In a rare show of unity, right-wing and left-wing politicians are among the eight Eastern European MEPs who have issued a joint statement in support of local farmers in connection with the trade agreements with Ukraine.
Eight members of the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade (INTA) abstained during Thursday’s vote on the prolongation of the Ukrainian trade liberalization measures (ATM).
Our countries fully stand by Ukraine and provide all the necessary support in these difficult times, but this cannot mean that our farmers pay the price of the war,
they stressed in a joint statement.
“By our abstention, we are giving a chance to our member states and the European Commission to finalize their negotiations and get a deal that is acceptable for our countries,” they explained. Adding that “only a prolonged ATM could provide the necessary legal basis for the Commission to activate the exceptional safeguard measures”. “However, for the moment, we have not been offered guarantees by the Commission,” the MEPs noted.
The statement was signed by MEPs of Hungary’s governing Fidesz party, Enikő Győri and Ernő Schaller-Baross, MEPs of Poland’s governing Law and Justice party, Dominik Tarczynski, Elzbieta Rafalska and Bogdan Rzonca, Slovak social-democrat Katarína Roth Neveďalová, Loránt Vincze and Gyula Winkler, MEPs of RMDSZ (UDMR), the ethnic Hungarian party in Romania, that is a member of the European People’s Party.
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