Netherlands’ Senate to debate on EU-Ukraine Association in May

Source : 112 Ukraine

If this date is not suitable, the debates could be postponed until June 6
12:40, 19 April 2017

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The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Upper House of the Parliament of the Netherlands proposes Foreign Minister of the country to hold a plenary debate on the bill on ratification of EU-Ukraine Association Agreement on May 23. This is reported on the website of the Senate, reports Ukrinform.

It is noted that if such a date is not suitable, then the debates could be held on June 6.

Related: First meeting of the for EU-Ukraine Association Committee to be held on July 15 in Brussels

Earlier it was reported that the House of Representatives of the Netherlands Parliament voted for ratification of the Association Agreement with Ukraine.

Of course, this event is not a cause for pathos, but this is a clearly positive news – especially against the delays, lasting for more than one and a half years. After all, in 2015 the Netherlands has ratified our agreement, but then it was stopped by referendum of Eurosceptics, first in the history of the country and the EU as a whole. April 6, 2016 a little more than 20% of voters - but 61% of those who came to the polls - voted against the agreement with Ukraine.

That referendum and the further events become a long notorious story with good lessons for the Netherlands, the European Union, and Ukraine.

Related: Cyprus ratified EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

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