Bulgarian Farmers to Receive EU Subsidies, Cancel Protests
Bulgarian farmers are to receive EU subsidies per unit of area of nearly BGN 1 B and to cancel nationwide protests scheduled for February 20 over delayed payments.
The funds will be granted to 84 agricultural workers in Bulgaria, according to reports of the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR).
At the first stage, a total of BGN 850 M will be transferred to the Payments Agency of the Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture and Food.
The money for the subsidies will be provided from the fiscal reserve and will subsequently be reimbursed by the European Commission, according to the press office of the Finance Ministry.
After Bulgarian angry farmers threatened to stage protests all over the country over delayed payments, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov vowed to pay the sums by February 22.
The National Association of Grain Producers is expected to call off the protests in an official statement on Monday.
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