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THE REFERENDUM
THE QUESTION: "ARE YOU PRO OR
AGAINST THE LAW THAT APPROVES
THE TREATY BETWEEN THE EU AND
UKRAINE?"

LEGAL BASE: THE LAW ADVISORY REFEREMDUM THAT HAS PASSED PARLIAMENT
ON 1 JULY 2015.
THE REFERENDUM TAKES PLACE ON 6 APRIL 2016.

 

The referendum has a corrective character and is non binding,but the approving law after a rejection in the referendum needs to be approved again by both the parliament and the senate. (Eerste en tweede kamer)
In Holland the treaty with Ukraine is approved by parliament on 7 april 2015 and by the senate (eerste kamer) on 7 july 2015.

If the referendum succeeds and ends in a NO Holland cannot ratify the treaty. The ratification of all EU states, the EU, Euratom and Ukraine is necessary to make the treaty to come into power. Part of the treaty got into power on 1 january 2016. This is the part that is about trade related issues. According minister of foreign affairs Bert Koenders around 70% of the treaty is already in action. (355 articles).
At this moment (by February 2016) only Holland, the EU and Euratom have not approved the treaty.

What will prime minister Rutte do with the result: Rutte tells that het will be led by the debate. Most probable Holland will not obstruct the treaty between the EU and Ukraine. After all the decision of Holland will not be of influence but it could spark other countries to take also other actions.

 

ARGUMENTS TO VOTE PRO THE TREATY.

Ukraine is a part of Europe and wants her norms, morals and values to be part of the Western European way of thinking and wants to adjust to this.

In present Europe there is no division between East and West anymore. The cold war is over. Russia is not a democratic country and has no influence or entitlement to sovereign states. In the treaty there are appointments made how to regulate mutual trade and which authorities are entitled in case of conflicts.

In the treaty human rights are arranged and established. If there any violations or problems there a serious penalties on this.
There are many other factors arranged in the treaty. We almost never hear about them in the media. The treaty arranges a lot of things on health, product safety, nuclear waste, durability and environmental problems. Sustainability is promoted and stimulated by the treaty.

The treaty is a fantastic way forward in the field of human rights, safety and the economy. This means that the arguments of the opponents are not correct because this treaty improves everything that they do not want and like: corruption, weak economy and safety. Even more important: with this treaty we can actually enforce this movements by means of legal action.

Without the treaty there is no control over what happens in the country and we do not have any means to improve or control things happening in Ukraine. This all can have disastrous results for everybody.



MANY HEARD KEYWORDS:

  • Political cooperation
  • More jobs
  • Better rules and regulations
  • Less corruption
  • Coordination on may topics
  • Unfair competition

INTERESTING INFORMATION ON UKRAINE

  • Ukraine is the biggest country that is entirely in the EU
  • Ukraine would be number 6 in the amount of inhabitants in the EU
  • Kiev is the 7th city in Europe
  • Around 67% of the population has Ukrainian as a mothertongue and around 24% Russian.
  • Most people speak two languages
  • Around 75% of the population is Ukrainian orthodox.
  • Ukraine has an enormous potential for agriculture.