Poland Dissatisfied with Ukraine's Decision to Halt Grain Import Complaint

Friday, 6 October 2023

Poland considers Ukraine's decision to put a complaint against Poland, Slovakia and Hungary to the World Trade Organisation "on pause" as insufficient.

"At the end of the day, we're asking for a withdrawal of the complaint, not a suspension. This is a good step, but it's not enough. There is absolutely no question of lifting the grain embargo," Piotr Müller, Secretary of State at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland, said in an interview with RMF FM.

Taras Kachka, Deputy Economy Minister and Trade Representative of Ukraine, stated on 5 October that Ukraine filed its complaints against Poland, Hungary and Slovakia to the World Trade Organisation on hold while it tries to find a compromise solution.

Kachka emphasised that work on a "practical solution" to the trade dispute is ongoing.

Speaking about the situation with Poland, Kachka expressed hope that the parties will be able to return to discussions after the elections, as there are no systemic obstacles to solving the problem.

Poland’s Minister of Agriculture Robert Telus said that his government does not understand the Ukrainian statement regarding the "suspension" of consideration of Ukraine’s complaint against restrictions on its agricultural exports in the WTO.

On 18 September, Ukraine filed an appeal at the WTO against the actions of Poland, Slovakia and Hungary after they introduced unilateral restrictions on importing certain types of Ukrainian agricultural products.

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