In talks with the European Commission, Hungary has managed to maintain the results and measures related to the ban on imports of Ukrainian agricultural products, including grain, Minister of Agriculture István Nagy told MTI in Brussels on Wednesday.
He said that Hungary would continue to ensure the transit of Ukrainian grain and that it leaves the country under controlled conditions. The minister added that further talks are underway to discuss which other products could be affected by the import ban, in addition to the four essential products – wheat, maize, rapeseed, and sunflower.
He said that the decision by member states to act independently to prevent the import of Ukrainian agricultural products without any controls had led to a result.
It was worth Hungary taking a firm stand and defending the interests of Hungarian farmers, as this stand has forced the European Commission to take action.
He said that the leaders of five EU member states – Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Romania – had asked the European Commission to take action on the issue of Ukrainian grain entering Europe duty-free, which was causing damage to local farmers. During the negotiations in Brussels, the EU Commission made an offer that will make all the measures introduced so far legal, István Nagy said, adding that the promises include the creation of a legal framework to allow Hungary to continue to maintain an import ban on Ukrainian agricultural products while ensuring transit.
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