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Slovakia to extend veto on Ukraine imports

Bratislava, Sep 13 (Prensa Latina) The Government of Slovakia will unilaterally extend the ban on grain imports from Ukraine beyond next Friday, Minister of Agriculture Josef Bires announced on Wednesday.

In case the European Union (EU) does not approves the extension of this temporary veto that has been in force in five of its members since the beginning of May, we will do it, he said.

The agreement was approved by Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria in April and will expire on September 15.

Its entry into force allowed the five EU partners to ban, on an exceptional and temporary basis, the entry of wheat, corn, rapeseed and sunflower from Ukraine to ‘protect their domestic markets’.

Bires stressed at a press conference in this capital on Wednesday that his government is waiting for the European Commission (EC)’s decision on a possible extension of the veto, but he made it clear that if it does not agree to extend its validity, the Slovak Executive will do so unilaterally.

Hungary is also in favor of extending the validity of the veto, and Poland informed that it will do so regardless of Brussels’ decision.

Meanwhile, the Bulgarian Executive announced on Wednesday that it will not maintain the ban beyond Friday and that it will propose to the EC to lift it on that day.

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