Farmer protests have spread across the European Union — and further — in recent weeks, according to reporting from Reuters' Sybille De La Hamaide and Gus Trompiz, with farmers "saying…
Yahoo News’ Julien Girault reported Wednesday that “with farmers venting their anger across Europe, the European Union said Wednesday it would create ‘safeguards’ to stop cheap Ukrainian imports from flooding the market and ease highly contested rules on leaving land unused.”
The proposal “introduces an ’emergency brake’ for the most sensitive products – poultry, eggs and sugar – allowing tariffs if (Ukrainian) imports exceed the average levels of 2022 and 2023,” Reuters’ Philip Blenkinsop reported. “It also allows the Commission to impose measures if the markets of one or more EU members are disrupted by a surge of imports of other farm produce, such as grains. In critical cases, these could be in place 21 days after a request is made.”
The proposal still requires “approval from EU governments and the European Parliament,” according to reporting from Reuters’ Gus Trompiz and Christian Levaux.
While the Commission is proposing emergency safeguards, it will still “extend the suspension of import duties on Ukrainian exports for another year to June 2025,” Blenkinsop wrote. “They were originally suspended in 2022 to support Ukraine’s economy following the Russian invasion, which has hit shipments via the traditional Black Sea route.”
The EU continues to stand by Ukraine and Moldova.
Today we renew special trade measures, which are vital to keep 🇺🇦🇲🇩 economies running.
At the same time, we propose safeguards to cushion the impact of these measures on EU farmers.
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) January 31, 2024