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Sunflower seeds: dispute over EU restrictions escalates

June 1, 2023 at 9:50 AM , Der AUDITOR
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SOFIA/KYIV. As it is taking longer than expected to clear several areas of mines the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine has reduced its estimates for sunflower seeds this year. With the deadline for the EU's preventive measures, that suspend the imports of four agricutlural products from Ukraine in five member states, approaching fast debates have become heated. While Poland and Hungary are calling for an extension, Ukraine has accused the EU of double standards. Trading is far from easy in Bulgaria and China at present.

Disputed measures may be extended

Ukraine may have welcomed the Council of the European Union's decision to extend the measures regarding the full liberisation of trade with the country, but is less delighted with the current restrictions adopted on 2 May. Matter of controversy are the EU's exceptional and temporary preventive measures that suspend the import of wheat, corn and rapeseed along with sunflowers seeds from Ukraine in Hungary, Poland and Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia but permit transits.

These measures may be set to expire on 5 June, but Janusz

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