Netherlands can't continue ratification process on Ukraine-EU Association – Dutch PM
The Netherlands can't continue a process of ratification on Ukraine-EU Association Agreement because a majority of Dutch voters cast ballots against the agreement, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte said.
"If the outcome of the referendum remains the same then we can't continue with the ratification of the Association Agreement with Ukraine. This is my political opinion," the prime minister wrote on his Facebook.
Rutte said it is necessity to hold consultations about the Dutch referendum results with parliament and European partners.
"We won't procrastinate. A process [of the consultations] will take weeks, not just days," the PM said.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin confirmed an intention of the Dutch politicians to carry various consultations. Klimkin said he had talked with the Dutch foreign chief, who reported on Friday there would be consultations in the government, afterwards parliamentary consultations, and at all these parliamentary factions.
"Thus they'll decide what to do further. For me it is very important that it won't affect an efficient implementation of the agreement," the minister said.
As reported, the turnout at the referendum in the Netherlands was 32.1%, of whom 61.1% against ratification of the Association Agreement voted of those participated in the referendum and 38.1% backed the ratification.
Poroshenko expressed his view that the outcome of the Dutch referendum won't be an obstacle on Ukraine's path of European integration.