Procedure : 2014/2533(RSP)
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Document selected : B7-0159/2014

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PV 05/02/2014 - 18
CRE 05/02/2014 - 18

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PV 06/02/2014 - 9.8
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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B7-0150/2014

to wind up the debate on the statements by the Council and the Commission

pursuant to Rule 110(2) of the Rules of Procedure

on the EU-Russia Summit (2014/2533(RSP))

Helmut Scholz, Patrick Le Hyaric, Nikola Vuljanić on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group

European Parliament resolution on the EU-Russia Summit (2014/2533(RSP))  

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to Rule 110(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.     whereas the EU and the Russian Federation are deeply interlinked through their historical, political, economic and cultural roots, have gone through highs and lows in their bilateral relationship since the early 1990s, and today more than ever are facing common challenges regarding the future prospects of their peoples; whereas the two partners are mutually interdependent both economically and politically and are developing their own strategies in their actions in the global setting; whereas, therefore, enhanced cooperation and good-neighbourly relations between the EU and Russia are of major importance;

B.     whereas the EU and its Member States and the Russian Federation have developed, within the UN systems framework and other international political structures such as the OSCE, a comprehensive network of relations aimed at strengthening peace, international law, mutual trust and good neighbourhood, particularly through disarmament and by overcoming the historical distrust, hostilities and rivalry that characterised the relationship in the times of East-West confrontation; whereas international security and national sovereignty continue to be a complex interest, right and international policy principle of all the EU Member States and of the Russian Federation, calling for mutual recognition and respect; whereas cooperation in the field of political and security relations must lead to a significant further reduction in military confrontation;

B.     whereas the EU and Russia have a strong economic and trade relationship, with trade and investments continuing to grow rapidly; whereas, on the other hand, cooperation in other areas is at stalemate because neither partner is willing to put content into the declared strategic partnership and to work on solutions to existing problems;

C.     whereas, despite the fact that there are many problems such as enforced disarmament, political cooperation with the countries in the shared neighbourhood, human rights and the rule of law, visa facilitation and relaxation, common actions to solve global problems and responsibilities jointly, energy cooperation and trade disputes needing urgent discussion, the EU-Russia summit was held in a format which did not allow a forward-looking dialogue within which to address the existing problems and open a working process to deal with them;

1.      Deplores the failure of the EU and Russia to engage in a results-oriented dialogue which would allow progress towards the establishment of a real strategic partnership and negotiations on a new Partnership and Cooperation Agreement;

2.      Notes the cooperation which has begun between the EU and Russia on important international issues, such as Syria and Iran, which demonstrates a constructive ability to contribute to substantive political solutions by showing the necessary political will; calls, therefore, on both sides to end the confrontation and to restart a results-oriented constructive dialogue and negotiations, including within their bilateral relationship, especially in the interests of their citizens;

3.      Calls on the EU and Russia to respect fully the sovereign right of people to decide on their future development, including their cooperation and association with countries and organisations, and to refrain from any pressure; appeals in strong terms to the EU, Russia, the United States and all other actors in the regions concerned not to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries;

4.      Notes the statement by President Putin to the effect that Russia will adhere to the financial and economic agreements with Ukraine, including the loan of some EUR 15 billion as urgent unconditional economic assistance to overcome the economic crisis in Ukraine, and hopes that in the interests of the people of Ukraine the recent agreements between Russia and Ukraine can be implemented as soon as possible;

5.      Stresses that the EU policy which separates the Eastern Neighbourhood policy from the development of EU-Russia relations has failed; underlines the need to redesign the Eastern Neighbourhood policy with a view to developing regional cooperation which does not exclude any country; calls on Russia to participate proactively in this process and to show its willingness to become part of good neighbourhood policies;

6.      Deplores the fact that the EU was not prepared to re-orientate its policy towards the Russian Federation long before the Vilnius summit, thereby making all the participating countries dependent upon the stalemate in the bilateral relationship between the EU and the Russian Federation;

7.      Criticises the EEAS for its failure to work together with Russia and the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood countries on ways and means to achieve coexistence between, and mutual enrichment of, the European Union economic space and the Eurasian (Customs) Union; welcomes the statement by the EU authorities to the effect that the Eastern partnership does not affect Russia’s economic, trade, social, human and cultural links to common neighbours; calls urgently on the EU and its Member States and the members and observers of the Eurasian Union to begin a constructive dialogue with a view to examining the possibilities for future cooperation in the common interest and for an end to rivalry;

8.      Notes the relevant decisions of the summit and calls on both sides to lay out a precise roadmap to address concrete steps to solve the problems and deal with the challenges of the bilateral relationship in the field of political and security cooperation, disarmament, strengthening of judicial and legal systems, developing energy and raw material cooperation, modernisation of Russian economic production, and joint efforts to overcome environmental problems, and thereby to achieve tangible progress in time for the next EU-Russia Summit;

9.      Reiterates its concern at the human and democratic rights situation in Russia; calls on Russia to honour fully its obligations as a member of the OSCE and of the Council of Europe, including respect for the right of association, press and media freedom and the right of peaceful demonstration; calls on the Russian Parliament and Government to introduce, without delay, civil legislation to provide protection against discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity in all areas of life, including employment, education, health, access to goods and services, housing, and access to social security and social advantages;

10.    Addresses, in the light of the Winter Olympics soon to start in Sochi, the exploitation and abuse of migrant workers’ rights at the Sochi construction sites, where their employers failed to pay their wages and forced them to work for up to 12 hours a day without a monthly day’s leave, which constitutes a violation of Russian law; criticises the Russian authorities and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for their failure to ensure that their partner Olympstroy implemented even basic labour rights; calls on the Russian authorities to create a means for migrant workers to safely lodge complaints against their employers and to hold abusive employers accountable; deeply deplores the fact that this and other problems related to the preparation and conduct of the Winter Olympics were not raised at the recent EU-Russia Summit:

11.    Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the International Olympic Committee and the Parliamentary Assemblies of the OSCE and the Council of Europe.


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