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EU Council Approves Extension of Import Freedom for Ukrainian Foodstuffs, Austria Proposes Clearer Instructions for Deforestation Regulation

Austria has proposed clearer instructions and more time to implement the deforestation regulation, and Finland supports this initiative. The Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting in Brussels covered topics such as the food market situation and Ukrainian foodstuffs’ access to the EU market. A preliminary agreement was reached to extend the import freedom of agricultural products from Ukraine for a year, with certain emergency measures in place.

The European Parliament and the Council agreed on extending this import freedom. The council discussed the need to find solutions together, emphasizing the importance of export earnings for Ukraine. There were calls to address the challenges faced by cattle producers due to the deforestation decree’s implications.

Austria initiated a discussion to postpone the implementation of the EU deforestation regulation and clarify operational guidelines. This regulation aims to prevent purchased products in the EU from contributing to deforestation worldwide, covering products like soy, oil palm, coffee, and cattle. The lack of clear instructions on interpreting and implementing the regulation has led to uncertainty among member states.

Finland supported Austria’s initiative to delay the regulation’s implementation to allow for more precise guidance from the EU Commission. The heads of state of the EU member states discussed agricultural issues, urging for innovative solutions to ease administrative burdens on farmers. The European Council emphasized the need to strengthen farmers’ positions in

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