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Poland: Farmers Block Roads to Protest EU Agricultural Policies

Sat 10 Feb 2024 | 12:09 AM
Taarek Refaat

Polish farmers closed roads across the country on Friday in protest against the economic and agricultural policies of the European Union.

Radio Poland reported that farmers expressed their dissatisfaction with the Polish government's negative behavior in the face of increasing imports of cheap Ukrainian agricultural products.

Protests have escalated in Poland and several other European countries as a result of pressures resulting from Western sanctions imposed against Russia, which affected supply chains and led to higher fuel and food prices, in addition to the impact of the European Commission’s decision to suspend import duties on Ukrainian products in order to support Kiev, which led to To flood European markets with these products, especially countries neighboring Ukraine.

In the same context, thousands of Spanish farmers blocked highways with their tractors for the fourth day in a row. In protest against the European Union's agricultural policies, and to demand measures to compensate for increased production costs, declining profits, and competition with non-EU member states.

ABC News reported that today's protests centered around the cities of Oviedo, Pamplona, and Zaragoza, where tractors closed many streets, while the demonstrations are expected to continue during the coming weeks, as a large protest will be organized in the capital, Madrid, on February 21.

These protests follow similar protests in France, Poland, Greece and other EU member states in recent weeks, with farmers complaining that the EU's environmental and other policies pose a financial burden and make their products more expensive than foreign imports.