Warsaw : Unilateral action on trade by EU member states is unacceptable , a European Co mission spokesperson said on Sunday , after Poland and Hungary announced bans on grain and other food imports from Ukraine to protect the local agricultural sector .
After Russia’s invasion blocked some Black Sea ports , large quantities of Ukrainiangra in , which is cheaper than that produced in the EU , ended up staying in central European states due to logistical bottle necks , hitting prices and sales for local farmers . The issue has created a political problem for Poland’s ruling nationalist Law and Justice ( Pies ) party in an election year as it has angered people in rural areas where support for Pies is usually high .
” We are aware of Poland and Hungary’s announcements regarding the ban on imports of grain and other agricultural products from Ukraine , ” the spokesperson said . ” In this context , it is important to underline that trade policy is of EU exclusive competence and , therefore , unilateral actions are not acceptable . “