In accordance with the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes of the Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization, Ukraine submitted requests for consultations with Slovakia, Poland and Hungary within the framework of the WTO. This was reported by Yuliia Svyrydenko, First Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine - Minister of Economy of Ukraine.
“It is fundamentally important for us to prove that individual member states may not ban the import of Ukrainian goods. That is why we file lawsuits against them in the WTO. At the same time, we hope that these countries will lift their restrictions and we will not have to settle the matter in court for a long time. We need solidarity with them and the protection of farmers’ interests. The steps we have taken and the pressure of the European Commission and other member states will help restore normal trade between Ukraine and neighboring countries, as well as show solidarity between us,” Yuliia Svyrydenko explained.
According to her, as a result of the unilateral ban on the import of Ukrainian agricultural products by Poland, Slovakia and Hungary, domestic exporters have already suffered and continue to suffer significant losses because of downtime, additional costs and the impossibility of fulfilling foreign economic agreements.
Ukraine sees this as a violation of international obligations by the three EU countries. The Ukrainian side also believes that unilateral actions of EU member states in the field of trade are unacceptable and all member states of the bloc should coordinate and agree on trade policy, as it falls within the exclusive competence of the EU.
We remind that on September 15, 2023, the European Commission reported that thanks to the work of the Coordination Platform and temporary measures, market distortions in five member states bordering Ukraine were eliminated. In this regard, the European Commission decided not to extend its decision on the ban on the import of goods from Ukraine. In addition, the European Commission noted that Ukraine should take measures to prevent any market distortions in neighboring member states.
At the same time, on September 15, 2023, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary unilaterally introduced a national ban on the import of agricultural goods from Ukraine.