Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Trade Agreements

Photo of Carol NolanCarol Nolan (Laois-Offally, Independent)
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854. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if an impact analysis has been performed on the EU-Mexico trade deal signed on 28 April 2020, specifically with respect to the Irish beef sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5888/20]

Photo of Michael CreedMichael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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I welcome the conclusion of negotiations on the modernisation of the EU-Mexico Global Agreement, as it provides for significant access to the Mexican market for EU agri-food products, particularly in the dairy, pigmeat and poultry sectors. It also provides full protection for 99% of European Union Geographical Indications.

This agreement was included in the Free Trade Agreements study commissioned by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, and carried out by Copenhagen Economics in 2018. The results indicated a minimal level of impact to the Irish beef sector with regard to any Mexican beef exports to trading partners.

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