Tagged: Farmers

Farmers protest in Athens, but leave tractors at home

Some 2,000 disgruntled farmers arrived in Athens on Tuesday to protest tax and social security hikes, but desisted from driving their tractors and pick-up trucks into the city center as some had suggested would happen last week. The farmers gathered at Vathis Square near Omonia around 1.30 p.m. and were marching to Parliament on Syntagma, […]

Farmers vow more action after reaching impasse in talks with gov’t

Talks between government officials and representatives of protesting farmers, who have been blocking road junctions for three weeks over ongoing austerity, failed to yield a compromise on Friday, prompting unionists to threaten further action. Agriculture Minister Vangelos Apostolou headed up a government delegation that held three hours of talks with unionists representing farmers from around […]

Farmers block highway in northern Greece

Farmers angered by hikes in taxes, gas prices and social security contributions on Thursday shut the Serres-Thessaloniki national road at the junction of Lefkonas, in northern Greece. Meanwhile, police was trying to prevent about dozens of farmers from driving their tractors to the Promachonas checkpoint on the border with Bulgaria. “We are determined, we shall […]

Greek farmers gunning engines for nationwide protests, blockades

Farmers angered by hikes in taxes, gas prices and social security contributions warmed up their engines on Monday for nationwide action. The protest action, which unions have vowed will be forceful and prolonged, started with a strong statement as dozens of tractors and pick-up trucks blocked off a section of the Patra-Corinth national highway near […]

Farmers block border in northern Greece

Farmers and livestock farmers in Kilkis, northern Greece, blocked access to and from the Evzoni crossing on the border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on Saturday. The protest action, which included some 50 tractors and 50 pickup trucks ended at 3 p.m. on Saturday, but is expected to be the first of several […]

Vitsas: The new electoral law does not lead to lack of governance

“The argument that the new electoral law leads to lack of governance is unfounded,” Alternate Defence Minister Dimitris Vitsas said in statements to Skai TV on Wednesday (06/07/2016). As he said, the new electoral law will restructure the political system and dismissed reports for lack of governance. On the contrary, he said, coalitions and political […]

Apostolou: 12,000 farmers to pay back illegal ‘Hatzigakis’ subsidies

The Minister of Agricultural Development Evangelos Apostolou announced that a joint ministerial decision is being prepared, in order to claim back the illegal subsidies to farmers granted by former Minister Sotiris Hatzigakis in 2009. These state subsidies, which are worth 421 million euros, have been found to be illegal by the European Courts. These specific […]

Farmers decide to withdraw from the road blocks and customs offices

The farmers have taken the decision to withdraw from the road blocks they set up on the national highways in late January, following the recent meetings with the government and Prime Minister. The situation began to normalize on Saturday, with the farmers at Tempi Valley leaving the area, but warning that they will return, should […]

Farmers start to leave roadblocks

Thousands of farmers across Greece abandoned on Saturday the roadblocks they had manned over the last few weeks in protest at proposed tax and pension reforms. Farmers drove their tractors home after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held talks during the week with representatives of dozens of roadside pickets and promised some improvements to the plan […]

Prosecutor of the Supreme Court intervenes in the roadblocks

Prosecutor of the Supreme Court Euterpe Koutzamani has ordered prosecutors in Greece to intervene with the assistance of Greek Police and open the roads that are blocked by farmers. Mrs. Koutzamani highlights that the phenomenon of blocking public roads by participants in farmers’ protest actions which has been recorded recently constitutes an offense according to […]

Farmers preparing for further escalation of protest actions

The government proposals presented at Monday’s meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras have not pleased the farmers, who are now preparing to escalate their protest actions. Already access to the customs offices at Promachonas and Exochi have been cut off, with trucks and cars unable to cross over. Similarly, many road blocks on the national […]

Farmers return to the road blocks after talks with government

The meeting held on Monday between the government and farmers did not result in any agreement between the two sides, with the farmers returning to their road blocks. Both sides stated that meaningful talks took place on Monday, however there was no clear consensus among the farmers about the outcome of the meeting and whether […]

Farmers return to the road blocks after talks with government

The meeting held on Monday between the government and farmers did not result in any agreement between the two sides, with the farmers returning to their road blocks. Both sides stated that meaningful talks took place on Monday, however there was no clear consensus among the farmers about the outcome of the meeting and whether […]

PM Tsipras: We must reclaim our national wealth to exit the crisis

The meeting between the Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and farmer representatives is currently under way, in spiteof the tension and disputes among the ranks of farmers that emerged and threatened the meeting. Police security measures outside the Prime Minister’s office at Maximos Mansion are rather high, with all farmer representatives going through thorough checks before […]

Farmers’ meeting with gov’t risks failing

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsirpas will meet on Monday noon with the representatives of the farmers in an effort to de-escalate the tension occurred and persuade the farmers to put an end to their protest actions. However, it seems that the first dialogue scheduled to take place today might not bring the desired results, since […]

Greek PM to meet farmers next week

Representatives of Greece’s protesting farmers will meet on Monday with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in a bid to break the lingering deadlock, the government said Friday. Agricultural Minister Vangelis Apostolou said Friday that most farmers’ unions had responded to a government proposal for talks next week. “The path of dialogue remains open,” the minister said. […]

More than 2,800 vehicles stuck on Greek-Bulgarian border

Greek authorities say more than 2,800 vehicles are trapped at crossings on the Greek-Bulgarian border, following road blockades by protesting Greek farmers and counter-protests by angry Bulgarian truckers. Police say about 1,300 lorries and cars were stuck on the Greek side of the main Promahonas-Kulata crossing Thursday, and about 1,500 in Bulgaria. Scores more are […]