EU’s Hogan lashes Irish firms for silence on Mercosur trade deal

EU’s Hogan lashes Irish firms for silence on Mercosur trade deal
Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for AgricultureGetty

Advocates say the agreement could double exports of Irish goods and services to Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay to €4 billion by 2030, but it has received strong criticism from farming groups

European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan has condemned the “silence” of businesses that will benefit from the Mercosur trade deal.

Advocates of the agreement say it could double exports of Irish goods and services to Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay to €4 billion by 2030. It has, however, received strong criticism from farming groups for allowing an extra 99,000 tons of South American beef into the EU market.

But Hogan told The Sunday Business Post that much of...

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