Czech parliament approves EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

The parliament of the Czech Republic approved the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union in the "first round".

It is reported by Censor.NET citing Radio Prague.

Deputies of "Dawn of Direct Democracy" (right-wing populists) and the Communists failed to drop the consideration of the bill. Before final approval the document will be considered by parliamentary committees on foreign policy and European Affairs. On Thursday the lawmakers reduced the time for such discussions from 60 to 40 days.

The Senate of the Czech Republic said "yes" to the Agreement at the end of 2014. At the end of the "first round" discussions, MPs held a long debate on the responsibility for the current crisis in Ukraine.

In September 2014 Ukrainian MPs passed bill #0098 on ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union. The decision was voted for by 355 people's deputies with 226 required. "Temporary implementation" of the Agreement commenced on Nov. 1.

The Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU has already been ratified by Ireland, Denmark, Hungary, Sweden, Estonia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Romania, Germany. It is expected that all EU countries will ratify the agreement by May 2015.

President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman is known for his pro-Kremlin position. In early March, he stated that May 9 he would go to Moscow to celebrate the 'Victory Day' with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He will be one of the few European leaders to do so.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n331138