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Murdered Web-Journalist Daphne's Sons to EF: -We Want Justice! => EU/CoE Cooperation on Enquiry Gaps

Written by ACM
Monday, 22 January 2018
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- It's thanks to her Critical, Investigative Journalism, and the Independence that gave her a WebNews Site, Free from Censorship which, Otherwise, used to hit her Traditional Weekly Newspaper Articles, too often Affected by Threats to Reduce or Stop Paid Publicity by a Corrupted Establishment, that Murdered Web Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia had managed to become probably the Last Real Independent Check for a Controversial Government in Malta, her 3 Sons told "Eurofora", after a Special Event with Medias and MEPs at CoE's PanEuropean Assembly in Strasbourg Today.


 - "What we Want is Justice, for our Mother's Murder, Not Money ! That's why the Urgency is to make Now an Efficient and Transparent Investigation in order to Find and Punish those who instigated and carried out such a Brutal Murder in broad DayLigt at an EU Member Country as Malta, told us in substance the Victim's Elder Son, Mathew (born on 1986 : By a Coincidence, exactly as "Eurofora" Co-Founder's own Son !). That's why an eventual Condamnation by the ECHR won't be enough, since usually it arrives Late, and most of the times consists, in Fact, mainly at a Payment of a "Just Satisfaction", which is Not what we want : It's European/International Pressure Now for a Real, Independent Investigation that is Urgent, he stressed.


 - "It's a Crime, Not a mere "Tragedy !", they sharply cried, slaming an obvious fan of the Criticized Regime in Malta, who had Claimed, on the Contrary, that .. "every stone was unearthed  (sic !) by the Suspected Government's Officials, in order to shed Light to the Deadly events...


=> In Consequence, a practical EU/CoE+ Cooperation seems Possible and Necessary, particularly after new EU Parliament's President Antonio Tajani (former LongTime EU Commissioner) recently declared to "Eurofora" his "Readiness" to Help do so, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euparliamentpresidentoncoeandjournalistmurder.html), while, Nowadays, the Experienced vice-President of CoE Assembly's Human Rights Committee, Pieter Omtzigt, a mainstream MEP from the Netherlands, and CoE Assembly's Secretary General, Wojciech Sawicki from Poland, replying to relevant "Eurofora"s Questions, have Both reacted Positively in this Direction, (See also Infra), while More than 14 Important NGOs on Press Freedom, (including, f.ex., CPJ, EFJ, RSF, etc), have already Declared their Support for an Internationaly-Monitored Investigation on that Brutal Murder, signing for Today's CoE Event.


+ A Fortiori, when Not even a proper Investigation on various  "Threats" that the Victim had Faced shortly Before being Murdered, has Not yet become Visible at all, as it results from the Facts cited by the Investigative Web-Journalist Daphne Caruana-Galizia's 3 Sons, Mathew, Andrew and Paul, Replying to "Eurofora"s Questions during and after the Special Event organized  on the sidelines of the PanEuropean Organisation for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law's Plenary Session of Winter 2018, this Afternoon in Stasbourg, (See f.ex. Infra)...


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Among others, f.ex. :


- "It seems that there is No Chance for Justice by our National Institutions", Mathew Caruana Galizia, speaking on behalf of all 3 Sons of the Victim, Denounced from the outset.


 - F.ex., even EU's "1 Minute Silence", paying Homage to the Victim, was Not Broadcasted in Malta, perpetuating there a "Dangerous Environment" where Law Enforcement Authorities have been Captured, politically, by the Executive part of the Government, Mathew criticized.


- "Our Mother was Simply doing her Duty as Investigative Journalist, But she was a Lone Voice. She spoke for Hundreds of Thousands of People, but she was Isolated", he described.


=> Thus, "She was Targetted and Harassed before her Assassination, simply for what she Wrote".


>>> And "the (Public) Institutions not only Failed to Protect her, but they even took part in her Harassment : There were Key Members of the Government, and of the Police Force, going out for her", he denounced.


+ In Addition, "F.ex. Our House was set on Fire Twice. Several of our Pet Dogs were Killed, (etc)...  And at the "Last Year" of her Life, she was at the Receiving end of no less than ...47 Law Suits, for what she wrote. 9 or 10 Libell Law suits, used only in order to get after her. She also Faced 5 Criminal Defamation procedures, which means that the Police was Persecuting her, adding also to Financial and Psychological Harassment and Hate, our Family being Targetted by various Vexations and countless Harassments, provoking a Dangerous Environment in which occured her Brutal Murder (by a Car Bomb Explosion, near her Family Home, where her Son Mathew saw her Disappear, while his Mother's "Body Parts" were falling around him, as he described the Horror).

 

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 - "On the Investigation, normally, we (Family of the Victim) should Know what happened. But, the Reality is that we are Completely Shut out !  We find out about oue Mother's Murder Invstigation only by Press Reports, Leaks from Officials, or Prime Ministers' declarations...


 - "When someone proposed an Independent Panel of Enquiry, composed by Retired Judges, that was Shot Down by the Parliament", (where the Governing Party holds a Majority). + "We found out that the Head of the Police Unit Investigating our Mother's Murder, was personaly linked to someone against whom our Mother had Investigated as a Journalist. He was Married to a Senior Cabinet Minister, and related to Suppression of Reports about Money Laundering by Government Officials. So, the Family is Fighting a Legal Move to Replace that Officer, against which the (Socialist) Government is Fighting Back".


