Ukraine in the EU? ‘Farmers from Poland will have to give up subsidies’

The German press writes about the reconstruction of EU agricultural policy if Ukraine were to join. “Farmers from Poland or France will have to give up subsidies,” we read.

The German “Sueddeutsche Zeitung” writes about the possible enlargement of the European Union with Ukraine. We read that the war in Ukraine “has made the EU realize that, for geostrategic reasons, it must allow countries in the east that are not yet members to join,” says Majtub Rahman, an expert at the think tank of the Eurasia Group.

EU subsidies and veto not for Poland?

The author reflects on the European Union’s ability to integrate with the ‘great Ukraine’. As he writes, all countries that now receive more from the EU budget than their taxpayers contribute to it will become net contributors after Ukraine is admitted.

As he argues, the whole of the Union’s agricultural policy will have to be reconstructed. “Farmers from Poland or France will have to give up subsidies and compete with Ukrainian agricultural products. – you write”.

According to “SZ”, it will also be necessary to change the voting rules in EU foreign and security policy. It is about the abolition of the veto principle, which German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has been talking about for a long time.

In a major speech to the European Parliament in May this year, Scholz stressed that ‘geopolitical Europe’ will be judged by how it keeps its promises to its neighbours. – A fair enlargement policy means keeping the promises made. The enlarged European Union must be a reformed Union. That should be the goal, he said.

Scholz said in the European Parliament that the European Union needs to improve its decision-making on foreign policy and taxation. He reiterated that he would strive for decisions on these issues to be taken by qualified majority and not, as now, on the basis of unanimity.

The flooding of the Polish market with products from Ukraine

Polish agriculture found itself in a very difficult situation after Ukrainian farmers were able to import grain to the EU from June 1, 2022 without any tariff and non-tariff restrictions under the so-called solidarity corridors. Soon, however, alarms began to sound that grain, instead of going to Africa, among other things, he was assured that he would stay in Poland.

According to the data of the Ministry of Agriculture from January to October 2022, imports of rapeseed from Ukraine exceed 500,000. show. In the same period of 2020, there were 80,000. show. 1.4 million tons of maize was imported. In the same period of 2021, there were 6,000. show. Wheat from Ukraine From January to October 2022, 1.7 million tons were imported. Of course, these are just examples of goods that began to flow from Ukraine.

In April 2023, Jarosław informed Kaczyński about the government’s decision to ban the import of grain and many other agricultural products from Ukraine to Poland. On the same day, the regulation prohibiting the import of grain was signed, together with the annex containing the list of products.

Kiev is protesting, but the current Agriculture Minister, Robert Telus, recently recalled the statement by Prime Minister Morawiecki and Deputy Prime Minister Kaczyński that Ukrainian grain will not enter Poland after September 15. Then the period of the embargo agreed with the European Commission will expire.

Source: Do Rzeczy