EU-Russia cooperation in the framework of the Common Space on Freedom, Security and Justice, launched almost a decade ago in 2003, has borne fruit more in the security aspects than the justice and liberty-related policy areas. This study assesses the uneven cooperation on justice and home affairs between the EU and Russia, while delving into the intersection between cooperation on justice, liberty and security and the promotion of human rights, democracy and rule of law in EU-Russia relations. The study concludes by proposing a set of policy recommendations to the European Parliament for playing a more active role in this important field of cooperation between the EU and Russia.
Raül Hernández i Sagrera is Research Fellow at the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals. Dr. Olga Potemkina is Head of European Integration Studies at the Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Sciences. This study was originally commissioned by the European Parliament’s Directorate General for Internal Policies, Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs (DG IPOL).