Farmers in Italy, Spain and Poland protest against EU policies
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Regulation & Compliances
Published Feb 10, 2024
Farmers across Italy, Spain, and Poland are staging protests against the European Union's agricultural policies, which they claim are causing increased production costs, reduced profits, and unfair competition from non-EU countries. The farmers argue that the EU's environmental policies are financially straining and result in their products being more expensive than non-EU imports. The protests, which have included road blockades and demonstrations, are calling for action from both national governments and the EU, and are expected to persist in the upcoming weeks.
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MADRID (AP) — Farmers in Italy, Spain and Poland demonstrated Friday as part of ongoing protests against the European Union's agricultural policies and to demand action against rising production costs, reduced profits and unfair competition from non-EU countries. In recent weeks, similar moves have occurred in other EU Member States. Farmers complain that the 27-nation bloc's policies on the environment and other issues are a financial burden and make their products more expensive compared to non-EU imports. The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, has made some concessions to the sector such as postponing plans to reduce the use of pesticides and other dangerous substances. However, the protests have spread. In Poland, where imports of grain, milk and other cheap goods from Ukraine have generated particular anger, farmers drove tractors across the country to slow traffic and block major roads, some holding signs that read, “The EU policy is ruining Polish farmers.” Access ...