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CoE Human Rights Commissioner Mijatovic to EF on Journalism Safety: PACE Extends to All Media Actors

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 25 April 2018
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking to "Eurofora", the New CoE's PanEuropean Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović (2018 - 2024), announced that she would "Follow" closely CoE Assembly's Debate on the "Status of Journalists in Europe", Today in Strasbourg.


- The main Reason is "because I Intend to Work, particularly, on the Safety of Journalists", i.e. a Topical Issue, which has a Special Importance Nowadays, and that CoE's PanEuropean Parliamentary Assembly wants to Extend to All "Medias' Actors".


This became Clear when MEPs Voted to adopt 2 Amendments to a Report on the "Status of Journalists in Europe", which, in Addition to Traditional Journalists, Extended its Scope also to "Other Medias Actors".


Mijatovic has a Good Personal Experience of the Issues of Press Freedom and Journalists' Safety, etc., since this area was her proper Area of Action for Years Before, as former OSCE's High Representative on Free Speech for a Long Period, during which she met with "Eurofora", and gave us various Replies to our Questions on several Topical Issues, (as, f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/oscemediafreedomrepresentativeonwebnewsactors.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/unrappporteuronfreespeechandechrjudgementsexecution.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coepressfreedominturkey.html, etc).  

 

 -  Even if there is a "Need to Find a very Thin Line" in that matter, (about which Media Workers should be included), nevertheless, particularly when there are People who even Take Risks in order to dare Investigate and reveal some thorny Truths of General Interest to the Society (as we had evoked), - "It's Absolutely Out of Question that they should Not be Protected !", Mijatovic had earlier told us, in this regard. + And "They should Also be given Access to Public Events", she had added, when she still was in charge of Press Freedom at the OSCE (See:
http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/oscemediafreedomrepresentativeonwebnewsactors.html).

 

- New CoE's Human Rights' Commissioner's Focus on the "Safety of Journalists", in her Statement to "Eurofora" Today, (Comp. Supra), obviously refers also to COE's  Highest Political Body, its Committee of Ministers' Recommendation of 2016 (4) on "the Safety of Journalists and Other Media Actors", that Member States were explicity called to "Implement", with an Amendment adopted now by CoE's Parliamentary Assembly.

 

According to that CoE's CM Recommendation, "Ongoing Technological Developments have Transformed the Traditional Media environment, ... leading to New conceptions of Media". In particular, "UN Human Rights Committee has ... stated that “Journalism is a Function Shared by a Wide range of Actors, including ...(those) who Engage in forms of Self-Publication ...on the Internet". The UN General Assembly has also acknowledged that “Journalism is continuously Evolving, to include inputs from Media institutions, private Individuals and a range of Organisations that Seek, Receive and Impart information and Ideas ..., OnLine, as well as offline … thereby contributing to Shape Public Debate” in a Democratic Society. According to the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, “the Protection of Journalists ...should Cover Others ... who may be using New Media, as a means of reaching their audiences”.


Indeed, CoE Assembly also Adopted, Today, Unanimously, anOther Amendment, which Urges Member States to "fully implement their Obligations stemming from Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights, as regards ...Media Actors' Freedom of Expression, and in particular their Right Not to reveal Journalistic Sources, and their Right to Receive or Impart Information".


As CoE Assembly's Legal and Human Rights Committee has already Stressed, in its Written "Opinion", concerning "the Definition of Journalist", "References ... to Protection of Freedom of Expression, including Protection of Sources, and Prevention of Impunity for Threats and Reprisals, should take a Wider ...Aproach, reflecting Contemporary Realities in how Infiormation, Analysis and Comment are Generated and Publicly Shared", (as CoE's Committee of Ministers, and UNO's Human Rights Committee, among others", have "Already" done : Comp. Supra).


+ By a Timely Coincidence, Today's Move was Combined also with the Official Announcement of mainstream ChristianDemocrat MEP Peter Omzigt's nomination by CoE's Assembly as Rapporteur for the Investigation of the Recent Brutal Murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, a Dissident and Critical, as well as Investigative Journalist, particularly on Anti-Corruption Issues related to Top Politicians in Malta, where her Car Exploded by a Bomb triggered near her Family Home, (See "Eurofora"s 1st NewsReport on that case, at: ...).


The Victim's Sons had told "Eurofora" that, in Fact, Daphne's former Traditional Media, a Weekly Newspaper, did Not Allow her to really use her Freedom of Expression, since Most or All of her most Critical Draft Papers were Censored or Otherwise Hindered to be Published, Because some Government Agents exerted Heavy Pressure on her former Employers to Skip her Criticism, (f.ex. through the Allocation or Refusal of Paid Government Publicity, Adds, etc). So that she had been practicaly Obliged to Set up her own, Independent, Web-News Media, from which she was Able and Free to Write and Publish whatever she wanted, and whenever she wanted. It was her Sharply Critical, and Independent Investigative Web Media which had, obviously, attracted the Hostility of those who Slyly Murdered her. (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/wejournalistmurder.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euparliamentpresidentoncoeandjournalistmurder.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/daphnewebjournalistmurderenquiry.html , etc).


Already, Earlier, the Experienced former Long-Time UNESCO's Director General, and f. Foreign Minister, Irina Bocova, had Issued a Press Release with a Strong Denunciation of the Murder of Miranda Do Carmo, a former Employee in a Brazilian Municipality, who had Created a Local News Website, when he had been Oblighed to Resign from his former Job, and Started to Investigate and Criticize the Management of the New Team, particularly on Issues of alleged Corruption or Other Abus, apparently also in view of the forthcoming Local Elections, where he might have participated as a possible Candidate, (Comp., f.ex., at http://www.eurofora.net/brief/brief/webeditorkilled.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/unescoheadslamswebeditorsmurderasksjournalismprotection.html , etc).

 

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=> Such WebNews Publishers, who "are an Essential Source of Independent Reporting and Comment", are "Crucial for the preservation of Political and cultural Pluralism", so that "we (CoE) should Expand the Definition of Journalism, to Include certain Categories" of such Websites, urged, the vice-President of the Socialist and Green Group, Icelandish MEP Sunna Aevarsdottir, speaking on behalf of CoE Assembly's Legal and Human Rights Committee.


