Almeria confronts EU in Brussels

The delegation that visited Brussels Credit: Javier A. García X

The anger of farmers in Almeria which has been expressed by the regular blocking of roads by parades of slow moving tractors has rebounded on the European Union.

Almeria in Europe

Working together, representatives of the Almeria Provincial Council and the Junta de Andalucía appeared before the European Parliament in Brussels on February 20 with a day-long presentation  entitled ‘Almeria in Europe, an integrative approach: Water, Energy and Food’.

They argued that the agricultural sector of the province is one of the most sustainable agricultures in the world but currently faced many problems and therefore had very reasonable demands concerning the influx of cheap foreign fruit and vegetables, the additional cost faced by local farmers due to EU regulations, the high cost of fuel and the current drought.

More help needed

The Almerian politicians were accompanied by experts drawn from different universities who were able to confirm the statements being made by the delegation and although Almeria admitted to being grateful to the European Union for its support, they want to see more.

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