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Solemn CoE call to eradicate Poverty, while Poor People point at Family/Children+

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 17 October 2012




*The juxtaposition of an exceptionaly underlined Official Declaration by all bodies representing Citizens in the PanEuropean COE, which expressed concern for the situation of People threatend by Extreme Poverty, and the original demands by direct representatives taken among those People themselves, (thanks to a good initiative taken by COE's International NGOs), revealed today that Poor People's concerns are much more focused on the vital need to protect their Families, including Parents' rights to live together with their Children, than anything else, showing a relative variance with Politiciians' official views, which follow other, even if relevant, priority lists (See Infra).

 - "What is more important in the event organized today at the COE", on the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Extreme Poverty, "is the fact that Poor People have been invited to Speak out for themselves", on how they see things, how they feell about Priority needs, etc., pointed out to "EuroFora" the experienced long-time former COE's Director on Human Rights, Henri Imbert.





 Protect People's Right to live togethere with their Family, astonishingly came No 1 among many other demands formulated by Poor People themselves, as a group of their representatives expressed them at a gathering in front of CoE's main entrance in Strasbourg, where lies the Famous Declaration of the Founder of the "4rth World" movement, Father Joseph Wresinski, according to whom, "whenever People are condemned to live in Misery, Human Rights are Violated". That's why, "it's a Sacred Duty to unite all together in order to ensure that they are Respected".

    A well known Text, dating from 1987, i.e. when the atrocious reality of the first  Homeless People of the Modern Era, ("SDF" , i.e. "People without fixed Residence", in French language since former President Mitterand's era), suddenly started to appeazr even at the Public Space, without any real nor complete eradication of that obviously unaccaptable horror not even today, almost 25 Years later...     

    Father Wresinski's text was read today, at the Annual Symbolic Ceremony traditionaly held in front of the COE, in many languages, including even Russian (where a Young Lady pointed also to the fact that Poor People's deprivation often includes also Moral or "Cultural" aspects,which sometimes might count more), and even in 2 or 3 African languages, concluding with Polish, after using also Greek, (where Poor People today, as well as productive Businesses, notoriously face many Hard Deprivations, in order to pay back the Debt largely provoked since the 1980ies by a Minority of counter-productive, unpopular, and often abusive or even corrupted, cushy job holders and/or political cronies appointed by Clientelist and/or Nepotist former Governments, mainly of PASOK, who persist, even today, after having scandalously usurpated 30 Years of Salaries, Paid Holidays, etc, to even ask either to let them continue wasting the Country's scarce Money, or to give them anothet 20 or 30 Years of "Retirement" benefits, paid by the meager savings of more than 1,5 Million of Jobless and other Poor, Hard Working People, reportedly to the point to dare  endanger an otherwise possible Agreement between the New Government of Greece and the ECB/EUC/IMF "Troika" up to the eve of the forthcoming EU Council in Brussels)..
    + Together with that Poor People's 1st demand, came also anothe Poor People's demand for Public Services to "rather Help Parents to be able to take care of their own Children, instead of taking their Children away from them"..

    A problem which has already provoked many ECHR's condemnations of Public Authorities in the UK, Sweden, and other Countries for sometimes arbitrarily interfering, even with oppressive measures, in Poor People's Family Life, precisely by abusively taking away from poor Parents their Children, (often "placed" ex officio in some "Foster" couples or even mere Associations which earn a living by being paid for that, as World Famous Writer Hector Malot has already depicted in his landmark "Sans Famille" (without Family") Book.

    CoE's Committee of Ministers was strongly criticized, recently, for not taking drastic and urgent enough Measures in order to simply implement an Ittalian Court's judgement ordering a controversial NGO, reportedly even run by Homosexuals, to return back to their natural Mother and Father, or at least allow them to meet freely and regularly with their 2 Children, (now rather Young Adults, after all those Years), which had been abusively taken away from them and "placed" at that NGO (reportedly linked to some local Politicians, etc), for so many Years, thatn, when after more of a Decade of almost Total Separation, they suddenly met their parents, the practicaly usurpated Children, who had been seriously Manipulated by that NGO against their parents, suddenly started to .... Strike Violently and Hit their Father's head, badly beat their Father and Mother, with gross Insults, etc., provoking a Shock to their Poor Parents, who had vainly fought for Tens of Years desperately trying to see their usurpated Children, (who had been violently taken away from them when they were aged 3 and 5 years only : Scarfari affair)...

