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EU/Russia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement

The first ever Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) between the European Union and the Russian Federation entered into force on 1 December 1997. This agreement provides an all-embracing framework covering almost every aspect of cooperation between the two powers includi...
The first ever Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) between the European Union and the Russian Federation entered into force on 1 December 1997. This agreement provides an all-embracing framework covering almost every aspect of cooperation between the two powers including trade, human rights and democracy, science and technology, education and training, customs issues, fight against crime, transport, energy and telecommunications, environment and culture. It also institutionalizes regular political dialogue between the EU and Russia through the establishment of one common set of institutions at the level of Heads of Government, ministers and parliamentarians.

The PCA is intended to stimulate the participation of Russia in a wider Europe. It will create a closer relationship between the EU and Russia by ensuring a more stable climate for traders and investors and a more direct link between the people of the EU and Russia. Its entering into force puts a definite end to the cold war period and expresses the EU's recognition for the achievements made by Russia in the democratic and economic reform process.

"The PCA is a positive affirmation of the evolving relationship between the EU and Russia. It reflects the growing importance we attach to improving and deepening all aspects of our partnership with Russia - in the political, human rights, trade and investment spheres" commented European Union Foreign Affairs Commissioner Hans van den Broek. "Fostering a better investment climate in the Russian Federation and working together to fight crime are important to both the EU and Russia."

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