The government has adopted a resolution on the embargo on grain from Ukraine

As announced, the government adopted a resolution on expanding the ban on the import of grain from Ukraine to Poland. Warsaw gave the European Commission an ultimatum.

– The government has adopted a resolution on taking measures aimed at expanding preventive measures regarding the import of certain products from Ukraine – the Prime Minister’s Chancellery announced on Tuesday.

Warsaw called on the European Commission to extend the ban on grain imports from Ukraine after September 15, 2023. In this context, an ultimatum was sent to Brussels. If the EC does not share Poland’s position, Warsaw will extend the embargo in any case.

Embargo on certain products from Ukraine

Let us not forget that Polish agriculture found itself in a very difficult situation after Ukrainian farmers were able to import grain into the EU from June 1, 2022 without any tariff or non-tariff restrictions under the so-called solidarity corridors. However, alarms soon began to arise that instead of the grain being delivered to Africa, among others, as assured, he remains in Poland.

In April 2023, Jarosław Kaczyński announced 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 banning the import of grain was signed, together with an annex containing a list of products.

Measures taken by the EC

In May this year, the European Commission took extraordinary measures, which are included in the regulation on autonomous trade measures regarding import of wheat, corn, rapeseed and sunflower seeds from Ukraine. These actions were aimed at eliminating disruptions in the supply of these products in Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. These restrictions will remain in place until mid-September. In June 2022, the European Union introduced the liberalization of all imports from Ukraine and suspended trade defense measures previously applied to Ukrainian companies. However, the measures initially introduced for a period of one year were extended for another year.

Kiev threatens Warsaw with a lawsuit

Ukrainian Deputy Economy Minister Taras Kachka threatened that if the ban on grain imports from Ukraine to Poland is upheld, Kiev will file a lawsuit against Poland and the EU at the World Trade Organization.

September 15 is the deadline for the embargo imposed by five EU countries, including Poland. Grain from Ukrainian companies can be transported, but may not remain on the markets of these countries. Polish authorities say they will enforce the restrictions, which has led to complaints from the neighboring country.

The government in Warsaw currently takes the position that it supports the transit of Ukrainian grain through Poland. However, he stressed that the uncontrolled inflow of products from Ukraine could ultimately lead to destabilization of the markets for these products.

Kiev demands opening of borders for grain. – With full respect and gratitude to Poland, if a ban is introduced, Ukraine will file a lawsuit against Poland and the EU at the World Trade Organization, Ukrainian Deputy Economy Minister Taras Kachka announced in Politico.

Source: Do Rzeczy

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