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New Winds, Resurgences : PACE October 2019

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Saturday, November 16, 2019




“New winds, resurgences” : PACE October 2019

 Viewpoint by Patrick Bracker



(NDLR : Viewpoints express the Opinions of their Author,

which are Not necessarily endorsed by "Eurofora")


(+ A Translation in French is provided hereafter)



PACE's autumn session was attended by the delegation of the Russian Federation.

You could feel a different atmosphere from what you had been experiencing for almost four years now: a kind of general relief, which you could already feel after the internal developments in April and June.

President Maury-Pasquier introduced the parliamentary proceedings by delivering a balanced, quiet speech, containing a search for justice and dialogue, while regretting the absence of some members of the Assembly, including the Ukrainian delegation, but also of Georgians, Lithuanians and others.

However, some of these absences were foreseeable in the light of developments, particularly following the results of the June votes, with regard to the return of the Russian delegation. The P.A. seems to have covered the whole issue with regard to the excessive lobbying that had existed for so long to the detriment of its internal functioning and, above all, unfair to the parliamentarians in the Russian delegation. In addition, this infertile or unproductive situation had had a major impact on the work of parliamentarians, and caused a bad atmosphere among the members of the Institution, not to mention financial complications.

It should be added that the brand image of our pan-European organization serving 830 million citizens has been damaged during this long period, not only because of the behaviour displayed on the surface by a  number of people, external or even internal, also undoubtedly because of a more or less subtle bad game played!  

It will be recalled that the Russian absence was mainly due to the fact that the vote on the cancellation of the already ratified credentials of the delegation of the Russian Federation by the PA in June 2015: 128 votes in favour, 11 against and 13 abstentions, which the Russian parliamentarians had felt was an injustice. In real time the head of delegation Mr A. Pushkov had expressed all their disappointment and considered leaving the Council of Europe as he had expressed it in the press conference given in Room 1 after the vote. ***

The former President of the Assembly, Jean-Claude Mignon, who had been informed of this reaction, was also surprised; he immediately went to see the head of the Russian delegation to try in vain to change his mind the same day before the press conference. Subsequent events had shown that Mr. Pushkov's point of view was correct, the context revealed that many members had a poor approach to the knowledge of their Russian colleagues and the file concerned.

On the other hand, it seems that the hierarchy of the Russian Federation had intervened to ensure that Russian members were not present in the Chamber at the time of the vote. While this choice can be challenged for different reasons, it is nevertheless judicious and intelligent because it avoids the possibility of possible influence by their MPs. It is understandable that the authorities wanted to know the degree of opposition; the result was clear but unfair, especially from the perspective of an international discussion platform.

With regard to this observation of Russian absence in reaction to sanction, the policy of the empty chair of Ukrainians and other colleagues in this session does not represent a reaction to a sanction given by the PA, but results from a different choice that it is up to everyone to understand, there are several realities in the reasons of each other

That being said, it is nevertheless curious to note that the accusing finger is absent at the very moment of the return of the “accused”... It is necessary to understand what is happening there, because when an Institution of this size is shaken by such a devious operation, it is not the result of chance

Since 2015 it appears that the PA has become poorer in terms of the Russian perspective in the many issues it has dealt with. However, we could appreciate the relevance and areas of expertise of Russian members in the majority of their interventions since 1996! What about the bilateral progress made in such a short period of time? It was felt that half of the Chamber was missing after their departure, which posed a serious problem for the meaning of the organization’s existence, since there can be no pan-European vocation without discussion with our Russian colleagues.

I would add to my comments, for the benefit of PACE members, PACE staff, member states and Russian colleagues that a number of Ukrainian parliamentarians were, however, acting in good faith in this rather pitiful matter on both the substance and the form.  

I think it is useful here to recall that the entities and individuals who operate this type of multi-level operation with a view to destabilization are otherwise endowed with intelligence that is even harmful than deputies or civil servants of states or an institution that would like to be academic, while some seem sometimes far from our human standards; it is fortunate that this observation is not widespread.

After deviations from established normative standards, impertinent, rude or even aggressive behaviour, bad looks or other situations at the psychological level, vociferous shouting, and influence peddling operations, it is time to return to the actual academic standards of the Council of Europe.

With regard to my observations on the ground, I can testify that the Russians were in no way involved in such deviant, violent or sneaky movements of attitudes, it would be good to think about it, their delegation had kept the academic sense of the so-called common house. Everyone can measure my point by the markings made over four years but also on the basis of the last twenty years of high-level cooperation and relevant expertise between colleagues in all our Member States.

