The agricultural sector of Hegoalde will join the protests in rural Europe from tomorrow


Demonstrations will take place in Álava, Navarra and Bizkaia to demand changes in the European Union (EU) agricultural policy and actions by the autonomous communities in light of the crisis experienced by the countryside.

Just as they did last week in Iparralde, from tomorrow the farmers of Hego Euskal Herria will join the European protests and take to the streets with their tractors to denounce that their situation is untenable: they will demand changes in environmental regulatory requirements and more flexibility of the common agricultural policy (PAC).

There is currently no unitary call. The UAGA, the agricultural union Alava, has organized its main protest for the 7th in Vitoria-Gasteiz, while EHNE and ENBA have planned a rally with tractors for Friday, February 9 in Bilbao. In turn, three trekkers, called by individual farmers through a WhatsApp group, will explore different parts of the area tomorrow.

In a statement, UAGA explained that a tractor will enter the country next Tuesday Alava capital between 10am and 11am, meeting at the Jundiz industrial estate. They will spend the night in a parking lot on the outskirts of the capital before leaving in a caravan on Wednesday morning for the Basque government, where the central event of the mobilization will take place, with the reading of a manifesto. They then return to Jundiz to protest in front of the various logistics platforms operating there.

Similarly, three tractor groups, convened by individual farmers through a WhatsApp group, will visit different points Navarre. One of the marches departs from the Azagra area towards Cárcar, another from the Valtierra area towards Tudela and the third from Cintruénigo towards Castejón and Tudela. It is estimated that approximately 300 tractors can participate. UAGN, EHNE and UCAN do not participate in these mobilizations, entities that, as they have confirmed, are in contact to organize a joint protest calendar in the medium term.

For their part, the agricultural unions EHNE and ENBA from Bizkaia have organized a rally with tractors for the next 9th in Bilbao to demand an end to the free trade agreements and the guarantee of fair prices for the baserritarras. In a joint statement, both factories call for a tractor to be concentrated in the Arenal of Bilbao, after the abandonment of vehicles from different regions.

The unions demand flexibility and simplification of the current CAP, as well as a ban on unfair practices on the international market. In this sense, they demand the immediate cessation of negotiations on free trade agreements, such as Mercosur.

At the moment, Gipuzkoa is the only area not considering mobilizations.

Source: EITB


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