WARSAW, Poland — Polish farmers who had blockaded a border crossing to Ukraine ended their protest after reaching an settlement with the federal government that met their calls for, Poland’s state information company PAP reported Saturday.
The frustration of the farmers was one of many challenges dealing with the brand new Polish authorities of Prime Minister Donald Tusk, which seeks to assist Ukraine whereas additionally addressing the calls for of Polish farmers and truckers whose livelihoods have been harm by the warfare.
Since November, each farmers and truckers have been blockading border crossings, threatening the move of some help going into Ukraine.
Polish farmers complain that imports of Ukrainian foods have triggered costs to fall, hurting their incomes, whereas truckers say they’re being undercut by their Ukrainian counterparts.
The truckers are persevering with their protest, creating queues of many kilometers at serveral border crossings. This week truckers needed to wait over two days earlier than they may cross.
Agriculture Minister Czeslaw Siekierski signed an settlement Saturday with a farmers group known as Deceived Village and Teresa Kubas-Hul, a pacesetter of the Podkarpackie area, which borders Ukraine. Underneath the deal, the farmers agreed to droop their protest on the Medyka border crossing.
The deal states that the agriculture minister accepted the calls for of the farmers, who sought a corn manufacturing subsidy of 1 billion Polish zlotys ($250 million), a decrease agricultural tax and preferential liquidity loans, PAP reported.
The calls for are to be carried out after the legislative course of is accomplished and the mandatory approvals from the European Union are obtained, PAP reported.