That said, it is reassuring that many members have kept their heads during this time, which seems to have been lost (*1), in the face of an uncomfortable situation for all, and to note that the Assembly has succeeded in maintaining an honourable and dignified course of action while developing knowledge of issues of general interest at the service of our Member States and our fellow citizens on a pan-European scale

This constancy and perseverance undoubtedly constitute the basis for its redeployment towards its essential missions, while remaining committed to the fundamentals, which were well recalled by the President of the PA, with the effective presence of all its members.

I would like to acknowledge the excellent work done by President Maury-Pasquier, who has managed this turbulent and delicate situation with heart and intelligence, looking at the PA's code of conduct or regulations.

On Tuesday, the schedule was partly taken up by the celebration of the CoE's 70th anniversary, as after the speech given by the French President, members were invited to a theatrical performance at the Strasbourg Opera House. It turns out that the deputies after attending this event had not returned to the Palace, in fact half a day's work was lost, which was reflected in the organization of the offices.

However, the president's fine words do not correspond to the reality on the ground and the method leaves something to be desired. (*2)

On Wednesday, Mrs Maria Pejcinovic Buric gave her first official speech as Secretary General of the Council of Europe. She spoke with a calm and appeased voice in both official languages of the Institution, giving some initial outlines of her action. She then listened to the members of the Assembly to hear their opinions and proposals. We wish her every success in her mission for the general good of European integration and pan-European citizens.

The celebration of the 70th anniversary, on Thursday in the Chamber, presented in a sober and professional manner by the President, was more than enough to mark this anniversary, especially as the event was postponed to October during the June 2019 session, due to the obstructive behaviour of some Members who had deviated from the timing of the session at the beginning of the session.

During the session we noticed that the French members were very active, seven reports presented during the week! If we add the interventions of the Secretary of State and the President, it can be said that France had a strong presence to conclude its time as rotating Chair of the Committee of Ministers.

The reports discussed on various topics proved interesting, such as the protection of whistleblowers, the need for a set of common values for ombudsman institutions in Europe, obstetrical or gynecological violence...

With regard to the report on a legal status for climate refugees, a request for referral was requested on the grounds of the number of legal aspects not discussed in committee. This request, which was opposed by the chairwoman of the Legal Committee, was rejected by the assembly by a margin of 6 votes to 23, 17 in favour and 10 abstentions. After the discussion the proposed weighting amendments were rejected as a whole during the votes. The text was adopted by 45 votes to 15 with 14 abstentions

During the current affairs debate on the violation of democratic rights and repression of peaceful demonstrations in the Russian Federation in the context of the Moscow City Council elections, Russian parliamentarians presented elements of the law in an intelligible argument that can be heard and understood. They also identified problems of a more serious nature in other PACE member states, such as the management of the yellow vest crisis in France or domestic policy data in Turkey. A member of the Russian delegation also denounced the exploitation of the arrest of children during demonstrations and the distortion of facts by some media against the authorities

In any case, it is good that the Russians should be able to present their views, while it is not uncommon for members who criticize also to experience difficult situations in their states, which are not systematically discussed in PACE reports. This was recalled by another Member who specified that the discussion was more about the values of freedom of expression and free elections and not focusing on one country, because there are problems elsewhere as well. Other speakers were satisfied with the return of the Russians so that they could present their opinion.

I would like to point out that many Members of Parliament were saddened to learn of the police killings in Paris and offered their condolences to France and the families of the victims.  

Other reports were presented; I did not follow all the discussions.

As is often the case, side events have taken place.  On Monday, sponsored by MP Maryvonne Blondin, we were pleased to see again a PACE figure, Josette Durrieu, who presented the book co-written with Mr Florent Parmentier: "Moldova at the crossroad of worlds". Many colleagues came to see Josette again for a friendly and interesting meeting since she is an expert on the area studied.

 Another event sponsored by MP Sylvain Waserman introduced us to a high quality early childhood development program was presented by the president of the "Together for Early Childhood Education" foundation. The content of this presentation suggested a real support for future parliamentary work in the service of the development and well-being of the human person, and of the citizens of the greater Europe.

In addition, the exemplarity given can open paths of societal reflection in other institutional or geographical spheres. Concerning these neurosciences, however, there would be legal weighting points to be taken as a precautionary principle for this type of case, in order to avoid possible drift or influence on young brains in the process of training. I am thinking in particular of the specific long-term parapsychological and metaphysical programs carried out by the entities of power.    

Later in the week was held a meeting supported by MP Schwabe entitled "How authoritrian states undermine international human rights mechanisms" with the presence of MP Rempi and “Open dialogue foundation”.

I intervened to point out that this presentation gave the impression of a one-sided discussion. The Turks, Kazakhs or Russians were not present to defend their points of view... With regard to Interpol Red Notices, I argued that if someone embezzled 500 million euros in London, Paris or Frankfurt, banking systems would seek to bring the perpetrators to justice, so there is no abuse of Interpol's red notices by states that have suffered this type of high-flying fraud! I also asked how the Open Dialogue Foundation was funded.

