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Hundreds of Belgian farmers will participate in protest


Hundreds of Belgian farmers will participate in protest

Brussels, Mar 3 (Prensa Latina) Belgian authorities announced that hundreds of farmers from the city of Flanders headed to the capital in protest against the regional government's nitrogen plan.

According to the latest estimates, at least three thousand tractors will arrive in the capital, where many of the main roads will be closed during the day, causing major traffic jams, according to the Belgian news agency.

Local police advised no to travel to Brussels by car and, if possible, to use public transport.

Rue de la Lois and the European District are also reported to be experiencing serious traffic problems that may persist until late into the night.

The goal is to reach the capital with thousands of tractors, the president of ABS (General Farmers Union), one of the initiators of the demonstration said.

ABS and its youth section, as well as some civil society organizations, condemn the nitrogen plan in its current form, fearing that it will lead to a socio-economic bloodbath in the industry.

Partners are calling for a thorough revision of the agreement, which should limit nitrogen emissions to preserve the environment, claiming that local farmers suffer too much from the planned restrictions compared to industrialists.

On the other hand, the European Commission refuses to allocate the first direct aid of the Common Agricultural Policy, 2023-2027 for Flanders, as the initial provisions of last year’s nitrogen agreement were already integrated into the strategic plan for the region.

However, this measure is now discussed again by the local parliament, but after another night of negotiations, no agreement was reached.


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