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Farmers from 10 European countries join forces against EU policies

Czech farmers took their tractors and other vehicles to several border crossings on Thursday to join forces with their colleagues from neighboring countries in their protests against European Union agricultural policies, bureaucracy and the conditions for doing business.

Farmers complain that the environmental policies of the 27 EU countries, such as the Green Deal, which calls for limits on the use of chemicals and gas emissions, restrict their business and make their products more expensive than imports from outside the EU, AP reported.

Farmers also complain about low prices for their products, and say that wheat and other agricultural products coming from Ukraine and Latin America negatively affect the market.

Farmers have met with their colleagues from Germany, Poland and Slovakia, at several border crossing points. 

The farmers invited the Czech Minister of Agriculture, Marek Vyborny, his Slovak counterpart, Richard Takac, and representatives of farmers from Poland and Hungary to gather at a Czech-Slovak border crossing known as Hodonin-Holic, which was blocked by hundreds of tractors.

"We do not protest against the EU, we protest against the wrong decisions of the European Commission", said Andrej Gajdos from the Slovak Chamber of Agriculture and Food.