The Lower House of the Netherlands Parliament approved the bill, introducing the ratification of the "Agreement on the EU-Ukraine Association", "Ukrinform" reports referring to the correspondent from the scene.
Allegedly, only 55 deputies out of 150 voted "against" the bill, despite the fact that it was supported by 89 representatives.
Next, the Upper House of Parliament, Senate of the Netherlands, will consider the bill before voting. Return to this issue is scheduled in the spring, on March 15.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko thanked the parliamentary majority and the Prime Minister of Netherlands Mark Rutte personally for the vote.
“Welcome decision of Tweede Kamer to ratify Ukraine-EU Association Agreement! Thanks to Prime Minister Rutte and parliamentary majority for forward-looking stance and support of a win-win project. Looking forward for adoption by the Senate.”
Earlier, in October 2016, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte stated that the Netherlands could ratify the EU-Ukraine agreement under certain conditions, referring to the results of the April referendum, implying the Dutch were against the agreement. At the same time, the Dutch referendum was advisory in nature, and the final decision rests with the government.