24 July 1998
Euro farmers’ leader slams
By Robert Harris
A FREE trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur, the South American trading group, and Chile was today (Friday) condemned as suicidal by European farmers leader Luc Guyau.
He slammed the European Commissions plan to open negotiations, saying it had ignored wishes of European governments, and the forthcoming start of the WTO negotiations.
“This step is unacceptable, both as regards the method and the principle. Such countries do not have the same space constraints as we do, nor the same environmental legislation, labour costs or high health and food safety standards. It would be suicidal for European agriculture and dupe customers.”
He called on governments to ask the Council of Ministers to turn down the commissions request. “Otherwise, the reaction of European farmers will be extremely firm.”