A meeting of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Czesław Siekierski, with farmers of the “Podkarpacka deceived village” is scheduled for Saturday afternoon. The talks, also attended by the Podkarpackie Voivode Teresa Kubas-Hul, are held at the Voivodeship Office in Rzeszów.
The press team of the Podkarpackie Voivode informed about the event. After the meeting, approx. 17, a press briefing is planned, during which details will be provided.
A contract is to be signed
According to unofficial information, an agreement will be signed between the minister and the protesting farmers during the meeting.
From November 23, near the border crossing with Ukraine There is a protest of farmers from the “Deceived village of Podkarpacie” in Medyka. After a month, on December 23, the Minister of Agriculture, Czesław Siekierski, came to Medyka and assured that the farmers’ demands would be met. A day later, the farmers suspended their protest until they received a written declaration that their demands were met.
The leader of the “Podkarpacka cheated village”, Roman Kondrów, announced that if he received a written declaration from the Prime Minister that their demands would be met, the protest would probably not be resumed.
The protesters want a declaration in writing
As Kondrów told PAP on Wednesday, “so far we have not received a written declaration signed by Prime Minister Donald Tusk that our demands will be met. There was only a note from the meeting (December 23 – ed.), in which Minister (Czesław) Siekierski together together with Mr. (Deputy Minister of Agriculture Michał) Kołodziejczak, they assure us that our demands will be met. But we have not received any guarantees or declarations in writing, which is why we are taking up the protest tomorrow.
On Thursday, January 4, farmers resumed their protest and blocked the crossing again. They demand, among others: subsidies for corn, increasing the pool of money for liquidity loans for farmers and maintaining the agricultural tax at last year’s level.
The queue is getting longer
As the services reported on Saturday morning on the granita.gov.pl website, the estimated time for truck drivers to cross the border in Medyka is 65 hours, i.e. over two and a half days. This is longer than in recent days: on Friday it was 55 hours and on Thursday – 48.
Asp. Joanna Golisz from the Przemyśl police said that a total of approximately 630 trucks were waiting in line for customs clearance in Medyka on Saturday morning. This is slightly more than on Friday – then the line of trucks consisted of 570 vehicles.
Main photo source: PAP/Darek Delmanowicz