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Hungarian farmers resume protests on Ukrainian border

Hungarian farmers resume protests on Ukrainian border Photo: Hungarian farmers start protests on the border with Ukraine (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

Today, February 9, Hungarian farmers began protesting near the Záhony checkpoint on the border with Ukraine, reports Világgazdaság.

In particular, Hungarian farmers expressed dissatisfaction with the decision of the European Commission to extend the duty-free import of Ukrainian products for another year. They believe that products coming from outside the European Union should also be subject to the same rules as EU farmers.

In addition, Hungarian farmers claim that Ukraine allegedly imposes GMO products on EU consumers.

Blockade of border with Ukraine by farmers

On November 6, 2023, Polish carriers started strikes at the border with Ukraine. The protesters demanded the return of the pass system for Ukrainian carriers.

On January 17, 2024, the Polish government signed an agreement with carriers to unblock the border with Ukraine. As part of the agreement, the parties agreed to suspend protests at the entrances to three checkpoints on the border until March 1.

On January 31, the European Commission recommended extending the abolition of import duties for agricultural goods from Ukraine until 2024, but farmers said they do not support the EU's actions.

Polish farmers announced protests on the border with Ukraine on February 9.