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Poland follows Hungary in asking EU to extend ban on grain imports from Ukraine

25 August, 2023 Friday
19:59

Poland will demand that the EU extend the ban on grain imports from Ukraine, and if it does not, it will impose its own restrictions

This was stated by the Minister of Agriculture of Poland Robert Telus, reports rp.pl.

"Even if this (extension of the import ban at the EU level - ed.) fails, some countries will impose their own restrictions. Of course, Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia are considering it. Poland's position is clear: either we will reach an agreement with the EU... But if it turns out that the European Commission will not make such a decision, Prime Minister Morawiecki and former Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski will emphasize that Ukrainian grain will not be allowed to enter," the minister said.

In addition, Poland wants the list of raw materials banned from importation into the five countries to be flexible and allow other products to be added.

The countries also want the EU to subsidize the transportation of Ukrainian grain.

What is known about the ban on grain imports

On May 2, the European Commission adopted temporary safeguard measures against imports of certain agricultural products from Ukraine to 5 EU countries. 

Initially, the ban was to be in place until June 5. However, on May 12, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, and Hungary called on the European Commission to extend the embargo on agricultural products from Ukraine until the end of the year.

On August 24, it was reported that Hungary was asking the EU to extend its ban on Ukrainian grain imports.

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