Deal to resume Ukraine transit

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The European Commission has reached a deal in principle to allow the transit of Ukrainian grain to resume through five European Union countries that had imposed restrictions. Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia cited concerns that grain from Ukraine meant to be exported to other countries had ended up in their local markets, which was pushing down prices for local farmers.

European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis tweeted that the EU executive had reached “an agreement in principle” with the five “to address concerns of both farmers in neighbouring EU countries and Ukraine”.  The deal includes “safeguard measures” for four products – wheat, maize, rapeseed and sunflower seed and a support package worth 100 million euros ($110.25 million) for local farmers.

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