Another EU country is following in Poland’s footsteps. I don’t want to import grain from Ukraine

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said his country would not import Ukrainian grain and did not rule out introducing an embargo, as Poland did.

– Croatia wants to be a transit country, and not a country that receives huge amounts of Ukrainian grain, which is cheaper than ours, which would cause problems for our farmers – said Plenković.

On Friday, the European Commission announced the lifting of the embargo on grain imports from Ukraine, which was valid until September 15. In response, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia decided to introduce unilateral restrictions.

Of the coalition of five countries formed in April that demanded a ban on certain Ukrainian agricultural imports, two (Romania and Bulgaria) decided not to continue with such restrictions, leading to peasant protests and roadblocks in Bulgaria.

The government of Mateusz Morawiecki has announced that the embargo will remain in place indefinitely. The Prime Minister previously announced that if the EC does not extend the ban on the import of Ukrainian grain, Poland itself will make such a decision.

Poland has imposed an embargo on grain imports from Ukraine. Will Croatia be next?

When asked whether his country could introduce a similar ban, Croatia’s prime minister did not answer directly. However, he pointed out that Croatian ports currently facilitate the transportation of Ukrainian grain to third countries.

Previously, Croatia offered Ukraine the use of its seaports as Ukraine’s access to the Black Sea is blocked by Russia due to the ongoing war.

– It is not known how much grain was exported through Croatian ports, but this route is already popular, Ukraine’s First Deputy Prime Minister Yulia Svyrydenko said in early September.

Why is Kiev so keen to gain access to the EU market?

Currently, there are two ways to export Ukrainian agricultural products from the country: via ports on the Danube or by land to the EU. However, they are not able to handle all exported production. That is why opening up market access to the EU’s neighboring countries is so important for the authorities in Kiev.

Last June, the EU liberalized all imports from Ukraine and suspended trade defense measures against Ukrainian companies. The scheme, which was initially valid for one year, was extended for another year.

Source: Do Rzeczy