Poland and Hungary banned the import of grain and food from Ukraine. The European Union reacted to the decision.
Miriam Garcia Ferrer, the spokesperson of the EU Commission responsible for agriculture and trade, made a statement that “unilateral actions are unacceptable”.
Ferrer said that they closely followed the statements of Poland and Hungary regarding the ban, adding that “Trade policy is under the special authority of the EU. Therefore, unilateral actions are unacceptable.”
Ferrer said that in difficult times it is very important to coordinate and harmonize all decisions within the EU.
With the start of the Russia-Ukraine War and the inability to make shipments from the Black Sea ports for a long time, a significant amount of Ukrainian grain and food products began to be sent to Eastern and Central European countries.
Local producers, especially in the countries of the region, were complaining about this situation.
Farmers in Poland and Hungary have long wanted to stop importing cheap agricultural products from Ukraine.
Particularly in Poland, farmers frequently organized protests on this issue.
The two countries decided to impose a temporary ban on grain and food products from Ukraine.
Poland announced that the transit of the products in question will not be allowed either.
The list of prohibited products includes cereals, sugar, milk and dairy products.