- "Protecting our Democraties through Critical Reporting and acting as a Defence against Corruption of Power", is a "Role" which "should not be underestimated", since "Freedom of Expression underlies All aspects of a Free Society", she stressed, as far as "the Role and the Status of Journalists" is concerned.

 

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+ At the Same Time, "57% of EU Citizens" believe that the Traditional "Media are subjected to Commercial or Political Pressures", (and 60% that Public Service Traditional Medias face Political Pressure), showing that the Popular "Trust of Medias is seriously Affected", as the 2017 EuroBaremeter Poll revealed, (and equivalent USA Polls could probably show an even Bigger Popular Rejection of Establishment's Medias), pointed out, on behalf of PACE's Culture, Science and Médias Committee, the President of the "Free Democrats" Group, Italian MEP Adele Gambaro, who was finally chosen to Replace Both Rapporteurs of the "Status of Journalists" and "Editorial Integrity" Reports, whose Authors were Hindered to do so, (Comp.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/changeincoemediadebate.html).


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Indeed, "as a Result of Technological Progres, and of the Development of On-Line Media, the profession of Journalist is currently undergoing Major Changes", stresses from the outset the Official "Summary" of CoE's Report on "the Status of Journalists in Europe".


Inter alia, after "the Collapse of Traditional Funding models, (and) Competition from New Media", (etc), CoE's "Member States should ReView the National Legislation on the Status of Journalists"', and "Explore Alternative Sources of Funding, attuned to the New Media EcoSystem".


On this Last Point, Participants to PACE's Debate cited, f.ex., the possibility to Seek Remuneration for Producing Web Content by Sharing the Revenues of Internet Research Websites, (f.ex. such as "Google", "Bing", etc).


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During the Debates, among others, f.ex. the Representative of the Conservative Group of MEPs Warned Against a perceived Attempt by some, inside PACE's Culture and Science Committee, "to Control the Press", Urging, on the Contrary, to better Respect the "Press Freedom".


+ In Addition, the Representative of PACE's Legal and Human Rights' Ciommittee, repeatedly Denounced also another Strange Trend by some inside the Culure/Science Committee, to Restrict the Legal Definition of Journalism, along Older and Out-Dated Models, instead of adequately Enlarging it, according to New Realities.


Indeed, even Corporatist "Trade Unions and Journalists' Associations", etc., are "Called", by the Resolution Adopted Today by CoE's Assembly (PACE), to "Adjust to rapid Societal Changes, including with regard to the Status of Journalists, which should be Adaptable, as its ESSENCE LIES IN THE TASK".


=> Already, for CoE's Committee of Ministers (Recommendation No R (2000) 7), "the Term <<Journalist>> means any ...Person who is Regularly ...Engaged in the Collection and Dissemination of Information to the Public, via any means of Mass Communication", the Report Adopted Today (25 April 2018) by the PACE observes.

 

>>> From All this, Obviously Results also the Fact that "the Status of Journalist is Not Linked to the possession of any kind of "Press Card", which is Not Obligatory at all, and has Nothing to dop with the Definition of Journalism", as even the Representative of CoE Assesmbly's Committee for Culture, Science and Medias, Mrs Gambaro (President of FDGroup) pointed out.


- "In Germany, f.ex., the Definition of Journalist derives Directly from Article 5 of the Constitution, which SafeGuards Freedom of Thought, of Expression, and of the Press, and Prohibits Censorship". So that, "Journalists in Germany do Not have to undergo Formal or Mandatory Procedures. The Profession is Open to Everyone, with No Training or Selection Requirements. German Journalists ...have Always been Opposed to a Binding or Regulatory Legal Definition, Fearing that ... the Political Authorities ...would Restrict their Freedoms", CoE Assembly's Report observes.


- According to "the German Association of Journalists", ... a Journalist "Must be Involved in the Production and Dissemination of News, Opinions, and Entertainement, via the Media, by means of Written Articles and Reports, Pictures or Sounds, or a Combination of them".


- On the Contrary, the particular "Situation in Italy is Unique in Europe, if not in the Entire World", CoE's Report points out : Indeed, Journalism, there, "is Governed by the Italian <<Order of Journalists>> ("Ordine dei Giornalisti") - apparently a residue of Mussolini's notorious "Corporatism" from the era of Fascism of the Past- "which issues Press Cards, and has a Disciplinary Board" (sic !), while the Italian "Law Requires that Journalists must be Registered with the ODG as professionals", with "Requirements with refard to Age, Length of Practice and Training", (etc)...


>>> Opposite to that, the InterAmerican Court of Human Rights has clearly Rejected such Restrictions as illegal, in 2 extensive Decisions already Published as Early as since ... 1985 ! (See : .....)


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Last, but not least, this Report of April 2018, after Attesting the Fact that, Still, "the Printed Press is populated, almost Exclusively, by Privately-Owned Media", "whereas the (Traditional) AudioVisual sector operates a system where Commercial and Public Services function alongside one another", inevitably also observes that "the Adven of a fully Digital Environment is Radically Transforming the Nature of News Work".


But, at least as Funding is concerned, it doesn't go further than to merely propose f.ex. to "Institutionalise CrowdFunding, ...by Giving Decision-Making Power to Donors (sic !) providing More than 1% of registered Capital", i.e. an "Hybrid Model, somewhat Between Foundations and Joint-Stock Companies"...  I.e. something "Ideal" in order to Hinder any Media from being Accredited as "Independent Press", since "Donations" are Notoriously considered as InCombatible !


>>> Most Worrying, several Observers pointed out the Fact that this Report, drafted by Socialist former MEP Ms Elvira Drobinski-Weiss from Germany, (who was Not Re-Elected by the German People in tha Latest 2017 National Elections to the Bundestag), and Presented by PACE's Culture/Science/Education Committee, (instead of its Legal/Human Rights Committee, more appropriate as far as Freedom of Expression and Democrartic Pluralism are concerned), was repeatedly Criticized, during CoE's Debates, particularly for "Restricting" the Definition of Journalism, and even for Seeking to Impose a "Control" over Medias Activities...