==> "Investigation is in Serious Breach of Fundamental Human Rights, according to ECHR's standards (as also a reknown Lawyers' Office acknowledged recently). No way to declare it "Independent" or "Impartial". "It's Failing to Secure Evidence", etc.    


 - "The Greatest Problem we face as Victim's Family, is that we DoN't have Domestic Remedies (able) to Change the Course of Investigations", he denounced. We have Nothing to Ensure that Police would operate withOut Political Interferences. We have No InSight in this Investigation. We dont' have a Mechanism to Seriously Examine, inter alia, All those Issues, and Find out what happened".


=> That's why, "Today, we Ask your Help : F.ex. to Sign a Motion for the Nomination of a Special Rapporteur, to supervise the Investigation, concluded the Victim's Sons Appeal to PACE's MEPs, at Today's Event, sponsored by representatives from the 3 Biggest Political Groups, (Pieter Omtzigt, from the ChristianDemocrats/EPP, Frank Schwabe, from the Socialists, and Anne Brasseur, from the LIberals).


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In this Context, "Eurofora" Raised 2 Different, but Converging Questions, during tha CoE's Event :


* (A) EU Parliament's President, Antonio Tajani, in Addition to his other relevant Statements, also Told "Eurofora" that he would Like to Cooperate with the CoE, f.ex. in Parallel, to Help the Investigations of this Murder. What can be done, in this regard, as a Standard-Setting move, for Other such Cases too ?", we asked, at First, MEP Omtzigt, Experienced vice-President of PACE's Human Rights Committee.  


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* (B) "There were some Informations that, Shortly Before the Murder, some kind of Threats had appeared recently. Do you know if there Might be something Interesting for the Investigation there ?", "Eurofora" also asked Daphne's Sons.


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Omtzigt Replied sharply :


 - "On the 1st Question : We (EU and CoE) Always Cooperate with Each-Other, f.ex. it Happened with the CIA (Reddition Flights, Massive Surveillance, etc), the Experienced MEP reminded, as a matter of General Principle.


 -  "Of course, we don't have a formal Common Mechanism, Both for EU Parliament and CoE's Assembly, but we always Cooperate", he confirmed.  
 + "By the way, it would be Helpful if the EU would live up to the Lisbon Treaty, and finally Accede to the CoE, (i.e., practically, to the PanEuropean Convention for Human Rights), Omzigt suggested.    

     
 - At any case, most in "EU Parliament were very Positive, (about the Need for International Monitoring on the Investigation of Daphne's Murder), and felt that "something Appalling Wrong" had happened in Malta, he attested.        

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+ On the 2nd Question raised by "Eurofora" (Comp. Supra), the initial Replies came from Daphne's Eldest and Youngest Sons, Mathew and Paul :

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 - "About Threats that my Mother Received : These were well Documented", Mathew observed.


 - In particular, "She complained several times about those Harassing her. We all Know Who they are", he stressed.


 - "F.ex. It's No Secret for the Economy Minister", and/or "one of the Governing Party's Financial Backers", "the Prime Minister's Chief of Staff, and that one of the Biggest Goverment supporters, who were Selling Maltese Passports", (etc).


+ Recently, "there were even anonymous Sources coming among the Police in Malta. But when it was Published, the Police immediately Denied it, saying that there was No Report in our Mother's Local Police Station". However, "There isN't still a Clear Answer, Whether they Verified that Report, or Not", he critically observed.


 - "The Reality is, that by the End of her Life, she hadn't given up Fighting, Despite Death Threats, which were Repeated", resulting in a "Dangerous" situation, also "By the Lack of Police Action against her Main Harassers".


+ The Fact that the Police was so Quick to Deny, and Classify even Police Reports, is also Evidence that the Police is Interested in Exonerating itself, from any kind of Responsibility. For us, there is a Clear case for that"


>>> - Indeed, "Our Mother was visibly Threatened. Visibly Under Pressure. Visibly Isolated. Everyone could See this !"


++ "After the Change in Administration of 2013, ... Police Present in our Mother's Neighbourhood was Relaxed. ... The Excuse was that <<the Police didn't want to intrude in her Privacy>>" (sic !).


 - "But, there are Ways of providing Police Protection, withOut Intruding in someone's Privacy", Mathew objected.


 - "One of these ways, which might be effective, is to Prosecute Criminals"... "Another of these ways is to try to Follow People who make Bombs, and plant Bombs. In Malta, there have been several Car Bombs in the Last Few Years", probably by "Organized Crime"... None of these Car Bombs have been Solved" yet, and Noone has been yet found", he denounced, pointing at a Wider Scandal.


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 - "From EU Parliament, MEPs have interviewed a (Maltese) Police Commissioner, and one of them Asked, directly, whether Effective Police Protection was provided".


 - "The Police Commissioner said: - "No. Because they would have found it Intrusive" (sic !)...


- "This is on a Report, that I really Encourage you to Read", added Paul, also in Reply to "Eurofora"s above-mentioned Question, Comp. Supra).


