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Hundreds of Spanish and French farmers have prompted visitors cuts on the foremost border crossings between each international locations, Revolta Pagesa sources report. The factors the place intermittent visitors blockages are occurring are Bossòst, La Seu d'Urgell (Lleida), Puigcerdà, Coll d'Ares and La Jonquera (Girona), which add to the visitors interruptions in Irún (Navarra), Canfranc , Sallent de Gállego (Huesca). The motion takes place within the remaining stretch of the marketing campaign for the European elections, which can be held in Spain on Sunday, June 9.

The spokesperson for one of many convening platforms, Revolta Pagesa, Eduard Escolá, has declared to Efeagro in a phone dialog from La Seu D'Urgell (Lleida), that farmers from all around the nation will come to the border — amongst them, a gaggle of Valencians who has traveled by bus to take part within the protest—for a 24-hour day, with which they await “responses” from Spain and the EU. Escolá, who participates in a column that has been joined by “about 450 farmers” with their autos from Tarragona and areas of different provinces, comparable to Penedés and Segarra, defined that the producers have distributed a manifesto with requests to the Government Spanish and to the neighborhood establishments.

Among them, a discount in taxes and help for the price of gasoline stands out, given the “unaffordable” enhance in manufacturing prices; They additionally ask to extend management of imported merchandise. “The EU must make our products prevail, compared to those that come from outside,” he careworn.

The spokesperson for Revolta Pagesa has warned that if they don’t obtain solutions after this Monday's blockade, they are going to name for “indefinite cuts.” The farmers mobilized this Monday have the assist of French agricultural unions on the opposite aspect of the border, however it isn’t anticipated that skilled agricultural organizations on the state degree comparable to Asaja, COAG and UPA, nor Agro-food Cooperatives or the Union of Unions will take part. In France, the authorities of the departments bordering Spain have introduced the restrictions on highway visitors that they are going to impose within the face of the deliberate blockades.

For its half, the National Federation of Transport Associations of Spain (Fenadismer) has referred to as on the safety forces and our bodies to “repress” farmers who attempt to stop the fitting to free motion of the greater than 20,000 Spanish vans that cross the Spanish border each day. With the European elections this weekend on the horizon, they count on the farmers' protests to final for twenty-four hours – till this Tuesday at 10am. The agricultural organizations that assist the protest intend to carry assemblies at totally different factors to disseminate their calls for, linked to the arrival of merchandise from exterior the European Union and the quantity of bureaucratic procedures, amongst others.

According to the French visitors service on its web site, farmers are additionally blocking the A9 highway because it passes via Céret (France), a degree near the La Jonquera border crossing. The chopping of the N-240 between Montblanc and Valls (Tarragona) responds to a different protest, from a gaggle of individuals affected by the works on the A-27, Trànsit sources clarify to Europa Press.

The AP-7 motorway is totally closed to visitors heading to France as a result of protests referred to as this Monday by Spanish and French farmers within the framework of the European elections. According to the Servei Català de Trànsit, the ultimate reduce of the highway, at exit 3, within the city of Llers, occurred round 9:30 a.m., half an hour earlier than the protesters blocked the border. who perform a sluggish tractor march to the focus level, the city of La Jonquera.

The autos are diverted alongside the N-II freeway and the A-2 freeway, the place there are delays of a number of kilometers between Riudellots de la Selva and Fornells de la Selva, though there are different roads affected by protests, which happen concurrently at different crossings. distinguished all through the Pyrenees. One of them is Coll d'Ares, the place the C-38 highway in Molló is already closed to visitors. The N-152 in Puigcerdà, the N-230 and N-141 in Bossòst and the N-145 between Seu d'Urgell and Valls de Valira have additionally been blocked.

The focus, led in Catalonia by the Revolta Pagesa platform, will final for twenty-four hours. With these protest actions, which coincide with the final week of the marketing campaign for the European elections, farmers are asking for higher remedy of the sector within the face of competitors from third international locations exterior the European Union, in addition to a sequence of measures comparable to tax reductions. for agricultural gasoline.

The mayor of Girona, Lluc Salellas, has despatched a message of assist to farmers via social networks on today of protests that can final 24 hours, in accordance with the organizers' forecast.

Caravans of farmers, amongst them a gaggle of Valencian farmers, are already inflicting visitors jams on the roads and are approaching the border with France to start the day of protests and blockades, with a purpose to make calls for earlier than the Spanish Government and the establishments of the European Union (EU) extra assist and management of imports.

Farmers with their tractors, summoned by unbiased platforms, head to the border factors in Navarra, the Basque Country, Aragon and Catalonia, the place the primary visitors issues are already noticeable, particularly in La Jonquera (Girona); In a column from Catalonia there are about 450 folks, in accordance with the organizers.

In the province of Tarragona, protesters have additionally interrupted visitors on the n-240 between Valls and Montblanc, in each instructions. It is deliberate that farmers reduce the border on foot and with tractors in Irún-Biriatou (Spanish and French Basque Country), Canfranc and Sallent de Gállego (Aragón), Bossóst, La Seu D'Urgell, Puigcerdà, Coll D'Ares and the Jonquera (Catalonia).

In Navarra, a number of dozen tractors are heading in the direction of the border with France with none visitors incidents having been reported for the second; About sixty of those autos have left Ezcabarte heading north, in accordance with sources from the Civil Traffic Guard, who point out that there aren’t any visitors issues resulting from this trigger.

For their half, French farmers have been blocking the primary border crossings between the 2 international locations since this morning, in an act that can final 24 hours, to place stress forward of the European elections. On the freeway with the best visitors between the 2 international locations, the connection of the AP-7 on the Spanish aspect (La Jonquera) with the A-9 on the French aspect (Le Boulou), the passage is closed in each instructions resulting from protests. farmers, the French Prefecture of the Pyrénées-Orientales.

This Government delegation careworn that gentle autos mustn’t enter the freeway, however slightly go on secondary roads, and that vans are additionally prohibited from touring on these secondary roads. At the opposite finish of the Pyrenees, the Prefecture of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques indicated that visitors is affected by “the presence of numerous tractors” on the A63 motorway between the Biarritz-La Négresse tollbooth and the Biriatou tollbooth, subsequent to the border.

To keep away from visitors jams inside, 4 accesses to that freeway had been closed in Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz (2) and Biriatou. The Prefecture of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques has additionally indicated that there are some tractors on the French aspect on the crossings to Spain via Aragon, each within the port of Portalet and in Somport.

This day of motion has been an initiative organized exterior the big French agricultural unions and its most seen chief is Jérôme Bayle, who was additionally the one who began the protests in France on the finish of 2023.

In statements this morning to the BFMTV channel, Bayle specified that “our fight today is not against the French Government. It is a warning to MEPs” on the eve of Sunday's elections making an allowance for that 70% of the foundations that regulate agricultural exercise “are decided in Brussels.” This rancher, who has a beef farm close to Toulouse, has insisted that French farmers need to compete with different European international locations “but on equal terms.”

In explicit, he referred to what’s one in every of his foremost calls for, having the identical value of vitality. Something that truly doesn’t rely upon the EU greater than not directly, however on the extent of taxation imposed by every State.

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