In a post published in the evening, Zelensky announced a meeting with members of the government and the president’s office regarding grain exports. During the meeting, “further actions were coordinated and results achieved were recorded,” he added.
At first, Zelensky noted, the European Commission supported the so-called Roadmap on mutual surveillance of grain exports. Second, he continued, “We’ve become progressively desensitized to this topic in most respects.” – Working with neighboring countries should become completely constructive, and Ukraine is doing everything to achieve this, he said.
– Thirdly, I am grateful to our partners who prevented us from violating EU trade rules and the Association Agreement. The head of the Ukrainian government said that we expect constructive cooperation from our other neighboring countries, such as Bulgaria and Romania.
European Commission action
In early May, the European Commission imposed a ban on wheat, corn, rapeseed and sunflower imports from Ukraine to Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. This happened as a result of the agreement with these countries on Ukrainian agro-food products. Initially, the restrictions were in effect till June 5 and were later extended till mid-September. The ban was lifted on September 15 based on the decision of the Election Commission.
On September 16, the restriction on the indefinite ban on the import of Ukrainian agricultural products to Poland came into force. The governments of Hungary and Slovakia also unilaterally decided to extend import restrictions.
Complaint of Kiev
After the Warsaw, Bratislava and Budapest decision, Kiev filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO). A few days later Reuters reported that the agriculture ministers of Slovakia and Ukraine had agreed to develop a licensing system for trade in grain products that would enable Bratislava to lift a ban on Ukrainian grain imports, and officials in Kiev had agreed to suspend. Complaint against Slovakia to WTO.
Poland believes that Ukraine has not fulfilled the declarations made to the European Commission regarding grain exports. On September 15, Ukraine promised to introduce effective measures to control the arrival of grain and present legal regulations to solve the problem, but according to Poland, it has done nothing.
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