Is Ukraine welcomed into the EU?
The Dutch Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement referendum

The exact question to answer voters on April 6, reads: "Are you for or against the ratification of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine?" According to the experts, the determination of the referendum question is a sensitive issue due to the way the question is phrased.

As experience shows, respondents tend to agree with the questioner.That is obviated by calling both for and against in the question. According to the Referendum Law of  the Netherlands as of 1 July 2015, the question must always start with "Are you for or against" and citizens have the right to vote on a law that has been already adopted. This means that even if the House of Representatives has voted for or against on a law, using the opinion of the people which comes out of the ballot, the government ought to change their decision and cancel this act of law.

The rest may determine the commission of the referendum itself.In order to stimulate the debate on the referendum, 2 million euro was of grants available. The initiators of the referendum gathered 427,939 valid signatures, well more than 100,000 above the legal threshold of 300,000.The outcome of the referendum is only valid with a turnout of 30 percent in the ballot. The referendum is only advisory and the Dutch government has already voted for the treaty.

In a recent interview on March, 31 the Dutch PM Mark Rutte said that the Netherlands is against EU membership for Ukraine because ‘we think that Ukraine should have a good relationship with Europe and Russia. And that would not be possible if it was part of the European Union. Thierry Baudet of the EU Citizens' Committee, which has campaigned for the referendum, continues to fight against the Association Agreement. "It is meant to draw Ukraine in the EU, Ukraine should be a neutral zone between, without the EU and Russia need to claim the land”. It is a good point to mention here that the Netherlands alongside with Cyprus absorb 25% each of the Direct Foreign Investments of the Russian Federation and maybe the people of the Netherlands do not want to risk such privileged relationship among them.

The Dutch House of Representatives has approved the Accession Agreement with the result stating: 119 YES and 31 AGAINST on the 7th of April 2015, the Dutch Senate has approved it three months later with 55 YES and 20 AGAINST and the suggestion for the acceptance of the Agreement has already received the Royal Promulgation on the 8th of July 2015. Will the Dutch people say they are FOR or AGAINST? We have to wait until today.