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Spanish Farmers Join the European Protest

Spanish farmers are joining their French and German counterparts in protesting against the pressures of European regulations and the Green Pact. They are planning mobilisations, including a significant tractor rally to Madrid.

Like in France, the rural community is expressing growing frustration and discomfort due to the challenging conditions and suffocating bureaucracy of European regulations.

Major agricultural organisations like Asaja, Coag, and UPA are highlighting the uncertainties of a sector that is ageing without generational succession.

These organisations are drawing attention to the struggles with rising fuel, fodder, and fertiliser costs, and the frustration of seeing food prices soar in supermarkets while farmers and breeders cannot pass on their increased production costs.

Spanish products have been targeted by angry French farmers, who have been emptying trucks at the border. Spanish media are filled with accounts from truck drivers describing the verbal abuse and destruction of their cargoes from south of the Pyrenees.

The Spanish were unprepared for the way French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal echoed the idea of "unfair competition" implicitly aimed at Spanish products.

Luis Planas, the Spanish Minister of Agriculture, responded by emphasising that in the European Union, production and marketing standards are the same for everyone, and there is no competitive advantage from applying different standards.

Spanish agri-food sector representatives are calling for unity and denouncing the difficulties of surviving in a European market that imports low-priced goods from third countries without demanding the same quality standards.

They insist that if there is unfair competition, it comes from non-EU countries, jeopardising the viability of thousands of farms.

They are calling for increased controls on Moroccan imports and for halting agreements with Mercosur and New Zealand, as well as negotiations with Chile, Kenya, India, and Australia.

They argue that these productions, which do not comply with EU internal standards, highlight the contradictions and hypocrisy of European policy.

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