Farm­ers line up trac­tors along Eg­na­tia High­way

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Farm­ers and live­stock breed­ers from north­ern Greece’s Imathia re­gion parked their trac­tors near the Kouloura junc­tion on Eg­na­tia High­way over the week­end in protest at gov­ern­ment plans to change their tax sta­tus, as man­dated by the coun­try’s third in­ter­na­tional bailout pro­gram. Pro­test­ers, who are sched­uled to hold talks to­day with Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment and Food Van­ge­lis Apos­tolou, ex­pected to be joined by more farm­ers from across the coun­try but re­frained from block­ing traf­fic with their trac­tors. Speak­ing about the up­com­ing bill on agri­cul­tural de­vel­op­ment, the deputy re­gional gover­nor of Pella, Theodoros Theodor­idis, ex­pressed his sol­i­dar­ity with the pro­test­ers. “We are ask­ing that the mea­sures and reg­u­la­tions be growth- not tax-ori­ented,” he said.

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