Swiss farmers, including one with a sign reading “our end will be your hunger” during a protest against wages, taxes and regulations in downtown Geneva.
In Spain, the three main agricultural unions announced on Friday that they were continuing their mobilization following a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture. A series of demonstrations are planned in the coming weeks in the country, notably on February 13 in Barcelona.
These unions denounce growing frustration and unease of agricultural sector in the leading European country exporting fruit and vegetables.
In the Netherlands, farmers carried out several protest actions on highways on Friday evening and briefly blocked one north of Amsterdam, according to the x27;Dutch news agency ANP.
The highway on the border between Belgium and the Netherlands, occupied on the Belgian side earlier in the day by tractors, has been freed and traffic should resume around 6 p.m. according to the Belga agency. p>
Most of the blockages were lifted on Friday in Belgium, including that of the port of Zeebrugge, but several distribution centers of supermarket chains remained blocked on Saturday, according to Belga.
French farmers had voluntarily lifted most of their roadblocks on Friday, the day after announcements made by their government concerning global aid of 400 million euros and the pausing of a reduction plan pesticides.
The police cleared the last two blockades of the Confédération Paysanne, a minority union, on Saturday. However, smaller actions remained organized. On Saturday, for example, farmers dumped manure in front of two hypermarkets in Indre-et-Loire (center), where they checked products to verify origin and labeling.
In Romania, farmers and road hauliers, who were among the first in Europe to express their fed up by blocking roads, began to leave camp on Saturday, following the x27;announcement of an agreement with their government.
In an attempt to extinguish the anger which was gaining ground on the continent, the European Commission on Thursday promised measures to defend the legitimate interests of EU farmers, notably by reducing the administrative burden of the much-maligned Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
European policy too complex, incomes too low, inflation, foreign competition, accumulation of standards, soaring fuel prices: the demands of European farmers are essentially identical in all countries.