'They want the Bolsonaro Government in the Lula Government', Says the Minister of the Environment

Marina Silva said she will try to avoid changes in Congress, which could jeopardize the agreement with the European Union


According to the Minister of the Environment, Marina Silva (Rede), the attempt to change the Esplanade of Ministries undertaken by Congress intends to reinstall the environmental policy of the government of former President Jair Bolsonaro (PL).

"They want to change the Esplanade's interim measure in order to implement the Bolsonaro government in the Lula government," she said.

FILE PHOTO: Brazil's Environment Minister Marina Silva attends an interview with Reuters in Brasilia, Brazil March 24, 2023. REUTERS/Adriano Machado/File Photo - REUTERS

Marina also says that the changes could jeopardize the attempt to reach a trade agreement between Mercosul and the European Union since the Europeans have been making strict demands regarding the environmental agenda.

For the minister, the alterations may also lead to problems related to the recent agreements with China, focused on partnerships in the environmental and agribusiness areas. Marina also stated that the changes, if consolidated, would go against her work and that of the Minister of Agriculture, Carlos Fávaro, who has been trying to "reposition Brazil with investors".

As Folha had anticipated, parliamentarians linked to agribusiness have moved to block Lula's (PT) environmental policy and resume Jair Bolsonaro's (PL) organization chart.

Translated by Cassy Dias

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