Fate of EU-Ukraine Deal: Ukraine's parliament asks Netherlands to compromise on Ukraine-EU Association deal

15:03 Oct. 19, 2016

Ukraine's parliament asks Netherlands to compromise on Ukraine-EU Association deal

Ukrainian students form a live chain during performance named ''Ukraine and Europe - stronger together'' in front of the Dutch embassy in Kyiv (Getty Images)

All the other 27 EU member states have already ratified the agreement

Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada has appealed to the government and parliament of the Netherlands to find a way to complete the ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.

Some 235 MPs voted for the corresponding decision at the parliament session on Wednesday.

"Verkhovna Rada calls upon the government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in cooperation with the European Union's institutions to work out a balanced decision that will equally consider the interests of the population of the Netherlands, Ukraine and the EU," says the appeal.

The Dutch parliament is asked "to avoid making a discriminatory decision" that will jeopardise the implementation of the Association Agreement.

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Ukrainian lawmakers also called on both the upper and lower houses of the Dutch parliament to confirm their decision made at the end of 2015, when the Dutch Senate and the House of Representatives approved the EU-Ukraine partnership deal.

The Netherlands is now the only member of the 28-nation bloc not to have ratified the agreement.

Read also Ukraine won't accept changes to Association agreement – Foreign Minister

Ukrainian deputies asked the Netherlands' authorities to take into account that "the result of the consultative referendum held on April 6, 2016 to reject ratification of the Agreement reflects the opinion of only 0.6% from the 500-million population of the European Union."

The EU-Ukraine deal was rejected by 61.1% of votes, compared with 38.1% in favour. The turnout was barely above the 30% threshold needed for the vote to be valid.

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