Polish PM Tusk says he will meet protesting farmers on Thursday


  • World
  • Wednesday, 28 Feb 2024

FILE PHOTO: A man looks on as Polish farmers protest over price pressures, taxes and green regulation, grievances shared by farmers across Europe and against the import of agricultural produce and food products from Ukraine, outside the Chancellery of the Prime Minister in Warsaw, Poland, February 27, 2024. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/File Photo

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Wednesday he would meet protesting farmers' leaders on Thursday, as demonstrations continued across the country.

Farmers across Europe have been protesting for weeks against constraints placed on them by EU regulations meant to tackle climate change, as well as rising costs and what they say is unfair competition from outside the EU, particularly Ukraine.

"I have convened an agricultural summit in Warsaw for tomorrow ... I will meet with the leaders of all protesting groups," he said during a press conference.

"We have a very important problem. We are the most pro-Ukrainian nation when it comes to aid, but we have the biggest problems in Europe resulting from the war."

He added a current EU proposal to limit the amount of food products arriving from Ukraine to levels from the last two years was "unacceptable" for Poland and it wanted the reference amount to be set at levels from before Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

He said that he was ready to take tough decisions regarding the border in consultation with Ukraine.

"I do not hide the fact that we are talking to Ukraine about temporarily closing the border," he said.

On Wednesday, thousands of Polish farmers took to the streets of Warsaw.

(Reporting by Alan Charlish, Pawel Florkiewicz and Anna Wlodarczak-Semczuk; Editing by Alex Richardson)

Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!
   

Next In World

Ukraine downs Russian strategic bomber after airstrike kills eight, Kyiv says
Ecuador set to vote to approve raft of security measures in Sunday referendum
Ukraine's Zelenskiy visits frontline Donetsk region
Trump uses hush money trial to squeeze small donors, court big spenders
Trump's Stormy Daniels payoff trial hinges on his intent
Lawyers aim to wrap up jury selection in Trump criminal trial
Russia's Shoigu says tank production is booming
US ‘swatting’ pranks stoke alarm in election year
G7 identified "specific steps" to help Ukraine, Kuleba says
Tech neck is a pain in more than just the neck

Others Also Read