“Three months ago I warned that the assistance we provide to Ukraine would cost the countries of our region dearly,” the official recalled. He also called for European solidarity not only towards Ukraine, but also towards the Eastern European members of the EU.
“Still, products imported from third countries are not produced according to the same environmental standards as in the European Union,” Gechev recalled.
The ministers present at the meeting, which took place within the framework of the “International Green Week in Berlin”, forecast that this situation could continue this year if nothing is done about it. It is reported that this issue will be included in the agenda of the next meeting of the Council of the EU.
According to Gechev, about 15 million tons of Ukrainian wheat have already passed through the European market. At the same time, according to the European Commission, as part of the “grain deal”, at the end of October, up to 14 tons of various grains were exported from Ukraine, which were supposed to go to countries in need.