EP vote on the new EU-Russia agreement:
- extracts from the vote on report Hannes SWOBODA (S&D, AT)
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 13/12/2012 First transmission: 13/12/2012
Russia can become a strategic partner to the EU only if it shares and upholds EU democratic principles and values, said MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. EU-Russia relations are still suffering from Russia's failure to embrace democratic values fully and strengthen the rule of law. Yet talks on a comprehensive new EU-Russia pact must continue, despite Russia's lack of enthusiasm for them, adds the text. The new agreement, which is to replace one signed in 1994, must provide a comprehensive, forward-looking and legally-binding framework for the further development of relations with Russia, MEPs say. They stress that respect for democratic principles, human rights and rule of law must be an "absolute prerequisite" for signing the agreement, as must Russia's full compliance with its WTO obligations. "Let's be pragmatic but very strict on human rights and WTO rules," said rapporteur Hannes Swoboda (S&D, AT) in the debate preceding the vote. "The partnership can only be an honest one," he insisted. The resoluton was passed by 530 votes to 33, with 39 abstentions.
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||Exterior shot of the EP, Strasbourg
||EP Vice-President Oldřich VLASÁK opens the vote on the report by Hannes SWOBODA (S&D, AT)
||Digital screen with results: the resoluton was passed by 530 votes to 33, with 39 abstentions.