WARSAW (Reuters) – Polish farmers blocked the Medyka border crossing with Ukraine on Thursday, private broadcaster Polsat News reported, resuming a protest aimed at securing government subsidies for corn and preventing an increase taxes.
The farmers, who are demanding a written agreement with the government, suspended their demonstration at the crossing point in southeastern Poland on December 24 after a meeting with Agriculture Minister Czeslaw Siekierski.
Protest leader Roman Kondrow was quoted by Polsat News as saying that the farmers were happy with the discussions they had with the minister and the local governor, but wanted a formal agreement.
On Wednesday, Kondrow said that although Siekierski had provided a memo telling farmers their demands would be met, the prime minister had not given a signed statement.
“We want to sign a bilateral agreement,” Kondrow said at a news conference Thursday. “If such a thing happens, the protest will be suspended until the demands are implemented.”
Polish truck drivers have been blocking several border crossings with Ukraine since November 6. They want the European Union to restore a reciprocity system that requires Ukrainian companies to obtain permits to operate in the bloc.
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said in December that he believed Warsaw was close to ending the truckers’ protests.
(Reporting by Alan Charlish and Anna Koper, editing by Timothy Heritage)
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