The European Union has backed plans put forward by the Dutch government to confiscate and shut down thousands of farms in order to meet the goals set out by the global climate agenda.
The unelected European Commission in Brussels backed a scheme by the Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, an “agenda contributor” of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
On Tuesday, the governing arm of the European Union officially backed plans to force farmers off their lands in order to meet the EU’s Natura 2000 scheme which labels farms as so-called “peak” emitters of nitrogen.
The plan would offer farmers 120 percent of the value of their farm in a “buyout” scheme.
However, those who refuse would face the threat of being forced off the land without any financial compensation.
The move could see some 3,000 farms shut down.
It was unclear before this week whether the EU would permit such a scheme.
Many hoped the EU would have blocked plans as it could have potentially fallen afoul of regulations surrounding state aid or subsidies.
However, Brussels said that the plans were “necessary and appropriate” to fight “global warming” as they met the broader goals of the European Green Deal.
“The positive effects transcend any distortions of the free market,” the Commission added in a statement.
In addition to the “buyout” plan for the “peak” emitting farms, the government is also planning a separate scheme that would give dairy, pig, and poultry farmers a deal for 100 percent of the value of their farms.
In total, some 1.4 billion euros is expected to be set aside for both farm shutdown schemes.
Should the plan go ahead, it would be a major blow to the farming industry in the Netherlands.
The nation is one of the most productive in Europe.
However, the plan will likely impact other countries as well, given that part of the condition of the buyout scheme is that the Dutch farmers would be prohibited from moving to other countries and starting up farms abroad.
The farmers’ knowledge and expertise would be squandered, leaving them with few options for work afterward.
The EU has given the Dutch government the green light to buy out 3000 #DutchFarmers offering them 120% of the market value, ‘incentivising’ them to sell ‘voluntary’ (if they don’t, they’ll be expropriated later).
Oh, and they won’t be allowed to start over elsewhere in the EU. pic.twitter.com/iuj220PEjK
— Eva Vlaardingerbroek (@EvaVlaar) May 2, 2023
Responding to the announcement from the EU, Dutch political commentator Eva Vlaardingerbroek said: “This is how they do it: they put a knife to the farmers’ throats.
“They make sure they don’t get their licenses renewed, they’re plaguing them with new rules & restrictions every day and then offer them a bride, knowing many will take it out of pure desperation. It’s all so vile.”
“I also highly doubt that prohibiting them to start over elsewhere in the EU is even legal,” Vlaardingerbroek added.
“The whole idea of the EU was supposed to be about freedom of movement and freedom of workers.
“This is some next-level USSR stuff.”
The plan to shut down thousands of farms is by no means a done deal, however.
It would still need to be managed mostly at the provincial level.
This may be complicated for the fledgling Rutte government as the upstart tractor protest backing Farmer–Citizen Movement (BBB) party not only became the single largest party in the Dutch Senate in March but also one of the largest parties at the provincial level where many of the farms are located.
There have also been some cracks within Rutte’s coalition, with the CDA party expressing doubt over the general nitrogen emission crackdown following the surprise victory of the BBB party.
Nevertheless, should be plan turn out to be a “success,” it will likely spread to other countries given that it aligns with the global green agenda of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Farms in the United States have also been coming under attack recently, as Slay News reported.