Together with the Visegrad Four countries’ agricultural organizations, the Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture also supports the European Citizens’ Initiative for the Preservation of Rural Values, they announced.
It said that today rural regions in the European Union are steadily losing part of their population, heritage, values and agricultural traditions, for example as a result of anti-agriculturalism fueled by radical green organizations and a section of society. This could threaten EU agriculture and the food security of its population.
The European Citizens’ Initiative Together for heritage protection aims to contribute to the preservation of rural values and the EU’s food-producing areas and communities.
The Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture and the Czech, Polish and Slovak Chambers of Agriculture have also made it a priority to restore the dignity of those working in the agricultural sector, and all four organizations have joined the European Citizens’ Initiative.
The initiative aims to collect one million signatures by 1 November 2023 at the latest to safeguard the values of rural areas for future generations. At least seven member states must reach the minimum threshold, which is 14,805 signatures in Hungary. In this case, the European Commission will have to decide what measures to take to help achieve the objectives of the initiative.
The unique cultural and social heritage of rural regions must be preserved for future generations, and the EU’s food-producing areas and communities must be safeguarded to maintain food security,
the Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture emphasized. This requires the EU’s commitment to regional heritage, sustainable growth in rural areas and the promotion of rural living standards, and to support economically, environmentally and socially sustainable agricultural production and food production.
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