When it states that "the Lack of Legal Definition of the notion of Journalist should Not be a DisAdvantage in itself, as long as there is a Free and Non-Discriminatory Access to Information", it might be true. But,  Immediately afterwards, it Starts Pleading for "a Legal Definition of Journalists", mainly in order to "draw a clear Distinction" with what it calls ..."a Blogger" (sic !).


=> However, a Crystal-Clear and Modern Definition of real and substantial Journalism EXISTS, already since ... 1985 !


>>> Indeed, the InterAmerican Court of Human Rights, has already Designated as Press Medias and/or Journalist the Person who is Committed  and Engaged into Regularly Searching, Producing and Publishing Original News Articles on Issues of General Interest to the Society, (See IBID).


+ More or Less Similar Definitions have been used also by CoE's Committee of Ministers, (already since 2000, but also on 2016, 2017, etc), UNO's Human Rights Council, the UN General Assembly, etc., while this also, obviously, Fits even ECHR's Long-Standing case-Law on Article 10, about Freedom of Expression, (which is the Only Legal Protection for all Medias).


In other Words, (as this Report itself said above) : "The Essential is in the Task !"  (Comp. Supra).


+ The World-Famous, Long-Time former Secretary General of the European and International Federation of Journalists, Aidan White, tried to usefully Develop an Idea that we had Discussed with him at the CoE a Long Time ago, by Adding also a Dimension concerning Ethics or Deontology of Journalism, that "Eurofora" naturally Supports (Comp. Supra on this Website). His "Ethical Journalism" Network, and a Landmark Article published at a CoE's collective Book, which suggests an Innovative Solution concerning also pure, Autonomous, Digital Public Writers (or "Publicists", as Americans say, See: ...), obviously advance towards an Interesting Direction.


=> All this allows to Easily Distinguish between, f.ex., Occasional, Non-Creative, and/or UnEthical or Irresponsible, Private "Bloggers", "Copy-Paste" Websites, etc., from one side, and, from aNother side, those individuals or groups who don't have, in fact, Nothing Else to show than, just a ..."Card" given by a Shady Corporatist/Bureaucratic "Committee", (Comp. Supra), and/or the Strictly ... Fiscal, or Tax-Law related Pseudo-"Definition" of which some Scandalously and, in fact, illegaly, still Abuse in France (since it can be Contrary to ECHR's Case-Law !), about a mere ...Payroll or Checkpay, (i.e. the Majority of Revenues, which is a Purely "Fiscal Realism" Pseudo-"Definition", that has Nothing to do with the Substance of Real Journalistic Production, (since, obviously, Anybody might, eventually be Paid by a Businessman and/or a Politician controlling a Traditional Media outlet, withOut really doing any, or too Little of real Journalistic Creative Work : already there are Many known Cases)...


As for that Hypocritic ... "Neutrality" : Is it in order to Exclude f.ex. ... Emile Zola's World-Famous - "J'Accuse !" Article, shortly After the Publication of which he was, apparently, Murdered, Together with his Wife, by Blocking the Ventilation of his Family Home (as it was reportedly revealed only on 1953) ?...


>>> Or, will anyone Dare Claim that even ...Daphne, who was Brutaly Murdered on 2017 for what she wrote and Published in her own, personal WebNews Site, (Comp. Supra), might have been a mere ... "Blogger", and Not a real "Journalist" ?!...


Her Murderers, apparently, knew very well how to Distinguish a Real Investigative and Critical Journalist, from a Routine, Lazy and Selfish 
Cashy Job Holder, who has Nothing to do what is Best in Real Journalism !                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


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So, what really Happened, with a Strange, Last-Minute "Coup" on Amendements, at this CoE Assembly's Report, later Today Afternoon, looks really Fishy !


- While all had been Prepared, since Days, Weeks, perhaps Months ago, in order for CoE's Assemby to Vote a Resolution asking its Member Strates to Seek a Modern, New and adequately Enlarged, UpDated Legal Definition of Nowadays Journalism;


(F.ex. with Amendement 6, Tabled by the Legal/Human Rights Committee, Urging CoE's Member States to "provide a Legal Definition of Journalism, Wide Enough to encompass All Forms of Contemporary Journalistic Work, including Internet-based"),


Suddenly, the Already Distributed (since Tuesday Late Afternoon) CoE's Official "Compendiums of Amendments" for this Report on "the Status of Journalism", were, Curiously .... Withdrawn, (without anny previous Warning), and, Next Morning, the so-called "Final" Compendium was Replaced by a ..."REVISED" Compendium, which did Not Add Nothing Else than, just one (1) World : ..."Professional" (sic) !


This was the Only Way that a Last-Minute chosen Representative of the Cultural Committee "could" tell if he/she was in front of a Journalistic Work, or not... Curiously, this was Accepted by a Representative of the Legal Affairs Committee (contrary to what she had supported until now !), withOut Any Explanation at all, for that Last-Minute imposed Changte)...


and was Briefly Adopted by a Small Minority of some ...70 Only MEPs, out of the More than + 300 MEPs that CoE Assembly has  !   
 
Thus, all those CoE's previous "Concerns" about  "Pressure" on Journalists by "Commercialy owned" and/or "Politically controled" Medias, (Comp. Supra), suddenly... Vanished...

=> Given all these Facts, apparently, all those MEPs who had Previously Warned Against alleged Attempts to "Restrict" and/or "Control" real and active Journalism, by some Authors of that Report, (who, finally, were even .. Absent Today : Comp. Supra), after all, might have been, perhaps, Justified ?

 

And, by the way, is it really "Safe" to let just the ... "Swedish Democrats" get the Monopole of a crystal-clear "No !" to such a Controversial move, shortly before the forthcoming Elections, (as it was really the case Today) ?.. 

