Brazilian support measures for sugar-ethanol sector: CEFS, CIBE & EFFAT respond to UNICA

CEFS, CIBE and EFFAT represent 61 sugar producing companies, 28,000 workers, and 140,000 sugar beet growers. To coincide with the last round of trade negotiations between the EU and Mercosur, our organisations published a press release calling for the exclusion of sugar from the discussions. The Brazilian sugarcane association – UNICA – issued a response shortly afterwards. Our reply to UNICA can be found here: it offers a broad overview [...]

CEFS statement on Brexit

With regards to the negotiations concerning the departure of the UK from the EU, CEFS asks for the following:[1] 1. No disruption of trade After Brexit, the UK will be the EU-27’s most important export market for sugar. It is essential that sugar producers in the EU-27 retain access to the UK market, both as part of an eventual trade agreement and to avoid a “trade gap” between the conclusion [...]

EU-Mercosur negotiations: Stand up for EU sugar and ethanol!

EU sugar and renewable ethanol producers, sugar beet farmers, and workers call for no concessions on sugar and ethanol in the context of the EU-Mercosur trade negotiations. Brazil is the world’s largest producer and exporter of sugar, accounting for a massive 52 per cent of world net sugar exports in 2015. Brazil is also the second largest producer and exporter of ethanol worldwide. Brazil is already the single biggest beneficiary [...]