EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION ON RUSSIA

Original Resolution has been edited to concentrate on sanctions, Donbas and Crimea

Rapporteur: Sandra Kalniete (EPP/Latvia) 

On 12 March 2019, Parliament adopted a resolution by 402 votes to 163, with 89 abstentions, assessing the current state of EU-Russia political relations.

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE EP ELECTION FOR RUSSIA

Source: ECFR

The May 2019 European Parliament election will provide some important signs of what to expect from the EU-Russia relationship in years to come. This is somewhat surprising, given that the parliament is not exactly the driving force of European foreign policy. The claim is based on neither the assumption that Russia might have high hopes for an anti-European and pro-Moscow takeover of the parliament, nor the assumption that it is preparing to engage in a large-scale, coordinated effort to achieve this end –as some Europeans fear.

EU SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA SHOULD NOT BE TIGHTENED, BUT LIFTED !!

Western sanctions against Russia haven’t worked and both Moscow and the West would benefit from lifting them. Restrictions are harmful for everyone. Lifting sanctions would answer common interests. Indeed, both Russia and the EU would benefit from resuming full-scale cooperation.

PRINCIPES FONDATEURS DE L’ALLIANCE EUROPEENNE DES NATIONS

  1. L’Alliance Européenne des Nations sera d’abord celle de la fierté des peuples européens, chacun sur son territoire, dans ses frontières, fort d’une unité interne qui l’ouvre au monde. Elle sera l’alliance de tous ceux qui choisissent l’Europe pour y réaliser le destin de leur Nation, y affirmer la singularité continentale et la continuité d’un projet de civilisation. Les pays européens trouveront dans l’Alliance Européenne des Nations, une organisation à leur seul service et au service de leur peuple.

THE STATIC TRENCH WAR IN THE DONBAS

President elect Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine will take office on May 28, 2019. While President Putin has said that he’s open to one-on-one peace talks with Zelensky who is also open to such a meeting, he has made his negotiating positions clear by saying the Donbas and Crimea are territories “temporarily” occupied by Russia, and he expects to bring them both back under Kyiv’s control.

ABOUT THE SO-CALLED ‘SPITZENKANDIDATEN’ PROCESS

The 'Spitzenkandidaten process' is a procedure whereby European political parties, ahead of European elections, appoint lead candidates for the role of Commission President, with the presidency of the Commission then going to the candidate of the political party capable of marshalling sufficient parliamentary support. The Parliament remains firmly committed to the process in 2019  

COMPANIES SPENDING THE MOST ON EU LOBBYING

Source: EU Transparency Register, Lobbyfacts.eu (April 2019)

  1. Google: $ 6.69m-6.96m
  2. Microsoft: $ 5.57m-5.85m
  3. Shell Oil: $ 5.01m-$ 5.29m
  4. Facebook: $ 3.90m-$ 4.18m
  5. Siemens: $ 3.92m
  6. ExxonMobil: $3.62m-$ 3.90m
  7. Bayer: $ 3.69m
  8. BASF: $3.68m
  9. Deutsche Bank: $ 3.67m
  10. Dow: $ 3.06m-$3.34m

WHO TO BE NEXT EU HIGH REPRESENTATIVE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND SECURITY ?

Whoever is appointed as the next HR/VP in 2019 needs to enjoy the backing of all EU leaders, including the leader of his/her home member state.

LES PROPOSITIONS DE LREM POUR L’EUROPE

  1. Taxer le carbone des produits importés en Europe et appliquer plus strictement le principe «pollueur-payeur» au sein de l’UE.
  2. Fermer toutes les centrales fonctionnant aux énergies fossiles et sortir de tous les hydrocarbures d’ici 2050.
  3. Garantir un air pur en taxant le transport aérien et en rendant accessibles les transports propres. Développer les batteries électriques, l’hydrogène, le biogaz et les bornes de recharge et arrêter la vente de voitures essence et diesel d’ici 2040

REFORMER L’UNION EUROPEENNE

Source : Fondation Robert Schuman

Proposition 0 : Le président de la Commission doit être le leader d'une majorité parlementaire et le représentant (désigné à l'avance) du groupe politique ayant obtenu le plus grand nombre de sièges au Parlement européen lors des élections européennes.  

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