 

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UN Rapporteur on Displaced Persons Jimenez-Damary to EF: Homes/Property=Very Important Human Right

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Relying to "Eurofora"s Questions on a CoE's Draft Report which Denounces as "War Crime" the Replacement of Population in an Occupied Territory, (as f.ex. in Cyprus, etc), UNO's Special Rapporteur on Internally Displaced People (IDPs), Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, stressed, also on this regard, the particular Importance of the Human Right of Refugees/Displaced People for a Free Return to - and/or Restitution of, or fair Compensation for their Family Homes/Properties and - their Ancestral Land :
 
 
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UNO's Rapporteur, who was this Afternoon the Key-Note Speaker in a Well-Attended, Exceptional Meeting of CoE Parliamentary Assembly's (PACE) Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons,
 
 
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had "just arrived" to Strasbourg from "Country Visits" on the spot at "Libya and Nigeria", as she told us, and was Earlier this Morning received by the new President of CoE's Assembly, Michele Nicoletti, from Italy, while she is due to Speak mainly at a subsequent PACE's Plenary Session Debate, later Tomorrow Afternoon, (as well as on a Specific "Side Event", organized earlier that same day by PACE's Rapporteur on IDPs, ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Killion Munyama from Poland, (See Infra).
 
 
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 - "The Challenge is to try to Recover the (Human) Right to the Property or to Compensation for IDPs", underlined Jimenez-Damary, in this regard.

 - "And, I think that it's a Very Important Right !", she stressed.

- Both "Of course, under the European Convention of Human Rights".

+ "But also Under the International Treaties, as well", added further UNO's Rapporteur.

++ This could, obviously, also Facilitate the "Return" of Displaced Persons Back to their Homes and Ancestral Land, as "Most Governments Want", and, dans certain cases, Refugeed/Displaced Persons also Wish themselfs, (f.ex. in Cyprus' Territories Occupied by Turkey's Army, etc), but are Hindered.

- Mainly Because of "Population Replacement" by an Occupying Country : Something which had been practiced "a lot" onlly in a Remote Past : - "Generations ago, Centuries ago", but Nowadays "it has Become a War Crime", according to the International Criminal Court's Statute, as a relevant CoE's Report (Drafted by Polish ChristianDemocrat MEP Killion Munyama, and due to be Debated+Voted Tomorrow, Wednesday Afternoon, in Strasbourg), clearly points out :

Indeed, the Draft Resolution which accompagnies it, clearly stresses from the outset (§2) that "under the Statute of the International Court, it constitutes a War Crime, for an Occupying Power, to Transfer ... parts of its own civilian Population into the Territory it occupies, and to Deport of transfer, all or parts of the Population of the Occupied Territory, within or Outside this Territory". I.e. precisely what Turkey has notoriously done in the Northern Territories of Cyprus, that Ankara controls with its Invasion/Occupation Army since 1974, where Turkish Colons imported from Anatolia have Replaced the Greek Cypriot Refugees/IDPs who used to live there from Ancient Times, Obiged to Flee the Turkish Military Invasion, and still Hindered, until Now, to Return Back to ther Family Homes and Ancestral Land, despite many ECHR's Judgements Condemning Turkey for such Massive Violations of Human Rights...

 - "This shows the Development of International Law, in order to Overcome that Problem", stressed UNO's Rapporteur for Displaced Persons.

- "I don't want to go into the Comparison Game" with the Past, about the Number of existing Problems.

-  But, at least, what is clear is that, "Right Now, Because of the Development of Legal Standards, there is More Awareness of what Needs to be done", she pointed out.

=> In consequence, "I think that we should Try to Take Advantage of this Positive Development on International Legal Norms... We should Use the Law, wherever we can", UNO's competent Rapporteur on Displaced Persons advised.

- In Fact, "Europe is now full of such (Human Rights-related) International Legal Frameworks !", observed UNO's Rapporteur, who is a Lawyer from Philippines, but works mainly at nearby Geneva.

+ "Again, let's Hope that they (Legal Treaties on Human Rights) are Implemented properly ! ", Jimenez-Darmary put the Finger precisely at a "Burning" point, with a Smile...

=> Lauphing Critically, at "Eurofora"s reminder of the Fact that, even here in Strasbourg, at Europe's Core, ECHR's "Legal" Judgements' Implementation depends from the Supervision of CoE's top "Political" Body : its Committee of Ministers, UNO's Rapporteur on IDPs said that - "I Hope we will Not have to Wait ECHR's Judgements' Execution for Ever"...
 
 
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>>>Because, as a matter of Principle, ECHR's "Judgements are supposed to be Executed !", Jimenez-Damary stressed in conclusion.
Symbolically, while saying that, UNO's competent Rapporteur was Looking, through a Huge Window of CoE's Palace, straight ahead to ECHR's initial, Historic, "classic" Building, and to its New, Current and much Bigger, Modern Building, located one after the other, all along a Line in Front of her Eyes... (See relevant original PHOTO).       
 
+ In Addition, Jimenez-Damary told "Eurofora" that she Knew about Professor Pinheiro's World-Famous UN-Backed "Principles", and found them "very Good", (mainly on "Restitution" of Refugees/IDPs' Homes and/or Properties, on which We had Reported already as Early as Since a 1st Pinheiro's Draft Report at Nearby Geneva, initially at "TCWeekly", "MPAgency", etc until their Final, Special Edition in a Book Published and Backed by CoE's Secretary General, UNO's High Commissioner for Human Rights, and UNO's High Commissioner for Refugees : See, f.ex. ..., etc).

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- However, already in the Oldest Case of ECHR's case-law on Refugees/Displaced People's Human Rights to their Family Homes and/or Private Properties : that of EU Member Country Cyprus, CoE's current Rapporteur on the "Humanitarian Needs and (Human) Rights of internally Displaced Persons in Europe", Christian-Democrat/EPP MEP Killion Munyama, speaking earlier Today to "Eurofora", told us that he "Knew" these cases of Massive and Continuing Violations of Human Rights, for which, his Report notes that they Affect around "228.000 - 232.000" People, (i.e., notoriously about 20% of that Country's Total Population !).

- And COE's Rapporteur made it clear that he also Knew that these Massively Displaced Persons' Rights' Denial, (mainly Greek Cypriots obliged to Flee the Turkish Military Invasion/Occupation of 1974, and, since then, still Hindered by Ankara's Troops to Return Back to their Family Homes/Private Properties and Ancestral Land, despite several UN SC Resolutions and ECHR's Judgements Condemning Turkey for Violating their Human Rights), has already durated more than 43 Years (1974-2018), i.e. "Since 1974", as he told "Eurofora".
 