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+ In such Conditions, a Claim often repeated by fans of the Socialist Maltese Government of controversial Prime Minister Muscat, (whose entourage was a notorious target of Anti-Corruption Enquiries and Denonciations by the Murdered Journalist), that National Police would have asked to use also ... "FBI"s (sic)  Help in order to Investigate that Brutal Murder, - as, indeed, a fan of that regime (rapidly UnMasked by the Sons of Daphne) did during Today's CoE's Debate - is Not at all Enough in order to appear Convincing...


Particularly given also the considerable Erosion of Trust to FBI even inside the USA, Nowadays, where Many People Criticize it for pushing Too Much the so-called Anti-Trump Investigations for alleged "Collusion" with Rusian Attempts to Interfere in the 2016 US Presidential Elections, but, on the Contrary, to be Too Lenient vis a vis Hillary Clinton (the former "Socialist" Candidate) and former President Barack Hussein Obama, etc., to the point to have reached an all times Low in Credibility, as part of what American People often Denounce Nowadays as a Politically Motivated "Witch-Hunt" by un untrustworthy "Deep State", (Comp., f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/journalistgreenwaldfortrumpondeepstate.html).


 - A Fortiori when Mr. Muscat has been notoriously, strongly Criticized and ridiculed by Dissidents, (as, precisely, that Murdered Journalist herself, and her supporters), just a few Weeks Before that Brutal Killing of October 2017, for having made a Failed Attempt to ... Imitate Hillary Clinton's camp in the USA, by Claiming, also himself, (since a memorable Press Conference during Summer 2017), that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have attempted to Interfere even inside the Maltese National Elections of 2016 !...

+ In this Similar Direction, an even more Recent Attempt to "Discredit" a Whistleblower Maria Efimova in Malta, (almost, mutatis-mutatis, as ... lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in the USA...) by unearthing, (after a previous failed attempt to "Blame Putin" politically), at the Last Minute, Many Years After the Alleged Facts, a Controversial and UnRelated Claim Against her, Obliging Authorities in Cyprus to reportedly issue a "Warrant" for a Private Company (reportedly dealing also with some Azeri personalities) claims against her, (Largely commented by the Medias this Week), was also Criticized by the Murdered Journalist's 2nd Son, Andrew, himself a Journalist, speaking to "Eurofora" and other Medias, inside the CoE in Strasbourg.

 

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That latest move is related with an Affair about a "Pilatus (Private) Bank" set up in Malta (and later in London) by an Iranian Businessman, who got "Citizenship" at St. Kitts and Nevis islands, Seyed Ali Sadr Hasheminejad, on whose suspected activities the Murdered Journalist had notoriously written several Articles in the recent Past, and which seems to be related with several possible "Links" around the current Regime in Malta, as Daphne's Sons confirmed to "Eurofora".



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>>> - At any case, "What We are Asking for, is Not just an eventual ECHR Judgement, a Long Time Later, which might just condemn this Government to Pay some Money : Because "We do NOT Want Money. We Want an Efficient Investigation on the Murder of our Mother, in order to Find the Truth and for Justice to be done" !", clearly and strongly stressed to "Eurofora" Daphne's 1st Son, Mathew.

 
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=> For that Purpose, a Draft "Motion" has already Started to Circulate inside COE's Assembly, in order to be Signed and Published asap, Later this Week in Strasbourg, Experienced Top MEP Pieter Omtzigt confirmed.

Omtzigt was Holding in his Hands the precious White Paper, where he Hoped to Attract the Maximum possible of his collegues PACE MEPs' Signatures, this Week in Strasbourg.

 

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A crucial piece of Paper, like the Leaf of a Bay Laurel Tree : a Mythic "Daphne" in Ancient Greek, from where Originated the Name of Daphne Caruana Galizia, as her Youngest Son, Paul, confirmed to "Eurofora".


Events had Obliged her to Drop the Classic White Leaf of Paper, since her Traditional Newspaper faced too often Pressure for "Censorship", mainly through Establishment's Paid "Publicity" Monguls, who could Threaten to Reduce or even Stop Funding, unless they were obeyed.


=> Therefore,  Daphne, in order to be Free as a Critical/Investigative Journalist, had to Change her Media, and Drop the Leaf of Paper, for a Leaf of Light :


- i.e. the Internet, with her WebNews Site, where the 30-Years practicing Journalist used to Write and Publish her "Hotter" Articles, as Paul told us...


- But, what a Surprise : The Murdered Maltese Journalist's Youngest Son, a Student of London's School of Economics, knew well the Ancient "Greek Mythology" from which had Originated his Mother's Name !


- "Daphne was a Nymph ... chassed by (the God of Light) Apollo, who turned herself into a Bay Laurel Tree", in order "TO DEFEND Herself", Paul symbolically explained by Writting, in "Eurofora"s NoteBook.

 

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=> Nowadays, "the Leaf of a Bay Laurel Tree, has Become a Symbol  of Daphne Caruana  Galizia" too, the Handwritten Note of the Youngest Son of the Brutally Murdered, Independent-Minded, Brave Critical Web Journalist, concluded, in a Emotional but Rightful move...

