After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the APC must be placed in the specific geopolitical and psychological context. While the EU quickly proposed the prospect of an “association” and, after the 1993 Copenhagen European Council, “joining” the central and eastern European countries (CEE countries), the European Commission proposed a different type of agreement to Russia and the new independent states of the former Soviet Union. As a result, the term “partnership” has been introduced as a label that characterizes the EC`s external relations with a number of States that are not considered potential members of the EU but are considered strategic. , signed in Corfu on June 24, 1993. , 1994.-14 Also considered identical and with common objectives and values, agreements between the EU and countries such as Japan cover similar areas such as terrorism, corruption and money laundering. In line with this approach, negotiations on the new strategic framework agreement resumed at the end of 2008, despite Lithuania`s opposition. In addition to the many political tensions between Russia and various EU Member States, 11 important legal obstacles still need to be addressed. Issues such as the scope of the agreement, the institutional framework and, in particular, the legal basis and the procedure for concluding the agreement are essential to achieving the objective of a strengthened strategic partnership between the EU and Russia. To answer these questions, this paper begins with a critical analysis of the existing legal framework for RELATIONS between the EU and Russia (point 1).
It also analyses the extent to which a new future strategic partnership agreement could add value over the current situation (point 2). There is a general consensus that the European Union should prioritise the development of strategic partnerships. These partnerships strengthen the EU`s position at the international level and help the organisation work on some of its key objectives. This part of the partnership recognises that the fight against terrorism is a common priority and states that Canada and the EU will work together to intensify counter-terrorism efforts. The parallels with the traditional provision for the conclusion of association agreements (Article 310 EC) which are maintained in the Treaty on the Functioning of the Union (Article 217 of the TFUE) are striking. A final option could be to negotiate a less ambitious agreement, which covers only a limited number of priority areas. With regard to the Common Economic Area, a “comprehensive free trade agreement” has been proposed, including goods, services, investments and a set of common regulatory principles.