I’ve mentioned this issue previously. This dispute is a challenge to the centralized overlord in the EU
(Bloomberg) — Ukraine will file a complaint to the World Trade Organization over an import ban of its grain into Poland, Hungary and Slovakia “in several hours,” according to Deputy Economy Minister Taras Kachka.
Kyiv also plans to retaliate with its own bans on imports of several products if they don’t scrap similar restrictions, and may target goods such as onions and apples from Poland and cars from Hungary, Kachka said by phone Monday.
Kyiv will sue Poland, Hungary and Slovakia over their refusal to lift the ban on Ukrainian agricultural products. This was announced by Taras Kachka, Deputy Minister of Economy and Trade Representative of Ukraine, in an interview with Politico.
“It is important to prove that these actions are legally wrong. That’s why we will start lawsuits on Monday, September 18,” Kachka said, adding that Kyiv is also preparing to restrict imports of Polish fruits and vegetables.
Poland, Hungary and Slovakia opposed the European Commission, which on September 15 decided to lift restrictions on the export of certain categories of Ukrainian agricultural products.
The three countries said they would impose their own embargoes on grain from Ukraine. “In our eyes, these measures by Hungary and Poland are a statement of complete distrust of the European Commission,” Kachka said.
According to him, open disobedience (not obeying) on the part of Poland, Hungary and Slovakia is not only an internal EU matter. It has also raised concerns about whether international trading partners might believe that Brussels speaks for the entire EU.
It’s always seemed to me Brussels speaks for the US and not the EU.