The lower house of the Dutch Parliament supported the agreement on Association of Ukraine with the European Union. About this on his page on Twitter said the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, noting that he welcomes this step.
“I welcome the decision of the house of representatives [of the Dutch Parliament] to ratify the Association agreement between Ukraine and the EU”, – wrote yarinsky leader.
Your next post in Twitter Poroshenko thanked the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte and the parliamentary majority for this decision. “Thank you, Prime Minister [Mark] Rutte and the parliamentary majority for the foresight and support! The expected decision of the Senate,” wrote Poroshenko.
The Netherlands remains the last country in the EU who have not yet ratified the agreement on Association of Ukraine with the EU. In April last year, the country held a referendum in which 61% of the Dutch opposed the ratification.
Later, Rutte said that his country need legally binding guarantees that its interests will be taken into account in the case of ratification of the Association agreement of Ukraine with the EU. In mid-December, the EU leaders at the summit agreed to the terms of the Netherlands. In particular, the Association agreement with Ukraine will not give the country the status of a member or applicant for membership in the European Union, will not oblige the EU to grant Ukraine collective security guarantees and military assistance, and do not give Ukrainian citizens the right to live and work in the EU.
The next day after the summit, the Dutch Cabinet approved the draft ratification of agreement between Ukraine and the EU, after which the document went to Parliament. The document still needs the vote in the upper house of Parliament – the Senate.