The destabilization of a Member State such as Ukraine is part of an action against European integration. I asked that this manipulation stop, specifying that the Council of Europe is not an annex to an intelligence agency. Indeed, one may wonder what the son of the US VP's son was doing in Ukraine before, during and after the events that led to the chaos. This is true for other observed presences. Is there a degree of involvement, which ones? In this sense, the current US President's request for an investigation seems to me legitimate. ***

These many meetings held behind the scenes at the “Palais de l'Europe" during the sessions of the Parliamentary Assembly did not have French translations. At that moment the person from Open dialogue cut me off, but I ended my speech by saying that the French President had spoken in French. The Italian Member of the P.A. Mr Rempi, acknowledged that there was a technical error concerning translations and that this had to be corrected in the future. This attitude of Rempi is correct.

It is also time to regain serenity during the side events that take place during parliamentary sessions.

* During this meeting, a projection of information on the board was similar to a desired effect of influence, having nothing to do with the subjects dealt with, in terms of human rights. This transversal action of mind manipulation has a divisive aim, undoubtedly for issues of a different nature to the actions of the Council of Europe, and has no place in our discussions. This information was transmitted to the relevant state.   

To conclude my remarks on the progress of the discussion at the PACE in June and October 2019, it is confirmed that the atmosphere is more serene during the 37th session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe, which is being held from 29 to 31 October. The reports and debates on Turkey and Russia took place in a much more peaceful atmosphere. There has been progress in the dialogue requested by both sides, with mutual acceptance of positive points but also of shortcomings to be filled or corrected.

Time should do its work as long as we work in an atmosphere of respect for each other, which is well suited to our Institution.

As for me, I had no doubt about it since the beginning of the affair by observing, then checking for drifts in real time; it was quite sad and distressing. It is fortunate that we have been able to redress the situation through the substantive work we have done. Good luck to all for the future.



*1 this time a priori lost *1 if we learn from this experience the dialogue can progress to avoid such situations




Vents nouveaux, résurgences : APCE Octobre 2019


Points de vue, by Patrick Bracker


(NDLR: Les points de vue expriment les opinions de leurs auteurs,

et ne reflettent pas necessairement celles d' "Eurofora").




La session d’automne de l’APCE s’est déroulée avec la présence de la délégation de la Fédération de Russie.

L’on pouvait ressentir une atmosphère différente de ce à quoi l’on avait pu assister depuis près de quatre ans déjà : une sorte de soulagement général, que l’on pouvait déjà percevoir après les évolutions internes en avril puis au mois de juin dernier.

La présidente Maury-Pasquier introduisait les travaux parlementaires en prononçant un discours équilibré, apaisé, contenant une recherche de la justice et du dialogue, tout en regrettant l’absence de certains membres de l’Assemblée, dont la délégation ukrainienne, mais aussi de géorgiens, lithuaniens et d’autres.

Certaines de ces absences étaient toutefois prévisibles devant l’évolution de la situation, particulièrement suite aux résultats des votes de juin, s’agissant du retour de la délégation russe. L’AP semble avoir fait le tour de la question au sujet du lobbying exagéré qui avait existé durant si longtemps au détriment de son fonctionnement interne et surtout injuste par rapport aux parlementaires de la délégation russe. En outre cette situation infertile ou improductive avait largement pesé sur les travaux des parlementaires, et causé de mauvaises ambiances entre les membres de l’Institution, sans oublier les complications financières.

Il se rajoute que l’image de marque de notre organisation à vocation paneuropéenne au service de 830 millions de citoyens, a été écornée durant cette période longue, non seulement en raison des comportements affichés en surface par un certain nombre de personnes, externes ou même internes, mais  sans doute aussi du fait d’un mauvais jeu plus ou moins subtil effectué!  

L’on se souviendra que l’absence russe était principalement due au fait du vote sur l'annulation des pouvoirs déjà ratifiés de la délégation de la Fédération de Russie par l’AP en juin 2015 : 128 voix pour, 11 contre et 13 abstentions, ce que les parlementaires russes avaient ressenti comme une injustice. En temps réel le chef de délégation Mr A. Pushkov avait dit toute leur déception et envisagé de quitter le Conseil de l’Europe  comme il l’avait exprimé dans la conférence de presse donnée en salle 1 après le vote.

L’ancien président de l’Assemblée, Jean-Claude Mignon, prévenu de cette réaction, en était aussi surpris, il était allé voir le chef de la délégation russe pour tenter vainement de le faire changer d’avis le jour même avant la conférence de presse. La suite des événements avait montré que le point de vue de Mr Pushkov était exact, le contexte révélait que nombre de membres avaient une mauvaise approche de la connaissance de leurs collègues russes et du dossier concerné.

