Grain crisis broke out in Europe

2023-04-26 13:44:27 | Last Update : 2023-04-26 14:21:29

The flow of grain from Ukraine to the whole world alarmed European farmers. Since the European Union lifted import duties on agricultural products from Ukraine last summer, more than 23 million tons of grain have flooded the bloc. Four countries have temporarily suspended imports after local farmers complained that the influx of corn and wheat was disrupting the market.

Grain crisis broke out in Europe
zoom in photo
Share Photo

Successful grain exports, which helped alleviate a global food crisis amid the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia, have plagued neighboring countries.

According to the information conveyed by Anadolu, the development caused tension in the EU, as farmers in Poland suffered from grain imports from Ukraine, although they were intended for sale outside the European Union (EU).


Local media from multiple EU member states reported that farmers were left unsatisfied.

Neighboring countries such as Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia have imposed import restrictions, which the European Commission has criticized.

EU Commission spokesman Eric Mamer announced last week that the EU is working on a new financing package to ease the burden on farmers and create a common approach.

“When we have measures taken by member states that are not in line with EU law, we do not resort to a direct infringement procedure, we do not go directly to court,” Mamer said. "There is always a phase where we are discussing with member states, at least in general," he said.


The EU Commission is now planning a support package of €100 million for five neighboring countries, in addition to the €56 million allocated from the EU budget to deal with increasing Ukrainian imports.

Recently, Warsaw and Bucharest have been requesting more financial assistance from EU institutions, despite their willingness to ease restrictive measures.

Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, Romania and Slovakia called on the EU to protect farmers within the bloc in a letter last month.


WARNING: Comments that contain insults, swearing, offensive sentences or allusions, attacks on beliefs, are not written with spelling rules, do not use Turkish characters and are written in capital letters are not approved.