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>>> His Report, clearly Denounces the Fact that "the ECHR has Dealt with Applications by Cypriot IDPs Since the Landmark Judgement in the Case of "Loizidou v. Turkey" of 1998", (in fact, already since 1996 = ECHR's Judgement on the Substance of this case, the Latter, Follow-up Judgement concerning only the Financial Compensation for Non-Execution of the Initial ECHR's Judgement). And it also adds, pertinently, the more Recent Fact that "in its Judgement "Cyprus v. Turkey" .. of 12 May 2014, ... (I.e. + 8 Years Later-on) the Court (still) Found a Violation because of the Turkish Authority's Complicity in Unlawful Sale or Exploitation of Greek Cypriot Homes and Property in the Northern Part of Cyprus", controled by Turkey's Army, (See § 55 of that Report).

=> Obviously, as long as the Impunity of Turkey still remains, as far as it concerns its blatant Denial of ECHR's landmark Judgement in "Loizidou" case of 1996/1998, (followed also by that of the InterState Application in "Cyprus v.  Turkey"'s affair : Hearing = 1994, Judgement = 2001), related to Ankara's Military Invasion/Occupation of 1974, it was Inevitable for the CoE to Start having also Too Many Other Cases of such Massive Violations of Human Rights Afterwards : f.ex., in the Kurdish Issue, inside Turkey (1984-2018); on the Nagorno-Karabah Conflict (since the 1990s+), in Bosnia-Herzegovina ( 2000+), Georgia (2008) and Ukraine (2014), etc., as COE's Rapporteur notes in his Paper's Conclusion, also on § 33.

- But, Cusiously, in the Draft Resolution which accompagnies his Draft Report, Munyama doesN't say Anything Critical at all for Turkey's blatant Contempt to ECHR's Judgements concerning Greek Cypriot Displaced Persons, (Page 33) ! On the Contrary, that Report even goes on to Boast about a so-called ..."Important Progress (sic !)
made in the Humanitarian situation of IDPs in Cyprus" !...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

=> Will, an Amendment eventually Tabled to be Voted Tomorrow Afternoon, at CoE's Parliamentary Assembly's Penary Session, Rectify such a Blatant Contradiction Between CoE's Rapporteur's Findings and that Draft Resolution's Claims on that "Hot" Point, which are an obvious Blunder ?_
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Or will it remain, perhaps, as such a grossly Negative Mark as that which was left by a Turkey's Official from the "Disaster and Emergency Management Authority" (AFAD) of Ankara, (another Invitee of that PACE's Committee), who, astonishingly, did Not even Reply (sic !)
 
 
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to the Critical Observation of a MEP about "Reports of Child Labour" among Syrian Refugees massed inside Turkey's "Camps" (See Infra)...
 
 
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Shortly Afterwards, outside of the CoE, this Same Day for the Anniversary of the "Armenian Genocide", the Tireless President of Strasbourg's Alsace Region's Armenian Friendship Association, Pierre Zouloumian, surrounded with a Team of Young People that he organized, was just Concluding his Annual Speech to that Popular Ceremonial Meeting at the Republic's Square, handing a Copy of a "Press File" to "Eurofora", (by a coincidence, under a Huge Tree reportedly stemming from the Seed of Japanese Roots which had succeeded to Survive, Underground, at Nagashaki-Hiroshima even the 1st Nuclear Bomb Explosion)...
 
 
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Nearby, the Armenian Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the CoE, Parnyr Hovhannisyan, speaking to "Eurofora", feels necessary to Timely Link the Human Values standing behind the World-Wide Condemnation of the 1st Genocide of the 20th Century AC, (in fact a Massive and Brutal Attempt to "Replace" an entire Historic Population by Forcibly Displacing it towards the Syrian Desert), with the Recent Aggressions of Deadly Islamist Terrorists notoriously helped by Turkey in Syria and Iraq against, precisely, a few stll remaining Armenian Survivants in some Villages there, but also against Yazidi People, Kurds, Christian Minorities, etc.
 
 
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But who, amidst CoE, EU and/or UNO will Urgently Help to at least alleviate the current Plight of about "200.000" Civilian People (130.000 already in a "Camp"), reportedly Displaced from their Family Homes, Properties and Ancestral Land, at the Syrian Kurdish Canton of Afrin, recently Invaded and Occupied by the Turkish Military escorted by some Radicalized Islamist Armed Gangs (some say even former ISIS Members, hastily Recycled) ?

- "They (UNO's Officials) don't even speak to us yet :!", complained (Yesterday, invited by MEPs at a CoE's "Side Event" in Strasbourg) the Syrian Kurdish Political Leader, Salem Mohamed Maslem, whose Organisation, the "Party of Democratic Union", had notoriously Helped the USA-led International Coalition to succesfully Fight against ISIS' Deadly Islamist Terrorists cowardly Targetting Civilian People, (Comp.: ....).
 
In Syrian Kurdish Canton Afrin (now Controlled by the Turkish Invasion/Occupation Troops and its Proxy Gangs of Armed Extremists), systematic Attempts to "Replace" its Ancestral Inhabitants by Other Groups, Imported by the Invading Turkish Army, seems to have already Started,  (as also reported Obstacles for Refugees/Displaced Persons' Return, Changes of Street Names clearly indicate)...
 
 
 
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Syrian Kurd Leader Maslem to EF on Afrin after Turkish Army Invasion : Danger of Islamist Terrorism

Written by ACM
Monday, 23 April 2018

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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Invited anew by MEPs to the CoE, at a Side Event organized during the PanEuropean Organisation's Parliamentary Assembly's plenary session of Spring 2018, as also Back at Kobane City"s Siege by ISIS Deadly Islamist Terrorists on 2014 (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/syriankurdsheadtoeuroforaatthecoe.html), the Syrian Kurdish Political Leader, former co-Head of the "Democratic Union Party" (PYD  :  which notoriously helped the International Coalition to succesfully Fight against ISIS ' atrocious BeHeaders and Coward Killers Targetting innocent Civilian People), Saleh Mohamed Maslem, replying to an "Eurofora" Question, Warned that what the Turkish Army just did at the Syrian Kurdish Canton of Afrin, is "very Dangerous" for the Spread of Deadly Islamist Terrorism  : 

What happened to Afrin Canton was "a kind of Relief for ISIS" Deadly Terrorists, cowardly Targetting Civilian People, inter alia also because several Kurdish Fighters who were struggling against ISIS near Iraq borders, had to leave towards Afrin to face the Turkish Military Invasion/Occupation, and Terrorists already started to exploit that. 
 
