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EU Considers Further Support for Farmers Affected by Ukraine Grain

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The European Commission has announced it is considering a further support package for EU farmers hit by an influx of Ukrainian agricultural products after Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia banned the import of agricultural goods from Ukraine, according to euroactiv.com.

"We are working now on a second package of measures where we would continue supporting these countries that are being affected by the inputs from Ukraine," a commission spokesperson said during the EU executive's daily press conference this week.

A first EUR 56 million package to help Poland, Bulgaria, and Romania was agreed upon by member states at the end of March and funded through a financial envelope of EUR 450 million per year included in the agricultural reserve fund of the EU's farming subsidies program.

However, the package was not enough to placate Polish farmers, who took to the streets in force, ultimately cumulating in the dismissal of the now-former agriculture minister Henryk Kowalczyk.

As a second package is "still under discussion," the commission declined to add further details on the amount, timing, or allocation criteria.

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