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Ministry: Slovakia considers Ukraine's grain import plan acceptable, talks continue

by Martin Fornusek September 20, 2023 11:43 PM 2 min read
An agricultural worker unloads cereals from a combine during a harvest on Aug. 30, 2023 in Chernihiv Oblast. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)
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Slovakia is studying Ukraine's proposed plan to export agricultural products and considers it acceptable, the Ukrainian Agriculture Ministry said on Sept. 20 following an online meeting between Ukrainian Agriculture Minister Mykola Solskyi and his Slovak counterpart Jozef Bíreš.

The two parties reportedly discussed cooperation in the agricultural sector, namely the action plan for exporting Ukrainian agricultural products proposed by Kyiv to the European Commission.

According to the ministry's press statement, Bíreš said that Bratislava is studying Ukraine's proposal and considers it acceptable.

The ministers agreed to finalize the plan as soon as possible, as well as coordinate the situation and maintain constructive relations between the countries.

The EU instituted the import ban on select agricultural products from Ukraine in May at the request of Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, and Bulgaria, who feared that the influx of cheaper Ukrainian products would put pressure on their farmers.

Following the expiration of the measure on Sept. 15, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary said they will continue to impose it on the national level.

Seeking to lift the restrictions, Ukraine proposed to the EU that it would implement a system of permits to manage the export of grain.

The Slovak agriculture minister said earlier that Kyiv's proposal came too late and suggested that the European Commission could institute a transition period to test the mechanism.

Media: Kyiv denies grain proposal rejected by 5 EU members
Ukraine’s Deputy Minister for Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture, Taras Kachka, has told the news outlet European Pravda that five members of the European Union have not rejected Ukraine’s plan for regulating grain exports to five neighboring states.
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