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In front of the European Parliament, during a demonstration organized by agricultural unions, in Brussels, February 26, 2024.

The European Ministers of Agriculture had been welcomed with the sound of horns upon their arrival in Brussels on Monday February 26. More than 900 tractors, in line with the Belgian police, had converged on the European capital early within the morning to reveal their anger and put stress on the Twenty-Seven. Coming from Belgium, Italy, Spain, but additionally, to a lesser extent, Germany, the Netherlands and France, they crisscrossed town whereas the Twenty-Seven seemed for an answer to their malaise.

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1er Already in February, on the event of a gathering of European heads of state and authorities, farmers, perched on their machines, invaded the streets of Brussels. But, this Monday, a few of them clearly wished to battle and confronted the police deployed en masse within the neighborhood of group establishments.

After the blocking of varied motorways, the Brussels ring street, numerous tunnels resulting in town and the street to the airport, scuffles befell till mid-afternoon between demonstrators and the police. Bombarded with numerous objects, they responded with sprinklers, which had been additionally used to place out quite a few tire fires, straw bales and wood pallets. The farmers' message was clear: what has been proposed to this point is inadequate and they’re going to proceed to protest till they get extra.

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For weeks, they’ve accused the European Union (EU) of being responsible of a lot of their ills. In basic, they denounce an excessively bureaucratic Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), commerce agreements to their drawback, a pricey European Green Deal and even unfair competitors from Ukrainian merchandise which, because the begin of the warfare, have entered the interior market with out customs responsibility.

To extinguish the fireplace

A number of weeks earlier than the European elections, scheduled for June 6 to 9, the Twenty-Seven, firstly France, concern that this discontent will gasoline a far-right vote already in robust development, in line with the polls, and gasoline ambient euroscepticism. In this context, they urge the Commission to placed on the desk proposals able to placing out the looming hearth.

Since the top of January, the Commission has introduced two units of measures to strive to reply to the agricultural protest motion which is affecting a big a part of the Old Continent. After having determined to exempt farmers from fallowing obligations till June 2025 and burying a regulation which supplied for the discount by half of the usage of pesticides, it proposed, final week, a brand new bundle which might be detailed in March.

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