Written answers

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment

Trade Agreements

Photo of Mary Lou McDonaldMary Lou McDonald (Leader of the Opposition; Dublin Central, Sinn Fein)
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58. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment when he will publish the economic and sustainability impact assessment by his Department of the EU-Mercosur trade deal. [28053/21]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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The Deputy will recall that this particular Economic and Sustainability Impact Assessment consists of two important and complementary components, namely a comprehensive analysis of the potential economic benefits as well as a robust sustainability impact assessment including social, human rights and environmental impacts that the trade Agreement could have in Ireland and the Mercosur countries of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. As such, it is a considerable undertaking, which, unfortunately, has necessitated us running beyond the Q1 2021 deadline by which we had hoped to have the finalised report considered by Government and published.

The detailed research and stakeholder consultations are concluded and the drafting of the Report itself is well advanced such that the Report is expected to be received by my Department in the coming weeks. It will be published as soon as possible after consideration by Government.

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