Tractor protest, EU renews exemptions. Lollobrigida: “The meeting was good”

The European Commission has announced a new extension of the derogation from the common agricultural policy (CAP) rule which provides that to access community aid farmers must leave certain amounts of fallow land. This was announced by the vice-president of the community executive Margaritis Schinas at a press conference. The one linked to fallow land is one of the measures to make the agri-food sector sustainable against which, however, farmers are protesting by lining up tractors on the streets of various European cities.

Lollobrigida: “The meeting with the tractor movement was good”

“Well, the meeting went very well” said Lollobrigida as he entered the Fieragricola district of Verona after speaking at length with representatives of the tractor movement. For safety and traffic reasons, the authorities did not allow the farmers to arrive in procession with all their tractors, limiting the demonstration in front of the fair to just five agricultural vehicles. “Our ministry tries to put our agriculture, our fishing, our breeding at the center which are quality and respect for the environment. Farmers are the first environmentalists in the area”, added Lollobrigida. “They are those who protect what is most precious to them, the land that gave them bread, and must return to giving it to them, enriching them and their families, and in this also our nation, and defending our reference value which is the quality”.

“We must protect Made in Italy because we are a small nation. If we do not defend this level of quality, the right price, the right income of our farmers, we as a nation lose the sense of existing – continued the minister, concluding – Made in Italy is a broad system that we have conquered with our history, with our culture, with millennia of contamination from other cultures, which we have been able to put together and offer to the rest of the world”.

Von der Leyen: “We will continue to dialogue with farmers”

“Farmers are the backbone of EU food security and the heart of our rural areas. Today’s measure offers further flexibility to farmers at a time when they face multiple challenges. We will continue to engage with our farmers to ensure that Pac achieves the right balance between responding to their needs and the continued provision of public goods to our citizens”, commented the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, after the announcement of the extension on the agricultural measures proposed today by the executive community.