Dairy farmers from across Belgium will descend on Brussels this Monday to take part in a protest over low milk prices. Around 5000 farmers are expected to take part in the protest with at least 1000 of them arriving by tractor, a move which police have warned could cause “severe traffic disruption” around the city.
They say that the falling price of milk has been caused by governments across Europe increasing production and flooding the market. The protest will coincide with an emergency meeting of EU agriculture ministers, with farmers demanding that concrete measures are taken to protect the price of milk from falling any further.
A smaller protest will begin on Sunday, with about 100 tractors gathering in Parc du Cinquantenaire at 15.00 before continuing on to the European Parliament. On Monday, the main demonstration will begin at 11.00 on Place Schuman.