EU agriculture ministers discussed solutions with fresh demonstrations in Brussels on Monday

European Union (EU) agriculture ministers are meeting in Brussels on Monday to analyze responses to the crisis facing farmers, the same day and venue as a new protest planned by the sector.

European Union (EU) agriculture ministers are meeting in Brussels on Monday to analyze responses to the crisis facing farmers, the same day and venue as a new protest planned by the sector.

According to a European diplomatic source, the council – which is not included in the Belgian EU presidency's calendar – “will take into account the situation of farmers across Europe, and will be the same”.

At this meeting – which will be represented by the Minister of Agriculture of Portugal, María do Ciú Antunes – the latest measures proposed by the European Commission and those already adopted by various national governments will be analysed.7

In particular, ministers expect a first approach to a proposal to simplify the provisions of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) aimed at easing the bureaucratic burden on farmers and changes in land allocation responsibilities.

“The more regulations there are, the more administrative burden there is,” points to the same source.

According to the same source, the Council wants to address “structural problems in the sector” and the objections of some member states, such as Poland, regarding facilities for exporting agricultural products to Ukraine.

The EU Council meeting is taking place on the same day as a new farmers' demonstration is planned in Brussels.

On Thursday, the social executive proposed measures including, in particular, simplification of CAP mechanisms, mechanisms for certain restrictions and clarification of the application of the concept in a broader sense to disasters such as drought or floods.

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