MEPs say that future of association should not be decided by 20% of the Dutch

The future of an EU-Ukraine Association Agreement should not be decided only by 20% of citizens of one of the EU countries at a consultative referendum. 

This is said in a statement by the head of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee Elmar Brok, Co-Chairman of the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee Andriy Plenkovych and rapporteur on the Ukrainian issue in the European Parliament Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, which is cited by the Yevropeiska Pravda.

"The Association Agreement has been ratified by 27 EU member states, the European Parliament and the Verkhovna Rada and approved by the two chambers of the Dutch Parliament and Government.  We believe that the EU together with all 28 member states should decide [on the fate of the agreement], but not 20 % of voters of one of the member states, which represents 0.6% of the whole EU population, at a referendum that is an advisory one", the MEPs noted.

They also called on the Dutch government to inform about its position as soon as possible so that the European Commission can submit its proposals.


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