Farmers on Tuesday, November 30, protested in front of the parliament building in Bratislava against various measures included in the government's package aimed at balancing the public finances. The farmers, most of whom were from the south-west of Slovakia, submitted a petition with around 115,000 signatures to Speaker of Parliament Richard Sulík.
Head of the petition committee Milan Semančík expressed his conviction that the farmers would succeed in their demands. “We’re doing everything with the belief that we will succeed. I want to believe this,” he said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. According to the farmers, MPs should rethink at least six of the proposed measures. For example, farmers oppose the abolition of tax relief on red diesel (mainly used on farms) and increases in the excise tax on beer, which has been set at 22 percent for small producers and 27 percent for large ones.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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1. Dec 2010 at 10:00