On the eve of a referendum on the Agreement about Association of Ukraine into the European Union, the Netherlanders who live in or have close ties with Ukraine, urged to support our country on the path to democracy.
In the 18 minutes’ film, initiated by the Belgian Non-Governmental Organization “Promote Ukraine
” they talked about their impressions of the country, explained how they see the ways of Ukraine’s development, spoke about what impress them most of all and showed why they are so fond of Ukraine. Most of the characters acknowledge that for the Netherlanders who have never been in Ukraine is quite difficult to get an objective picture from the news. The idea of the film is to show Ukraine to the widely public through the eyes of those Dutch people, who know about it from their own experience.
"If you combine the experience and knowledge of Ukraine and the Netherlands, then maybe we will be able to feed the whole world" - assured the Dutch investor Peter de Vrede, who has been working in Ukraine for 23 years. He said that today in Ukraine there is a clear will to change the situation and the Ukrainians are ready to fight against corruption and oligarchy, so, the support for them is a vital issue.
Financial Director of the investment project “Galicia Greenery” Michael Honders says that Ukraine has a great potential for Dutch manufacturers on the local level. "Here there are 46 million people who have to eat," - he said. And he adds that in the last three years, much has been changed in Ukraine, it has become much easier to work in the country.
His words are confirmed by the entrepreneur Ton Penninhs, who has a factory in Ukraine, in Lviv. "2 years ago, we always had a variety of different inspections. We had to pay for not having fire safety, to pay because it was not working. To pay because under the socket it was not written “220 volts” and so on. Currently, all these inspections are prohibited because they were a source of bribes. Many laws have been changed, nowadays the current European standards work in the country"- he said.
The philosopher Rud May sees the roots of the current situation in history. In his opinion, Ukraine found itself on the "bad side of the Berlin Wall and was not able to grow." But now this division no longer exists, so we should support Ukraine in its aspiration to join the democratic camp.
“Promote Ukraine” initiated this movie on the volunteer basis, involving the activists both in Belgium, the Netherlands and Ukraine.