 
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Meanwhile, in Addition, "we don't know what Turkey is Planning there".

- "Is it trying to make a Capital of Terrorism at Afrin ?", he wondered. 

-"Why are all those Armed Radical Groups going there  ?", he wondered. Will they establish Radicalized Schools, and/or "Training centers"   ? 
  
+ And Afrin is just Neighbouring Idlib, where all Radicals and Terrorists have been concentrated, from all sides of Syria, both from ISIS, Al-Queda and their likes...Many are even Foreigners, (as, f.ex., Hundreds of Afghans, etc).

While, at the same time, there are about 130.000 Displaced People from Afrin already at a Camp, and around 200.000 Refugees in Total, who had to Abandon their Homes, Fields and Livelihood, needing now to Return under UN Safeguards.

We shouldn't also forget that, in the recent Past, f.ex, "the Turkish Consulate at Mosul, served in fact as ISiS' HeadQuarters for Years  !", he Denounced. 

=> So, "Yes, possibly, Everything shows" that, after what happened at Afrin, the Spread of Terrorism is very Dangerous" now, he concluded by a stern Warning. 
 
 - When he spoke, 3 Bloody Massacres Targetting Civilian People had just been committed anew in France, Germany and Russia, while a 4rth one was just added some Hours Later, on Canada, (After a Period of relative Calm, Before the Turkish Military Invasion/Occupation of the Syrian Kurdish canton of Afrin)...
 
 
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CoE Rapporteur on Medias due to be Replaced by Turkish MP in key Debate, CoE Officials tell Eurofora

Written by ACM
Friday, 20 April 2018

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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/-PanEuropean Organisation for Democracy, Human Rights and Rule of Law's Rapporteur on Medias, ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Volodymyr Ariev, from Ukraine, is due to be Replaced by his Turkish collegue, Gulsun Bilgehan, Socialist, during the most Popular public Debate of CoE's Assembly, at Next Week's Plenary Session for Spring 2018 in Strasbourg, as competent CoE Top Officials revealed in Reply to a relevant Question by "Eurofora", during the regular Press Briefing of Strasbourg's permanent European Journalists by PACE's Secretary General, Wojciech Sawicki, earlier this morning.

"Eurofora", after being informed by unofficial but genuine Ukranian sources that Ariev was reportedly affected nowadays by a Harder than expected Flu, to the point to necessitate his urgent Hospitalisation, had asked what will happen in that Debate, scheduled for Wednesday, April 25, 2018, where the Biggest Number of MEPs from 47 CoE Member Countries (including Russia, Serbia,  Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, etc), have been already Registered to participate, and which extends from Morning up late Afternoon, dealing with Journalists' "Integrity" and Legal "Status" in Europe, (including presentations on the 2nd point by Elvira Drobinski-Weiss from Germany and Sunna Aevarsdottir from Iceland, them too Socialists  :  i.e. all 3 Socialists). 

Such a choice for a Turkish MP may naturally Surprise here, given the Exceptionally Harsh situation of Freedom of Press/Medias imposed by Ankara's regime since many years (even before 2016).

But it's true that Bilgehan is Vice-President of PACE's Culture, Science, Education and Media Committee,  as some pointed out. 

However, President of that Committee is ChristianDemocrat MEP from Spain, Maria Santa-Ana, and it has also Other Vice-Presidents, as Constantinos Efstathiou, from Cyprus, and Andres Herkel., from Estonia. In Addition, its Specialized Sub-Committee, precisely "on Media and Information Society", (i.e. the Most Relevant PACE's body), is Chaired by Petri Honkonen, a Liberal from Finland, with vice-President Maura Hopkins, a ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP from Ireland.

=> Therefore, given all these Facts, obviously Legitimate Questions are Raised about the Real Reason for which Spanish, Ukranian, Cypriot, Estonian, Finnish and Irish mainstream MEPs, holding Key relevant Positions inside PACE, (Comp. Supra), may be Threatened to be All Skiped and Replaced only by a Turkish collegue of them, (among 324 Representatives and 324 Substitutes  who are all PACE's Members),
 
Despite the Notoriously Harsh Situation of Medias'  Workers' Human Rights in Turkey, who face a World- Record High number of Violations there, (and taking also into account the particularly Delicate Issue of these or other more "Rules" to Impose on Journalistic Activities' Press/Expression Freedom also inside all Europe, as those Draft Reports claim to do)....

Or, was it, perhaps, precisely because of that  ?  

Indeed, this Exceptional CoE Assembly event unfolds just After controversial Turkish President Tayip Erdogan has notoriously announced Early Parliamentary and Presidential Elections for next June 2018.  

And the CHP main Opposition Party in Turkey, (to which belongs Ms Bilgehan), had, some Years Ago, Surprized several observers, (even "Eurofora'"s co-Founder, f.ex. when we met, in EU Parliament, with a locacious CHP MP, who vigorously urged EU to slam Ankara's Government for Massive Human Rights Violations, already Before 2016), by, apparently, taking a Strong stance for Democracy, Freedom and Rule of Law, against Oppression and Brutal Force, Criticizing, therefore, Ankara authorities' Hard Line policies.

Nevertheless, Meanwhile, more Recently, various Experienced European Observers, Started to be Astonished by a too often Repeated, Mass Mediatic Phenomenon, of too Many cases of so-called Last-Minute Turkish "Dissidents", who suddenly popped out of the.blue, grossly Exploiting an outrageous, (and often Exagerated or even inaccurate) Publicity, repeatedly painted, at Front-Page Headline "News" by some mainstream, Traditional Medias of the Establishment, as Fast-track, just Discovered "Heroes", (Despite having Benefited from "Cool Carreers" at Cosy, Routine and Cushy Top Jobs, withOut having Sacrificed Nothing substantial ever in their lives for any noble Cause). Even if some of them might, eventualy, have spend only a Few Days, Weeks or Months, reportedly at an Obscure Turkish Detention centre  :  I.e. almost as ... Erdogan himself had notoriously done, by entering Prison for 2 or 4 Months in the Past, until he Became Famous... 

