Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko predicts Ukraine, the European Union and the Netherlands will find a mutually acceptable solution to complete the ratification of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
”My talks with leaders of institutions of member states of the European Union also let me expect that a mutually acceptable compromise will be achieved between Ukraine, the EU and the Netherlands, and the ratification of the [Deep and Comprehensive] Free Trade Agreement will be completed,” he said on Sunday, November 20, addressing the Ukrainian people on the occasion of the Day of Dignity and Freedom.
As UNIAN reported earlier, in July 2015, the Dutch parliament completed the procedure of ratification of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement. However, on April 6, 2016, a referendum was held in the Netherlands regarding the deal. Some 61% of votes were cast against the move to sign off the agreement, with only 38% in favor. The turnout was 32.28%.
The European Commission and Ukraine both await proposals from the Dutch government regarding further steps following the referendum.
The Dutch government before December 15-16 intends to continue negotiations with Ukraine, the EU, and Dutch opposition parties to reach a compromise that will allow the ratification of the Association Agreement and, at the same time, take into account the outcome of the Dutch poll.