The European Union has done the first step towards the increasing quotas for agricultural producers of Ukraine. It was stated by Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade during the meeting with Taras Kutovyi, Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.
"Today we have brought along good news. We have decided to increase quotas for agricultural products. This is a very advantageous offer and I believe it will help to improve the market situation", - said the European Commissioner.
Minister Taras Kutovyi said: "I am pleased that our work during the Brussels meeting within the Ukraine-EU Agricultural Dialogue has its results. The EU is a strategic partner of Ukraine. Positive dynamics towards increase the share of EU in overall Ukraine’s agricultural trade - is a natural and logical result of consistent work of our farmers and the Government. Not all of expectations of us, as a Ministry, and our producers have been reflected in the proposed increase for today, but it makes it possible now to increase the volume of trade within the EU quotas up to $200 million in addition".
Currently, the EU's share in the total foreign trade of agricultural products is 33.9%.
Reference: the issue of increasing quotas for agricultural products which are supplied to the EU market, has been discussed actively by the Minister Taras Kutovyi during the annual Ukraine-EU Agricultural Dialogue in Brussels on 22-23 June, 2016 and had its continuation in the technical elaboration of Parties.
In accordance with the decision taken, Ukrainian producers of agricultural products will get additional quotas for corn, wheat, honey, cereals, processed tomatoes, in total on $195,950,000.
It is necessary to note that the European Commission’s proposal to increase the existing quota for certain agricultural products in order to expand access to the European market of some Ukrainian goods in addition to the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) will be valid for 3 years and needs to be approved by the European Parliament and EU member-countries.
Description of goods
Quota Increase, tons/year
Quota Increase, ths. US dollars
Groats and meals of cereals (excl. wheat, rye, oats, maize, rice and barley)
Cereal pellets (excl. wheat, rye, oats, maize, rice and barley)
Rolled or flaked wheat grains
Rolled or flaked maize grains
Rolled barley grains
Flaked barley grains
Worked grains (for example, hulled, pearled, sliced or kibbled), other than of oats, of rye or of maize
Germ of cereals, whole, rolled, flaked or ground
Tomatoes prepared or preserved otherwise than by vinegar or acetic acid
Grape juice (including grape must), of a Brix value not exceeding 30, of a value not exceeding 18 EUR per 100 kg net weight
Grape juice (including grape must), of a Brix value exceeding 67, of a value not exceeding 22 EUR per 100 kg net weight
Grape juice (including grape must), of a Brix value exceeding 30 but not exceeding 67, of a value not exceeding 18 EUR per 100 kg net weight
Common wheat, spelt and meslin, flour, groats, meal and pellets
Maize, other than seed, flour, groats, meal, pellets and grains
Barley, other than seed, flour and pellets