Belgium: Baltic farmers call for fairness from EU at Brussels protest

Farmers from the Baltic States held a protest in Brussels on Thursday, demanding a fairer distribution of direct payments under the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The demonstrators held various banners with slogans such as «We're fed up with discrimination» and «Common anti-Baltic policy.» They were joined by Prime Minister of Estonia, Juri Ratas, who underlined the... Еще importance of having «equal conditions for the Baltic farmers.» The demonstration took place amid the European Council meeting, with EU's heads of state and government discussing the Multi-Annual Framework (MFF), which would determine the budget spending of the EU for a period of 2021-2027. Earlier this week, farmers of from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania sent a letter to the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz criticising the fact that since their accession to the EU in 2004, they had been consistently granted less support compared to the other member states, receiving only around 50 percent of the European average in direct payments.

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