Greek Gov’t Insist on New Measures – Greek Farmers Respond with Tractor Barriers

tractorsThe meeting between Greek farmers and the Deputy Finance Minister Tryphon Alexiadis turned out to be a fruitless one. “We can’t change what has already been written,” said Alexiadis to farmer association representatives, who protested against tax hikes by creating a barricade of tractors.

During the meeting which lasted about half an hour, both groups focused on all the issues regarding the taxation of farmers, but unfortunately there was no clear resolution for the two sides to agree upon. The deputy finance minister clarified to the farmers’ representatives that the measures provided in the agreement with the country’s creditors cannot be changed.

The first information circular about the special tax increase on agricultural fuel from 66 to 200 euros per kiloliter has already been issued. The tax exemption on agricultural subsidies and compensations have also been made public and the only issue that remains pending is the increase in tax rates from 13% to 20% and later to 26%.

Alexiadis explained to farmers that the 20% rate will cover the 2016 period and it will be cleared in 2017, leaving only a small window to identify more deductible expenses, so that the taxable income and the tax may be slightly limited. However, this requires creditors’ consent.

Furthermore, the conditions under which people will be able to declare agriculture as their official profession still remains unclear. In regards to the taxation of agricultural land, the government will consider their exemption, however, no decisions have been made yet, given that the discussions on the new tax that will replace the special property tax, will start in the beginning of 2016.


  • MSMlies

    The meeting between Greek farmers and the Deputy Finance Minister Tryphon Alexiadis turned out to be a fruitless one. “We can’t change what has already been written,” said Alexiadis to farmer association representatives, who protested against tax hikes by creating a barricade of tractors. – I wonder how many of these farmers voted for the Marxist SYRIZA party at the September 20 National election (or for pseudo conservative ND for that matter, as ND also supported the 3rd “bailout” memorandum.) http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/08/13/greek-main-opposition-to-support-new-rescue-plan/

    New Democracy leader Vangelis Meimarakis accused the government of clobbering the country with taxes that he said would prolong a recession.

    Tsipras retorted that the reforms were ‘not new’.

    ‘You already knew them when you voted in favour of the July 13 (debt) accord’ with the European Union, he replied.
    http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/10/17/greek-parliament-ratifies-list-of-prior-actions-to-secure-bailout-funds/

  • Polycrates

    An over 300% increase in fuel cost !
    When bread is no longer affordable and the people become hungry there will be severe consequences for this government. Our “guests” from the Middle East will be perceived as enjoying a better standard of living than the citizens of the host country that will be another cause for civil strife. History is replete with such examples and this government would be wise to take a precautionary stance. If food prices continue to escalate as they currently are there will be a VERY VERY negative reaction. .

  • John

    Always whining…. start by working and not using low wage undeclared foreigners to do you work….

  • Tsigantes

    like yourself?

  • MSMlies

    The sad truth is that many Greek farmers, most of whom in the past voted for PASOK, ND and now have switched in large numbers to SYRIZA, employ illegal immigrants at slave labour rates of pay, which they sometimes don’t pay at all, whilst they themselves sit drinking coffee all day. At Manolada dozens of illegal Bangladeshi immigrant workers were shot and wounded by Greek farmers after rightly requesting that they be paid for work they’d done. The New Democracy Public Order Minister at that time, Nikos Dendias ordered Greek police to investigate the farmers for links to Golden Dawn, but when it was determined that the farmers had been lifelong PASOK supporters the case was quietly dropped from the headlines. We ALL KNOW that if a single GD newspaper had been found in their homes, they’d have received 25 year jail terms, & Manolada would’ve been turned by the media into a “prime example” of Golden Dawn’s “racist criminal nature” but since the farmers were PASOK they were acquitted. See more at: http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/07/31/guardian-calls-manolada-case-court-ruling-scandalous/