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EU extends tariff-free trade with Ukraine

Brussels, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) European politicians extended on Wednesday the suspension of tariffs on agricultural products from Ukraine until June 2025, despite growing demonstrations against it in many countries of the region.

The preliminary agreement covers the imports of chicken, eggs, sugar, honey, corn, and all kinds of cereals, the European Parliament’s press service reported.

Tariffs and quotas will be reintroduced for these products if the volume of their imports into European Union (EU) countries exceeds the average by 2022-2023, the Kronen Zeitung newspaper reported.

The decision was made in the context of growing protests by Polish farmers who demand changes in the Ukraine-Europe trade policy, while cases of border blockades or attacks on grain trucks are becoming more frequent.

Two years ago, Brussels suspended all tariffs and quotas on agricultural imports from Ukraine in a bid to help the country economically amid the conflict with Russia.

According to European Trade Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis, never before has the EU taken such measures to simplify trade procedures.

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