Statement by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner Wojciechowski following today’s meeting on agricultural imports from Ukraine

Today, we met with representatives of the five Member States bordering Ukraine – Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Romania – as well as with Ukraine.

We presented the EU’s comprehensive proposals to address the concerns expressed by these 5 Member States regarding the deterioration in the situation of Union producers for specific products. This proposed Commission package includes a second tranche of agricultural financial support to affected farmers, exceptional safeguard measures on key products and measures to facilitate the transit of Ukrainian grain exports via the Solidarity Lanes. The Commission’s proposed package is subject to Member States lifting their unilateral measures.

We underlined the importance of rapidly following a common EU approach, rather than unilateral solutions to avoid multiple bans and solutions which put the internal market at risk.

The Commission took note of the views presented by participants. We agreed to continue political consultations in the coming days in view of a swift solution.