Bulgaria Is Not Going to Continue the Ban on Ukrainian Grain

Bulgaria Is Not Going to Continue the Ban on Grain from Ukraine

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The Committee on Economic Policy and Innovation of the Parliament of Bulgaria has adopted a draft decision opposing the continuation of special measures on certain goods originating in Ukraine after September 15, 2023.

The final decision will be made at the plenary session. 10 committee members supported the document, 4 voted against and 2 abstained. The draft position of Bulgaria states that the country does not support the import ban after September 15, 2023.

Meanwhile, the draft decision caused a lively debate in the European Commission and was challenged by industry organizations. Farmers said they didn’t expect such a decision. The head of the National Association of Grain Producers, Ilya Prodanov, stated that the decision contradicts the analysis of the consequences it would lead to. According to him, such a decision puts the country’s agricultural sector at risk. Also he warned that the tensions that currently exist in the sector will at some point erupt in an extremely large-scale way. He assured that the association will defend the interests of producers in all possible ways.

At the same time, Romania and Hungary demand from the European Commission to extend the ban on the import of Ukrainian grain at least until the end of the year. This became clear after the meeting of the ministers of agriculture of the two countries in Bucharest – Florin Barbu and Istvan Nagy.

They allow transit transportation but want to support their farmers by extending the ban on the import of Ukrainian grain.

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