Still, the European Commission will continue developing closer ties with the eastern country
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is saddened by the Dutch vote on trade deal with Ukraine, but the commission will continue developing closer ties with the eastern country.
Margaritis Schinas, European Commission Chief Spokesperson: "It is therefore now, first and foremost, for the government of the Netherlands, to analyse the outcome and decide on the course of action. The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement has been signed and 27 member states have ratified it so far. The European Parliament ratified it as well."
"The Commission remains strongly committed to the development of its relations with Ukraine. You asked me how the President feels, I think I can tell you that the President 'est triste' ('is saddened' in French)."
"The President, in his general interview in Handelsblad, I think he was really clear. He did not tell the Dutch people how to vote, but he clearly said that the Dutch vote would have an impact in Europe."