Voting analysis: who stands with Ukraine?

Ukrainian Flag is raised at the EP building in Brussels

 

 


Recent votes in the European Parliament show an increasing level of consensus for a tougher reaction against Russia in response to its military invasion of neighbouring Ukraine. This is showcased by the very high level of support (94%) for the EP resolution on Ukraine.

Thus, there is overwhelming consensus that the security of the EU Eastern flank should be the utmost priority of the Union, even if this were to affect commercial and energy relations with Russia. 

Among the proposals that received large support by MEPs we observed: 

– Broadening the sanctions (link) by targeting the whole Russian economy and industry (not only the military complex – link), extending the sanctions to Belarus (link) and banning the Russian-controlled investment funds and banks from operating in the EU (link)

-Revoking residence by investment schemes for wealthy Russians -> see how each MEPs voted HERE

-Suspending broadcast licensing to all Russian state media channels  (link) and banning war propaganda accounts from Youtube and Google platforms (link)

– Terminating software licences for both military and civilian equipment in Russia and Belarus -> see how each MEPs voted HERE

– Reducing the number of Russian diplomatic and consular representations in EU and Member States -> see how each MEPs voted HERE

– Stronger support for human rights defenders and civil society in Belarus and Russia -> see how each MEPs voted HERE

 

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On the other hand, a few (more ambitious) proposals met stronger opposition:

– Establishing a no-fly zone over Ukraine: this proposal is supported by the centre-right EPP and ECR factions, but it meets the opposition of the centre-left groups -> see how each MEPs voted HERE

– Suspending Nord Stream 1 (in addition to Nord Stream 2):  this proposal is  opposed by most EPP, S&D and Renew members, among others –> see how each MEPs voted HERE

– Actively supporting anti-war movements in Russia and Belarus: while this initiative is backed by EPP, S&D and Green members, ECR and Renew Europe are less supportive -> see how each MEPs voted HERE

– Extra funding for the countries that are the primary points of entry of Ukrainian refugees into the EU: this initiative is supported by the members of the conservative groups (including ID), as well as by the Social-Democrats. However, it is seen perceveid more negatively by the Renew Europe group and, to a lesser extent by the Greens -> see how each MEPs voted HERE

– While there is broad support (link) for accelerating the process to grant EU candidate status to Ukraine, EU political forces disagree on the pacing.  The final compromise solution inviting the Commission to work towards the EU candidate status to Ukraine still receives wide-cross group support, but also opposition by those (on both sides) who would support a more clear-cut stance, such as the vast majority of Polish MEPs -> see how each MEPs voted HERE

NB: Interestingly, despite Zelinsky’s party recently joining the ALDE political family, the votes above show that Macron’s Renew group is not always supportive of the most ambitious proposals. On average, the EPP and ECR political families are the ones expressing the strongest support for Ukraine, as shown by their vote on the establishment of a no-fly zone over Ukraine, but also by their support for labelling Russia as a “rogue state”, which Renew, S&D and Greens oppose.

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