As reported by Censor.NET referring to RFE/RL, now the final word rests with the upper house - the Dutch Senate - before the deal can finally enter into force.
The Senate vote is expected to take place only after the next month's parliamentary elections in the Netherlands on March 15, despite the fact that the composition of the Senate isn't affected by the general election.
A bill to ratify the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement was tabled in the Dutch parliament on Jan. 27, according to an announcement on the website of the lower house of the parliament. The bill was posted together with the Royal Message (the official text by which the King presents a bill to the House of Representatives) and the accompanying advice from the Council of State of the Netherlands. In particular, the announcement says that the bill regulates the enactment of the law dated July 8, 2015, which approved the ratification of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement.
On Dec.15, 2016, the Dutch government approved a draft law for ratification of the Ukraine-EU deal by the parliament. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the bill was to be approved by the House of Representatives (the lower house) and the Senate.
The endorsement of this bill came a day after EU leaders had agreed to the demands of the Netherlands regarding the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement. In particular, they relate to the fact that Ukraine will not achieve EU membership automatically, there will be no military cooperation, and the Ukrainians will not enjoy quick employment in the EU member states. The Senate, the upper chamber of the Dutch parliament, does not participate in the 2017 Dutch general vote on March 15 to elect all 150 members of the House of Representatives.