Hungary will subject Ukrainian grain bound for markets in Hungary to “strict checks” to ensure compliance “with all food safety regulations”, Agriculture Minister István Nagy said on Monday.
In a statement issued by his ministry, Nagy said Hungary will offer any assistance it can to see Ukrainian grain reach its “original destination”: consumers in Africa and the Middle East.
He noted that Hungary, together with Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria, have asked the European Commission to take immediate steps in the interest of reducing imports of Ukrainian grain that are driving down prices on local markets, but complained that “Brussels isn’t listening to the voice of Europe’s farmers”.
“We won’t allow Hungarian farmers to be put at a disadvantage because solidarity lanes aren’t functioning properly,” he added.
So, what Orban wants is higher bread price for Hungarians. Because the grains from Ukraine are cheaper.
Like always, protecting Hungarian families my a*ss. Now he blames the EU for lower grain prices….
Since the price of grain products has already risen much much highter than the inflation rate, and given that in normal years Ukraine exports less than the UK and the US into the EU, (Ukriane exports less than 4% to the EU) this entire article is a lie from the government. A total lie and another swipe at Ukriane as it fights against Hungary’s former master, Russia. While Russia does not “own” Hungary, it appears that the government want to make itself one of it’s clients.