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Sunflower seeds: prices surge in Bulgaria

March 27, 2024 at 3:39 PM , Der AUDITOR
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SOFIA/BRUSSELS. EU countries reached a last-minute deal on Wednesday to the extend free trade with Ukraine until June 2025. Welcome as this news is, the stance towards Ukraine has hardened. In Bulgaria, the prices for sunflower seeds have risen sharply.

Last-minute compromise

Although the ambassadors of the EU member states agreed to extend the free trade with Ukraine until June 2025 in Brussels on Wednesday evening, the Commission was forced to make amendments to its January proposal. Issue is that tensions boiled over in April 2023 after Poland, Hungary and Slovakia issued overnight bans on several agricultural products coming in from Ukraine and Romania as well as Bulgaria followed suit. Background is that Russia's full scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 prompted Brussels to lift all tariffs and quotas o

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