The European Commission has implemented a temporary ban on the import of Ukrainian wheat, maize, rapeseed, and sunflower seed to Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia. The ban will remain in effect from May 2 to June 5, 2023.

 The decision was made under the Autonomous Trade Measures Regulation (ATMR) as a temporary preventive measure due to serious logistical bottlenecks experienced in these five Member States.

 However, these products may still circulate within or transit via these countries, by means of a common customs transit procedure or be exported to a country outside the EU. Additionally, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia have committed to lift the unilateral measures they previously imposed on these products from Ukraine.

 The Commission stated that these measures are part of an overall support package, which will be complemented by financial aid for farmers in the five Member States and further measures, to facilitate the transit of Ukrainian grain exports via Solidarity Lanes, to other Member States and third countries.

 The European Commission also announced that it is ready to reimpose preventive measures if the exceptional situation continues beyond the current ATMR expiry date of June 5. The Commission is also willing to assess the situation within the EU market for other sensitive products.

 The Ukrainian government has not yet responded to the decision of the European Commission. This move could have a significant impact on Ukrainian agriculture, as these five Member States currently represent a significant portion of Ukrainian agricultural exports.


To help Ukraine's struggling economy impacted by war, the EU had temporarily lifted all import restrictions and trade defence measures against Ukrainian companies until June 5.

 To ensure that countries in need receive Ukraine's grain, Solidarity Lanes have been established. This is necessary because the war has severely limited Ukraine's access to its Black Sea ports.

 The EU-Ukraine Solidarity Lanes have proven to be essential to Ukraine's economy, creating a vital link with the Union while also effectively averting a worldwide food crisis. Regrettably, the surge in traffic at the borders has resulted in significant logistical hurdles, such as increased costs, congested storage facilities and transport routes.

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The United States is sending Ukraine another $300 million in military aid, with the official announcement expected today. The United States has contributed over $47 billion in military aid to Ukraine , compared to just over $3 billion from the entire European Union. President Biden must demand that the EU pay its fair share and match U.S. spending dollar for dollar. The EU needs to pay up!

Russia's war on Ukraine is on Europe's doorstep, not the U.S. and it affects Europe substantially more than it affects the United States. So why is it that the U.S. has given more military, financial, and humanitarian aid to Ukraine than all other countries in the world combined?

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@ThoughtLife.God, The EU has given much more humanitarian aid to Ukraine than the US. The amount of money spent on military aid is a different matter, but it is mainly because the EU had very little stock, minimum compared to the US, although the EU should have reacted much faster than it did. The EU, after Ukraine, is the main part affected by this horrible conflict, from energy costs, refugees, food, etc., whereas the US has benefited, selling more gas, oil and arms than ever before. Apart from Ukraine, the EU has been the looser, whereas US, China and India are the beneficiaries. The ban on imports is to safe farmers from countries at the borders of Ukraine from unnecessary grain, but in countries like mine, Spain, we welcome all the grain from Ukraine, as Spain needs several million tons of it, as Spain is the second largest buyer of Ukrainian grain in the world, after China.

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