=> To put it in a nutshell, it's all as if some kind of Gross Mediatic Manouver was going on, Attempting to ..."Prepare" a Handfull of possible "Candidates" ready to, eventually, Succeed and Take the Place of "Bad" Erdogan (painted more and more as an awfull "Hard-Liner" recently, with his personal complicity), at anOther Turkish Goverment, sooner or later in the foreseeable Future, which, naturally, would be Painted with the Colors of "the Good Guys", 100 %  pure Democracy, able to make Turkey Enter inside the EU, even Before most EU Citizens might have guess what was really happening to them ! ...

However, Facts are Facts, and they clearly Warn against such probable gross illusions, and the Harsh Deceptions that would soon Follow them :  
 
F.ex., the current Head of Turkey's main Opposition Party, Mr Kılıçdaroğlu of the CHP, who had Earlier taken a pose presented as that of a ..."Dove" for Peace and Democracy, etc, (even if his Predecessor, Ecevit, had notoriously ordered the bloody Military Invasion and Occupation of Cyprus' Northern Territories since 1974), has, more Recently, revealed a profile of rather an Oppressive and "War-Mongering" "Hawk"  :
 
Indeed, even a Turkish collegue, at the CoE in Strasbourg, recently reminded us the Fact that Kılıçdaroğlu's CHP has accepted and voted for the Expulsion from the National Parliament of the proggressive, pro-Peace, pro-Kurdish Party, whose Democratically Elected MPs were Striped of their Rights and Prosecuted even to Jail by Ankara's current Government. So that every Freedom-loving People couldn't but feel the Shivers by the UnPrecedented Spectacle of that same Turkish politician, Mr Kılıçdaroğlu, posing as CoE's ... Keynote Speaker, recently in Strasbourg, during an exceptionally curious "World Democracy Forum" 2017, Focused on how to ...Restrict, Prohibit, Exclude, Oppress, and even.... "Eradicate" that "Plague' (sic !), as one of his main interlocutors, sitting Side by Side, Astonishingly Boasted against People who had Different Views in the Political Debate  !  No need to share those or other such People's views, (something that we do Not), in order to simply feel Legitimately Revolted by such gross Anti-Democraticm, Brutal and Oppressive Threats against any People who simply have had Different Views in a Democratic Debate...

On the Contrary, new French President, Emmanuel Macron, proved in real practice, earlier this week, at nearby Vosges Mountains' Saint-Die city, that even Strong Disagreements on Issues of crucial Importance can and must be Democratically Debated, with elementary mutual Respect among initially Opposed parties  (See "Eurofora"'s NewsReport from the spot at : ...)  : 

- Indeed, contrary to an unrealistic "Nice, Gendle Mood" ambiant, just 1 Day Before, at the Official Launch of the 1st among a 6 Months-Long Series of EU Citizens Consultations throughout 27 EU Countries on Europe's foreseeable Future, that Macron had inaugurated the day before at nearby Epinal City's Congress Center ( See "Eurofora"s NewsReport from the spot at :  ...), that subsequent event at Saint-Dieu was, in fact, an unforseen, Harsh Clash in public, at the Street, standing for Hours amidst a crashing Heatwave, between 2 really Opposed Views, on a Hard nut to crack, concerning the current Strikes by Railway Workers against a proposed Reform before EU Competition starts to be applied soon  : 

Macron was initially aggressed, several times, by various Hostile Groups, smaller in number than his fans and simple friendly citizens,  but much more Loud, Negative, and initially grossly Insulting, to an unprecedented level, without any formal Police authorisation there..

But, instead of sending the Police to disperse them, or merely Ignoring them by walking towards another street where he was awaited by friendly Peuple, on the Contrary, the young French President bravely decided to go, meet and speak with those Opposed Dissidents, and Start Discussing with them for... Hours  !  This was repeated also with some other Loud Dissident Groups, extending the program for 2 or 3 Hours more, until Angry Cries were progressively replaced by Hard but Sincere Arguments, and even if there wasn't yet any breakthrough agreement in substance, at least, an obvious mutual Respect was apparently established (even some applaud was heard sometimes afteewards on certain points) ! 

On the Contrary, as far as it concerns the Different case of Mr Kılıçdaroğlu, (comp. Supra), things went, meanwhile, even More Nasty  : 

F.ex, going much Further than Erdogan's recent dangerous criticism of Lausanne Peace Treaty, particularly as far as EU s current External Borders between Member State Greece and Turkey are concerned at the Strategic Aegean Sea, Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu reportedly even Boasted afterwards that he would also ...Invade and Occupy some Greek Islands, there, before even Threatening, Later on, to do so also at a Larger scale, by reportedly snatching more than a Dozen of such Greek Islands on 2019 ! ...

I.e., precisely what was needed in order to make Erdogan look, Comparatively, as an... innocent Angel flying on the Sky ...
 
 
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Sources: Anti-Corruption Inquiry on CoE Parliamentary Assembly may extend to Other Areas/Bodies

Written by ACM
Friday, 20 April 2018
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- An Independent Experts' Inquiry on Corruption, exceptionally set up top check Allegations of wrongdoing in CoE's Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), might Extend its Findings and/or Conclusions also to various Other Areas of the 47 Member Countries-wide PanEuropean Organisation, as it results from Converging Sources which spoke to "Eurofora", before a Final Report might soon become Public.


Indeed, a very well informed Source, concerning that Independent External Committee, has Revealed to "Eurofora", already since the Beginning of 2018, that its Investigations had Found that, in fact, Corruption-related Problems go Deeper and would be much More Widely Spread than initially thought, Extending also in several Other among CoE's many Activities and/or Bodies, withOut being Limited Only to certain MEPs.


The initial Time-limit of that Exceptional Independent Investigation, Decided on April 2017 and Set up since June that same year, had been Scheduled for the End of 2017, but, later-on, its Mandate was Prolonged further, also into 2018, resulting nowadays in a Confidential Report that will be Discussed by PACE's Bureau on the forthcoming Sunday, which will Decide on any concrete Measures that might be necessary to be taken.