D’autre part, il semble que la hiérarchie de la Fédération de Russie était intervenue pour que les membres russes ne soient pas présents dans l’hémicycle à l’instant du vote. Si ce choix peut être contesté pour différents raisons, il n’en est pas moins judicieux et intelligent car on évitait ainsi la possibilité d’une éventuelle influence de leurs députés. L’on peut comprendre que les autorités voulaient savoir le degré d’opposition, Le résultat était clair mais injuste, en particulier si l’on se place dans la perspective d’une plateforme de discussion internationale.

Par rapport à ce constat d’absence russe en réaction à sanction, la politique de la chaise vide des ukrainiens  et des autres collègues dans la présente session,  ne représente pas une réaction à une sanction donnée par l’AP, mais résulte d’un choix différent qu’il appartient à chacun de comprendre, il existe plusieurs réalités dans les motifs des uns ou des autres

Ceci étant, il est tout de même curieux de constater que le doigt accusateur soit absent à l’instant même du retour de celui qui était accusé… Il y a lieu de comprendre ce qui se passe là, car lorsqu’une Institution de cette envergure est ébranlée par une manœuvre aussi sournoise constatée, ce n’est pas le fruit du hasard

Depuis 2015 il apparait que l’assemblée parlementaire s’est appauvrie de l’angle de vision russe dans les nombreux dossiers traités. L’on pouvait cependant apprécier à sa juste valeur la pertinence et les domaines d’expertises de nos amis russes dans la majorité de leurs interventions depuis 1996 ! Quid des progrès bilatéraux réalisés en si peu de temps ? On avait l’impression que la moitié de l’hémicycle manquait après leur départ, ce qui posait un sérieux problème sur le sens  de l’existence de l’organisation, puisque il ne peut y avoir vocation paneuropéenne sans la discussion avec nos collègues russes.

Je rajoute à mes observations, à l’intention aussi bien des membres de l’APCE, des personnels de l’organisation, des états membres et des collègues russes, qu’un certain nombre de députés ukrainiens agissaient cependant de bonne foi dans cette affaire assez pitoyable sur le fonds aussi bien que sur la forme.  

Je pense qu’il est utile ici de rappeler que les entités et individus qui manœuvrent ce type d’opération multi- niveau à vue de déstabilisation sont autrement dotés d’intelligence même nuisible que des députés voire agents fonctionnaires d’états ou d’une institution qui se voudrait académique, alors que certains semblent quelques fois éloignés de nos standards humains ; il est  heureux que ce constat ne soit pas généralisé.

Après les déviations des standards normatifs avérés, les comportements impertinents, impolis voire même agressifs, les regards mauvais ou autres situations de niveau  psychologie déficientes, les  vociférations, les manœuvres de trafic d’influences, il est temps de revenir aux standards académiques  effectifs du Conseil de l’Europe

 À mon propos constaté sur le terrain, Je peux témoigner que les russes n’étaient en rien impliqués dans de tels mouvements d’attitudes déviées, violentes ou sournoises, il serait bon d’y réfléchir, leur délégation avait gardé le sens académique de la maison dite commune. Chacun peut mesurer mon propos à. l’aune des balisages réalisés durant quatre années mais aussi sur la base des vingt dernières années de coopération de haut niveau et d’expertises pertinentes entre les collègues de tous nos EM.

Ceci dit, il est rassurant que nombre de membres aient gardé leur sang froid durant ce temps à priori perdu (*1) face çà une situation inconfortable pour tous, et de relever que notre assemblée ait réussi à maintenir une ligne de conduite honorable et digne tout en développant les connaissances des dossiers d’intérêt général au service de nos EM et de nos concitoyens à l’échelle paneuropéenne.

Cette constance et persévérance constituent sans nul doute le socle de son redéploiement vers ses missions essentielles, en restant collée aux fondamentaux, qui ont été bien rappelé par la présidente de l’AP, avec la présence effective de tous ses membres.

 Je salue ici l’excellent travail réalisé par la présidente Madame Maury-Pasquier qui a su géré avec cœur et intelligence cette situation turbulente et délicate, le regard posé sur le code de conduite ou réglementaire de l’AP.

Mardi, l’emploi de temps était pris en partie par la célébration du 70ème anniversaire du CoE, puisque après le discours  prononcé par le Président français, les membres étaient conviés à un spectacle théâtral à l’opéra de Strasbourg. Il s’avère que les députés après s’être rendus à cet événement n‘étaient pas revenus au Palais, de fait une demi journée de travail a été perdue, ce qui s’est ressenti dans l’organisation des bureaux.

