The Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy
is calling for a stalling of trade talks between the EU and South American
countries. Mr Carthy says the EU Commission is giving too many concessions to
the Mercosur countries on the beef trade. A number of MEPs are concerned that
the EU Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmstrom, is offering tariff rate quotas
for beef to the Mercosur countries. Matt Carthy argues such a concession could
force some Irish farmers out of business.