German government minister promises help with the resumption of Ukraine agrifood exports to international markets

As German Agriculture Minister Cem Ozdemir said before a meeting of the European Union’s Agriculture and Fisheries Council configuration (AGRIFISH) that was held in Brussels on Tuesday, European Council representatives achieved a compromise on extending the autonomous trade measures for admitting Ukrainian agrarian products to the European market through a dialogue. Germany welcomes it and will continue to help Ukraine normalize its exports to global markets, including to countries of the Global South.
According to Ozdemir, the compromise is welcomed and it enjoyed massive support in Germany. Ukrainian media quoted that Germany was interested in ensuring the continuation of Ukrainian exports of agricultural products, primarily to destinations in the Global South, where food products are needed urgently.
Nevertheless, the Minister said that wheat had been called for excluding from the list of sensitive products by Berlin.
The compromise was described by Ozdemir as “reasonable,” as the EU agricultural sector’s and Ukraine’s interests are simultaneously promoted by it.
According to the report, a provisional deal on renewing the suspension of import duties and quotas on Ukrainian exports to the EU until June 5, 2025 was reached by the European Parliament and the European Council on Monday. Protective measures for farmers in EU countries have also been provided.
As the European Parliament said in a statement on its website, these unilateral trade liberalization measures will help stabilize the Ukrainian economy and facilitate the country’s gradual integration into the EU’s internal market.
It was also said that the European Commission will be empowered to take swift action and impose any measures it deems necessary in the instance of significant disruption to the EU market or the markets of one or more EU countries due to Ukrainian imports, for instance wheat.
For example, the EU may apply an emergency brake for particularly sensitive agricultural products, i.e. poultry, eggs, sugar, oats, groats, maize and honey as part of reinforced safeguard measures aimed at protecting its farmers. The extension of the reference period used as a base for employing this automatic safeguard was agreed on by negotiators.
Nevertheless, tariffs would be reviewed if imports of these products rise above the average of import volumes recorded in the second half of 2021 over the whole of 2022 and 2023. It was also committed by the European Commission to step up its monitoring of imports of grain, particularly wheat.
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Bilateral trade turnover between China and Georgia increased by 48% in 2023

As Zhou Qian, the Chinese Ambassador to Georgia, noted on Saturday, the bilateral trade turnover with Georgia amounted to $2 billion and increased by 48 percent in 2023, compared to the previous year. The total number of investments from China to Georgia exceeded $800 million.
The Ambassador said in his exclusive interview with Imedi TV channel that China has been one of Georgia’s leading trade partners and the largest investor for many years. He also explained that Georgia’s favorable geographical location and free trade regimes with many countries makes it interesting for Chinese companies.
“Readiness” of the Chinese companies to engage in the process of developing Georgia as an energy, transport and digital hub was emphasized by Qian, as well as the establishment of a strategic partnership between the two states and the benefit of the implementation of the visa-free regime in this regard were also stressed by him.
According to the Ambassador, the Chinese Railway Department is ready to be “actively involved” in the investment, construction and operation of the Georgian railway, ports, as well as energy and other projects, which would be connected to the Middle Corridor, a multimodal transport corridor connecting China to Europe through the South Caucasus.
One Belt One Road initiative, the Chinese global infrastructure development strategy to invest in more than 150 countries, including Georgia, was also highlighted by Qian. He said that Georgia was “the first to respond to” this initiative and become a beneficiary of China’s “huge market”.
Middle Corridor plays a very important role for Georgia. Chinese companies are also interested in “all infrastructure projects”.
As Qian announced, the visa-free regime between the countries would “most likely” be officially signed in April and would be implemented in the coming months. He also noted that China and Georgia were “actively working” to add more direct flights.
People-to-people contacts will be undoubtedly facilitated, trade and investment cooperation between the two countries will also be activated and the number of Chinese tourists [in Georgia] will be increased due to this. The Chinese Ambassador expressed his hope for preservation of the spirit of the historical Silk Road and strengthening of cooperation of the two people in the future.
Qian announced Georgia’s participation in the international tourism exhibition – ITB China – that will take place in May in Shanghai and pointed out that Georgia and cooperation between tourist agencies of the two states would be further promoted in China.
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A decrease by 103.2 million USD is shown by the trade turnover with Armenia

GEOSTAT data reports that trade between Georgia and Armenia reached 100.623 million USD in January-February 2024 (103.2 million USD less than in the same period of the previous year).
Compared to the same period of 2023, exports from Georgia fell down from 133.082 million USD to 78.795 million USD in January-February 2024.
Imports decreased by almost 50 million USD compared to the same period of 2023 year and attained 21,828 million USD.
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EU’s trade support for Ukraine is extended with safeguards for EU farmers

