Excellent today will discuss support for the sector with representatives of agricultural unions

Excellent today will discuss support for the sector with representatives of agricultural unions
Excellent today will discuss support for the sector with representatives of agricultural unions
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Commercial presentation Update: 02/29/2024 00:04
Issued by: 29/02/2024, 00:04

Prague – Minister of Agriculture Marek Výborný (KDU-ČSL) will discuss proposals to support agriculture with representatives of the Agrarian Chamber and the Agricultural Union this evening. In addition to the abolition of taxation on agricultural subsidies and a discount on social insurance, these also include greater support for animal welfare or employment in the countryside. Based on the outcome of today’s meeting, the Agrarian Chamber and the Agricultural Union will decide whether to call farmers’ protests against the national policy in the Czech Republic.

“We expect that Minister Výborný will present the conclusions of the government negotiated within the framework of the coalition of five,” spokeswoman for the Agrarian Chamber Barbora Pánková told ČTK. The chairman of the TOP 09 parliamentary club, Jan Jakob, has already stated that his party will refrain from proposals in agriculture that would mean a collapse of the state budget. According to Ivan Bartoš, Minister for Regional Development and President of the Pirates, the abolition of taxation of agricultural subsidies would ultimately benefit large companies, which in an effort to obtain higher support buy small and medium-sized enterprises, he said.

Radim Fiala from the opposition SPD has already stated that his party would support Výborný’s proposals in a possible parliamentary debate. According to him, the SPD would supplement the file with other measures, such as a ban on the import of grain from Ukraine. In general, according to Fiala, farmers will be helped by the overall reduction of subsidies in EU countries.

Last Thursday, Czech farmers protested against the agricultural policy of the European Union together with farmers from Slovakia, Poland and Hungary, as well as Lithuania and Latvia. He is in excellent agreement with them regarding the bureaucratic burden and the amount of EU controls, he said earlier. The goals of the EU’s Green Deal for Europe, against which farmers also protested, must be realistic, he also said. Large non-governmental agricultural organizations distanced themselves from the protest of some farmers last Monday in front of the Ministry of Agriculture in Prague.

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