Agriculture Minister Czeslaw Sekierski decided to confirm in writing his willingness to fulfill the three demands of the protesters: the provision of subsidies for corn, a guarantee of no tax increases and affordable loans.
On Saturday, January 6, in Rzeszow, Minister of Agriculture Czeslaw Sekierski will sign an agreement with representatives of the Deceived Village movement, thanks to which they will no longer block the border crossing point with Ukraine in Medyka. The newspaper Rzeczpospolita reports this.
“The agreement will create positive dynamics, which will also allow road carriers to lift the blocking of checkpoints on the border with Ukraine in the future,” the media note.
Sekierski decided to confirm in writing his willingness to fulfill three demands of the protesting farmers: the provision of subsidies for corn, a guarantee of no tax increases, and the provision of affordable loans.
The material adds that Poland has submitted an application for subsidies to the European Commission for approval. The decision to cancel the 21% tax increase must be made by the Polish Sejm. In addition, it is noted that the loans will be guaranteed by local authorities, which will then receive compensation from the state budget.
According to the publication, representatives of the Deceived Village movement publicly demanded that the ban on the import of agricultural products from Ukraine be extended to additional products such as soft fruits, sugar, alcohol, honey, apple concentrate, eggs and poultry.
Despite the fact that the Polish government informed the farmers that part of the demands had been approved, the farmers insisted on receiving written guarantees. Therefore, as noted in the Polish media, Sekierski will allegedly go to Rzeszow on Saturday to conclude an agreement. After this, farmers must end the blockade.
At the same time, according to Rzeczpospolita sources, as of Friday evening, the minister had not yet made a final decision.
Let us recall that on Wednesday, January 3, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said that he intends to persuade Polish carriers “not to use the blockade as a means of protecting their interests.”
On November 6, Polish carriers began a strike on the Polish-Ukrainian border. Subsequently, Polish carriers completely blocked the passage of trucks at two checkpoints on the border with Ukraine.
On December 11, on the border of Poland and Ukraine, the movement of trucks through the Yagodin-Dorohusk checkpoint was unblocked. However, in the evening of the same day, protesters blocked the unblocked crossing with an allegedly broken truck.
On December 18, it was reported that Polish farmers were planning to join the carrier strike. At that time, there were more than 2,000 Ukrainian trucks in line at the Polish-Ukrainian border. At the same time, the capacity of the checkpoint near Dorohusk is about 650 trucks per day.