Bulgarian tobacco producers plan protest against lack of EU funding

Bulgarian tobacco producers are planning large-scale national protests in the week beginning July 8 because the country has not secured access to European Union funding for the industry in the bloc’s next multi-year budget period.

The chairman of Bulgaria’s association of tobacco producers, Tsvetan Filev, said that Bulgaria was the only country that had failed to protect the interests of the 200 000 people employed in the sector.

It would not benefit from EU subsidies under the Common Agricultural Policy 2014-2020, and was not the only sector in this position, he said.

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