EU as a whole with 28 Member States should decide on Association Agreement, not 20% of voters of one Member State, - MEPs

EU-Ukraine association agreement should not be decided by 20 percent of voters from just one EU country.

As reported by Censor.NET, this was announced by EP Foreign Affairs committee chair Elmar Brok (EPP, DE), EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee chair Andrej Plenkovic (EPP, HR) and Ukraine standing rapporteur Jacek Saryusz-Wolski (EPP, PL) in a statement on the outcome of the Dutch referendum.

"We stress that the Association Agreement has been already ratified by 27 EU Member States, by the European Parliament and the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada and approved by the two Dutch chambers and by the Dutch government. We believe that it is the EU as a whole with all the 28 Member States who should decide, not 20% of voters of one Member State, representing 0,6% of the entire EU population, in a referendum which has a consultative nature," the MEPs noted.

"We call on the Dutch government to communicate its position as soon as possible and consequently to the Commission to propose a way forward. The European Parliament and all its bodies stand ready to discuss the way forward and to contribute to finding solutions," the deputies stressed.

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At the same time, the MEPs noted that the negative outcome of the referendum signals of "the need to engage with our citizens to inform and explain the benefits and the nature of the agreements it concludes and legislation it passes."

As reported, the preliminary results of the Netherlands referendum showed 61.1 percent of voters opposed the EU-Ukraine Association agreement ratification.

Dutch PM Mark Rutte announced that his country would not be able to continue with ratification of the agreement given the majority of the votes opposing the process.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n383297