The Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness says MEPs
have successfully managed to persuade the EU Commission not to give concessions
on the beef trade to the Mercosur countries. Ms McGuinness was one of a number
of MEPs who was concerned that the EU was prepared to sacrifice the European
beef industry to gain other deals with the group of South American countries. The
EU is currently negotiating a trade deal with the Mercosur countries. Ms
McGuinness says the EU Commission now understands the importance of protecting the
European agriculture industry from cheaper imports from South America.