The government on Friday extended the ban on importing four commodities from Ukraine, namely wheat, maize, rapeseed and sunflower seeds. "The European Commission did not extend the ban on the import of the four commodities from Ukraine, including wheat, following September 15, so the government decided to ban these imports at the national level... We need to prevent excessive pressure on the Slovak market in order to remain fair to domestic farmers," remarked Prime Minister Odor. He also stated that the ban will stay in effect until the end of the year.
The government measure, he added, is also a reaction to the same approach taken by Poland and Hungary. The premier stressed that the Slovak government will continue to work intensively with the European Commission and other EU-member countries to find a Europe-wide and systemic solution while the national ban on the import of the four commodities is in place. He declared the government's readiness to lift the ban in such a case. The Agriculture Ministry noted in this vein that the decision is related to protecting the domestic market and is a logical reaction to practices of neighbouring countries that have also adopted unilateral bans on imports of certain commodities from Ukraine.