 

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http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/wejournalistmurder.html

 

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(NDLR : "DraftNews", as already sent, Earlier, to "Eurofora"s Subscribers/Donors. A more accurate, full Final Version, might be published asap).


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New PACE President Nicoletti to EF+: Strasburg key of University Network for European Humanism Unity

Written by ACM
Monday, 22 January 2018
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Meeting briefly "Eurofora" soon after his Election at the Presidency of CoE's PanEuropea  Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) for the Next 2 Years (2018-2019), Michele Nicoletti, from Italy, (former Chairman of the Socialdemocrat Group), practically Agreed that Strasbourg University may, naturally, be a key for the Desired "Creation of a European Academic Network", able to "Mobilise European Universities around the Values of European Humanism, and teh Defense of Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law", which are at the Heart of the "European Culture", and the "European Civilisation", by placing "Respect for Human Dignity... at the Root of our European Identity", as he has just stressed at his Inaugural Speech in CoE's Plenary, Earlier Toda, (for Previous Nicoletti statements to "Eurofora", See, f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/pacepresidentrow.html, etc).

 

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    - After "a Clear Political Call", made since 2017, for a New, "4th Summit of Heads of State and Government", probably on 2019, to "Ensure that the CoE can be the "Common European Home" of All", while also "Remaining True to the European Convention on Human Rights", "We (CoE) Must Not Cease Openly Denouncing any Violation of Human Rights", but in a way "Able to Combine it with an ever Increasing Unity between our Peoples", Nicoletti urged.


    - "Tirelessly Seeking to Emphasize what Unites us", "we can draw Support from the Cultural and Social Dimension", he proposed.


    - In this regard too, "Respect for Human Rignity forms the Heart ... and lies at the Root of our European Identity", "Typical of European Civilisation", PACE's New President stressed.


      - "The Centrality of Human Rights flows from an understanding of What it Means to be Human".


    - This Includes, "Not Only .. Legal Documents", such as the "ECHR", "Magna Carta", and "the French Declaration of the Rights of the Man and the Citizen", "But Also the Poetry of Dante, the Plays of Shakespeare, the Music of Beethoven, and the Novels of Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy", he underlined.


    - In Fact, "No Wall has been able to Divide European Humanism, which canNot Trive withOut All of these Different Strands", the New PACE's President pointed out, calling, "Today", "to bring to Bloom ... the Pluralist Wealth of this Humanism".


    + CoE, "as Guardian of European Unity", "must Enhance the role of European Culture", by "forming an Alliance with the World of Culture, Schools and Universities", Nicoletti went on to add in a landmark Speech.


     - Indeed, "the University is a Typical European Creation", and "it would be Wonderful .. if the CoE could be Able to Mobilise all European Universities around the Values of this European Humanism", he proposed.     


     - I.e., "Encourage the Creation of a European Academic Network", around "the Defense of Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law", including, f.ex., "the European Social Charter", "the Convention against Corruption", and "each of our Conventions taking the CoE as ... point of Reference", in "a Network of Teachers, Researchers and Students from throughout Europe", "United by its Efforts to Defend and Promote the Values embodied" in those CoE's Legal tools.


    => "These are Issues", where "Academic Networks could ...promote Research, the Exchange of Information and Best Practices, as well as the organisation of Training PathWays", i.e. "to reinforce the Connective Tissue of European Civil Society", President Nicoletti concluded on this Idea.

 

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CoE Assembly Secretary General Sawicki to EF: Rules UpDate may Facilitate Decisions on Russian MEPs+

Written by ACM
Friday, 19 January 2018
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Even a simple Change (or, rather, UpDate) of CoE's purely Procedural Rules may Facilitate a much-needed Agreement for a Compromise on Russian MEPs' participation to the PanEuropean Organisation's Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), as it results from the Reply given to an "Eurofora" Question by the Experienced PACE's Secretary General, Wojciech Sawicki.


Since the 2014 Ukraine Conflict, which risked to Divide Europe, a Controversial Vote in PACE, Rejecting a Compromise, striped Russian MEPs from so Many Rights, that they were pushed to Quit CoE's Assembly, until the Participation Rights of All PACE's MEPs might be equally Safeguarded in Future, (i.e. for 3 Years now: See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coeminorityamendmentpushesrussianmepsout.html+http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/pacerussiasanctionscutcoeoffukrainepeaceprocess.html
), after what, Russia Recently Suspended its Annual Financial Contribution to the CoE, (while Turkey also Reduced its own, shortly afterwards), resulting in an UnPrecedented Crisis, that CoE's Governments, together with PACE's Majority, would like to Solve asap, and, at any case, Before a forthcoming New Summit of CoE's 47 Heads of State/Government, expected on 2019, (Comp., f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/newpacepresidentandrussiadebates.html).


Significantly, Today's move was made during the Press Briefing of  European Correspondents on a Crucial forthcoming PACE Plenary Session for the "Winter 2018", Next Week in Strasbourg, which is due, not only to Elect the body's New President, (normally for the next 2 Years : 2018-2019, during which a New CoE Summit is due), as well as CoE's New PanEuropean Commissioner on Human Rights for the Next 5 Years (4/2018 - 2023), but also to Host, for the 1st Time, a brand new body, including Both Governments' and Parliamentarians' Top representatives from COE's Ministerial Committee and its Parliamentary Assembly, Together with Russia's Duma and Federal Council's representatives, (according to a Deal brokered on Top Political Level last December 2017).