Cependant les belles parles du président ne correspondent pas à la réalité du terrain et la méthode laisse à désirer. *2

Mercredi, madame Maria Pejcinovic Buric, a prononcé son premier discours officiel en qualité de Secrétaire Générale du Conseil de l’Europe. Elle s’et exprimée d’une voix posée et calme dans les deux langues officielles de l’Institution, en donnant quelques premières grandes lignes de son action. Puis elle a écouté les membres de l’Assemblée pour connaitre  leurs opinions et propositions. On lui souhaite un bon succès de sa mission pour le bien général de la construction européenne et des citoyens paneuropéens.

La célébration du 70ème anniversaire, jeudi dans l’hémicycle présentée de manière sobre et professionnelle par la présidente suffisait amplement à marquer cet anniversaire, d’autant que l’événement fût reporté au mois d’octobre lors de la session de juin 2019, en raison du comportement d’obstruction de quelques  députés qui avaient dévié le timing de la session à l’entame des travaux.

Durant la session l’on aura remarqué que les membres français étaient très actifs, Sept rapports présentés dans la semaine ! Si l’on rajoute les interventions de la secrétaire d’état  et du Président, l’on peut dire que la France a assuré une grande présence pour conclure son temps de présidence tournante du Comité des ministres.

Les rapports discutés sur des thèmes variés se sont révélés intéressants, comme la protection des lanceurs d’alerte, la nécessité d’un ensemble de valeurs communes  pour les institutions du médiateur en Europe, les violences obstétricales ou gynécologiques…

 Concernant le rapport relatif à un statut juridique pour les réfugiés climatiques, une demande de renvoi a été demandée au motif du nombre d’aspects juridiques non discutés en commission. Cette demande à laquelle s’est opposée la présidente de la commission juridique a été rejetée par l’assemblée par un écart de 6 voix : 23 voix contre, 17 pour et 10 abstentions. Après la discussion les amendements de pondération proposés furent rejetés dans leur ensemble durant les votes. Et le texte adopté par 45 voix pour 15 contre et 14 abstentions

Lors du débat d’actualité sur la violation des droits démocratiques et répression des manifestations pacifiques en Fédération de Russie dans le contexte des élections au Conseil de la ville de Moscou, les députés russes ont présenté des éléments de droit dans un argumentaire intelligible que l’on peut  entendre et comprendre. Ils ont aussi désigné des problèmes de nature plus grave dans d’autres états membres de l’AP, comme par exemple la gestion de la crise des gilets jaunes en France ou des données de politiques intérieures en Turquie. Un membre russe a également dénoncé l’exploitation de l’arrestation des enfants lors des manifestations, et la déformation des faits réalisés par certains médias contre les autorités

En tout état de cause il  est bon que les russes puissent exposer leur façon de voir les choses, alors qu’il n’est pas rare que les membres qui critiquent connaissent également des situations difficiles dans leurs  états  ce qui n’est pas systématiquement discuté dans des rapports de l’APCE. Cela a été rappelé par un autre député qui a spécifié que la discussion portait plutôt sur les valeurs de la liberté d’expression et d’élections libres et de ne pas se focaliser sur un seul pays, car il y a des problèmes aussi ailleurs. D’autres intervenants se sont montrés satisfaits du retour des russes pour qu’ils puissent présenter leur opinion.  

Je souligne que nombre de députés ont été attristés d’apprendre la tuerie des  policiers à Paris et ont présentés leurs condoléances à la France et aux familles des victimes. .  

D’autres rapports ont été présentés, je n’ai pas suivi toutes les discussions.

Comme souvent des sides events ont eu lieu.  Dès lundi, parrainée par la députée Maryvonne Blondin,  nous avons revu avec plaisir une figure de l’APCE madame Josette Durrieu qui a présenté l’ouvrage coécrit avec Mr Florent Parmentier : « Moldova at the crossroad of worlds » Nombre de collègues se sont déplacés pour revoir Josette pour une rencontre conviviale et d’intérêt puisqu’elle est une experte de la zone étudiée.

 Un autre événement parrainé par le député Sylvain Waserman nous faisait découvrir un programme de haute qualité  pour le développement de la petite enfance, présenté par la présidente de la fondation « ensemble pour l’éducation de la petite enfance ». Le contenu de cet exposé laissait entrevoir un réel support pour alimenter les travaux parlementaires au service du développement et bien-être de la personne humaine, et des citoyens de la grande Europe.

En outre, l’exemplarité donnée peut ouvrir des chemins de réflexion sociétale dans d’autres sphères Institutionnelles ou géographiques. Concernant ces neurosciences il y aurait néanmoins des points de pondération juridique à prendre comme principe de précaution pour ce genre de dossier, pour éviter d’éventuelles dérives ou emprises sur des jeunes cerveaux en cours de formation. Je pense en particulier aux programmes spécifiques de long terme, parapsychologiques et métaphysiques, menés par les entités de pouvoirs.

