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Eurofora launched eve of EU Innovation+Creativity year (2008 to 2009)

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09.06.09
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By a Symbolic Coincidence, "Eurofora" was launched practicaly at the Eve of the European Year for "Creativity and Innovation", as EU named 2009.
 
 Despite some Earlier Publications, and a subsequent Emergence later on, in fact, Historicaly, the 1st real NewsReport of "Eurofora" was published on-line at the Beginning of August 2008, from Brixen-Bressanone city, at South Tirol Region, located in Northern Italy, between the Alpes Mountains and the Dolomiten High-Rise Peaks, when the then Pope Benedict launched an Urgent Call for European Leaders to Act in order to Prevent a new and even more Tragic and Destructive, Division of Europe, which might obviously had even pushed towards a wider World War, from the fast unfolding Clash between Georgia and Russia of then Presidents Shakaasvili and Medvedev, around the pro-Autonomy, break-away Abkhazia and  South Ossetia Regions of former USSR but in nowadays Georgia, reportedly Attacked by Tbilisi's National Army, which had already made even Civilian Victims, provoked Destructions, Military clashes, etc., Triggering a Russian Counter-Offensive which reportedly threatened to arrive near Tbilisi. German Chancelor Merkel was, then, visiting a Nearby Village, apparently keeping in contact with her compatriot, former Cardinal and Theologian Writer Joseph Ratzinger, while the then French President Sarkozy, who Chaired at that time the EU, took a Risky but notoriously Succesful Diplomatic Initiative, which led him both to Moscow and Tbilisi, almost Immediately, from the Afternoon/Evening of that Same Day, August 10, finaly SafeGuarding Peace in Europe and in the World, (http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/irish/benepeace.html ).
 
Previously, "Eurofora" had also Published certain Original News, but very Selectively : Fex. on a Superb Historic Exhibition of Artworks about Strabourg and the Rhenan European area at the Renaissance, (http://www.eurofora.net/faqs/elxis-cms/expo-golden-age.html ),  as well as on the non less Historic, former Prime Minister of France, long-time Strasbourg's Mayor, and EU Parliament's, as well  as CoE's PanEuropean Assembly's former President, Pierre Pflimlin, on the occasion of the Oress Conference which launched a n original Book written in his Honour by French Senator Jung, long-time f. Director of Strasbourg's Newspaper DNA, Alain Howiller, and one among the First EU Parliament's Press Directors, the experienced Paul Collowald.
 
A main point of the latter, was an abstract from the Last, landmark Speech that President Pflimlin had given at what was then the joint Plenary Room of both the PanEuropean CoE and EU Parliament, in Strasbourg, (attended also by "Eurofora"s co-Founder), back on 1997, which Focused on the Basis on which the European Dream could be succesfully  re-Launched and further Developed in the Future, (http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/irish/pflimlin.html ).

Last, but not least, "Eurofora"s progressive Launch also Topically came just Before the Start of the pre-electoral period for the Crucial EU Parliament's Elections of May 2009, (Comp., among others, f.ex., also : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/daulelections.html ).

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Facing a 70% Abstention threat in 2009 Election, EU endorses EuroFora's idea for Citizens' debates on crucial EU decisions !

- Different views on "Europe's Future", should be debated among Citizens at June 2009 EU Elections, thanks to political Parties' "Manifestos", says EU Parliament's Report


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
A main idea, initiated and promoted by EuroFora's founders since 1997: the vital need to develop European Citizens' democratic right to actively participate in multilingual debates on EU decisions, is formally endorsed by the EU from 2009 !

The move is a key attempt to overcome "catastrophic" Polls which warn that only ...30% of Citizens are ready to vote in the forthcoming June 2009 EU Election !  This was revealed by EU Commission's vice-president, in charge of Communication policy, Margot Wallstrom, during a "hot" meeting of EU Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education, during the December 2008 Strasbourg session.

Wallstrom faced criticism, but also suggestions from various MEPs, naturally worried by Abstention threats which herself found even "worse" than in 1999 or 2004...

A Report on "Active Dialogue with Citizens",examined at the same time, presented some useful practical tips, on "facilitating Interviews"; etc., but also a  potentialy important call to "incorporate the conclusions of ...debates...into (EU) policies, and take into consideration the expectations that Citizens have of the EU when deciding". An amendment even implies that Citizens' participation in debates on EU decisions is a democratic "Right".

More importantly, it finds that  a Debate "on the Future of Europe", (as French President Nicolas Sarkozy has asked since 2007), would be a good idea " for the 2009 European parliamentary Elections", because "clarifying the political differences between the EU political parties would help citizens to identify themselves with, and choose between various concepts", for which "all parties (should) present their Manifesto".

A "Joint political declaration on Communicating Europe in Partnership", co-signed by "the European Parliament, Council and ... Commission", confirms that they "attach the utmost importance to improving communication on EU issues", by "enabling European citizens to exercise their right to participate in the democratic life of the Union, in which decisions are taken as openly as possible and as closely as possible to the citizens, observing the principles of pluralism, participation, openness and transparency".

This should "enable Citizens to exercise their right to express their views and to participate actively in the public Debate on European Union issues", while also "promoting the respect of multilingualism". In this regard, EU confirms its "wish to develop synergies with national, regional and local authorities as well as with representatives of Civil Society".

    It's since 1997 that a group of EuroFora's founders have officially presented a pioneer Project (then called "EIW", for "Europe in the World"), which aimed to develop Strasbourg's "Polyphonic music", by providing "Interactive information", on "main issues ... during the Decision-making process of European Organizations which engage in Transparent and Public Democratic Debates"

    This should be done, inter alia, by "exploring the potential of New Communication Tools (mainly Internet)", as well as classic-form debates, the 1997 EIW pioneer project's anounced in its "Synopsis". It was formally "accepted for evaluation" by EU Commission in Brussels in order to be examined for a grant in the framework of the "Research/Technology/Development (RTD) Programme in the field of Information Technologies", then called "ESPRIT", as a "Best Practice Pilot Project".

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        But the vital, urgent Political need for EU to search new, efficient ways to reach the People and interact with European Citizens, was really felt in Brussels and elsewhere only after the unprecedented in History 1999 and 2004 Majority Abstention in EU Elections, followed by 3 "NO" in Referenda in France, the Netherlands and Ireland, on 2005 and 2008...
    In this New Political Landscape, we prepared a new, actualised and more developed version of our initial idea, in a simplified and more efficient form, thanks also to a large Experience accumulated during many years of EU/CoE/UNO Press work and Multi-lingual debates, with the New project "EuroFora" :

    On 2006 we presented in Public its main lines during Questions/Replies that we raised at two Press Conferences by EU Commission President, Jose Baroso, and mainly EU Commission's vice-President, in charge of Communication policy, Margot Wallstrom, together with EU Parliament's vice-president, Alejo Vidal-Quadras, in Strasbourg, (Videos available), and we reminded it at various brief contacts with Commissioner Wallstrom in 2007 and 2008.

    Meanwhile, a new Text was also presented for "EuroFora" Project mainly to certain Political and other personalities, at European, National or Regional/Local level, mainly in 2007, but also in 2008..

    Now, after the unexpected 2008 Irish "NO", and before the 2009 EU Elections, which are due to be of exceptionally crucial importance for Europe's Future, the moment has obviously come to launch that project, progressively, but in real practice.

    Whoever really cares for Europe and its Citizens is welcome to join, in one way or another. Only anti-European, anti-democratic, obscure or ignorant groups might oppose or attempt to "steal" and deviate the main idea.

    But European Citizens, incited by enlightened political leaders, are those who will finally write the real History.

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