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Dutch Parliament ratifies EU-Ukraine Association
15:21, 30 May 2017
Dutch Parliament ratifies EU-Ukraine Association

The Dutch senate approved ratification of the EU-Ukraine association agreement

15:21, 30 May 2017

euobserver.com

The Dutch senate has approved ratification of the EU-Ukraine free trade and association agreement on Tuesday, 30 May, bringing to a close a political saga that started over a year ago when Dutch voters rejected the deal in a referendum. EU Observier reported that.

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Almost two-thirds of the senate voted for ratification, with opposition coming mostly from far-left and far-right parties.

It was already anticipated that a majority of senators would vote in favour, following a debate last week.

The ratification process to be completed at the EU-Ukraine summit in July, according to Rikard Jozwiak.


Related: Rutte: Netherlands may not sign association agreement with Ukraine

The approval of the ratification by the Netherlands is the last legal step to open the way for the official launch of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.

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