Plus tard dans la semaine s’est tenu une  rencontre soutenue par le député Frank Schwabe intitulé «  How authoritrian states undermine international human rights mechanisms » avec la  participation du député Rempi et de la fondation Open dialogue.

 Je suis intervenu pour signaler que cette présentation donnait l’impression d’une discussion unilatérale. Les turcs, les kazakhs ou les russes n’étaient pas présents pour défendre leurs points de vue… S’agissant de notice rouges d’Interpol, j’ai argumenté que si un personne détournait 500 millions d’euros à Londres, Paris ou Frankfort, les systèmes bancaires chercheraient à traduire les coupables en justice, il ‘y a donc pas d’abus des « red notices » d’Interpol par des états ayant subi ce type d’escroquerie de haute volée! J’ai également demandé comment était financé la fondation Open dialogue.   

La démarche de déstabilisation d’un état membre comme l’Ukraine relève d’une action contre la construction européenne. J’ai demandé que cette manipulation cesse, en spécifiant que le Conseil de l’Europe n’est pas une annexe d’une agence de renseignement ou d’intelligence. L’on peut en effet se demander ce que faisait le fils du VP des USA en Ukraine avant, pendant et après les événements ayant conduit au chaos constaté. Cela vaut pour d’autres présences constatées. Y a-t-il un degré d’implication, lesquels ?… En ce sens, la demande d’enquête de l’actuel Président des USA me semble légitime. ***

Ces nombreux meetings tenus dans les coulisses du Palais de l’Europe, pendant les sessions de l’assemblée parlementaire, ne disposaient pas de traductions en langue française. A cet instant la personne d’Open dialogue m’a coupé la parole, mais j’avais insisté pour finir mon intervention en disant que le président français s’était exprimé en français. Le député italien Rempi a reconnu qu’il y avait une erreur technique concernant les traductions et qu’il fallait y remédier dans le futur.

* Au cours de cette réunion une projection d’information sur le tableau s’apparentait à un effet d’ d’influence recherché, n’ayant rien à voir avec les sujets traités, en matière des droits humains. Cette action transversale de manipulation des esprits à un but de division sans doute pour des enjeux de nature différente  aux actions du Conseil de l’Europe, et n’a pas sa place dans nos discussions.

Il est temps aussi de retrouver la sérénité lors des side events qui se déroulent pendant les sessions parlementaires.

Pour conclure mon propos de l’évolution de la discussion lors de l’APCE de juin puis d’octobre 2019, il se confirme que l’ambiance est plus sereine durant le Congrès de Pouvoirs locaux et régionaux d’Europe qui se tient du 29 au 31 octobre. Les rapports et débats relatifs à la Turquie et la Russie se sont déroulés dans une atmosphère nettement plus apaisée. L’on constate des progrès dans le dialogue demandé par les uns et les autres avec l’acceptation réciproque des points positifs mais aussi des lacunes à combler ou corriger. Le temps devrait faire son œuvre dès lors que l’on travaille dans une ambiance de respect les uns et des autres, ce qui convient bien à notre Institution.

Je n’avais quant à moi aucun doute à ce sujet depuis le début de l’affaire en constatant, puis en vérifiant les dérives en temps réel ; c’était assez triste et navrant. Il est heureux que nous ayons réussi à redresser la situation grâce au travail de fond réalisé.

 Bonne chance à tous pour la suite des événements.     




*1 ce temps à priori perdu *1 si l’on tire les leçons de cette expérience le dialogue pourra progresser pour éviter  situations de ce type







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After EuroZone Paris Summit's succes, Sarkozy calls to "think anew how to re-construct Europe !

"EuroZone and EU Institutional debates pave the way to 2009 discussions on EU Future, including Enlargment, Turkey etc. ?

23 October 2008

After EU Parliament strongly suppported in 3 successive Votes this week in Strasbourg French EU Chairmanship's move to boost Euro-Group at EU's core, while ideas on EU Institutional problems are awaited on December, "it's an open Question now" if this may lead to a debate on EU's Future, or not, told us French President, Nicolas Sarkozy''s Spokesman, Pierre-Jerome Henin.

MEPs voted on Thursday fresh Funds to support EuroGroup, after adopting on Wednesday a Resolution asking a "further Evolution" to "the 1st ever meeting of Heads of State and of Government of the Euro-Zone, taking decisions in that capacity", while earlier this week a Report asked "a stronger Institutional setting" for "EuroGroup", extended from "competitiveness/industry" to "environment, employment and education", with "increased powers for Political decision-making", according to a text drafted by French MEP Francoise Beres and German MEP Werner Langen, "10 Years after the creation of Euro" (1999 - 2009).

- Brussels' subsequent "EU Council ..(simply)..ratified the measures decided by EuroGroup on October 12" in Paris, which "were necessary to contain the current Financial Crisis", Resolution observes, expressing also support to the new process succesfully initiated by Sarkozy and due to be completed by agreements with USA and other countries at a Global level.

