Trade deals “done right” are shown to work for EU farmers

There is clear evidence that “ambitious and balanced” trade deals work for European food and farming says Europe’s Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan.

He was speaking earlier today, after the launch of a new study which has demonstrated the positive effects of three trade agreements which are already in place; relating to EU farm deals with Mexico, South Korea and Switzerland.

“These three agreements alone have increased EU agri-food exports by more than €1 billion (£852 million) and have raised value-added (business) in the agri-food sector by €600 million (£511m),” said Mr Hogan (pictured above).

“Just as importantly, this increase in exports has supported thousands of jobs in total across the EU, most of which in the agri-food sector, including in primary agriculture.

“These figures are clear evidence that ambitious and balanced trade deals work for European food and farming.”

European Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström, agreed, adding: “Trade deals, done right, are a force for good for our farmers and food producers.”

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