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 Netherlands takes six more weeks to debate on EU-Ukraine association deal

The Dutch government believes it is still possible to ratify the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.

Censor.NET reports referring to UNIAN citing a letter by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to the country's parliament.

"In his letter to the parliament, Prime Minister Mark Rutte says he deems it possible that the agreement could be settled at certain points so that to consider the position of those who said "no" at the referendum," the Dutch media wrote.

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"Although no formal agreement has been reached, the government believes that such a goal is achievable," Rutte remarked.

The letter also notes that the ratification would do good to the state.

"During the next six weeks, the government will continue talks with the EU member states and Ukraine to add an item stipulating that the Association Agreement is not a step towards the EU membership, and that Ukrainians will have no access to the EU labor market. Another condition provides for no military cooperation and financial assistance," the media say quoting the letter.

According to the Dutch government, this step would satisfy those who voted against the agreement.

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Furthermore, the fight against corruption in Ukraine should become the agreement's key objective.

These amendments must be harmonized during the European Council summit on Dec. 15-16. Until that date, the Dutch government takes time for further negotiations.

"This process [talks on the ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement - ed.] requires more time than many in the Netherlands would want," Rutte said.
 
 
 
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