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2019.12.12 12:00

Lithuanian farmers protest in Brussels for 'equal' treatment

Paulius Viluckas, BNS2019.12.12 12:00

Lithuanian farmers will gather in Brussels on Thursday to protest direct payments that are 32 percent below the EU average.

Currently, Lithuanian farmers receive 181 euros in payments for one hectare of land, compared to the EU average of 266 euros. Under the existing proposal, they would drop in the first year, but would rise to 204 euros by the end of 2027.

"There should be no such criteria like the old and new EU member states. We all have to be together," the president of the Agricultural Chamber of Lithuania, Arūnas Svitojus, said on Wednesday.

The goal, he said, is to ensure that Lithuania and other Baltic states are treated as equal partners.

The protest on Thursday is organised by the chamber and will be held during the EU Council meeting on the long-term financial perspective for 2021-2027.

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