Dinaman Tuxá, an indigenous leader, said, “Agreements like this only increase the level of violence against indigenous peoples. We must tell the EU that the signing of this free trade agreement could lead to genocide in Brazil. If they sign this agreement, blood will flow.  Such a measure “would be a technical maneuver to circumvent the legally binding vote of the Austrian parliament that obliges the Austrian government to vote against the agreement in the Council,” Greenpeace said. Once the texts are final and legally revised, they will have to be translated into all the official languages of the EU and Mercosur.  The texts are then submitted to the European Commission for approval by the Council of Ministers of the European Union. Unanimity is required in the Council. If adopted, the Council will sign the agreement and forward it to the Mercosur countries and the European Parliament. An EU Association Agreement must also be approved by the national parliaments of all EU Member States. Ratification of the agreement by the national parliaments of the Mercosur countries is also necessary.  Overall, this is a process that can take many years.
 However, in the EU, the commercial part of the agreement (and certain elements of the preamble, institutional provisions and final provisions) can be provisionally implemented as soon as ratification by Mercosur and approval by the European Parliament. The European Commission may also decide to present the trade column as a separate trade agreement. . . .