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CEE PMs turn to EC president over impact of Ukrainian grain imports

The prime ministers of Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Romania have sent a letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in connection with the impact of Ukrainian grain flowing into Europe.
1. April 2023 5:41

In the letter published on the Polish government’s website, Bulgarian Prime Minister Rumen Radev, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca and Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger call for the allocation of EU funds in addition to the already planned emergency measures to support farmers who have suffered losses.

The prime ministers proposed a scheme that would include the purchase of the surplus Ukrainian grain stored in their countries and its distribution to those in need in Africa and the Middle East. They also proposed the introduction of an automatic support mechanism for farmers in regions and sectors affected most by excessive imports from Ukraine.

The signatories also ask for the introduction of tariffs and tariff quotas on grain imports from Ukraine if the market distortions affecting farmers in their countries cannot be eliminated by other means.

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