From now on, it's between two differend but parallel moves : EU's delay, and EuroZone's acceleration, that Enlargement and particularly Turkey's controversial EU bid, will have to search its way :

Indeed, EU's 27 expect a "Roadmap on how to deal with the Irish problem" on Lisbon Treaty ratification after December, risking to pass even 2009 Elections and next Commission with the old Nice Treaty of 2000, out-dated and unfit even for 2004's Enlargement...

On the contrary, EU's core launches a real "Economic Governance for EuroZone at the highest level of Heads of State/Government" of the 15, which started in Paris on October 12 and was strongly supported this week in Strasbourg by Sarkozy and EU Parliament.
- "It's a good idea, to launch such a debate ("on EU's Future") in EU Parliament in view of 2009 Euro-Election : Perhaps some MEPs will seize an opportunity", told us mainstream French MEP Alain Lamassoure, former EU Minister and EU Spokesman for France's governing party UMP.

- "All MEPs' debates on such EU Councils are also part of the larger debate on Europe's future : Now with EuroZone, and even more when, on December, Irish Prime Minister is due to table proposals in Strasbourg on how to deal with EU Treaty's ratification", replied earlier to our question EU Parliament's Press Director and Spokesman, Jaume Duch.
Sarkozy has formally anounced his intention to open EU Debates on Economy, Identity/Enlargement (i.e. mainly Turkey), etc. both linked to a popular Political view of Europe, since his Historic speeches on EU in Strasbourg, on February and July 2007, when he stressed that "Europe needs a New Renaissance". At the beginning of the French EU Presidency, on July 2008, replying to a MEP, he suggested that EU Parliament takes an active part in Debates on EU's Future.

- Now, in 2008, "Crisis are an opportunity to re-think how to re-construct Europe", Sarkozy stressed. At any case, the Historic 1st EuroZone Summit of Heads of State/Government, which started replying to the Financial crisis,"is a Turning Point : After that, Europe cannot be governed as before, but differently" : People "like a Europe with Strong Will".

- "We must make the System move !", "Europe needs Innovation" and free political debates. EU "Elections are in a few Months", Sarkozy warned.

He invited EU Parliament to fully play its role as "the Democratic Heart of the Europe we want : United, Independent and Voluntarist, because the World needs Europe's voice".

- "It's no more possible for Euro-Zone to continue without an Economic Government" at the Highest Level of Heads of State/Government, who provide "Democratic Legitimity" and can take important decisions, he announced, strongly supported by EU Parliament's Economic Committee which just voted to boost the "Institutional" aspects of "EuroGroup".

Plasticity offered by the current absence of a special Treaty on EuroZone's Institutions "made it easy to adapt the organization of the 1st Summit with imagination, to efficiently meet urgent needs", he observed, on the occasion of Brittish Prime Minister's exceptionnal presence at the greatest part of EuroGroup's Paris Summit.

- "In EuroZone we have the same Bank, the same Money, and, thus, a same duty for Unity" : "By bringing together EuroGroup's 15 members States we suceeded to find a solution and prepare a Giant Plan of 1.800 Billion euros", Sarkozy reminded of Paris' 1st Historic EuroZone's Summit.

Afterwards, Brussels' EU Council followed the move, and USA's Paulson II Plan was inspired from that. "Europe must promote the idea of Global Economy's Refoundation", he stressed.


- "I was frankly astonished when I found, at the EU, a rigid system, where any New Idea was seen from the outset as a sacrilege, while, on the contrary, Europe needs Innovation !", he described.

F.ex. ,"'When we first spoke about the "Union for the Mediterranean", it was misunderstood as something extraordinary.. When later we had the Russia -Georgia crisis, it seemed against EU's custom to act "in the middle of August", instead of staying a passive spectator ! And when, in front of the Financial ciris, we gathered the 1st EuroZone Summit of the "15", some thought of it as a lese-majesté", he denounced.
On Geo-Political Principles :
- But, by moving resolutely, "EU obtained the ...withdrawal of Occupation Troops in 2 Months !", reminded Sarkozy, observing that Russia "fulfilled its commitments", in the Georgian crisis, where a "disroportionate reaction" from Moscow followed a "totally inappropriate action" from Tbilisi's troops. "It would be crazy to reply by military means : EU should not become accomplice of another Cold War, imposed by lack of cool heads".. as he said.

In future, "the creation of a common European Economic Area with EU and Russia, would also obtain a raprochment on our Human Rights and Democratic Values", added Sarkozy, in a statement which should logically be applied, a fortiori, to controversial EU "candidate" Turkey..

