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Czech and Slovak farmers join the EU neighbors in blocking borders in protest

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Published Feb 22, 2024

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Farmers from several countries including the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland have staged protests along Czech borders, demanding changes to European Union policies and less bureaucracy. The protests, which have resulted in the blockage of some crossings, are driven by concerns over low prices, high costs, cheap imports, and constraints from the EU's Green Deal climate change initiative. The farmers are also expressing dissatisfaction with the EU's 2022 decision to waive duties on Ukrainian food imports, which they argue has led to unfair competition.
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By Radovan Stoklasa HOLIC, Slovakia (Reuters) -Farmers from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and elsewhere staged protests along Czech borders on Thursday, blocking some crossings as they demanded less bureaucracy and changes to European Union policies. Farmers across Europe have been stepping up protests this year, including in Poland, France, Germany, Spain and Italy, complaining of low prices and high costs, cheap imports and constraints from the EU's Green Deal climate change initiative. Farmers blocked the Hodonin-Holic crossing on the southern Czech border with Slovakia for more than an hour as hundreds of tractors lined the highway. Protesters, including some from Hungary who had travelled by bus, waved national flags and held signs saying "Stop bureaucracy" and "Stop Ukrainian grain". Vladimir Chovan, a 60-year-old Slovak farmer, said the sector faced "a hundred million problems" harming its competitiveness. "The biggest problem is bureaucracy," he told Reuters. Czech ...
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