European Commission to Introduce Restrictions on Five Agricultural Products from Ukraine

Friday, 28 April 2023

The European Commission and Poland have reached an agreement on the import ban of five agricultural products from Ukraine.

"It is mainly about grain and corn," RMF FM quotes Mateusz Morawiecki, Polish Prime Minister.

UPDATED RMF FM informs the deal will make Ukraine's neighbours lift a blockade, but it will be replaced by an unprecedented EU ban on imports of wheat, corn, rapeseed, sunflower and sunflower oil to individual countries. However, the sources of "European Pravda" claim that the negotiations are ongoing and the list of goods may be different in the end.

The agreement includes a commitment by Poland and other countries to refrain from unilaterally blocking food imports from Ukraine. The bans will be replaced by an unprecedented EU ban on importing wheat, corn, rapeseed, sunflower, and sunflower oil. Transit will be allowed. It is still unclear how long the ban will be in force.

The ban on importing these five products accounts for 90% of all imports from Ukraine.

In turn, instead of expanding the list of banned products such as milk, poultry meat or eggs, the European Commission will conduct further investigations.

If the European Commission confirms the problem reported by Poland, among others, a safeguard clause will be activated – customs duties.

In addition, the EC will allocate 100 million euros to support farmers in five countries. Poland will receive almost 40 million euros.

With the possibility of receiving a 200% subsidy, Polish farmers can count on 120 million euros. In addition, Brussels promises to help with grain exports.

The current measures, duty-free trade with Ukraine, expire on June 5. The new measures will come into force one day later. EU ambassadors supported the corresponding regulation. As reported by the correspondent of RMF FM in Brussels, Polish Ambassador Andrzej Sadoś stated that Poland was for duty-free trade with Ukraine.

The Committee on International Trade of the European Parliament greenlighted the extension of tariff-free trade with Ukraine.

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