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Protests continue as politicians grapple with farmers’ anger

This day was another day of farmers’ protests and debate over the future of European agriculture.

From Spain to Bulgaria, farmers want their voices to be heard. Meanwhile, the European Parliament is discussing the empowerment of farmers and rural communities.

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A tractor blocked a roundabout in the center of Pamplona in northern Spain on Tuesday. Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP

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It’s another day of farmers’ protests and debates over the future of agriculture in Europe.

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From Spain to Bulgaria, farmers want to have their voices heard. Meanwhile, the European parliament is debating empowering farmers and rural communities.

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Irache Garcia PerezThe chairman of the Social Democratic Group said in the debate:

We need more dialogue and less polarization.

Farmers need to realize that the conflict between the right and the far right is hurting their interests. The far right does not want to increase agricultural subsidies; what they want is the renationalization of agriculture, which would be disastrous for Europe. farm.

We need to dialogue with farmers and listen to their views, and the protests deserve a clear response from the Commission and Member States.

Prior to today’s discussion, tilly mets“The farmers’ protests are not a surprise to us,” said a Green Party member of the European Parliament’s agriculture committee.

For too long, EU agricultural policy has prioritized big agricultural profits over smallholders. And hard-working farmers are finding it difficult to make ends meet.

She added:

Farmers are caught between high input costs and low retail prices. The Green Party/EFA is calling on the European Commission to launch an investigation into how strong agricultural oligopolies affect farmers’ incomes and to propose guidelines for windfall taxes on agricultural products.

We need fair conditions for farmers, and that includes trade deals. That is why we are also calling for an end to the Mercosur Fair Trade Agreement.

A thorough reform of the CAP, including the common market mechanism, is needed to ensure a fair distribution of support, local job creation and progress on the ecological transition.

manfred weberAgriculture is its own policy area, the leader of the centre-right European People’s Party group told the European Parliament today.

He emphasized that agricultural policy also concerns the future of rural areas, and that there are major challenges ahead of us.

At EPP, we support biodiversity, water conservation and animal welfare protection, and we must meet the challenges of our time head on. But we cannot pursue ideological policies. Policies must be based on debate and expertise.

he added:

Farmers know they can count on us. We will be their advocate. We have fought hard. Yes, we are in favor of protecting biodiversity. Yes, we are for protecting the environment, but we are with farmers, not against them.

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Maroš ŠefčovićThe European Commission’s Permanent Vice-President told MEPs this morning that the agricultural sector has shown “remarkable resilience” but that Europe must “ensure that our food systems are also fit for the future.” I have to do it.”

With the Green Deal, we have already set out an ambitious roadmap to lead us to that future. However, the realities of climate change, biodiversity loss, deepening resource scarcity, price shocks and increased competition are having a significant impact on the agricultural sector and rural communities.

We have seen from farmers protesting on the streets of Europe that many of them feel trapped and their needs are not being met.

We must therefore act to protect the future of this sector, those who work in it and those who benefit from it – all of us.

He spoke of the need for “a future where agriculture and nature work together in balance.”

Mr Šefčović acknowledged the polarization and said it was essential to bring all parties together to define a common vision.

Our farmers have the right to earn a decent living. And that will only happen if we work together to achieve our climate and biodiversity goals.

European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcović spoke at the debate. Photo: Ronald Witek/EPA

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Haja Rahbib“The Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union has taken note of the measures announced by the European Commission to respond to the demands of our farmers,” Belgian Foreign Minister told the European Parliament this morning.

“We will add this item to the agenda of the next Agriculture and Fisheries Council on February 26 to enable the Minister of Agriculture to express his opinion on the measures proposed by the committee and the possible needs. ‘I call for further action,’ she said.

The Minister added:

As the European Council pointed out on 1 February, the Common European Agricultural Policy has an important role to play. However, the rules adopted in 2021 for CAP reform need to be re-evaluated in light of current realities,” she said, adding that the rules were established before COVID-19 and before Russia’s war in Ukraine. He pointed out that it was presented to him.

Haja Rahbib will speak at a discussion on empowering farmers and rural communities. Photo: Ronald Witek/EPA

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Protests continue as politicians grapple with farmers’ anger

This day was another day of farmers’ protests and debate over the future of European agriculture.

From Spain to Bulgaria, farmers want their voices to be heard. Meanwhile, the European Parliament is discussing the empowerment of farmers and rural communities.

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A tractor blocked a roundabout in the center of Pamplona in northern Spain on Tuesday. Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP

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