|July 14, 2004,
as reported by just-food.com: Slovakia faces
a butter shortages just months after it officially joined
the European Union. Its accession into the EU, initially
seen as a stabilizing force for a country still trying
to gets its hold after years of communist rule, is bearing
the brunt of the blame for the shortage.
After joining the EU, trade barriers between Slovakia
and its western neighbors were removed as part of the
free trade agreement that exists between member countries.
As a result cheap Slovak butter has poured into Austria
and other richer countries, where better prices are
available than at home.
Slovak supermarket shelves have been left bare of butter,
with one large producer Sole Slovakia cutting domestic
deliveries by 40%, reported Slovensko.com. It predicted
butter price rises of 25-30% in the next few weeks.