A provisional agreement on extending trade liberalization measures for Ukraine in the face of Russia’s war of aggression was reached by the EU Parliament and Council on Wednesday.
EP stated that they will renew the temporary suspension of import duties and quotas on Ukrainian agricultural exports to the EU for another year, until 5 June 2025, to support Ukraine amidst Russia’s continuing war of aggression.
At the same time, swift action can be taken and any measures can be imposed by the European Commission in case if Ukrainian imports make any significant disruption to the EU market or the markets of one or more EU countries.
The current regulation admits the application of an “emergency brake” “for particularly sensitive agricultural products, namely poultry, eggs, and sugar.” MEPs promised that oats, maize, groats, and honey won’t be included in this list.
Firm commitments from the European Commission to take action if there is a surge of Ukrainian imports of wheat were also attained.
They will re –impose tariffs if imports of these products exceed the average volume of the previous two years.
According to Sandra Kalniete (EPP, Latvia), EU’s continued commitment to stand by Ukraine in the face of Russia’s brutal war of aggression until Ukraine’s victory is reinforced by this agreement.
Meanwhile, EU farmers’ concern made the European Parliament expand protective measures to reduce the pressure on the agricultural sector in the event of a sudden surge in Ukrainian imports.
Autonomous trade measures allowing duty-free access for all Ukrainian goods introduced by the EU after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine were extended for 12 months in 2023.
Farmers are protesting against agro imports from Ukraine in several EU member states, including Poland.
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Turkey’s Prime Minister expressed a desire to deepen trade relations with Georgia

The series of terrorist attacks occurring in Turkey in the recent past were strictly condemned by Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili at the meeting with his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim at Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul today.
During his working visit to Turkey Kvirikashvili attended the opening of the Eurasia Tunnel, discussed bilateral issue and planned further deepening of economic relations between the two states with Binali Yildirim.
According to the Turkish official notes, the country had been Georgia’s number one trade partner since 2007.
According to Yildirim, Turkey supported Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration and its territorial integrity.
As Kvirikashvili stressed in his speech, Turkey’s role in ensuring regional stability was “huge” and that he attached great importance to Turkey’s demonstrated support for Georgia.
The meeting between Kvirikashvili and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will also take place in Istanbul.
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Turkey, Russia, China were Georgia’s top trading partners in January with external trade up 14.8%

As the National Statistics office said on Monday, Turkey ($232.6 million), Russia ($190 million) and China ($96.4 million) were the top trading partners of Georgia in its total external trade turnover in January.
Kyrgyzstan ($46.2mln), Russia ($41.6mln) and Azerbaijan ($40.9mln) were Georgia’s top trading partners by exports, while Turkey ($203.1mln), Russia ($148.4mln) and China topped ($76.4mln) imports.
Motor vehicles ($112 million, 33.1 percent of total exports), ferro-alloys ($19.4 million, 5.7 percent) and wine ($18 million, 5.3 percent) were the top export items.
Motor vehicles ($101.4 million, 10.1 percent of the total imports), petroleum and petroleum oils ($80.4 million, 8 percent), petroleum gases and other gaseous hydrocarbons ($66.8 million, 6.7 percent) were included in the list of the three top import commodities.
Totally, Georgia’s external trade turnover showed a 14.8 percent year-on-year increase and reached $1.34 billion in January.
A decrease by 26.2 percent was shown by the value of exports ($338.6 million in total), and also by 10.1 percent by imports ($1 billion) in the reporting period.
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A 15% increase was attained by the trade turnover between Georgia and the EU in 2023

According to the report of Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, Georgia’s trade turnover with the European Union increased by 15% last year and amounted to 4.5 billion dollars.
Genadi Arveladze, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, said that such Georgian export products as mineral water, fruit and vegetable preserves have increased.
According to Arveladze’s, the decrease in copper ores and ferroalloys in the EU market and also in other international markets caused 16.7% of the 18% of the total decrease.
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Trade liberalization between Ukraine and EU was discussed by Shmygal and Dombrovskis

As Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal said during a joint briefing with Executive Vice President of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis, agreements in principle on further tariff liberalization of the trade regime between Ukraine and the European Union within the current cadence of the European Commission are necessary for Ukraine.
Autonomous trade liberalization measures needed for Ukraine’s further economic integration into the EU market were also discussed during the meeting. As Prime Minister said, the constructive approach of the European Commission in developing an initiative to extend autonomous trade liberalization measures for the state until June 2025 are supported by Ukraine.
He emphasized on the positive vote in the European Parliament’s committee on this issue and expressed his hope for a balanced position of the European Parliament during the vote on the extension of such measures and the approval of the European Commission’s proposal without any amendments.
Shmyhal noted that the mechanism provided for in Article 29(4) of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement primarily provides such opportunities for Ukraine.
The Prime Minister expressed his conviction that they must set ambitious goals and work together to achieve them.
Ukrinform reported that the extension of trade liberalization measures to support Ukraine and Moldova was approved by the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade on Thursday.
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Paths for deeper cooperation are forged by Azerbaijan and Serbia

