The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenkoon February 22 held a meeting with the leader of the party «Democrats-66» the Parliament of the Netherlands Alexander Pechtold. About it reports a press-service of the head of the Ukrainian state.
They exchanged views on topical issues of cooperation between Ukraine and the EU in the context of preparations for the Advisory referendum on the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU planned in the Netherlands on 6 April 2016.
The head of state briefed on the progress of Ukraine on the way of reforms. He stressed that for Ukraine the Association Agreement with the EU became a road map for inner transformation.
As noted, the Association Agreement creates new unique opportunities for promoting democratic values beyond the EU and to develop business contacts that will lead to growth of welfare of citizens of Ukraine and the EU.
Pechtold were thanked for their solidarity in connection with the airplane crash of flight MH-17.
6 April 2016 in the Netherlands will take place the Advisory referendum on the Association Agreement EU — Ukraine. The vote is taken on the question: «are You «for» or «against» the ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU?» The referendum was initiated by a group GeenPeil.
The results of the referendum were consultative in nature and not binding on the government. In addition, the turnout should be at least 30% to have the referendum considered valid.
Currently the Association Agreement already ratified by both houses of the Parliament of the Netherlands. However, according to the law, which came into force in the country on 1 July, virtually any parliamentarians voted for the document can be submitted to a referendum, if it is collected 300 thousand signatures.
Note, the Russian propaganda machine is directly and indirectly trying to discredit the image of Ukraine in Europe, to disrupt its current Western geopolitical choice.
Dutch deputies from the party «Democracy-66» has addressed with the request to the MFA of the Netherlands to clarify whether there is any indication of Russia’s influence on the forthcoming referendum.
It was also reported that in the Netherlands are planning to make a series about corruption communications of the European Commission with the Ukrainians. Also Europeans have twice tried to scare the fake terrorists from the regiment «Azov».
Ukrainian volunteers took off for residents of the Netherlands a video in which he refuted the false key points of Russian propaganda and urged residents of the country in the referendum to support the Association of Ukraine and the European Union.
Poroshenko told the leader of the Dutch party Democrats on hopes for European integration 23.02.2016