Farmers in central and eastern Europe protested this week against the impact of cheap Ukrainian grain imports, which have undercut domestic prices and hit the sales of local producers.
Protesters blocked traffic and border checkpoints with tractors along the border between Romania and Bulgaria, in an effort to prevent Ukrainian trucks from entering their country, according to local news outlets.
Local producers say they cannot compete with the price of Ukrainian grain and have demanded compensation from the European Commission.
Ukraine, often called the “breadbasket of Europe” due to the vast quantities of grain it produces, had its Black Sea ports blockaded by Russia following the invasion in February 2022.
Fearing that the situation was “threatening global food security,” the European Commission set up what it called “solidarity lanes” in May…