The EU-Russia Relations after the Ukrainian Crisis - Perspective from the European Parliament.

Oleksandr Moskalenko

The Ukrainian crisis is often called the greatest recent challenge for the security in Europe. The crisis has been a major focus for the European Parliament, despite its formal exclusion from the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy. Moreover, the Parliament treated the crisis in a wider context of the EU Eastern European policies with a separate focus on the EU-Russia relations. The article studies the emphases that the Parliament made for the EU-Russia relations against the background of the on-going Russian "hybrid war". This new type of challenge went far beyond the traditional concept of security, revealing the need for a symmetric multi-dimensional response.The article argues that the Parliament's performance in the Ukrainian crisis contains two-fold message. Certainly, it demonstrated the Parliament's ambition to set the agenda for the EU-Russia relations with a number of exact policy proposals. However, in a wider context this performance implies the Parliament's ambition for a higher degree of involvement in the CFSP in terms of policy formation and supervision over its implementation.From the time of the Spanish association agreement of 1962 the Parliament has been successfully using an aggressive pattern of struggle for the extension of its competences by claiming for more rights in high-profile international cases. From this perspective the Ukrainian case continues the trend. Although, the current Parliament's claim goes far beyond formal Treaty-based competences, it is in line with the tendency of the 'creeping parliamentarization'. Furthermore, the "parliamentarization" of the CFSP in terms of the policy formation process and Parliament's monitoring function is often claimed to have the potential to contribute to the coherence and consistency of the EU international performance.

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