The European Commission met with representatives of Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, and Bulgaria. During the meeting, the countries sought a solution to the problems associated with stopping the import of Ukrainian grain. The transaction was stopped due to protests by farmers in European countries – they suffered losses due to a loss in price competition with Ukrainian goods. During the meeting, the European Commission and five countries found a consensus and decided to lift the ban on the import of agricultural products from Ukraine.
Russia's war in Ukraine has made many changes in the lives of Ukrainians and residents of other countries. In 2022, the Russian Federation posed a threat to the world, including by deciding to export Ukrainian grain. The invaders blocked the cereal routes, so Ukraine was forced to create new dynamic routes and conclude a "green corridor" agreement to avoid world hunger. In the spring of 2023, five European countries (Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Hungary) stopped cooperation with Ukraine in grain exports.
The highest authority of the European Union proposed to solve the issue through financial grants. The countries that stopped Ukrainian grain imports will receive €100 million of aid. At the same time, all five countries have agreed to lift unilateral bans on the import of products from a neighbouring country. Chairman of the European Commission, Valdis Dombrovskis, clarified that the lifting of the ban for Ukraine concerns cereals such as corn, rape, sunflower, and wheat.