Over a thousand tractors have converged on Brussels from various parts of Europe in an attempt to blockade the city. This action coincides with an informal summit of the European Union’s heads of state and government scheduled for this Thursday. The farmers’ aim is to demand more support for agriculture and to voice their concerns over the high costs associated with meeting the new climate and sustainability goals agreed upon by the 27 member states.
Although agricultural policy was not on the agenda for the leaders, who are meeting primarily to urge Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to lift his veto on a €50 billion aid package for Ukraine, some leaders have expressed a desire to also discuss agricultural issues.
According to the initial count by the Brussels Police, at least a thousand tractors have gathered in the streets surrounding the European quarter, including the square leading to the main entrance of the European Parliament, to express their opposition to the Green Deal supported by the European People’s Party and the Socialists, as well as the 2030 Agenda.
” This is not the Europe we want” and “Fed up with promises, we want actions” are among the slogans displayed in various languages on the banners held by farmers in Luxembourg Square, where protesters have also burned several tires. Authorities have bolstered the already strict police presence typically deployed during European summits in the city.