EU countries to demand bloc does more to help farmers, draft statement says

March 12, 2024

BRUSSELS -- European Union country leaders will urge the EU to work quickly on more measures to support farmers in response to months of protests by angry agriculture workers, draft conclusions for an EU leaders' summit showed. Draft conclusions for an EU summit on 21-22 March, seen by Reuters, showed EU country leaders plan to ask the European Commission to work without delay on "all possible short-term measures, including those to reduce the administrative burden and achieve simplification for farmers". Photo: ReutersThe EU should also take action to strengthen the position of farmers in the food supply chain, and ensure they can earn a fair income, the draft said. The EU Environment Agency this week said current EU food policies are failing to address climate change risks. Photo: ReutersIt suggested Europe consider policies to encourage less livestock farming, since shifting to plant-based proteins could help farmers reduce their reliance on imported animal feed and use less water, which climate change is making an increasingly scarce resource in drought-stricken southern Europe.

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