Ministers of the European Union. Unanimity is required in the Council. If adopted, the Council will sign the agreement and forward it to the Mercosur countries and the European Parliament.
An EU Association Agreement must also be approved by the national parliaments of all EU Member States. Ratification of the agreement by the national parliaments of the Mercosur countries is also necessary.  Overall, this is a process that can take many years.  However, in the EU, the trade part of the agreement (and certain elements of the preamble, institutional provisions and final provisions) can be provisionally implemented as soon as mercosur ratifies and approves the European Parliament. . . .