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Ukraine wants to appease Polish farmers with export licenses for agricultural products

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Ukraine wants to appease Polish farmers with export licenses for agricultural products

Ukraine is ready to introduce export licenses for its agricultural products to help appease Polish farmers. This was announced on Tuesday by Ukrainian Minister of Agriculture Mykola Solsky, AFP writes.

Polish farmers have been blocking border crossings with Ukraine since February. They are thus protesting against the unfair competition of Ukrainian farmers, to whom the European Union has granted an exception since the Russian invasion in February 2022 and allowed the duty-free export of agricultural products to the territory of the EU. Both countries are trying to find a way out of this situation.

“As for the licensing system, we agree with it and are ready to accept it, but only for four types of cereals. We already use a similar system with Romania and Bulgaria,” Solsky declared in an interview published on Monday evening.

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His comments were published before the meeting of European agriculture ministers, which will be held in Brussels on Wednesday. Solskyj will also take part in it. The Polish and Ukrainian ministers of agriculture will subsequently discuss this topic on Thursday.

Polish Minister of Development Krzysztof Hetman, according to the PAP agency, on Monday described the progress of negotiations with Ukraine as good. He added that he expects a solution to the sensitive issue of the licensing system this week.

Solsky was more reserved and declared that he could not predict what would happen during the meetings. He added that overland exports to Poland receive disproportionate attention, as 90 percent of Ukrainian exports go to ports, 70 percent of which go to Asia, Africa and other parts of the world.

At the beginning of the month, EU member countries and the European Parliament approved the extension of exemptions for Ukrainian agricultural products by one year. For the import of poultry, eggs, sugar, corn, groats and honey, they set quotas based on average quantities from 2022 and 2023 “as an insurance policy”. Some European countries wanted to expand the list to include wheat and barley.

Solskyj described this procedure as disappointing and added that Kyiv wanted to negotiate the quantities before publication.

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