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Ask EP – Insight: New Commission, Ukraine-Russia, Scottish referendum

The election of the new European Commission has been a recurrent subject of interest for citizens in the past months, with the hearings of the Commissioners-designate in particular being a frequent topic. Citizens addressed the European Parliament to strongly express their opinions on the nomination of certain Commissioners-designate. Some complained about the suitability of specific … Continue reading

CFSP/CSDP: Outcome of the NATO Summit 2014

Written by Carmen-Cristina Cîrlig NATO leaders meeting in Newport, Wales (4-5 September 2014) addressed essential questions dealing with the current European security situation, the withdrawal from Afghanistan and declining defence budgets. The next NATO Summit will take place in Warsaw, Poland in 2016. A changing security context The 2014 NATO Summit occurred in a challenging security … Continue reading

Focus on Food & Farmers

Written by Maria Kollarova This week our focus is on agriculture, our food and farmers’ livelihoods. The Russian embargo of agricultural products has certainly become a hot topic in the area since 7 August, when the Russian government adopted a list of agricultural imports to be banned. It is really too early to say what … Continue reading

Russian measures against European Union agricultural products

Written by Ana Martinez Juan Updated on 10 October 2014 The legal basis for the European Union (EU) relations with the Russian Federation is the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, which came into force on 1 December 1997 and regulates the political and economic relations between the two parties. In this context, and regarding trade exchanges, Russia … Continue reading

Topics and links – August 2014

Update: This post is available in all EU languages – please see at the bottom of this post. In this issue: ISIS terror and humanitarian disaster in Iraq, tensions between Russia and Ukraine, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, independence of the judiciary in Turkey, TTIP negotiations. Recent international conflicts were the dominating issues in the correspondence of citizens … Continue reading

MH17 aircraft disaster and EU reaction on Russia’s role in eastern Ukraine

After the crash of Malaysia Airlines plane MH17 in Ukraine on 17 July 2014, citizens sent messages of grief and concern to the European Parliament. They commented on the violent conflict in eastern Ukraine and urged the European Union to take more determined action to resolve the crisis. On 22 July, the European Parliament’s Foreign … Continue reading

Russia’s Prirazlomnaya oil rig in the Arctic

Annual production from the Prirazlomnaya offshore oil field is estimated to amount to 6.6 million tonnes per year. Russia’s Arctic policy strongly supports further such developments, but environmental NGOs fear the result will be an ecological catastrophe from an oil spill. The European Parliament believes that increasing the use of natural resources must be done … Continue reading

European energy security: what about Russian gas?

In the context of the European Commission’s European Energy Security Strategy communication issued in May 2014 [COM(2014) 330 final], this EPRS Keysource gathers documents about security of energy supply for Europe, focusing on the gas supplied by Russia – more than a third to a quarter of the gas consumed by the EU according to the … Continue reading

Russia’s import ban on EU pork meat

In January 2014, four cases of wild boar affected by African Swine Fever (ASF) were identified in Lithuania and Poland, near the Belarusian border. Russia reacted immediately: only five days later it banned all imports of livestock, fresh pork and certain pig products coming from the European Union. What seemed to be an unfortunate and … Continue reading

Topics and links − March 2014

How did the European Parliament react to the Russian invasion of Crimea? How can I vote in the upcoming European elections, even if I live abroad? Answers to these questions or other citizens’ concerns can be found by consulting our selection of links below. The following topics are based on questions and comments from citizens … Continue reading

European Court of Human Rights urges Russia to refrain from military action in Ukraine

On 13 March 2014, just three days before the referendum in Crimea took place, the Government of Ukraine lodged an inter-State application against the Russian Federation before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Given the urgency, Ukraine also asked for interim measures to prevent threats to the life and health of the civilian population … Continue reading

Corruption in Russia

Corruption in Russia is deeply entrenched and permeates all levels of Russian society. It causes significant financial loss to the Russian economy in terms of gross domestic product and considerably lowers the country’s attractiveness as a foreign direct investment destination. Despite a recent positive trend, as evidenced by various international indicators measuring the perception of corruption, Russia continues to lag … Continue reading

Eurasian Union

Vladimir Putin’s plan to create a Eurasian Economic Union by 2015 is Russia’s most ambitious attempt so far at the economic integration in the post-Soviet space. The Customs Union formed by Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan in 2007, and the subsequent Common Economic Space in 2012, have already brought partial economic integration between the three states. … Continue reading

Looking East: the EU’s Eastern Partnership Summit in focus

This week’s key event is the Eastern Partnership (EaP) summit in Vilnius on 28 and 29 of November, meant to be a milestone in the Eastern Partnership process: two countries – Moldova and Georgia – will initial agreements with the EU. However, just a week before the summit the Ukrainian government suspended preparations for signing … Continue reading

Human rights issues under the spotlight ahead of Sochi Olympics

In recent years, the Russian Federation has actively looked to increase its international standing by hosting a series of prestigious sporting events including the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, the 2018 Football World Cup and the Formula 1 Grand Prix. Even if the start of the Olympics is still several months away, the eyes of the international community … Continue reading

Shrinking legal space for civil society in Russia

6 language versions available in PDF format Rechtsraum für die Zivilgesellschaft in Russland schrumpft Reducción del espacio jurídico de la sociedad civil en Rusia Restriction de l’espace juridique pour la société civile en Russie Riduzione dello spazio giuridico della società civile in Russia Zawężanie przestrzeni prawnej dla społeczeństwa obywatelskiego w Rosji Shrinking legal space for … Continue reading

Geopolitical and financial consequences of the shale revolution: Europe, Russia and Asia

Global gas demand As an effect of the ongoing financial and economic crisis, global gas demand (p.1) has decreased in the past years. At the same time, unconventional gas production, mainly in the US, has, together with an increased global capacity in liquefied natural gas (LNG) altered the supply side. These developments have an impact … Continue reading

EU-Russia relations: towards a new agreement?

6 language versions available in PDF format Beziehungen EU–Russland: Einigung auf ein neues Abkommen? Relaciones UE-Rusia ¿hacia un nuevo acuerdo? Relations UE Russie: vers un nouvel accord? Relazioni UE-Russia: verso un nuovo accordo? Czy stosunki UE–Rosja zmierzają w kierunku nowego porozumienia? EU-Russia relations: towards a new agreement? Negotiations for a new EU-Russia agreement are proving … Continue reading

Chypre : un prêt russe pour sortir de la crise

Lourdement frappée par la crise financière, Chypre s’est résolue à demander de l’aide. Deux demandes ont été lancées en parallèle: l’une auprès de l’UE et l’autre auprès de la Russie. Cette demande de prêt russe pose question pour les partenaires européens de Chypre. Pourtant, elle n’a rien d’étonnant vu les liens étroits que maintiennent Chypre … Continue reading

Fighting organised crime: our products that support the EP’s work

For our part, we have produced a set of library products aiming to support the work of the Committee and will continue to do so. Now, in order to provide a comprehensive and complete overview of the topic, we present them all here. If you need a short, but in-depth analysis we suggest you look … Continue reading

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