Agricultural organizations of Central and Eastern Europe called on farmers to protest against the agrarian policy of the European Union. The Czech Agrarian Chamber announced this in a press release today, according to which mass demonstrations are to be held on February 22.
Farmers’ protest in Nuremberg, Germany, January 12, 2024
Farmers have recently been protesting in many European countries due to their disagreement with the EU’s Green Deal for Europe, which aims to achieve climate neutrality for the twenty-seven countries by 2050. Farmers also draw attention to rising costs or, in their view, unfair foreign competition.
On Monday and today, the agricultural delegations discussed the problems connected with the Union’s policy and its effects on agriculture in Otrenbus, Poland, on the south-western outskirts of Warsaw, with the European Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski. According to the Czech Agrarian Chamber, organizations from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia submitted their demands to the commissioner. These include compensation to farmers for compliance with new rules related to environmental protection, relief in the field of bureaucracy and transparency of the subsidy system, as well as better regulation of Ukrainian production aimed at the Union market.
At the same time, agricultural organizations called for the organization of protest drives to border crossings, where farmers will meet their colleagues from other countries.
Massive protests are coming
“If the European Commission does not present a plan to solve these problems in a real way, these actions will be repeated at the border crossings,” the Czech Agrarian Chamber states in a press release, according to which it is also preparing for massive protests at the republic level.
“Only by joint coordination of our demands and a joint procedure do we have a chance to draw attention to the desperate situation in which European agriculture currently finds itself, and to create pressure on both European and Czech politicians,” said Jan Doležal, president of the Agrarian Chamber.
Demonstrators demanding better conditions for farmers have complicated transport and blocked borders in France, Germany, Poland, Romania, Spain and Portugal in recent weeks. The protests are related not only to the European Union’s efforts to deal with climate change, but also to the opening of the market for cheap Ukrainian products, which is supposed to help Ukrainians facing Russian military aggression.