We're close to resolving this problem – Polish PM after talks on agricultural import with Ukrainian PM

Thursday, 28 March 2024 —

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk announced progress in resolving the problems of agricultural imports and road transport after talks in Warsaw with his Ukrainian counterpart Denys Shmyhal.

Tusk noted at a joint press conference with Shmyhal that "we have made a step forward in agriculture."

"We are looking for solutions that may not be completely satisfactory to everyone, but which will protect the basic interests of Polish farmers and growers – and, on the other hand, Ukrainian ones. We are looking for, and we are close to finding a solution," Tusk said.

He added that "we are close" to ensuring that Ukrainian transit through Poland does not create problems for the Polish market.


Tusk added that he and Shmyhal had discussed EU-level decisions on Ukrainian agricultural imports, which "may not be very appealing to the Ukrainian side".

"But we are looking for methods that would not be detrimental for anyone. I am convinced that thanks to our approach, all parties will feel seen," Tusk added.

The same applies to future road transport, Tusk said.

"There was also a conflict of interest here. I am glad that we have found an understanding on the direction of our actions. It's about ensuring that the opportunities for Polish and Ukrainian hauliers are on the same level of requirements, so that there is no unfair competition," he said.

"This means a little bit of effort from Ukraine, a little bit of understanding and patience from Poland, but we are on the direct way to ensuring that competition from Ukrainian hauliers is not detrimental, as it has been for Polish carriers so far," Tusk said.

On Thursday, intergovernmental consultations were held in Warsaw with the participation of Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.

On the eve of the talks between Tusk and Shmyhal, Deputy Prime Minister Olha Stefanishyna told the European Parliament that Ukraine currently has no dialogue with Poland on unblocking the border.

Earlier, Tusk had expressed hope that the Polish and Ukrainian sides would reach an agreement on agricultural issues before the government meeting in Warsaw, but this did not happen.

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