> El Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC) entre la UE - Colombia y Perú entrará provisionalmente en vigor sin la aprobación de los Parlamentos Nacionales de los 27

The EU-Colombia Peru Free Trade Agreement (FTA) will enter into force without the approval of the National Parliaments of the 27 Member States

The European networks OIDHACO and Grupo Sur deplore the political agreement reached today by the European Council allowing the provisional implementation of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the EU - Peru and Colombia, before getting the approval of the national parliaments of the 27 EU Member States.

"With this decision the European Council seems to ignore the deep controversy linked to this Agreement. The EU did not provide us with convincing answers to the concerns raised by the European and Latin American organizations. There are no mechanisms to ensure that the Agreement will not increase the pressure on the environment, social conflicts and human rights violations. And there is no clarity on the mechanisms allowing to activate the Human Rights clause. These and many other questions need to be brought to a democratic debate through the national parliaments of the 27 prior to any implementation", says Vincent Vallies, OIDHACO spokesperson.

Lourdes Castro, representative of the European network Grupo Sur adds: "The provisional entry into force of this Agreement will also exert pressure on the national parliaments for them to vote in favor of the FTA, which is unacceptable."

The European Council should therefore bear the political responsibility for the human rights violations and negative environmental and social impacts that might occur during the provisional implementation. Potential impacts that have been identified by the Assessment commissioned by the European Commission during the negotiations.

Today's decision is a political agreement and "will be adopted at a forthcoming meeting, once the text of the agreement has been finalised, and the consent of the European Parliament will be requested for conclusion of the agreement".

With this decision, the European Council is once again making it obvious that, contrary to the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty, business is a priority over human rights. It is also creating expectations to overcome the economic crisis on the basis of false solutions.


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