Poland will withdraw the ban on imports of goods from Ukraine, and in return, as part of the agreement with the European Union, an EU ban on imports of wheat, corn, rapeseed, sunflower seeds and sunflower oil to five countries will be introduced: Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, although with possible transit – results from the words of the EU Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski.
Ukrainian agricultural products – Poland’s agreement with the European Commission
Earlier, the TVN24 correspondent in Brussels, Maciej Sokołowski, reported that the agreement assumes that unilateral restrictions on the import of Ukrainian products will be replaced with a solution at the EU level.
Ban on import to 5 border countries (Poland, SlovakiaHungary, Romania and Bulgaria) would concern 5 products: wheat, maize, rapeseed, sunflower and sunflower oil. The remaining 8 products, which Poland has commented on, will be investigated by the European Commission to determine whether they disturb the situation on the common market. poultry, eggs, honey and milk.
Transit through Poland will be possible. In addition, the EC will prepare an aid package of EUR 100 million (of which approximately EUR 40 million for Poland).
According to Wojciechowski, the agreement will ensure that the crisis “will not continue”. He also stressed that he was satisfied with the arrangements.
Wojciechowski about the crisis in connection with Ukrainian grain
“I think the crisis was inevitable because it is the result of the war,” the Commissioner told a press conference, adding that “the EU cannot act preventively.” – Actions are only possible when serious market disturbances are confirmed. The free market is a fundamental principle of the European Union, not interfering in this market as long as possible is also the principle of the EU – emphasized Wojciechowski. As he noted, he treated the first request of the Polish side from December 2022 seriously.
‘Signals from the Member States are always the most important and the Commission reacts to them,’ the Commissioner pointed out.
He added that “then actions began to activate the crisis reserve and say that there is a problem that affects five countries.”
Wojciechowski argued that he reacted in time, using all the instruments that depended on him. – That is why Polish farmers have already received over PLN 5 billion in aid – said the Commissioner.
Agreement on trade facilitation for Ukraine
Earlier, the TVN24 correspondent in Brussels, Maciej Sokołowski, informed that there was consent of the EU ambassadors to extend trade facilitation for Ukraine for another year.
As the journalist explained, during the meeting in Brussels, the ambassadors of the EU countries agreed to start the procedure to extend the duty-free import of products from Ukraine.
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