Despite a Dutch referendum vote against the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, later this month the European Commission may still propose Ukraine a visa-free regime, reported Reuters citing a senior source in the EU.
- It may look as if we are ignoring the Dutch voters, but we have to keep our word to Ukraine, which met with the conditions, according to the source.
He went on saying the proposal is to be approved by most of the EU member-countries and the European Parliament. In addition, the Commission will propose a guarantee that will allow restoring the visa regime in the case of the influx of immigrants. According to the EU, the annexation of Crimea and the armed conflict in Donbas region have not led to a mass immigration from Ukraine.
As QHA reported earlier, April 6 the Netherlands held a consultative referendum on the signing of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. According to exit polls, 37.5% of the electors voted in favor of the Association and 61.7% - against.