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to wind up the debate on the statement by the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

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

on the situation in Russia (2012/2505(RSP))

Helmut Scholz on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group

European Parliament resolution on the situation in Russia (2012/2505(RSP))  

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the existing Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Russian Federation, of the other part , and the negotiations initiated in 2008 on a new EU-Russia agreement, as well as to the ‘Partnership for Modernisation’ initiated in 2010,

–   having regard to its previous reports and resolutions on Russia and on EU-Russia relations, in particular, to the one on the EU-Russia Summit of 15 December 2012 in Brussels,

-    having regard to the Russian Federation’s commitment to the obligations out of its membership in the Council of Europe,

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

A. whereas on the eve of the forthcoming presidential elections reminds the fact that the recent parliamentary elections did not meet the internationally recognised democratic standards and various serious violations of the electoral legislation of the Russian Federation took place as manifested in the ODA and PACE reports;

B.  whereas all over Russia people by continuing to participate in protests against the falsification of the parliamentary elections and for free and fair presidential elections in March 2012 are putting under question the current understanding as well as the functioning of a democratic system;

C. whereas not only in Russian Federation but also in the European Union the crisis of confidence in the policies of the current governmental structures continues to grow, whereas problems such as unequal income distribution, growing again poverty, corruption, lack of public control of the economic and financial sectors, failure to provide for the conditions for active participation of citizens in the decision making processes represent serious challenges for both Russia and the EU;

D. whereas the failure to solves these problems result in growing tendencies of nationalism, racism, right-populism and xenophobia in the societies of both in Russia and the EU;

1.  Reaffirms its belief that Russian Federation as one of the European Union's most important partners in building strategic cooperation is sharing not only economic and trade interests;

2.  Is preoccupied that both Russia and the EU face different but serious problems as democracy is concerned, deeply deplores that Russia fails to meet it obligations as Members of the Council of Europe to respect and implement its obligations out of the EMRC, in particular democratic civil and political rights, respect for human rights and the rule of law; is at the same time seriously concerned about the fact that the EU policies to solve the financial crisis is lacking a public debate and by removing the policy choices from democratically elected governments and parliaments of the Member States is undermining democracy;

3.  Notes the enormous and growing popular resistance against the failed policies in all parts of the world with mass protests, general strikes and even other forms of resistance; welcomes the growing readiness of the civil society to stand for democratic changes to guarantee equal chances and social justice for all citizens; stresses that for peaceful and current and future generations sustainable development respect of democratic and human rights and the solution of social and environmental problems need to go hand in hand;

4.  Notes that the outcome of the elections in Russia remains controversial and deplores that the investigations so far did not produce real results;

5.  Supports the expectations of the Russian citizens for free and fair presidential elections, the respect of democratic and human rights standards, freedom of expression and assembly and expects that this will lead to a future review of the corresponding legislation to provide for the conditions to meet these demands and to bring it into compliance with the OSCE and Council of Europe obligations;

6.  Underlines that societies need to develop a consensus on the respect of democratic standards and human rights picking up the universal standards as laid down in the respective UN declarations; reiterates the importance of continuing dialogues to implement these standards within the Russian society as it was stressed by the different demonstrations on February 4;

7.  Is concerned about growing tendencies of confrontation in the relationship between the EU and the US and the RF, as well as in the international policy in general; therefore calls for a constructive, mutually respectful and open dialogue between Russia and the European Union on all levels;

8.  Calls on the EU to remove the barriers for the people-to people contacts by providing visa liberalisation of Russian citizen as requested for a long time by the Russian side; calls on both sides to undertake further initiatives to promote the exchange of students and scientists; demands to improve the possibilities for Russian students and academics to make use of EU exchange programmes;

9.  Calls on the EU and Russia to implement effective political steps against nationalism, racism, right populism and xenophobia;

10. Expresses concern at the growing divergences between the EU and Russia on political and security issues while economic and energy cooperation and trade are developing progressively; calls on both sides to overcome the stereotypes stemming from Cold War times and to give a fresh impetus to the political, cultural and security dialogue; takes the view that the start of a serious dialogue on the Medvedev proposal for concluding a common pan-European security treaty, to be discussed within the framework of the OSCE, could be a starting point;

11. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, the Government and Parliament of the Russian Federation, the Council of Europe and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.





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