In Parallel, Heads of State from Countries which Traditionally play a particular Role also on EU - Russia relations, such as Austria and Armenia, as well as Denmark (including its Prime Minister), that is currentlly Chairing the CoE (for the period of 11/2017-5/2018 : See, f.ex. ...), will all Address this same PACE's Plenary.


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 - In "Eurofora"s Question to PACE's SG Sawicki, we Observed the Fact that CoE's Assembly, as things stand until now, is, curiously, Deprived of the Possibility to Decide on the Credentials of National Delegations send by CoE's Member States to Strasbourg, during any of its 4 Plenary Sessions traditionaly organized each Year, (on Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn) : On the Contrary PACE is Hindered to take such a Decision at any Other Moment, except from Only Once per Year : Solely on January, (i.e. at the Beginning of its Winter Session), with Consequences durating for ...12 Months-Long, withOut Any Possibility to Decide Otherwise, f.ex., at its Spring, Summer or Autumn Sessions, Neither Between them. So that CoE's Leadership is, in fact, Deprived of a Necessary Freedom to Move Fast and whenever there is a Political Will, being Obliged, by too Old Rules of Procedure, to Limit its own Decision-making in Only 1 Occasion during a Whole Year : I.e., an obviously Too Long period of Time...


=> Therefore, "Eurofora" Asked Sawicki whether he found Better and Possible to Ensure, for CoE's Leadership, a Freedom to Decide, on PACE MEPs' National Delegations' Credentials, if necessary, during Each of its 4 Sessions of the Year, (WInter, Spring, Summer or Autumn), and/or at any Other Time, between them, (f.ex., perhaps during an "Exceptional Session", and/or a "Standing Committee", etc), if and when the PanEuropean Organisation's Leaders might feel a serious need to do so, for CoE's General Interest. I.e., in Practice, CoE could, thus, have, at least, 4 Chances per Year to Seek and Find a Solution on Problems as that of the Russian Delegation to the PACE, instead of Only 1... Wouldn't that be much More Efficient, from all points of view, for any such serious Political and Diplomatic Negotiations, (including, if necessary, reciprocal Pressure at/from all sides, but also Meaningful Dialogue, for Adequate Compromises), and Timely Action ?


+ Meanwhile, "Eurofora" had already Spoken, about such an Idea, with Various Other experienced Top CoE's Officials, who had mostly said that they Found that Interesting, and had Encouraged us to Raise that Topical now Question to the Right Person : i.e. to PACE's Secretary General.


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 - Sawicki, in his Reply to the above-mentioned "Eurofora"s Question, started by basically Agreeing on the Fact that, indeed, the Current System, of Only 1 Decision possible for the PACE on such Key Issues, during all the 12 Months of each Year, was "Too Long" and "Not Flexible" enough.

 - However, the Experienced PACE's Secretary General, went on to clearly add that, "If there is a Political Will", a Solution to that Problem was "Possible" !

=> For that purpose, "it's enough to make a Change (or, rather, UpDate : See Infra) inside iCoE's Statute", he told us, pointing at an Old, (and obviously Out-Dated), Article No 32, which still Says that CoE's Parliamentary "Assembly shall Meet in Ordinary Session Once a Year" only !


The Problem is that this is Combined with Article 25, alinea (b), which says that "The term of office of Representatives ... will Date from the opening of the Ordinary Session following their appointment", until that of "the Next ...or ... a Later Ordinary Session", (i.e., practically, until ... Next Year, the soonest)...


- Sawicki explained, in this rrgard, that the 4 Current PACE's Sessions (of Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn), are considered, for such Technical Reasons, to be "Part-Sessions".


- Therefore, as long as COE's Statute remains unchanged, it's Only in case of New Elections, Death or Resignation, that MEPs' Credentials could be presented Also at  Any among those 4 "Part-Sessions" during the Year. On the Contrary, National Delegations' credentials, should, as he stressed, be presented Only at the Beginning of an "Ordinary Session", (i.e. Only on January, each Year : Comp. Supra).


- Nevertheless, even if somewhat "Not Easy", it is certainly "Possible" to Change that, by Modifying adequately those CoE Statute's Articles, mentioned above, (so that CoE would have 4 Occasions per Year to Decide on such matters, Instead of Only 1), PACE's Secretary General underlined in Conclusion.


>>> And, in Fact, such a Move could be quite "Simple", since, "if CoE's Committee of Ministers and its Parliamentary Assembly Agree, then, for this kind of Issues, there is No Need for (National) Ratifications !", Sawicki observed Positively, while Concluding his Reply to "Eurofora"s Question.


Already, CoE's Statute, which had been Initially adopted as Early as since 1949 (!), i.e. a very Long Time Ago, has been Amended (on specific points) Many Times, until Recently :


=> -, Indeed, at Least ... Thirty Three (33) Amendments have been already made to CoE's Statute, Between 1951 - 2015, as "Eurofora" found at the Official CoE's Texts !


