The mobilizations of farmers and ranchers in the European Union (EU) have become widespread in recent days, following the contagion effect of tractor units in Germany. In this country, representatives of the agricultural sector have decided to challenge the government, and if there are no final changes, the protests will continue in the coming days. But Germany is not the only member state where professionals in the agricultural sector took to the streets and roads, because protests were also recorded in Romania and France.
In the latter country, protests began in the area of Toulouse and Tarbes, very close to Lourdes, when they blocked one of the existing highways in this department of the Central Pyrenees. Sources from France’s main agricultural union, FNSEA, acknowledged that they were considering a call for a large-scale national protest in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, in Spain, the first mobilization that can be included in this framework will take place on Friday. This is what is called by the Valencian Farmers Association (AVA) that belongs to Asaja and will be held in the region of Utiel-Requena. This is what they call the “wine bonfire,” which will consist of burning a mountain of branches from vines that have been uprooted for lack of profit. This is the first of a series of protests throughout the Valencian community.
On the other hand, the Union of Unions announced a series of tractor rallies that will end in Madrid on February 21, in front of the headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture. On the other hand, agricultural organizations such as Asaja will study in the coming weeks, during the meeting of its national board of directors, the implementation of tractor rallies in different parts of the geography of Spain due to the agricultural policy implemented by Luis Planas, the Minister of Agriculture, in particular. , and for the actions of the Government of Pedro Sánchez, in general, with a focus on its emerging star, Teresa Ribera.
It is true that initially, the protests in the various EU member states had their origins in general problems and demands. But it is also true that there is a common background among all of them. This is the bad treatment that the community farmers and ranchers consider themselves to be subjected to by the European Commission, the bureaucrats in Brussels, and the Council of Ministers of the EU, which manifests itself in excessive regulation, control, and more obstacles. The main axis is food production.