Lithuanian Prime Minister to meet EU Agriculture Commissioner

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan
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Algirdas Butkevičius said he will also be meeting with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker shortly on the matter.

On Wednesday 2,000 Lithuanian farmers held a protest in Lithuania’s capital which demanded the Agriculture Minister’s resignation.

The Prime Minister said that in recent times farmers have suffered losses of €75 million. The situation is due to the closure of the Russian market and the global dairy market crisis.

Farmers have criticised the government for low milk purchase prices, even though a base price for milk has now been proposed that Lithuania’s Competition said is unconstitutional and anti-competitive.

Global milk prices have plummeted after the EU lifted quotas and production increased across the EU.

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