=> During the regular Press-Briefing of Strasbourg's permanent European Journalists, this Friday Morning, (April 19, 2018), "Eurofora" asked PACE's experienced Secretary General, Wojciech Sawicki, from Poland, whether, in Theory, as a matter of General Principle, it might be Possible for that Special Independent Committee to eventually Conclude that Anti-Corruption Measures should also Extend to several Other CoE's areas of activities, bodies and/or staff, (f.ex. Inter-Governemental or Independent, Secretariat, Ad Hoc Experts, Local/Regional Authorities' representatives, INGOS, etc).


- Given the Fact that both the Activities of that Independent Anti-Corruption Committee, as well as its Draft Report, are, at least until Sunday Evening, strictly Confidential, Sawicki naturally Replied that he canNot Say Anything Now about the Actual Content of that Report.


- But, from a purely "Theoretical" point of view, "Nothing is Impossible", he Carefully added to the amove-mentioned "Eurofora"s Question. The Members of that "Group of Investigation on Allegations of Corruption" (known as "GIAC") are the former President of ECHR, Sir Nicolas Bratza, from the UK, Top Judge Jean-Luis Bruguiere, formerly in charge of Anti-Terrorist Investigations in France during a Long Time, and Anti-Terrorist Expert for International Organisations, as well as for Other States, and Elisabet Fura, former ECHR's Swedish Euro-Judge and f. Parliamentary Head Ombudsperson in Sweden.


Whatever might, eventually, be the Outcome of GIAC's Report, it obviously seems almost certain that it will be Discussed, in one way or another, during PACE's Plenary Session for Spring 2018, Next Week in Strasbourg (from Monday to Friday, included, April 23-27, 2018).
Already, a "Side Event" on the "Follow-up of the Inquiry on Allegations of Corruption inside the Parliamentary Asszembly", is Organized by MEPs Franck Schwabe from Germany, and Pieter Omtzigt from the Netherlands, (a Socialist and a ChristianDemocrat/EPP, respectively), for Monday Afternoon.


Curiously, it was Scheduled at Exactly the Same Day, and even Hours and Minutes, with anOther "Side Event", on "the Turkish (Military) Invasion of (Syria's Kurdish Canton of) Afrin : an Urgent Humanitarian Crisis", organized by MEPs Tiny Cox and Nikolaj Villumsen, respectively from the Netherlands and Denmark, both from the "EuroLeft" Group, of which the First is its Long-Time President.


Thirty (30) various such "Side Events" are currently Scheduled during 4 Days, between Monday and Thursday (included), as usual, at Different Times, (on Various Hours in the Mornings, Noons, or Early Afternoons, even at the Evening).

 

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    - "Europe must be liberated from this undermining "wooden talk" of a "unique thought" which hampers democratic debates", stressed incoming EU Chairman, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, speaking to Journalists after his official meeting with EU Commission's President, Jose Barroso, at Elysee Palace in Paris

    - "It's precisely because there are not enough Debates, that EU hasn't managed yet to make it clear to European citizens what is really at stake", he added, in an obvious reference to the latest Irish "No" in 2008, after a long series of similar, unprecedented events, from the 1st Majority Abstention to EU Parliament's Elections in 1999, repeated in 2004, to the Dutch and French "No" in 2005, etc.


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          In fact, "there is no time to lose for Europe, and that's why we decided to start the French EU Presidency right away, from the first day", he explained, on France's exceptional choice to schedule the usual meeting with EU Commission from the 1st day of the 1st month, instead of the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th or even 10th or 11th, as it had been done by others in the Past..    


    - "This is not an easy period, but we shall act with determination, while also listening to Citizens' views", he promised.

    Sarkozy's move came shortly before his opening Speech, next week in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, for the first Public Debate on the Priorities of the French EU Presidency (July - December 2008), and that's one of the reasons for which he significantly opened his EU Council's Chairmanship by welcoming at Elysee palace EU Parliament's President, German MEP Hans Gert Poettering at first..

    The incoming EU Chairman was replying to Press Questions about rumours that controversial British EU Commissioner on Trade, Mandelson, was alone to drop an invitation to have a working Diner at Elysee palace, together with all other EU Commissioners and the French Government, only because he would have been upset for some critical points made earlier by President Sarkozy in defense of European Agriculture vis-a-vis its Foreign competitors.

    But, as smiling Sarkozy played down Mandelson's reported refusal to debate, saying that he had to visit Marseille for a Ministerial meeting on Trade the next morning, and that "all our British friends are always welcome to taste a nice diner" in France, perhaps at another occasion..

    - "It's urgent to win anew the trust of the People" : Lately, "the European ideal lost its momentum. Since several years, whenever Citizens are questioned on Europe, they react with reserves : They even have .. a tendency to reply "NO".. After this 3rd "No" of a People in some years, there is an Urgency to convince", added French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, after a meeting earlier the same day of all Ministers with EU Commissioners, followed by an interview with Barroso

    "According to recent Polls, only 30% of French people believe that the European construction is a source of hope. It's only a poll, but we all now quite well, that, since 2005, it's dangerous to neglect these alarming signals, as it would be dangerous to treat with contempt the Irish "No", Fillon warned.

    "We all have a common duty to prove to the European Citizens who have doubts, that EU is more useful, more necessary, than ever" : And "that EU can take decisions needed in order to respond to European or Global challenges", the Prime Minister concluded.

    - "We believe, together with President Sarkozy, that EU should open debates on all issues of direct, concrete interest to Citizens", confirmed later to EuroFora the Head of France's governing party (UMP), Patrick Devedjan, after his speech to the European People's party (EPP) Study Days in Paris (2 - 4 July 2008).

    He didn't deny that one of them is Turkey : - "Public Opinion in France is very much unfavorable to Turkey's EU bid, and President Sarkozy has said that several times", he told EuroFora.

    From European Central Bank's controversial policies on Euro's value, to EU Enlargement Strategy, etc., issues of obvious importance to EU Citizens will be plenty, next week in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, before President Sarkozy launches the debates on EU 2008 French chairmanship's priorities on Thursday.

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