Crowds to descend on Brussels for anti-Russian ban demo
Huge crowds are expected to turn out in force at a pre-planned rally held in Brussels, organized by European body for farmers and their organizations, Copa Cogeca.
In July, Copa Cogeca president Albert Jan Maat welcomed plans to increase an EC compensation package aimed at mitigating losses experienced in various sectors across the EU, but claimed much more needed to be done to help alleviate the crisis.
Copa Cogeca estimates the Russian trade embargo has already cut approximately €5.5 billion (US$6.1 billion) from European agri-food exports, including various fresh produce sectors.
It says prices have been below production costs in many member states and low farm incomes have forced several companies out of business.
Today's demo is expected to start outside an extraordinary meeting of EU Agriculture ministers called to discuss the difficult market conditions faced by farming sectors across various member states.
The idea is to demand action with a collective voice and draw attention to the increasing losses experienced by European producers, who Copa Cogeca describe as 'victims of international politics'.
Copa Cogeca is to hold a press conference with speeches expected by both presidents Albert Jan Maat and Christian Pees.