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+ Meanwhile, Between October and December 2017, (under PACE's interim President Stella Kyriakides from Cyprus, a Center-Right EPP MEP. Comp. various Kyriakides' statements to "Eurofora", as f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/newpacepresidentkyriakidestoeurofora.html, etc), CoE's Committee of Ministers and its Parliamentary Assembly's Leaders have Already Started to Work Together, in even Closer Cooperation than before, precisely about Issues as that of Russian MEPs' participation and Vote Rights, as well as the Subsequent Financial Problems later provoked by that (Comp. Supra).


>>> An Important and Topical point, in this regard, is a main Conclusion of the Recent Report drafted by Italian MEP Michele Nicoletti (Chairman of the Socialist Group, and probable New PACE President for the 2 Next Years 2018-2019 : Comp. f.ex., some of Nicoletti's Statements to "Eurofora", at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/pacepresidentrow.html , etc) and adopted by PACE on October 2017, about a New CoE's Heads of State/Governments Summit, for the Unity of Europe and its Democratic Security (probably on 2019), which Calls for a Coordinated Approach between Governments and MEPs, particularly on delicate Issues which Affect the "Unity" of the PanEuropean Organisation, as also that of the Fate of Russian MEPs.


So that an Eventual Change (or UpDate) of the above-mentioned Points in CoE's Statute (Comp. Supra) with a possible Agreement between CoE's Committee of Ministers and PACE's MEPs, i.e. withOut Need for National Ratifications, could, normally, be Feasible and rather Simple, (particularly, given the Urgency of the matter, in practical terms, considering f.ex., its Budget, the preparation of the Summit, the quality of its PanEuropean Debates on "Hot" Political Issues concerning all its 47 Member States, etc).

 

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+ On the Substance of the Issue, it's well known that Russia has clearly Asked for All PACE's MEPs' Rights, as Parlementarians, to be Safeguarded, in the Future, in unequivocal terms, which would Not allow any Other eventual Repetition of So Harsh Sanctions, Depriving them for Too Many Rights of Participation/Vote, as in that Exceptional, Controversial Case which Provoked the Departure of Russian MEPs (Comp. Supra). 


Therefore, Moscow, notoriously finds Necessary also a Reform of PACE's "Rules of Procedure", in order for All MEPs' elementary Rights to be clearly Safeguarded in the Future. As long as this is not done, the Russian Delegation of MEPs does Not Accept to Return Back inside the PACE, in a Precarious Condition, and, after Years of provoked Absence, it has decided to Suspend all its Annual Financial Contribution to the COE, (effective from February 2018, i.e. in 2 Months Time, as another Experienced CoE's Official told us).


>>> In order to Facilitate the obviously Necessary "Dialogue" between Russia and PACE for a Solution on this thorny Issue, but also in the Wider, Topical Context of the Preparation of CoE's Summit, all being linked with a Debate on COE's Future Role at the PanEuropean area, (Comp. Supra), PACE's President Stella Kyriakides proposed, and PACE's Bureau Collectively Accepted, on December 2017, after a 1st Meeting with 5 Russian Parliamentary Leaders, (including Mrs Matvienko and Mr. Borodin, Presidents of the Federal Council and of Duma, respectively), to set up a New, "Ad Hoc" Committee, Strongly Built, with the Participation of All Heads of National Delegations, the Presidents of Political Groups, and the Chairs of PACE's Committees, as well as its Rapporteurs on PACE's Role and Procedures, explicitly charged to Focus on CoE Assembly's "Mission".


=> This, important New PACE's High-level "Ad Hoc" Committee on COE' Assembly's "Role and Mission", was Officially convoked by President Kyriakides (whose Mandate concludes on the 21st of January 2018) and the Bureau, to Meet in Strasbourg, on Next Tuesday, with the Participation of at least 2 Russian Top MEPs, (Konstantin Kosachev, Long-Time President of Senate's Foreign affairs Committee, and Pyotr Tolstoy, Duma's vice-President), as Sawicki confirmed.


 - "This is a Creaton of PACE's Bureau, and, therefore, If and when it might, eventually, Propose any Amendments to PACE's Rules of Procedure, then, normally, this should be Debated and Voted by the competent PACE Committee on Rules of Procedure, before a Final and Decisive, Public Debate and Vote at a Plenary Session, Sawicki concluded on this point.


I.e, something which, theoretically, could be done during a Week, i.e. in one Plenary Session, But, in Fact, might require a, more or less, Longer Time, ...thereby showing, in fact, again the Practical Interest for "Eurofora"s above-mentioned Suggestion to Simplify and Accelerate PACE's work, on this and other such cases, that its Secretary General appeared to find Practically Useful and Feasible, (Comp. concrete Detals Supra)...

 

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COCOBU President Grässle + EIB v.President Stubb to EF on Capitals + Transparency versus Bubbles

Written by ACM
Thursday, 18 January 2018
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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- The Fact that Study the Past can Help Build a Good Future, was Highlighted anew in EU Parliament's key Committee on Budgetary Control, as it results from Statements to "Eurofora" by its Experienced President, German ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP, Dr. Ingeborge Graessle :

 

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During a Hearing of EIB's vice-President, former Prime Minister of Finland, Alexander Stubb, (for some of his Statements to "Eurofora", Comp. Infra, and at: ..., etc), that traditionally Important Committee (also known as "COCOBU"), examined EIB's Financial Activities for 2016, in order to judge whether and how it would agree on giving it a Discharge, with a Report Drafted by Italian MEP Marco Valli, of the EFDD Group, which is due to be Debated and Adopted by EU Parliament's Plenary Session of April 2018, (as President Grässle has just anounced).

