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    Dutch member of the Socialist Party (SP) Harry van Bommel hands out flyers against a referendum on the association treaty with Ukraine, in The Hague, on April 5, 2016

    Dutch Socialist Party Calls to Review EU Treaties

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    The Dutch Socialist Party is calling to review the current EU treaties in terms of citizens' votes, a Dutch senator told Sputnik Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Dutch Socialist Party (SP) is calling to review the current EU treaties to grant people more voice in choosing the European cooperation, a Dutch senator told Sputnik Tuesday.

    "The Socialist Party is calling to review the existing EU treaties and give citizens thereafter a chance to express themselves on a new treaty on European cooperation," Tiny Kox said.

    Commenting on the results of April advisory referendum on the EU-Ukraine association in the Netherlands and its subsequent review in the parliament, Kox noted that the country's government had little time left to consider the issue.

    "Now, our government is running out of time, as Parliament awaits a final decision before summer holidays," Kox noted.

    Over 61 percent of Dutch voters rejected the deal’s ratification. After the negative result of the national vote, the Dutch parliament rejected a proposal by the opposition to withdraw the ratification, providing the government with more time to review the matter.

    The issue is expected to be raised at the two-day European Council meeting in Brussels due to start later on Tuesday. Kox said that speaking in the Dutch Parliament on Monday night, the prime minister refused to give clarity on the issue.

    The European Union and Ukraine signed an Association Agreement in June 2014. It was formally ratified by all EU member states but the Approval Act for the ratification of the deal, adopted by the Dutch parliament in July 2015, has not entered into force yet.


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