The text of the agreement is supplemented by a series of additional protocols to the agreement that guide the implementation of the agreements and which, in several cases, particularly with regard to specific rules of origin, make changes to the obligations contained in the normative text. The ACE 35 protocols, including the physical integration protocol, are listed below. The documents are listed chronologically, the most recent being mentioned first. As with all EU trade agreements, the Mercosur agreement will not change EU standards, including food standards, agricultural products and fisheries products. European standards are non-negotiable. Like all EU trade agreements, the EU-Mercosur agreement gives governments of both parties complete freedom to manage the distribution of water or other essential services as they see fit. They always decide whether these services are part of the public or private sectors. The agreement between the EU and Mercosur is no different. The history of Venezuela in Mercosur began on 16 December 2003 at a Mercosur summit in Montevideo, when the economic complementarity agreement with Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela was signed. This agreement established a timetable for the creation of a free trade area between the signatory countries and the full members of Mercosur, with a gradual reduction in tariffs.
In this way, these countries have succeeded in negotiating the creation of a free trade area with Mercosur, because a complementary economic agreement, in full compliance with its timetable, is the necessary point for the ramp-up of a new partner. However, on 8 July 2004, Venezuela was elevated to associate membership, without even completing the timetable agreed with the Common Market Council.    The following year, the bloc recognized it as a nation associated with the accession process, which in practice meant that the state had a voice, but no voice. This agreement represents a win-win situation for both the EU and Mercosur and creates opportunities for growth, employment and sustainable development on both sides. The agreement will result in reduced import and export tariffs, although in some cases it will take a long time. It also offers several concrete benefits that will save time and resources for companies wishing to trade with Mercosur countries; among other things, trade procedures will be simplified. Better access to information on existing rules and procedures will also facilitate trade, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises wishing to do business with Mercosur countries. Given that the agreement results in greater production of agricultural products in Mercosur countries, there is also a risk that more land will be used for cultivation and, if the legislation is not sufficient, this could have a negative impact on the environment and climate. This would make it illegal to sell imitations.
This means that the use of a GI for non-authentic GI products is prohibited and expressions such as «type,» «type,» «style» or «imitation» are not permitted. In addition, the agreement provides protection against the misleading use of symbols, flags or images indicating a «false» geographical origin. For example, no one can name Roquefort unless it is the real cheese produced in Roquefort, France, under certain production conditions.