Farmers drive their tractors during an action to block trucks crossing the Danube bridge, marking the border between Bulgaria and Romania in a protest against the duty-free import of grain coming from Ukraine into the EU.InternationalIndiaAfricaMOSCOW (Sputnik) – Bulgaria has temporarily banned imports of food from Ukraine, with the exception of goods in transit, caretaker Bulgarian Prime Minister Galab Donev said on Wednesday. “Over the past year, Bulgaria has seen large volumes of food remain in the country, disrupting supply chains. If the trend persists or intensifies, there may be extremely serious consequences for Bulgarian business. We are forced to adopt this national measure because the European authorities are still considering an adequate measure,” Donev said, as quoted by Radio Bulgaria. Donev stressed that Bulgaria remains in solidarity with Ukraine, but “the bankruptcy of Bulgarian farmers will not contribute to its cause.” EconomyBulgarian Farmers Resume Protests Over Cheap Ukrainian Grain7 April, 10:53 GMTThe politician expressed hope that the European Union would understand the positions of the countries imposing a ban on Ukrainian food imports. On Saturday, Poland and Hungary said they were banning imports of Ukrainian agricultural products until June 30, citing the need to protect domestic farmers from the uncontrolled influx of cheap grain from Ukraine. On Monday, Slovakia followed suit. Ukraine was granted a temporary duty-free trade arrangement with the EU last June. In March 2022, the EU additionally launched so-called green corridors to facilitate the transit of Ukrainian grain to the world market; however, the cheap grain from Ukraine ended up flooding EU markets instead, prompting outrage among local farmers.


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