- In this Context, when the Time Came for MEP's Questions, President Grässle, surprizingly asked Stubb about the Proportions and the Nature of "Private Capital" attracted by EIB's Activities that Year.

 

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+ Speaking, Later-on, to "Eurofora", COCOBU's President clearly Stressed that, in Fact, this was, in her view, one among the Most Important Points.

Given the Crucial Role that EIB notoriously Plays for a Succesfull Implementation of EU Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker's Investment Plan, "Eurofora" asked Dr. Graessle to kindly Explain the reasoning behind her move.

 - It's simply Because we'd Better make Sure that there is Enough Private Capital attracted by the EIB, in order to Avoid Provoking, Otherwise, a Financial "Bubble", she sharply told us in Reply.

- And, when, astonished, "Eurofora" wondered how it might be possible, for a European Bank so Solid as EIB to eventually have to Face and Win against a Challenge such as a "Bubble", Dr. Grässle became more Specific :

- Since, if there wasn't enough Private Capital, that might mean that EIB would have used, then, Only Public Funds, Despite the Fact that Most of EU's Member States were InDebted", COCOBU''s President Explained to "Eurofora", with a smile.

- And the Fees were quite considerable, Back on 2016, she also added, in this regard.


- This making sense, Stubb naturally promised to provide asap all the required Data, in even more concrete Detail, just after having Boasted, earlier, that, as a matter of Principle, "EIB is (comparatively) Cheap", because "we have an <<AAA>> Rating", as he pointed out, inter alia also since "it's Not Possible to have a Bankruptcy for 28 Member States, taken All Together"...

 

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+ Concerning Both the above-mentioned, and Other Various Data,  as well as an overall efficient "Transparency" Mechanism, that certain MEPs asked too, vice-President Stubb , while Promising to become even more forcthcoming asap, also Boasted that, Recently, the EIB would have "Reversed" a 50 Years Old , former "Communication Policy", which had been  "Resumed in the sentence : " No News" it's the Best !"


=> But, for us, from Now on, it's Exactly the Contrary : - "EIB is a Bank of Good News !", Stubb Concluded, ...


- Speaking Afterwards to "Eurofora", vice-President Stubb, smiling Brightly, Confirmed that he Really Meant such a Big Change in EIB's Communication Policy...


- However, concerning a series of Main Forthcoming Developments on certain Financial Mechanisms that EIB Believes Necessary in order too Boost EU's Economy nowadays, "it Depends on EU's Member States", (i.e. on EU Council's Decisions), Alexander Stubb, more Soberly but Clearly, Distinguished between EIB's own Acts and Advises.

 

Meanwhile, the above-mentioned Report by MEP Valli is due to be Debated and Voted by COCOBU on February in Brussels, before Final Decisions by the Plenary in public on April in Strasbourg, as Dr. Grässle said.

 

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Russia asks Guarantee if EU might prefer to get Gas via Turkey Zig-Zag instead of Directly in Europe

Written by ACM
Monday, 15 January 2018
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- While EU Parliament holds 3 Energy Policy Debates here ToNight, (including on the "Governance of Energy Union"), before EU Commission convenes Tomorrow Morning, also in Strasbourg, Russia officially asked Guarantees if EU might, eventually, prefer to get Gas through a Zig-Zag plan, coming and going via a 3rd Country as Turkey, instead of 4 Direct Pipelines inside Europe, most of which already Exist, Ready to be used, (See relevant MAP).

 

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- Independently of a Smaller, Bilateral Pipeline Only for Turkey's own needs, the Most Important : a much Bigger, "Second Pipeline" for Europe, "will Only be Constructed IF we Receive Ironclad Guarantees, from EU Commission", clearly Warned Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, at his Annual Press Conference Today (Monday), according to semi-official "Tass" Press Agency.


- Such EU "Guarantees" should Make Sure that "they (EU Commission) will Not Pull the Same Trick, as it happened (f.ex.) with the (Earlier Planned) "South Stream" regarding Bulgaria", (the Incoming EU Council's Chair for the Period of January - June 2017), he Explained.


- For that purpose, Russia would Only accept an "option Wholly Guaranteed by the European Commission", which Will Not be Broken", Lavrov underlined.


- In this regard, he also Warned Against alleged current Attempts for a "rather Dirty Play", and "Dishonest Games", f.ex. "to Invent certain New Rules Post-Factum" in order to Block anOther EU - Russia Gas Pipeline Project : "Nord Stream 2", between Petrograd region and Germany, through the Baltic Sea.


+ Already, 2 Other Gas Pipelines going Directly through Europe :  one Leading to Germany, via Belarus and Poland, and anOther Leading to Austria and Poland, via Ukraine and Slovakia, (See MAP), which Already Exist, Ready to be Used, have been successively  Blocked in the recent Past, under Various Political and/or other Pretexts.

