Poland will extend the embargo on grain from Ukraine regardless of the European Commission’s decision – the Council of Ministers decided on Tuesday. The EU ban is valid until September 15. On Wednesday, the European Commission is to decide on a possible extension of the ban.
– We know that the agricultural market was destabilized by the war in Ukraine. In April, we decided to block deliveries from Ukraine and grain imports to Poland. This ban has been entered into force until September 15, and regardless of the EU’s decision, we will extend the embargo, said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki before the start of the meeting.
Poland gives the EU an ultimatum
During Thursday’s meeting, the Polish government adopted a resolution calling on the European Commission to extend the current embargo on Ukrainian grain.
– We are adopting a resolution calling on the European Commission to extend the ban on Ukrainian grain to Poland. I assure the entire Polish village that we will definitely defend the Polish farmer. We do not agree to EU bureaucrats imposing their governments on us. The good of Poland is the most important for us, said Prime Minister Morawiecki.
Ban on grain imports
The EU ban on grain imports from Ukraine is valid until September 15. The authorities of the frontline countries are calling for its extension, where excessive import of cheap products from Ukraine has led to the destabilization of the agricultural market. In addition to Poland, those who want to extend the ban include: Romania, Bulgaria and Slovakia.
More than a month ago, the Polish government announced that if the EC’s decision is unfavorable, Poland will introduce an embargo itself, just like it did in the spring.
– This has nothing to do with our treatment of Ukraine as such. Suffice it to recall that Poles opened their homes and their hearts. We have prepared shelter for millions of women and children here. But we cannot agree to the entire Polish market being disrupted as a result of uncontrolled imports into Polish territory – emphasized the Prime Minister.