The Unió de Llauradors has stated that a year after the agrarian organization asked in Brussels for the creation of a citrus lobby to defend the interests of the Region of Valencia's agriculture, "there is still no news on the issue."
The secretary general of the Unió, Carles Peris, said that "the lobby has been promised and announced repeatedly," although nothing is yet known. He also talked about the announced aid package worth 8 million Euro to address the impact of last season's crisis, "which citrus growers have not received and will likely no longer get," he said.
Peris said that the current situation is "crucial, with a CAP reform that will have a big impact on Valencia's agricultural sectors." To this we must add the measures derived from the European green deal led by the Executive Vice President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, which will entail profound environmental reforms in the European Union, and in which the Valencian agricultural sector "has a lot to say."
Given all these changes, the Region of Valencia "cannot remain on the sidelines. The professional agricultural sector needs to keep the conversation on-going and must defend its postulates in the EU capital," said Peris.