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PiS MP: we did not do everything regarding Ukrainian grain, we acted with a delay

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The year 2022 was crucial – said Krzysztof Paszyk (PSL) in the “BezKitu” program about the crisis related to the inflow of Ukrainian products through the Polish border. – Then you did nothing, but you did nothing – he added, turning to the second guest, Krzysztof Ciecióra (KP PiS). – We certainly didn’t do everything. I won’t distort the reality here. We also suffered the consequences for this. We certainly acted with some delay, said Ciecióra.

Agricultural protests have been going on in Poland and in other European Union countries for several weeks. The demands of Polish farmers include abandoning the provisions of the Green Deal, sealing the borders against the inflow of agri-food products from outside the EU, mainly from Ukraineand defense of animal breeding in Poland.

Read also: Donald Tusk talked to farmers. “I didn’t lie. I know what’s within my reach, what’s possible.”

Krzysztof Paszyk talked about the inflow of Ukrainian products through the Polish border in the “BezKitu” program (PSL) and Krzysztof Ciecióra (KP PIS).

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Ciecióra: we acted with some delay

Krzysztof Ciecióra was asked whether he believed that the PiS government did everything to prevent the current crisis related to farmers’ protests. – No, we certainly didn’t do everything. I won’t distort the reality here. We also suffered the consequences for this. We certainly acted with some delay and I think this is the main complaint against us from farmers – he replied.

Krzysztof Paszyk and Krzysztof Ciecióra in “#BezKitu” TVN24

As he added, “now the situation is a bit different.” – We have known perfectly well for several years what the situation is and what the prospects of the Ukrainian grain issue are on the Polish and European markets, so the government now has a full, more clear situation on the table – he added.

However, he said that it was the PiS government that closed the border to agricultural products from Ukraine on April 15, 2023. – We also offered farmers a very wide range of support. They received the famous 15 billion. And then we communicated clearly. Will you sell (agricultural products – ed.)? We will pay you extra for this. And today we have no such declarations, he said.

Paszyk: 2022 was the key year

Krzysztof Paszyk (PSL) said that signals about the uncontrolled inflow of Ukrainian agri-food products appeared already in the spring of 2022. – Then we signaled and warned. There were no steps taken, he said.

– 2022 was the key year – said the PSL politician. – Then you did nothing, nothing, he added. – The first signals began to flow in the spring of 2022, of course the PiS authorities knew this well, we then proposed a draft law on the transit corridor and the deposit system. This project remained in the “freezer” until the end of the term, for a year and a half, he continued.

– Then it was time to, with European partners, instead of arguing about the KPO, instead of waving the saber at Germanyon Francethen sit down with European partners and the Polish PiS commissioner for agriculture (Janusz Wojciechowski – ed.) and organize a transit system for Ukrainian grain – he said.

– This was not done. 50 million tons of grain alone entered Europe. Today, the prices on the stock exchanges are terrible. These are prices at the level of the mid-1990s. None of us today would like to work for a salary from the 1990s like farmers, said Krzysztof Paszyk.

“Today we have a huge problem throughout the European Union”

Krzysztof Ciecióra spoke about the pan-European scale of the problem, stating that “organizations and farmers in 14 European Union countries are protesting for the same reason.” – We, as all farmers in the European Union, are burdened with the problem of grain from Ukraine. Today, throughout the European Union, we have a huge problem of grain from Ukraine and from… Russia – he said.

– The only situation that has changed is that when we governed in Poland, PSL governed within the EPP (European People’s Party, the largest faction in the European Parliament, to which PSL belongs – ed.) in Brussels. Today, PSL rules in Poland and rules in Brussels. Why are there no effects? – Ciecióra asked.

Krzysztof Paszyk answered him. – First of all, I would like to draw attention to one thing – who has been present on behalf of Poland in the leading bodies of the European Union in recent years. Prime Minister Morawiecki in the European Council, Commissioner Wojciechowski in the European Commission. These are the people who responded on behalf of us Poland in the European Union for politics, he said.

Questions from young people

Marcin Kruszewski (lawyer, “Marcina’s Law”) appeared as an expert in the program and spoke, among others: about education.

Kruszewski: school in the 21st century should teach critical thinking TVN24

Youth representatives also asked questions in the “#BezKitu” program. Wojciech Machulski (New Hope) asked Krzysztof Ciecióra about the European Green Deal. Maksym Marczak (Generation 2050) raised the topic of decentralization of the education system in his question to Marcin Kruszewski.

Wojciech Machulski (New Hope) asks Krzysztof Ciecióra about the European Green Deal

Wojciech Machulski (New Hope) asks Krzysztof Ciecióra about the European Green Deal TVN24

Maksym Marczak (Generation 2050) asks Marcin Kruszewski a question

Maksym Marczak (Generation 2050) asks Marcin Kruszewski a question TVN24

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