|Friday, 20 October 2017|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-01-24
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Insisting on RoadblocksThe government is proceeding with the implementation of the support measures to farmers, adding that the issue concerning support to measures is over for 2009. Meanwhile, decisions will be taken in the weekend on the rallies that have cut Greece into two. In parallel, farmers at 20 roadblocks are setting up a Pan-Hellenic Coordinating Body that will determine in the weekend their stance. Farmers from the roadblock at Tempi and Nikaia will not participate in the Body.
Farmers from Tempi have given a deadline to the Rural Development Ministry until noon to clarify the government measures. On the contrary, farmers at the Nikaia intersection in Larissa have called their colleagues to boost the roadblocks until their problems are solved.
Roadblocks have remained at the Athens-Thessaloniki national road, at Kastro, Alamana, Mikrothires, Nikaia and Tempi, while rallies are being held in Bralos and Moschohori, Lamia.
Furthermore, farmers have closed the border stations in Promachonas, Exoxi, Drama, Kipoi of Evros, as well as at the Chrysoupoli, Kavala and Halkidona, Thessaloniki intersections. The Heraklion-Chania national road at Platani remains closed.
At the same time, procedures to materialize the government's announcements in support of the farmers' income have begun with the signing of a relative bi-ministerial decision. The 500-million-euro packet is not connected to any other benefit or pay that farmers and stockbreeders are entitled, clarified Rural Development Minister Sotiris Hatzigakis, stressing that the money given exceeds the sum they are entitled for damages through ELGA.
The minister invited farmers to respond to the government measures with responsibility, stressing that the issue concerning their financial support has closed for this year.
The government is aware of the difficulties farmers are facing and has exhausted all margins to support them, stressed the PM in Parliament.
Meanwhile, PASOK (Socialists) has asked Standing Committee for production and commerce to convene in the Rural Development Minister's presence.
KKE (Communist Party of Greece) Secretary General Aleka Papariga will visit the farmers' roadblocks today and tomorrow, while from its side, SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) has asked from the government to give substantial answers.
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