The Reasons for the Inquiry
1. The Committee
decided to inquire into EU/Russia relations for three main reasons.
First, the proposed enlargement of the EU to incorporate countries
of East-Central Europe will, if successful, shift the geographical
balance of the EU to the east and, at the same time, raise potential
border problems with the Russian Federation. Second, the attack
on the World Trade Center in New York on 11 September 2001 (hereinafter
'9/11') prompted President Putin to align Russia with the West
in confronting terrorism, a policy shift with implications of
the greatest importance for the EU. Third, the Committee has already
worked on the effectiveness of EU Common Strategies. In particular,
we reported on the Mediterranean.
It seemed natural for us also to report on Russia.
2. Moreover, and more generally, the Committee
considered that reform in Russia has now advanced sufficiently
to offer a serious prospect of fruitful co-operation between Russia
and the EU. In particular, we see a growing convergence of interest
on matters of practical significance.
The Scope of the Inquiry
3. In this report we examine the current state
of relations between the EU and Russia, and then we examine what
the future could and should hold.
4. The report has six sections:
Russia's place in EU foreign policy
The EU's place in Russian foreign policy
Stability and Security
5. We took evidence as part of this inquiry.
A list of witnesses appears: Appendix 2 and the evidence is printed
with this report.
1 Our membership is listed in Appendix 1. Back
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References in the form (Q00) are to questions in the oral evidence;
and (p00) to pages of written evidence. Back