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Grain from Ukraine. Robert Telus talked with the Minister of Ukraine regarding the agreement

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Agriculture Minister Robert Telus spoke with the Ukrainian minister on Friday about an agreement on grain exports. As he said after the meeting, “our services – both Polish and Ukrainian – are still working”. He did not rule out that on Friday evening “we will have the matter refined”.

– Today we met online with the minister Ukraine. We talked about our document that we want to sign regarding the retention of grain that will be sent to Poland for use – Telus said at a press conference. He added that there were further talks on this issue.

– Our services – both Polish and Ukrainian – are still working to refine this document – said the Minister of Agriculture.

– Today at 20 o’clock I arranged another meeting with the Minister of Ukraine on this issue. If we manage to settle all matters today and tomorrow, or maybe even the day after tomorrow, there will be a meeting on Monday and this document will be signed, he announced.

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Robert Telus, Minister of Agriculture and Rural DevelopmentPAP/Pawel Supernak

– Today at 20 o’clock we will have a refined case – assessed the head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. However, he stipulated that “if it turns out not to be the case, we will work to secure Poland so that grain from Ukraine does not come to Poland, at least for the period until July 1, which I proposed”.

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Telus: Poland and five frontline countries will send a letter to two EU commissioners on grain from Ukraine

Telus reported that it also spoke with five ministers from frontline countries on Friday: CzechRomania, BulgariaSlovakia and Hungarianto consider what to do next regarding Ukrainian grain.

– The meeting that I have already held today is a meeting at my request. I am very pleased that my colleagues and my counterparts from other countries have accepted this invitation. We met with five countries, Poland the sixth – he said. As he said, they talked about “our problems, we have very similar problems.” – The conclusion of our meeting is that we will work out a letter together, which we will address to two commissioners: Valdis Dombrovskis for Trade and Janusz Wojciechowski for Agriculture – he said.

As Telus explained, when it comes to tariffs or restrictions at the border, “that we want to introduce in some way, this is where we need a trade commissioner.” – We will address the second letter to the commissioner of agriculture. We want him to support us in this matter – said the head of the Ministry of Agriculture.

– We also want to include in this letter a desire to meet our group – a group of frontline countries, to meet the trade commissioner, talk to him, present our proposals and our problems – he said.

Telus announced that at the next Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (AGRIFISH), which will take place in April, Poland and the other five countries want to take one stand as a group. – If there is Poland or Slovakiaor any of the countries alone has less clout than when we come up with a group of six countries, a group of these frontline countries. I think it will have more power to introduce some changes – said the Minister of Agriculture. As he added: – We are talking here about introducing some changes regarding those frontline countries that are currently bearing the greatest cost of helping Ukraine.

Telus: a list of companies that imported Ukrainian grain will be made public in the near future

The minister was asked when the list of companies that imported Ukrainian grain to Poland would be made public. He replied: – Farmers demand it very strongly. I think that such lists will be made public in the near future.

– It is a matter of a few days and more regulations so that we can publish it, and I think we will do it – assured the head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

When asked what was the obstacle, he replied that “legal opinions”.

Main photo source: PAP/Pawel Supernak

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