BRUSSELS, 26 Feb – European Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski called on Kyiv to treat the situation of European farmers with understanding and make efforts within the framework of cooperation to export Ukrainian grain from the European bloc to other countries.
“The situation is becoming difficult in the European market. Therefore, ideally, we need to help Ukraine with transit and transport through ports, so that products can be sent to markets where Ukraine has traditionally sold grain. Therefore, we need a positive approach, cooperation from Ukraine… Cooperation with on the part of Ukraine, its attitude is a key factor in this matter. Our Ukrainian partners must understand the situation of farmers well. Frankly, no market is able to withstand such an influx in such a short time,” he said on Monday at a press conference following the meeting Ministers of Agriculture of the EU countries. The broadcast was conducted on the website of the European Commission.
Protests regularly take place in Poland, during which activists empty Ukrainian grain from wagons and trucks. Thus, on February 20, farmers in Poland poured two wagons of Ukrainian corn onto the railway tracks at the Polish-Ukrainian border crossing in Medyka, protesting against the supply of agricultural products from Ukraine. Activists also reported that farmers spilled grain from Ukrainian trucks in Dorohusk.
Polish-Ukrainian relations have become significantly more complicated due to the embargo on Ukrainian grain. On September 15, 2023, the European Commission decided not to extend restrictions on the import of four types of Ukrainian agricultural products into several EU border countries, but obliged Kyiv to introduce export control measures. After this, the authorities of Slovakia, Hungary and Poland announced that they were extending the ban unilaterally. In this regard, Ukraine filed a complaint with the WTO. In response, three EU countries announced that they would boycott meetings of the coordination platform on Ukrainian grain.