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My plenary speech: Preparation of the European Council meeting 24-25 March 2022

25. März 2022

Madame president, commissioner, colleagues,

Russian bombs in Ukraine are falling not only on kindergartens
and maternity wards but also on SILOs and tractors.

In today’s global world, a grain field burnt down
by Russia in Sumy spells hunger in Yemen.
Ukraine is a major exporter of wheat and other crops.
Poorest states in Africa are facing a looming famine,
because one man in the Kremlin wants to destroy a nation.

Millions of displaced Ukrainians, among them farmers who cannot
cultivate their land, are also on the verge of the humanitarian calamity.
While Russian bombs kill thousands,
Russian-caused famine endangers hundreds of millions.
China and also India contribute to skyrocketing grain prices
through excessive hoarding.

There is enough reason to be alarmed.
All international donors and organisations;
every responsible party has to act to prevent the catastrophe.

The EU has a responsibility to decrease meat production,
reduce live stock numbers and scrap mandatory admixture of biofuel.
This way the EU could at least mitigate a famine and a humanitarian disaster.

Thank you.