Poland will not allow Ukraine into the EU if the issue of grain exports is not resolved

18.09.2023, Warsaw.

Warsaw will not let Ukraine into the EU if the issue of Ukrainian grain exports is not resolved, Polish Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Robert Telus said on September 17, TVN24 reported.

Telus recalled the strict conditions that Poland faced during its accession to the EU. Warsaw had to fulfill all of them.

The same approach should be applied to Ukraine, and conditions should be set, Telus said. He specified that tools should be created to solve the issues of exporting Ukrainian grain to Europe.

Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary imposed restrictions on Ukrainian agricultural imports in April. At the same time, they urged the European Commission to use legally binding mechanisms to reduce the inflow of Ukrainian products. Agricultural producers in these countries are suffering as a result of the increase in this flow.

The European Commission decided to impose an embargo on supplies of wheat, corn, rapeseed and sunflower seeds from Ukraine. In response, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary lifted their restrictions.

The European Commission embargo was in effect until June 5 and then extended until September 15. The European Commission refused to extend it further. Then Hungary, Slovakia and Poland unilaterally renewed the bans.

Ukraine said that it intended to file a lawsuit with the World Trade Organization and challenge this decision of its neighbors.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency