Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (715)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

715. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a final completed sustainability impact assessment of the Mercosur trade agreement will be completed by the European Commission; if only an inception report has been completed to date; and if five stages remain to be completed before the final sustainability impact assessment report is completed. [31210/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Inception Report for the EU-Mercosur Association Agreement Sustainability Impact Assessment has been completed. This assessment provides an overview of the proposed framework for conducting the sustainability assessment analysis and methodologies to be employed, including the consultations activities, for the study.

The Inception Report also only provides the preliminary analysis for the tasks to be expanded upon throughout the implementation of the project, namely, the quantitative and qualitative methodologies for the economic analysis; social analysis; environmental analysis, human rights analysis; and the sectoral analysis.

The final report, is expected to include recommendations to maximise the benefits of the agreement while ensuring the competitiveness of enterprises and preventing or minimising potential negative impacts.