|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
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.