    On a more "Oprimist" tone, in the case of anothetr Poor couple, which had been Separated for years, suddenly the Mother and the Father came together and became anew United in order to lead a long Legal Struggle, for almost a Decade (!), in front of Brittish Courts up to Strasbourg's ECHR, in a pathetically emotive attempt to find and bring back to the Family their own small Children, who had been abusively taken away and "placed" among some strangers paid with Public Funds, in a dirproportionately coercitive measure taken by a local UK Authority, mainly during the controversial era of former UK Prime Minister Blair...                                                                                        


    - "It's astonishing how many Political, Legal and other Official Decision have been already taken previously by the COE and other EU or International bodies all these years,calling to eradicate at least extreme Povety without tangible effects yet, observed to "EuroFora" the new President of CoE's PanEuropean Conference of International NGO's, Annelise Oeschger>.

    This is made obvious in the Annex of the New, 2012 Text that, for the 1st time, all CoE's bodies which represent Citizens, (its Committee of Ministers, represented by its Chairwoman-in-office, Ambassador of Albania, Mrs Margarita Gega,its Parliamentary Assembly, Sir Alan Meale, its Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe, with its newly elected President Hardwig Van Staa, and the International NGO's Conference (INGO)'s President, Jean-Marie Heydt,), came all together  to launch in a joint Declaration on the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, she told "EuroFora".

    CoE's collective official Declaration stresses the "Commitment to >Human Dignity, and the protection of Human Rights, which are Universaln Indivisible and Interdependant", and expresses timely "Concern about the situation of People living in Extreme Poverty" still today.     

    Such situations "arise when the Economic and Social effects of Poverty come together with its Cultural effects, and are Long-Lasting", thus "depriving those People of any prospect of Effective Exercice of their (other, even if Legally Binding) Rights in the foreseeable Future", CoE, the PanEuropean Organization of Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law denounces.

    -=> Among a series of various Measures supported by CoE's 2012 Declaration, figures also a specific call to act "with the Participation of the People concerned", i.e. "People experiencing Extreme Poverty", so that they will be enabled "to participate effectively in the Formulation, Implementation and Evaluation of Policies and Measutres for the eradication of Poverty", as well as for their "participation in Political and Public Life", without any Discriination.

    - CoE's collectiove Official 2012 Declaration also calls all its 47 Member States to "promote appropriate Measures, in partiicular in the .. area .. (of).; Family Life", (which is also protected by ECHR's Article 8), but curiously ranks as No 3 out of a Decalogue composed by 10 dinstinctive points, contrary to Poor People's own concerns, as expressed today at the CoE in Strasbourg, which put Family as No 1 threatened value needing protection (Comp.Supra)...



(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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The official presentation of a "Program" respecting People's choices voted in the June 7, 2009 EU Elections, to be debated in EU Council and EU Parliament during its 1st Session on July in Strasbourg, is the No 1 Priority, according to Democratic principles, for the Franco-German axis, said the main winners at the ballot box, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel.

They stressed  that the New EU Commission's President must have a "Program" in favor of an EU which "protects" its Citizens, regulates financial markets and aims at a "Political" Europe" : a wording they have used as incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid.

They also declared ready for a "political" endorsment of "Mr. Barroso's candidacy" in June's EU Council, considering that an official decision would have to be made after EU Parliament's debates and votes, possibly from next month (July), with the legally necessary final acceptance shortly after Lisbon Treaty's entry into force, hoped for September or October.

- "A Program, and Mr. Barroso" : This resumes, in substance, the anouncements made by Sarkozy and Merkel, on the question of current EU Commission's President, Barroso's declared wish to succeed to himself for a second mandate, to be extended during the following 5 years.

