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December 13 2013, 11:20 Source: APK-Inform Views: 291

Ukraine: quotas for agricultural products provided by the Agreement with the EU are undervalued - Ministry of Agrarian Policy

The quotas for duty-free exports of agricultural commodities from Ukraine to the EU, provided the Association Agreement, are undervalued, and do not meet the export volumes of Ukrainian agricultural commodities, declared Nikolai Prysyazhnyuk, Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, on December 12.

In particular, he said that Ukraine received the quota for duty-free supplies of 800 thsd tonnes of maize per year to the EU, whereas last year the country exported 4 mln tonnes of the grain on the EU market.

The quota of the European Union Association Agreement for the supply of maize, maize flour and pellets from Ukraine was set at the level of 400 thsd tonnes, with a further increase to the level of 650 thsd tonnes.

In addition, the Minister expressed concern that agricultural subsidies in the EU are much higher compared with Ukraine, which makes Ukrainian commodities uncompetitive with European ones.

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