Currently, the number of opponents overweighs the number of supporters of Ukraine’s association with the EU. However, large part of voters in the Netherlands has not yet made up their mind, said Dmytro Kuleba, Special Envoy of Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry. He referred to several surveys recently conducted in the Netherlands. “All of them show that there are many opponents of the association. AT the same time, there are many citizens who still haven’t made their choice. Besides, people are prone to change their minds as they are influenced by certain spontaneous factors”, Kuleba said as quoted by Radio Liberty.
According to him, though the Dutch Parliament approved the EU-Ukraine Association Agreeement, the government will have to contend with the outcome of the nationwide referendum scheduled for April 6.
The Dutch Parliament ratified the agreement in July 2015. The referendum on the EU-Ukraine association is supposed to show public attitude to the issue; it is considered consultative and has no judicial power. If Amsterdam declines the idea to ratify the agreement, it will still be valid for the rest of EU members, experts assume.