Dutch lower house of parliament ratifies Association Agreement with Ukraine



The Dutch lower house of parliament (House of Representatives) has officially confirmed the ratification of the Association Agreement with Ukraine. The voting took place this Thursday evening, a correspondent of Yevropeiska Pravda reported.

89 out of 150 deputies of the House voted in favor, 55 voted against. Unlike other issues on the agenda, voting for the Ukrainian question was done under a special procedure – each deputy had to answer whether he or she supports the ratification, after which the votes were counted.

Voting took place on the last possible day – on Friday, the House of Representatives stops working until elections take place and will resume work with a new composition.

This vote is not the final step of ratification. To complete the procedure, the upper house (Senate) should also vote in favor, after which the documents receive the signature of the King of The Netherlands and are sent to Brussels. Currently, the Senate has the majority of votes necessary to approve the agreement with Ukraine, and its composition will not change during the spring elections.

After the vote, the Parliament also considered, and rejected, a draft submitted by the leader of the Socialist Party Harry van Bommel, who proposed to oblige Ukraine to sign an additional document to the Association Agreement which would be an official answer to the referendum in which 61% of the voters were against signing the Association Agreement with Ukraine.

The Dutch referendum on the Association Agreement with Ukraine was held on 6 April 2016 and placed the status of the document, which had been approved by all other EU states, in limbo, and created a conundrum for the Dutch government, as well as for the EU, as it created an unprecedented situation when one member state compromised a political decision of the whole Union based on a popular referendum carried out under a populist campaign.

A decision on settling the conundrum was reached in December 2016, framed as a “Decision of the EU Heads of State or Government.” The decision outlined 6 items dedicated to the Association Agreement. However, they do not change the Agreement, but only confirms rules that were already in the text.

With reporting by Yevropeiska Pravda


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  1. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

    And about time too!

    1. Avatar veth says:

      Autopsy report shows Churkin was poisoned…………………I am shocked, surprised, I never expected that from the warm, friendly Putin………..hahahahaah-

      1. Avatar WisconsinUSA says:

        damn.you’ve got to be kidding me ?abs.cbn-tv.com/autopsy-report-reveals-russias-un-envoy-churkin-was-poisoned/ oops i guess not.

      2. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

        Regardless of who REALLY poisoned Churkin, the SBU and Bandera will be blamed.

      3. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

        These ruSSians think they can poison anyone and get away with it.

  2. Avatar veth says:

    The last trick by the Socialist Party and pro-Putin failed.

    1. Avatar Turtler says:

      I only wish it was their last trick. But it’s not.

  3. Avatar Murf says:

    Congratulations to the Dutch PM who worked so hard to make the comprise happen.
    And a heartfelt congratulations to the Ukrainian people for all the toil and sacrifice that it took to get here.
    And to all the Trolls who said the Association Agreement would never happen I have just one thing to say;
    Putin looses again!

    1. Avatar RedSquareMaidan says:

      You always have to consider the opposite when listening to the Putin-Khan.

    2. Avatar Andrew Chimilewsky's Daddy! says:

      Bla bla bla …. Assocation agreement is DISASTER. It slaps quotas on Ukrainian export and places no lmit on European Export. In short, it turns Ukraine into the row material colony.

  4. Avatar Alex George says:

    Where is calibra? ;o)

    1. Avatar RedSquareMaidan says:

      Hiding under the desk…

      1. Avatar veth says:

        In Leningrad troll factory…………..

  5. Avatar Alex George says:

    Thank you to the people of the Netherlands and their political representatives, who weren’t led astray by the 19% who voted against in the referendum.

  6. Avatar Turtler says:

    A glorious day, and a great step forward for the progress of Ukraine into the light of integration and freedom!

    I hope it works in the upper house too.