site.btaRomania and Hungary Urge EC to Extend Ukrainian Grain Imports Ban until End of Year
Romania and Hungary are urging the European Commission to extend the ban on Ukrainian grain imports at least until the end of the year, it transpired from a meeting of the agriculture ministers of the two countries in Bucharest - Florin Barbu of Romania and Istvan Nagy of Hungary.
The restrictive measures on the import of agricultural products from Ukraine had a positive effect on the grain market in Romania and the European Commission's decision should be to extend these restrictions at least until the end of 2023 so as not to affect the competitiveness of farmers, Florin Barbu said during the talks in the Romanian capital.
He expressed the view that it would be appropriate to set up a system of subsidies for the transit of agricultural goods from Ukraine at EC level, which could constitute a significant incentive to channel products from Ukraine to more distant markets, especially in countries exposed to food security risks.
"Like Romania, we allow transit shipments and we don't want to harm Ukraine, but we want to keep our farmers competitive," Hungary's Agriculture Minister István Nagy said in turn.
After Bucharest, he also plans to hold talks with his counterparts in Bulgaria and Slovakia.