February 2, 2024, 17:09

Possible European Commission’s ‘safeguards’ to cap Ukrainian agricultural imports can work without harming producers

Ukraine will be able to maintain agricultural product exports to the EU at the same volumes as in 2022-2023.

Vsevolod Chentsov, Representative of the Mission of Ukraine to the European Union, made this statement during a briefing at Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform.

“On the one hand, yes, (European – Ed.) farmers are unhappy that we are narrowing their opportunities to sell their product. But, if you look at a bigger picture, in terms of the consumer interests, in terms of the interests of other branches of the European economy, those who use and consume these products, they are interested in us continuing to export to the EU. What safeguards will these be – the European Commission has, in fact, already made relevant proposals, and those tools can work without harming our producers, if the Council (EU Council – Ed.) approves them, because the European Commission and the proposals are only the first stage. Thus, if this tool works as proposed by the Commission, we will be able to export in the same volumes as we did in 2022-2023. If we exceed these volumes, then the European Commission will propose how the European Union should act, limiting this export. But, I repeat, these indicators were acceptable for our industry,” explained Vsevolod Chentsov.

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