EU trade chief says Mercosur free-trade deal is important

FILE PHOTO: European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis speaks during a news conference in Brussels, Belgium, March 4, 2021. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/Pool

PARIS (Reuters) - The free-trade treaty between the European Union and the South American bloc Mercosur is important, EU trade chief Valdis Dombrovskis said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a parliamentary hearing in France, Dombrovskis also said that the European Union was working with Mercosur on additional commitments on deforestation and climate sustainability under the Paris agreement.

“It is important to have such a deal,” he told French lawmakers.

France said last month there was no chance at the moment that it would ratify the free-trade deal between the two blocs.

Reporting by Matthieu Protard; Editing by Alex Richardson