The growing momentum in bilateral relations between the two nations is highlighted by the recent meeting between Azerbaijan’s Minister of Labor and Social Protection of Population and Co-Chair of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation, Sahil Babayev, and Serbia’s Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Dragan Vladisavljević.
The significant progress was achieved in Azerbaijan-Serbia relations, and the bilateral ties have been elevated to the status of a strategic partnership.
Mutual appreciation for the expanding scope of relations and the notable increase in trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Serbia marked the discussions between Minister Babayev and Ambassador Vladisavljević. Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation played the active role in fostering closer economic ties between the two nations.
Serbia’s steadfast determination to broaden its engagement with Azerbaijan, was reaffirmed by Ambassador Vladisavljević.
The parties directed their attention towards exploring the current state and future prospects of cooperation across multiple sectors (energy, transport-logistics, social welfare, agriculture, education, humanitarian aid, infrastructure) during the meeting. Eagerness to capitalize on existing synergies and explore new avenues of collaboration to unlock the full potential of their partnership was expressed by both sides.
Opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation with Serbia in the energy sector are presented by Azerbaijan’s expertise and resources. Trade flows between the two countries and beyond are smoothed and connectivity is enhanced due to collaborative efforts.
Economic growth and regional connectivity can be bolstered further due to strengthening infrastructure ties and cooperation in social welfare, agriculture, education, and humanitarian initiatives. It will contribute to the well-being and development of both countries.
A shared commitment to fostering peace, stability and prosperity in the region makes Azerbaijan and Serbia cooperate deeper and cooperate resiliently to benefit their peoples and contribute to regional development.
A renewed commitment to advancing Azerbaijan-Serbia relations across multiple fronts is signaled by the meeting between Minister Sahil Babayev and Ambassador Dragan Vladisavljević. Both countries are willing to unlock new opportunities and cement their status as valued partners on the global stage. To do that, they explore avenues for cooperation.
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Tusk might shut Poland’s border for Ukrainian agriproducts as temporary measure

Poland is eyeing the possibility of temporarily closing the border for Ukrainian products as the cap on the import of agricultural products from Ukraine to Poland, proposed by Brussels and Kyiv, are “unacceptable” for Warsaw.
Donald Tusk, the head of the Polish government, expressed this point of view at a joint press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gar Støre in Warsaw on Wednesday.
According to the Polish prime minister, Warsaw was ready for a “serious conversation” about the cap on Ukrainian agricultural products coming into Poland, but the caps proposed by Brussels and Kyiv turned out to be unacceptable.
As much agricultural products could enter from Ukraine duty-free as on average in 2022-2023, thought there was an attempt to slightly limit their flow. Moreover, according to Poland’s point of view, this measuring period should not be the years 2022-2023, when the war was already going on, but the period before the war. It will reduce harm done to Poland’s producers by making the caps stricter.
Tusk said that Poland is in dialogue with Ukraine about the temporary closure of the border and the complete shutdown of trade. He emphasized the necessity of talking about this with Polish farmers, because it would also affect Poland, even though this would be a temporary solution. Meanwhile, trade balance with Ukraine remains positive.
The holding of an agrarian summit was announced in Warsaw on Thursday. The leaders of all agrarian organizations protesting in Warsaw and on the border with Ukraine will attend it, as they hope to solve their problems.
Tusk says that the Polish side is looking for solutions that will protect the Polish and European markets from the influx of much cheaper agricultural products from Ukraine.
According to Ukrinform, protests of Polish farmers against the European green agenda and the influx of Ukrainian agricultural products into the domestic market held in Warsaw on February 27 are planned to repeat on March 6.
Protests of Polish farmers on the roads leading to checkpoints near the border with Ukraine have been held since February 9, 2024. Protesters demand a ban on the import of Ukrainian agricultural products and rejection of the EU’s green course.
They recorded five cases of dumping of Ukrainian agriproducts from freight rail cars onto the rail tracks or on the roads.
According to Marcin Kerwinski, Minister of Internal Affairs of Poland, the dumping of crops is unacceptable, and Polish authorities will respond to such manifestations of anarchy and detain the culprits.
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