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Clashes In Brussels As States Agree EU Farm Policy Review

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Clashes In Brussels As States Agree EU Farm Policy Review

Brussels, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 27th Mar, 2024) EU member states Tuesday agreed to unpick more eco-friendly requirements under the bloc’s common agricultural policy (CAP) in a new bid to pacify months-long protests by farmers – – who faced off with riot Police in Brussels for the third time in two months.

Police said they used tears gas and water cannon against farmers who targeted them with eggs and Molotov cocktails, with two officers injured in the standoff and one arrest.

The CAP review was approved by a special committee as Agriculture ministers met under tight security in the city’s European quarter, which farmers thronged with 250 tractors, setting fire to tires and bales of hay.

“We have listened to our farmers and we have taken swift action to address their concerns at a time when they are confronted with numerous challenges,” he said. David Clarinval, deputy prime minister of Belgiumwhich holds the rotating EU presidency.

He said the revision sought to slash red tape and give farmers more flexibility in complying with green regulations while “maintaining a high level of environmental ambition” — a claim rejected by environmental groups who see it as a big step backwards.

Farmers have been mounting rolling protests in countries across the EU, from Belgium to France, Spain, Italy and Polandover a long list of burdens they say are depressing revenue.

The latest in a string of concessions on Agriculture come less than three months before bloc-wide elections for the European Parliament. Surveys predict the vote will result in a surge of support for far-right parties that are using farmers’ discontent as part of their campaigning.

The proposal now goes before EU lawmakers for approval.

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