The Greek Finance Minister, Yiannis Stournaras, had a meeting earlier today with representatives of the Greek farmers union. However, the two parties could not reach an agreement and the union underlined that they will do everything that is within their power to escalate their struggle.
Farmers that were present at the meeting said that they asked from the Finance Minister to retract the measures regarding taxation and to jointly set a completely new model of primary production, in order to ensure its sustainability and growth.
Another issue of great importance was raised by the farmers during the meeting with Mr. Stournaras. The issue of liquidity. In particular, the union proposed grant loans with low interest rates for Greek producers.
Yiannis Strournaras ruled out the withdrawal of the taxation measures but he was open to discussing matters related with the agricultural sector and take into consideration taxation models of other member States of the European Union.
Greek farmers stated that they will escalate their struggle in order to put pressure on Greek coalition government.
Farmers have already set roadblocks in several places all over Greece.
Meanwhile, the farmers from Phthiotis blocked the National Road Athens-Lamia for 15 minutes. They stopped the traffic flow in both lanes by setting roadblocks and by throwing milk on the road.
A group of riot police officers were at the spot of the protest but did not intervene.