In an effort to protect its domestic agricultural industry, Bulgaria has imposed a temporary ban on grain imports from Ukraine, Radio Bulgaria reported on its website on Wednesday, April 19, quoting acting Prime Minister Galab Donev.

 He emphasized that while Bulgaria remains in solidarity with Ukraine, the bankruptcy of Bulgarian producers cannot be allowed to worsen due to cheap Ukrainian grain flooding the market.

 This move follows similar actions by Poland, Slovakia and Hungary, who have also banned the import of Ukrainian grain and other agricultural products following protests from local farmers. The influx of affordable Ukrainian grain has resulted in a decline in demand for domestic products, resulting in financial losses for local farmers.


 The European Commission has deemed these bans are illegal, stating that customs policy falls within the purview of the EU and not individual member states.

 European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, on Wednesday, April 19, announced a package of assistance worth 100 million euros for Eastern European farmers and has promised to implement "preventive measures" at the EU level to regulate the trade of certain agricultural products.

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