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EU starts talks on declaration needed to approve EU-Ukraine Association Agreement
13:52, 2 November 2016
EU starts talks on declaration needed to approve EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

The declaration was requested by the Dutch government, as the Parliament urges the ministers to ratify the agreement with Ukraine

13:52, 2 November 2016

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Today, November 2, the EU launches talks on the declaration requested by the Dutch government in order to have the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement approved. Polskie Radio reported this on Wednesday.

As is known, the Netherlands is the only EU member country that has not signed the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. However, Brussels agreed to have the EU-Ukraine free trade area implemented even though the ratification process is not complete.

The Dutch parliament supported the EU-Ukraine agreement; however, two-thirds of the Dutch voters who came to the April 6 referendum disapproved the document. Later, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte offered that all EU members approve an additional declaration for the agreement to be approved.

The declaration, in particular, will state that the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement is no introduction to Ukraine’s membership in the EU; the document doesn’t mean more financial assistance to Ukraine or opening EU labor market for Ukrainian citizens.

The Dutch government hopes that the declaration will be approved by the forthcoming EU summit in December 2016.     

Source: Polskie Radio

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