The Prime Ministers of Poland and Romania have requested the European Commission to establish a tracing mechanism for Ukrainian grain exports to prevent local farmers from being adversely affected by an influx of cheaper imports.
Due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine over a year ago, Ukrainian grain exports have been forced to find alternative routes through EU member states Poland and Romania, leading to large quantities of cheap grains from Ukraine ending up in central European countries.
This has negatively impacted local farmers by reducing prices and sales. During a business conference in Bucharest, the Prime Ministers of Poland and Romania stated that their governments are working with the EU to resolve the issue.
They aim to enforce the traceability of Ukrainian exports and final destinations.
Earlier this month, Romania’s Agriculture Minister Petre Daea said that farmers from Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia had lost 417 million euros ($451.15 million) due to cheaper Ukrainian grain imports.
The European Commission is set to decide on the compensation of 56.3 million euros for Polish, Bulgarian, and Romanian farmers, with a final decision expected on March 30.