European Parliament's INTA Committee votes 26-10 to renew suspension of duties and quotas on Ukrainian products without amendment

European Parliament
Thursday, March 7, 2024
Members of the European Parliament's International Trade Committee (INTA) endorsed the extension of trade liberalisation measures to support Ukraine and Moldova in the face of Russia’s war. MEPs approved on Thursday, by 26 votes, with 10 against and 1 abstentions, a proposal to renew the temporary suspension of import duties and quotas on Ukrainian agricultural exports to the EU for another year, from 6 June 2024 to 5 June 2025. The INTA committee MEPs have decided not to support the amendments proposed on 27 February by the COMAGRI committee, and hence that the reference period for the ATM "emergency brake" should remain the average of 2022 and 2023 volumes, which would give a "quota" for Ukrainian sugar of 300,000 tonnes for the 2024 year as from 6 June 2024. In a joint statement, AVEC (poultry), CEFS (sugar manufacturers), CEPM (maize), CIBE (beet growers), COPA-COGECA (farmers and cooperatives) and EUWEP (eggs) condemned the INTA MEPS for "blatantly ignoring the concerns of the farming community" (see: ).
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