Negotiations are underway to extend the EU embargo on grain imports from Ukraine. — We have allocated significant resources and support to ensure that grain exports from Ukraine are possible where they are needed, said EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski during Tuesday’s talks.
The EU ban on grain imports from Ukraine ends on September 15. Intensive negotiations regarding its extension are ongoing in the European Commission. — We have committed significant resources and support to ensure that Ukraine’s grain exports can go where they are needed. We provide support to farmers from the European Union. Temporary measures were implemented, which allowed for the stabilization of markets in neighboring countries (Ukraine). This did not limit the export of Ukrainian grain through the solidarity corridors, said the EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski, on Tuesday.
— There is evidence that we have that, with good will and commitment, there are logistical capabilities that will allow us to export this year’s harvest from Ukraine. It is essential that we provide the necessary means to transport Ukrainian grain through neighboring countries to avoid bottlenecks, said the EU commissioner.
He added that the matter would be considered on Wednesday, during the meeting of the coordination group, which includes representatives of the frontline countries – those most at risk of the agricultural crisis.
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.