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Referendum in the Netherlands

The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and the Dutch Referendum


On 6 April 2016, a referendum on the approval of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement will be held in the Netherlands.

This is the direct result of new legislation that entered into force on 1 July 2015. According to this legislation, citizens can initiate a referendum on most laws and treaties after these have been approved by both chambers of parliament.

To strengthen trade and economic cooperation, the EU has signed dozens of similar agreements with neighbouring and overseas countries. The EU has Association Agreements with more than 25 countries and regions all over the world including Israel, Lebanon, Georgia and Moldova, Central America and various South American countries.

All Association Agreements are usually applied provisionally before they are ratified, so that all the partners can reap the benefits of free trade right away. The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement has been provisionally applied since November 2014 and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) component since 1 January 2016.

More information on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, and its implications for both the Netherlands and Ukraine, is available by following the links below.



Українська громада в Нідерландах:

Stem Voor (головна організація, яка агітує за "Так"):

Dutch parliament:


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