Ukraine-EU Association Agreement: Ratification bill tabled in Dutch parliament

22:54, 31 January 2017
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A bill to ratify the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement has been tabled in the Dutch parliament, according to an announcement on the website of the lower chamber of the parliament.

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The bill was posted together with the Royal Message (the official text by which the King presents a bill to the House of Representatives) and the accompanying advice from the Council of State of the Netherlands.

In particular, the announcement says that the bill regulates the enactment of the law dated July 8, 2015, which approved the ratification of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement.

Read alsoDutch Senate to consider EU-Ukraine deal ratification after March 15As UNIAN reported earlier, the Dutch government on December 16 approved a draft law for ratification of the EU-Ukraine deal by the parliament. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that the bill was to be approved by the House of Representatives (the lower house) and the Senate. The endorsement of this bill came a day after EU leaders had agreed to the demands of the Netherlands regarding the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement.

In particular, they relate to the fact that Ukraine will not achieve EU membership automatically, there will be no military cooperation, and the Ukrainians will not enjoy quick employment in the EU member states.

Read alsoEU hopes Dutch authorities to ratify Ukraine association deal in 1st half of 2017Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister for European integration Olena Zerkal announced that the Dutch government would table the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in the Senate for ratification after March 15, 2017.

Head of Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine Hugues Mingarelli expressed hope that the Kingdom of the Netherlands will ratify the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement in the first half of 2017.

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