Thursday August 6, 2020

Analysis: O’Reilly’s inquiry could force changes to Mercosur deal

The European Ombudsman has raised questions about the sustainability and environmental impact of the proposed trade deal with four South American countries, and a critical finding by her would be difficult for the EU to ignore

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent

14th July, 2020
Emily O’Reilly, European Ombudsman: the Irishwoman has launched an inquiry into the Mercosur deal on foot of a complaint by five NGOs. Photo: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty

Could an Irishwoman have dealt a blow to the controversial Mercosur deal?

The announcement in recent days by European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly that her office has launched an inquiry into the EU’s proposed trade deal with four South American countries went almost unnoticed in this country. Its potential impact, however, should not be underestimated.

The Mercosur deal would cut tariffs and reduce regulatory checks on significant amounts of trade between the...

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