Brussels is showing solidarity with Ukraine at the expense of European farmers

2024. 03. 26.

Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the European Commission, was the guest of the EP’s Committee on International Trade (INTA) today. In her speech, Fidesz MEP Enikő Győri pointed out: “The EU has abandoned European farmers to serve the interests of Ukraine. It is now clear: decisions in Brussels are not based on data but follow a political purpose.”

MEP Enikő Győri said, “After the war broke out, Ukrainian grain flooded the European market. This caused market disruption and enormous damage to agricultural producers in border countries, including Hungarian farmers. Since 2021, Ukrainian wheat imports have jumped by 1996%, poultry meat by 225%, eggs by 775%, and sugar by 478%. From the available data, it is therefore incomprehensible why the Commission did not propose safeguard measures for wheat and why it chose the war years as a reference, when imports had already skyrocketed.”

Commissioner Dombrovskis avoided answering the Hungarian politician’s question on Ukrainian wheat.

Commenting on the meeting, MEP Enikő Győri said, “The Vice President could not refute the figures I quoted. Putting safeguard measures on crops that cause minor disturbances will not solve the main problem. It is crystal-clear: the Commission has decided on the basis of purely political arguments, which have the blessing of the majority of the left and the majority of the European People’s Party. We must show solidarity with Ukraine under attack, but the price for this must not be paid by European farmers. Moreover, by allowing the unrestricted flow of Ukrainian grain to the EU, Brussels is opening up international markets to Russian grain. This is political short-sightedness,” said the Hungarian MEP.

The corresponding speech is available here: