Polish and Ukrainian agricultural groups to meet this month to hammer out blockade-ending compromise

Negotiations with Polish farmers regarding the transit of Ukrainian grain will take place next week
Negotiations with Polish farmers regarding the transit of Ukrainian grain will take place next week

The next meeting of the Ukrainian and Polish Agrarian Associations regarding the transit of agricultural products will be held on April 5, with a more extensive meeting set for the second half of April, Ukraine’s First Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Taras Vysotskyi said on air of national telethon on March 30.

The associations plan to "work out the parameters of interaction" and finalize the agreements at the meeting, Vysotskyi said.

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The areas being worked on concern such products as raspberries, honey, juice, eggs, poultry, and grains, he said.

"This is our April task,” he said.

“Everything will be done to implement it as quickly as possible within the first weeks of April."

Negotiations with Poland due to the border blockade - What is Known?

Ukrainian and Polish officials convened talks on Feb. 28 to explore options for unblocking the border that has been blocked by Polish farmers since Feb. 20. The farmers have several demands, including the abolition of duty-free trade with Ukraine and the complete closure of the Ukrainian-Polish border for trucks.

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The blockade of the border was repeatedly accompanied by political provocations and spoilage of Ukrainian agricultural products - when they emptied grain from Ukrainian railroad cars, an incident highlighting the tensions between the two sides.

The European Parliament Committee supported extending duty-free trade for Ukraine on March 7. Ukraine responded by expressing readiness to restrict trade with the EU on its terms.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk announced on March 15 that the European Commission agreed to one of the demands of Polish farmers regarding the Green Deal.

The Polish Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry declared its intention on March 20 to request a suspension of the transit of certain Ukrainian products through Poland.

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Warsaw may halt Ukrainian grain transit through Poland from Apr. 1, said The Polish Development and Technology Minister, Krzysztof Hetman, on March 25. Warsaw expects to conclude negotiations with Kyiv this week to implement licenses for agricultural products.

EU member states representatives agreed to extend the liberal trade regime with Ukraine for another year on March 27.

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