EU to Reject Any Changes in Association Agreement With Ukraine - EU Envoy

© Sputnik / Alexei Druzhinin / Go to the photo bankGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko before an expanded meeting to discuss a peace plan for Ukraine, held by the Russian, German, French and Ukrainian leaders
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko before an expanded meeting to discuss a peace plan for Ukraine, held by the Russian, German, French and Ukrainian leaders - Sputnik International
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The European countries do not support any changes in the EU-Ukraine Association deal, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, Ambassador Jan Tombinski said Wednesday.

KIEV (Sputnik) — In late June, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that the Netherlands did not rule out changes in the text of the EU-Ukraine agreement for its ratification, and that the European Union should provide "legally binding" assurances to address the concerns of the Dutch people who voted against the association deal ratification.

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In April 2016, Dutch voters rejected the parliamentary decision to ratify the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in a non-binding, advisory referendum.

According to Tombinski, EU countries at a meeting of the Council of Europe claimed they did not decide on amendments to the Association Agreement, which would force the EU countries to re-ratify the agreement.

In 2014, the European Union signed an agreement with Ukraine to deepen political association and economic integration. Ukraine has to implement a series of political and economic reforms to gain free-trade access to the EU market.

Currently, the Netherlands is the only EU state, which has not yet ratified the agreement.

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