The farmers' association expects a solution to the core issue of agricultural diesel from the conversation with the parliamentary group leaders of the traffic light coalition on Monday. “We assume that they are aware of the explosiveness of the issue and that we will receive serious suggestions about it,” said farmers’ president Joachim Rukwied to the dpa. "In order to avoid any misunderstandings: the conversation on Monday can initially only be about agricultural diesel." We are counting on the faction leaders to present a solution to this.
The chairmen of the traffic light factions in the Bundestag invited the leaders of the agricultural associations to the conversation in view of ongoing farmers' protests. “The current demonstrations make it clear that your profession is not only concerned about financial burdens, but also about a lack of planning security and economic prospects for agricultural businesses,” the invitation says. A large protest rally by farmers and the shipping industry will also take place in Berlin on Monday.
The federal government has already weakened plans to cut subsidies in agriculture. The tax relief for agricultural diesel, which has existed for more than 70 years, should therefore no longer end in one fell swoop, but should be phased out gradually over three years. The coalition has completely withdrawn the abolition of the vehicle tax exemption for farmers. The plans will now go to the Bundestag for parliamentary deliberations.