Eastern European farmers plan protests: Latvians might join in

Representatives of farmers from Eastern and Central European countries have reached an agreement to hold joint protests against the agricultural policy of the European Union. Latvian farmers have reportedly also agreed to partake, Latvian Television reported February 15.

A spokeswoman for the Polish Agrarian Chamber Barbora Pánková said that the international protest was agreed upon by farmers from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, and also Latvia. As part of it, protesters will travel to border crossings, but no more information on the plan has yet been provided.

The act could take place on February 22.

Farmers want to prevent uncontrolled imports of cheaper Ukrainian agricultural produce, as well as ease EU environmental protection requirements. The demands include fair compensation, simplifying the bloc's agricultural policy, and reducing red tape.

Meanwhile, protests by farmers continue in individual countries.

There were widespread farmers' protests in Poland on February 9, one of the biggest so far.  Farmers have also protested in other countries, including Latvia. On February 5, around 2,000 farmers participated in the protests. Farmers with tractors, posters, and Latvian flags had taken to the streets in a total of 16 Latvian cities.

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