Particularly when, the same week that EU Parliament voted 2009 EU Funds for Turkey's controversial EU bid, ECHR took a series of judgements condemning Turkey for grave Violations of Human Rights, such as : Torture, death of a political prisoner in unclear circumstances followed by failure to conduct a proper Investigation, "enforced Disappearance" of a youngster aged 17, Killing of a sepherd with Tank Shells, persecuting Journalists for articles on "Missing" People, even a former President of Human Rights' Association, (etc)

- "We (EU) can defend our ideas on respect of Sovereignity and territorial Integrity, on Human Rights and other differences ... without confrontation", Sarkozy stressed, on the occasion of Russian/Georgian conflict, reminding that : "we were only 2 steps from catastroph", when a Peace agreement brokered in Moscow prevented, at the last minute, Russian troops' advance towards Tbilisi.

An EU Parliament Resolution adopted Wednesday in Strasbourg on the occasion of Russia - Georgia conflict, outlines a set of Principle which apply elsewhere too, (particularly when EU Rapporteur for Russia and Turkey is one and same person ; Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijtanen !)

Clearly rejecting any "military solution to the conflicts", MEPs "condemn ..all those who resorted to force and violence". They denounce a "disproportionate military action", "as well as (an) unilateral decision to recognise the independence" of brekaway regions, "calling.. to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of the concerned country, "and the inviolability of its borders recognised by all EU Member States". They warn that "EU must review its policy towards" a 3rd Country, "should .(it)...not comply with its commitments", and "stress that the withdrawal of.... troops from the areas ....is an essential additional step".

EU Parliament "calls for the safe and quick return of refugees, (accepted by Russian President Medvedev) accompanied by the deployment of EU observers on the ground", and "regrets ...that ..EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) is not allowed to enter the ...breakaway regions". Moreover, "It's important to ensure that persons and NGOs ..engaged in defending human and civil rights can operate". "Until ...all remaining issues (are) resolved..., and notably the continuing ...Military presence", "relations with the EU ..cannot be fully normalised", MEPS warned.

As nobody likes to be accused to practice "Double Standards", this should be regarded as "Principles" applicable to any Third Country at EU's Neighborhood.. No ?


On Economy :

- "When Financial crisis shook US and EU's Banks, without result from the 1st (American) Paulsen plan, it was the common reply of the 1st EuroZone's Summit, involving some 1800 Billion euros, which started a positive move in the markets, soon strengthened by the follow-up of the US Paulson 2 Plan, noted Sarkozy.

- "Europe should not be only on the defensive, but, if necessary, know also how to take an offensive", he said, brushing away hesitationsto act on Economy: - "I'm for a refondation of Capitaliism, but against Speculators, who betray its values" : "Lack of Rules was profitable to speculators, Not to businessmen !" We must make sure to prevent any such crisis in future". "We, the rest of the World, cannot continue to bear the deficits of the 1st World power without saying anything !", the French President said, applauded by EU Parliament. All this needs "a New Global Governance", on which EU Parliament must debate. That's why "we proposed together with USA, several Summits from mid-November", to which G-8, enlarged to China, India a.o. countries, should participate. UNO's SG; Ban Ki Moon, the IMF, etc.

Financial crisis lowered shares' prices even for healthy companies, sometimes to 1/3 of their initial price, so that strangers might buy EU industries for only a portion of their real value, and Europeans may wake up one day with their main industries sold out to foreigners !

That's one of the reasons for which EU should debate about creating "Golden Shares" for States to jointly take Strategic participations to help European Industries until the end of the Crisis, particularly against distording competition, he suggested, pointing at USA's 35 billion $ plan for American Car Industry."We shall struggle for Europe to be able to build Airplanes, Ships, Trains, Cars, because we need a strong Industry", he concluded.

"F.ex. as we did back in 2004, when as Finance Minister, we bought Alsthom's shares for 800.000 euros, and, after restructuring, we sold them for 2 Millions : Help a company and make money is not so bad"...

As for the UK, "when Ireland announced that it would guarantee only Irish Banks, London City emptied from liquidities in 24 hours : It's the EU which helped to restore the situation, Not the UK alone !", reminded Sarkozy to nationalist British MEP Nigel Farage.


On the contrary, in a last-minute attempt for the EU to catch-up with its Institutional delay "before the European Elections" of June 2009, MEPs simply voted a call for a "set of proposals" to be made for the "Irish public opinion" at the end of the year...

- "As long as Lisbon Treaty is not ratified by all 27 EU Member States, there is an unanimous decision to stop Enlargement, reminded Wednesday in Strasbourg the French Minister for EU affairs, Jean-Pierre Jouyet..

Added to an indirect but clear warning that, without Lisbon Treaty, all 27 EU Member Countries may not have a Commissioner in the 2009 resuffle, MEPS in the Constitutional/Foreign affairs Committees applauded hoping that this might motivate their Irish friends..



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