EUROPEAN FOREIGN POLICY SCORECARD 2014

Russia

In the previous edition of the European Foreign Policy Scorecard, the EU’s relations with Russia emerged as a surprising success story: where Europeans were once divided, they were now united. This positive background is part of the reason why the EU’s Russia policy during 2013 looks somewhat disappointing: one would have hoped that the EU would have managed to translate its unity of analyses into at least marginally effective policies. Sadly, this did not happen in 2013. But neither did the member states retreat into pursuing purely bilateral relationships with Russia. Even though different countries prioritised different issues and there was not always a common line in the EU’s exchanges with Russia, basic strategic unity remained, waiting to be utilised. [..]

 

Trade Liberalisation and overall relationship - Grade: B-
Category Unity Resources Outcome Total Grade
11 - Trade liberalisation with Russia 5/5 4/5 5/10 14/20 B+
12 - Visa liberalisation with Russia 3/5 3/5 4/10 10/20 C+

 

Human Rights and Governance - Grade: C
Category Unity Resources Outcome Total Grade
13 - Rule of law and human rights in Russia 4/5 2/5 2/10 8/20 C
14 - Media freedom in Russia 4/5 2/5 2/10 8/20 C

 

European security issues - Grade: C+
Category Unity Resources Outcome Total Grade
15 - Relations with Russia on the Eastern Partnership 4/5 4/5 1/10 9/20 C+
16 - Relations with Russia on protracted conflicts 4/5 2/5 2/10 8/20 C+
17 - Relations with Russia on energy issues 4/5 4/5 7/10 15/20 B+
18 - Diversification of gas supply routes to Europe 2/5 3/5 2/10 7/20 C

 

Co-operation on regional and global issues - Grade: B-
Category Unity Resources Outcome Total Grade
19 - Relations with Russia on the greater Middle East 3/5 2/5 6/10 11/20 B-
20 - Relations with Russia on the Arctic 5/5 3/5 3/10 11/20 B-