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Poland announced strengthening of border control with Ukraine

Poland announced strengthening of border control with Ukraine Photo: Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Poland Czeslaw Sekerski (wiadomosci onet pl)

The Polish government has announced an intensification of control at the border with Ukraine. Warsaw aims to enhance inspections of goods coming from Ukraine, informs the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Poland.

The head of the Polish department, Cheslav Sekersky, conducted inspections at the Medyka border checkpoint. Earlier, he visited the Korchova checkpoint on the border with Ukraine.

Sekersky announces an intensification of control and increased inspections.

"Excessive import of agricultural products from Ukraine that do not meet the production requirements applicable in the EU threatens the competitiveness of Polish agriculture," the ministry's statement said.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Poland, Michal Kolodziejczak, is also inspecting border checkpoints for the second consecutive day. Today he visited the Yagodyn-Dorohusk checkpoint, and yesterday he visited Hrubieszów.

He noted that he is overseeing inspections of agricultural goods imported from Ukraine.

Kolodziejczak also posted a photo of poor-quality frozen raspberries that were rejected at the border.

"After such raspberries, there can be one conclusion: an embargo on Ukrainian frozen raspberries, of which over 60,000 tons arrived in Poland in 2023," he wrote on Twitter.

Ukrainian border blockade

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

On January 6, Polish farmers ended the blockade at the Medyka-Shehyni checkpoint, and truck traffic was resumed.

On January 17, 2024, the Polish government signed an agreement with carriers to unblock the border with Ukraine. Under the deal, the parties agreed to suspend protests at the approaches to three border checkpoints until March 1.

It's worth noting that on January 31, the European Commission recommended extending the waiver of import duties for agricultural products from Ukraine for 2024 but also proposed introducing a "safeguard clause" for farmers from EU countries.