27 October 2016

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Poroshenko Administration: text of Ukraine-EU Association deal not to be amended

Deputy Head of Presidential Administration of Ukraine Kostyantyn Yeliseyev has noted that no changes will be made to the text of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, an UNIAN correspondent reported from Yeliseyev’s Kyiv briefing.

Photo from UNIAN
Photo from UNIAN

"We are continuing to work actively, assuming today that the two key so-called ‘red lines’ must be met: first of all, we do not intend to launch any additional new negotiations, and secondly,  we do not intend to make any changes to the text of the Agreement," he said.

"In the framework of these ‘red lines’ we will be searching for a mutually acceptable compromise that will work for the benefit of both Ukraine and the Netherlands, and the entire EU," Yeliseyev added.

Ukraine-EU Association deal may reserve "separate position" for the NetherlandsAs UNIAN reported earlier, in July 2015, the Dutch parliament completed the procedure of ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.

However, on April 6, 2016, a referendum was held in the Netherlands regarding the Deal. 61% of votes were cast against the move to sign off the agreement, with only 38% in favor.

The European Commission and Ukraine both await proposals from the Dutch government regarding further steps following the referendum.

On September 22, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has said that his country is unlikely to sign off a trade deal between the EU and Ukraine given the negative outcome of the earlier non-binding referendum on this issue, UNIAN reported citing The Financial Times.

However, Rutte expressed some optimism that the deal could carry on without the Netherlands, just involving the EU’s remaining 27 member states and Ukraine.

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