Rik Grashoff says Ukraine earned its right to trade with Europe
On April 6, the Netherlands will vote yes or no to a deeper cooperation between Ukraine and the EU.
The destiny of Europe's biggest nation is potentially in the hands of the citizens of the Netherlands. The future of nearly 46 million people now depends on whether the Dutch decide to support Ukraine's association with the European Union.
This is exactly why, Ukraine Today with the cooperation of Euromaidan Press has launched #DUTCHINUA project. Our goal is to gather the views and opinions of the Dutch businessmen and entrepreneurs who work in Ukraine. As well as provide analysis by the experts from the Netherlands who can assess the influence of the referendum on the future of Ukraine and the E.U. as a whole.
A group of Dutch parliamentarians visits Kyiv ahead of the upcoming referendum on the Ukraine-EU association.
The seven delegates represent both the political parties which support the agreement, as well as those against it.
"There can be investments, there can be cooperating, the can be kind of exporting of knowledge, but the main reason I want this agreement coming is for the people of Ukraine. The people of Ukraine, they fought for this vision, it's a moral support, and it's a real support", Rik Grashoff, Member of Dutch parliament from Greenleft party, on why he supports the association.
Rik Grashoff also says he saw a lot of progress in reforms in Ukraine: "We learned that Ukraine is taking more measures on anti-corruption that even could think of, so I'm even more convinced of this agreement with European Union."