 

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AnOther, eventual, option, might, reportedly, be a Russian Gas Pipeline Heading to a "Custody Transfert Station" inside (EU Member) Greece, just after Crossing only a Small Part of Neighbouring Turkey, but this looks also Conditional to the same "Guarantees" asked by Lavrov.


Various Last-Minute Objections opposed by some inside the EU Commission Against Direct Russia - EU Gas Transport Links, already were at the Focus of a Spectacular "Clash" between former EU Commission's President Jose Barroso, (currently USA's "Goldman Sachs" employed agent), and Russia's President Vladimir Putin, during an unforgettable Press Conference, at the Conclusion of an EU - Russia Summit in Brussels, (Comp. "Eurofora"s NewsReports from the spot then, f.ex.: ..., etc).

 

Now, if that 2nd possible Russia Pipeline towards Europe through Turkey doesN't get the "Ironclad Guarantees" that Lavrov asked Today, then, Ankara's regime may, probably, Find quite Hard to Pay for its own Gas expected from Russia, since the Turkish Government, in Combined Moves, had apparently seeked to get a Big Part of that Money by Imposing Taxes on the Transit of Russian Gas towards Europe...

 

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=> An eventual Reply by EU Commission to the above-mentioned Statement made by Russia Today (Monday), might, perhaps, emerge After a Collective Meeting of EU Commissioners Tomorrow (Tuesday) Morning in Strasbourg, which is due to be Followed also by a Press Conference here, by Vice-Presidents Frans Timmermans and Jurki Katainen, (in charge of Law/Institutions/Rights and Economic Growth/Investment/Competitiveness/Jobs, respectively), Later Tomorrow Afternoon (15.30+), depending, naturally, also from the Questions that Journalists will be allowed to raise, on this occasion.

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++ Meanwhile, however, EU's Energy Needs are, apparently, Growing Fast Nowadays, to the point that German Authorities found Necessary to even ... Demolish an Historic, 3 Centuries-Old, Christian Church, only for a Private Mining Company to Exploit an open Pit Coal Mine !

 

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Even the Burried Bodies of People whose Families used to Live at Erkelenz-Immerath Village for Centuries, were reportedly "Exhumed from the Graveyard have been Reburied" elsewhere, at a Far Away Location, where all Inhabitants were "Transfered" by that Mining Company, which left them with a Small, Grey Concrete-built, Makeshift "replacement" Church, that, obviously, does not support any Comparison with their Original, Historic Architectural Cathedral, now for ever lost... (See relevant PHOTOS).

 

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Immerath is located in Rhineland-Palatinate's Region, Governed by the Socialists, and Near Koeln (Cologne), which is considered as the "Turkish Capital" of Germany, plenty of Foreign-Funded and Recently built Muslim Mosques, as several Medias observe on the occasion of the Demolition of its Historic Christian Church, soon after being desacralized a few years ago.

 

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Symbolically, that Village's "Coat of Arms" pictured a ...Christian Church and Cross, at a Green Natural Landscape with a Clean Blue Sky, while, on the Contrary, Mining Company RWE is reportedly due to transform all that area into a Wasteland for Decades, (at least up to 2.045).

 

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Moreover, that Mining Company (RWE) is due to Exploit "Brown Coal", or "Lignites", i.e. one of the .."Dirtiest" forms of Fossil Energy, while, by an Irony of the Sort, that Demolition of the "Saint Lambertus" Historic Cathedral occured only a Week Before EU Parliament in Strasbourg now holds Debates and Votes, as well as 2 Press Conferences specifically on ... "Clean Energy".

 

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 On the Contrary, Natural Gas is considered to be Clean and Climate-Friendly.

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A subsequent MEPs' Plenary Debate on the Incoming EU Presidency by Bulgaria for the Period of January-June 2018, with the participation of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, scheduled for Wednesday Morning in Strasbourg, might offer anOther Occasion to eventually Discuss such Topical and UnPrecedented, GeoPolitical and still OnGoing Issues, as EU's Choises for Energy Supply Security and Economy among Various possible Russian Gas Pipelines' routes.


After Bulgaria, the rotating EU Presidency is due to be taken over, for the Period of July - December 2018, by Austria, who is (as also Germany and Poland) one of the few EU Member Countries to be Directly Linked to Russia's pre-Existing Gas Pipelines, (See MAP), until currently Blocked under Various Pretexts, (Comp. Supra).


New Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz, (Comp. Kurz's Statements to "Eurofora", earlier in Brussels, during a ChristianDemocrat/EPP Heads of State/Governments' Summit, at : ... ) is expected to Visit Strasbourg and Speak to CoE's PanEuropean Assembly's MEPs during Next Week.

 

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    UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brownn's promise to French President Sarkozy that Great Britain will proceed to Lisbon Treaty's ratification was certainly fuelled further by MEPs' warning, meanwhile in Strasbourg, that all Enlargement stops until EU can have efficient Institutions for more than 27 member Countries.    

    EU Parliament's President, German MEP Hans Gert Poettering, formally announced this position, after consulting all Political Groups' Chairmen, Monday in Strasbourg, and most MEPs made the point crystal clear during Plenary Debates on Wednesday.   

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