Tsipras, farmers meeting ends without agreement

Following a marathon meeting lasting more than five hours, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and farmers emerged without agreement on Monday evening.

Farmers representatives were mostly disappointed by the proposals on social security reform made by the PM, according to sources. However, they said that they will take the proposals to farmers still at blockades for discussion and decisions on further actions will be made subsequently.

The government offered to lower social security contributions for farmers for a transitional period, to 16 per cent from 20 per cent foreseen by the initial plan of the labour ministry.

Vangelis Papagiannoulis, the union leader who represented farmers from 39 roadblocks around Greece who had sent a letter to Tsipras presenting their proposals for social security, pension and tax reforms for the sector, said on Monday they had a “meaningful debate” with the premier on all the issues.

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