Hungary Presses Brussels for Support to Manage Grain Glut
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Hungary has recommended the European Union offer extraordinary support for grain deliveries to free up stores for local farmers ahead of the harvest, Agriculture Ministry state secretary Zsolt Feldman told MTI after a meeting of EU farm ministers in Brussels on Tuesday.
Hungary has also asked the EU to extend restrictions on imports of Ukrainian grain and oilseed in place in five neighboring EU member states "at least until the end of the year", Feldman said.
He said a decision on extraordinary financial support from the EU for farmers in countries impacted by the grain glut had not been taken at the meeting on Tuesday, but added that the EUR 15.9 million Hungary would be entitled to was "rather a political gesture, not real compensation" when grain stores in the country were still half full ahead of the harvest.
Markets in Hungary and neighboring countries were flooded with grain and other farm products from Ukraine after the EU introduced exemptions from customs duties and quotas with the aim of expediting deliveries to countries in the Middle East and Africa.
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