Following the negotiations with Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko emphasized that Ukraine expected the Dutch people to support and understand the importance of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union not only for Ukraine itself, but also for the entire Europe.
Commenting on the issue of the Dutch referendum, the President noted: “This referendum does not the Association Agreement”. “We count on the position of the Dutch people that they will support our 45-million nation in our movement to democracy, freedom and reform of our country,” the President said. Petro Poroshenko stressed that supporting the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union was after all in favor of the Dutch people as well, for that country is the second European trade partner of Ukraine in terms of the volume of investments.
The Head of State emphasized that DCFTA was an important component of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, for it would provide unique opportunities for the Dutch, European and Ukrainian business to be present on the huge markets of Ukraine and the EU. “This is in favor of people of Ukraine, in favor of people of the Netherlands and in favor of people of the European Union,” the President said.
According to him, the Association Agreement for Ukraine was a Rubicon on the track from the Soviet past. Major part of the Agreement concerns reforms, human rights protection and democracy, “Who is against democracy, freedom, reforms, anti-corruption activity, independent legal system, favorable investment climate?” the President asked.
“I promise you that this is exactly what we need to do – to build up Europe in Ukraine,” Petro Poroshenko noted.
In his turn, Prime Minister Rutte highlighted the importance of the Association Agreement noting: “The EU and also the state of the Netherlands need stable neighbors. This Association Agreement will help through the bilateral and the EU-Ukraine trade relationship to build the Ukrainian economy, whilst at the same time working on democratic constitutional change and fighting against corruption”.