: Radio Poland: Dutch referendum result on Ukraine 'bad news for Poland'

11:19 Apr. 8, 2016

Radio Poland: Dutch referendum result on Ukraine 'bad news for Poland'

Andrzej Duda delivers his speech during the official event of the Day of Hungarian-Polish Friendship in the building of Vigado of Budapest, Hungary, March 19, 2016 (AP Photo)

The result of the Dutch referendum is a 'bad news for Poland' - Duda's foreign policy advisor

President Andrzej Duda's foreign policy advisor has described the result of the Dutch referendum on an EU-Ukraine partnership as 'bad news for Poland.'

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Results reveal that 61.1 percent of those that voted were against an Association Agreement with Ukraine, and 38.1 percent were in favour.

The agreement grants non-EU members privileges in economic, political and cultural spheres, and is considered a step towards EU membership.

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Krzysztof Szczerski, foreign policy advisor to President Duda says the result "is very bad news, because it shows that what was a key goal for Poland, namely bringing Eastern Partnership countries into the EU, is meeting with resistance in countries at the heart of Europe.

"It's bad news for Europe and bad news for Poland," Szczerski adds.

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All of the other 27 EU states besides the Netherlands have already ratified the agreement.

Although only 32 percent of voters turned out in the Netherlands, this is above the 30 percent threshold needed for the result to be binding.

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