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Belgium: Farmers protest outside EC headquarters with fire and eggs01:05

Belgium: Farmers protest outside EC headquarters with fire and eggs

Belgium, Brussels
September 7, 2015 at 13:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of farmers protested outside the European Commission headquarters against low prices on agricultural goods in Brussels, Monday.

The farmers drove with their tractors to the centre of the Belgian capital during the emergency meeting of EU agricultural ministers held in the morning. The group set fire to hay and threw eggs at security forces, causing chaos outside the building.

The demonstration is one of many that ha hit Belgium as well as the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Spain over recent months. Falling prices for agricultural produce have been partially attributed to recent changes in the market caused by EU sanctions placed on Russia, to which in turn Russia banned EU imports. In 2013, Russia imported €6.1 billion ($6.7 billion) of meat and meat products in total. The largest suppliers came from now-banned countries like Denmark (6.6% of total Russian meat products) and Germany (6.4%).

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Thousands of farmers protested outside the European Commission headquarters against low prices on agricultural goods in Brussels, Monday.

The farmers drove with their tractors to the centre of the Belgian capital during the emergency meeting of EU agricultural ministers held in the morning. The group set fire to hay and threw eggs at security forces, causing chaos outside the building.

The demonstration is one of many that ha hit Belgium as well as the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Spain over recent months. Falling prices for agricultural produce have been partially attributed to recent changes in the market caused by EU sanctions placed on Russia, to which in turn Russia banned EU imports. In 2013, Russia imported €6.1 billion ($6.7 billion) of meat and meat products in total. The largest suppliers came from now-banned countries like Denmark (6.6% of total Russian meat products) and Germany (6.4%).

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