 In their 1st meeting after EU Elections, they observed that "the Franco-German axis counted in European Elections' campaign... But, we both keep a realistic view : We saw the number of those who abstained, and we must absolutely give them an answer. We also see the disilusionment of an important number of Europeans vis a vis Europe, and we are aware of the responsibilities we have".


 - The "Duty" of the new EU Commission's President, after June 7, 2009 EU Elections' result, "is to act for a Europe which protects the Europeans, to commit himself into working for a better Regulation of Financial transactions, ... and to have a Political will for Europe", underlined Sarkozy.

Therefore, "we have asked M. Barroso... to clarify, to officialy present the intentions he has", he anounced.

- "We want to speak also about the Programme", explained Merkel.

- "It's important that for the next EU Parliament's mandate (2009-2014) we take the right Decisions for Europe.  Obviously on Persons, but mainly Decisions on Issues", she stressed.

- "It's not simply a question of a Person, it's also a question of a Programme". We are "really asking Mr. Barroso to commit himself on a Program, and on Principles, on Values", Sarkozy added.

EU President-in-office, Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer, accepted the Franco-German stance :

- "Barroso must present his Programme. The Czech Presidency agrees with that", Fischer reportedly said later, after meeting Sarkozy.

But Press reports from Brussels claimed that Barroso had preferred to be officially appointed by EU Council since June, (i.e. next week), "because this was implied by the current Treaty of Nice, according to him", and considered any delay until the possible ratification of the new, Lisbon Treaty on September/October, as "undemocratic".

- "At any case, independently of what Germany and France ask, it's also EU Parliament's wish". "We shall propose Mr Barroso's candidacy... But even in the framework of Nice Treaty, EU Parliament has to be associated in this Decision", the French President observed.

If this is correctly done, then "we support Mr. Barroso's candidature", and "if the (EU) Parliament agrees, we might ratify this decision since July", (i.e. next month), they both said.


- "France and Germany support Baroso's candidacy, But we want to speak also on the Program. We believe that this Program should be established in close cooperation with EU Parliament, and that's why we have followed an appropriate way", said Merkel.  - If EU Parliament wants, this election can take place on July,  but this must be done in full agreement.

- "We shall support Mr. Barroso's candidacy, without doubt", said Sarkozy. "But we have asked from Mr. Barroso, as I told him yesterday, to put into detail.. his intentions, at the eve of his 2nd mandate, if the situation avails itself.

    France and Germany "don't want to take an Official Legal Decision by writting" during "the next (EU) Council" (on June 18-19), declared Sarkozy.  Because they prefer, at this stage, only "a Political decision" on June, "so that we (EU Council) can work together with EU Parliament", which starts to meet only Next Month, since July in Srasbourg, "leaving a Legal decision by writting for later".

    - "If the Conditions are fuillfiled in EU Parliament, we (EU Council) are ready to give the agreement and make it offficial", said Merkel

    - "But, now we are working in the base of Nice Treaty. If tommorow we want to work in the spirit of Lisbon Treaty, we have to find a proper way", she added.

    - "Of course it's Legally complicated, because we are going to make a Political proposal to the forthcoming Council, for an EU Commission's President, on the basis of Nice Treaty : So, we (EU Council) will not appoint the Commissioners. Only the President.  If EU Parliament agrees, it could endorse this position on July", explained Sarkozy.

    But, on Autumn, "if Ireland ratifies Lisbon Treaty, there will be, at any case, a 2nd Decision, to appoint the Commission's President, this time on the basis of Lisbon treaty, and then, we, the EU Member States, would have to appoint (also) the EU Commissioners", he added.

    As for the precise Timing :  - "Everything is suspended until the Irish vote... Now, we must all make everything possible to help Ireland to say "Yes"" to Lisbon Treaty... The Irish Referendum, ..will take place either on September or on October. It's a Question which depends on the Irish. And,  then, we shall have the Choice of the Candidates for the permanent Institutions of Europe".

    However, "if Ireland says No, we, French and Germans, have to assume our responsibilities, and we'll do so", he concluded.

    But British and Swedish governments were reportedly eager to have a final EU Council decision on Barroso since this month, on June's European Council. While the other EU Member Countries are divided, several of them preferring to wait until EU Parliament pronounces itself, on July, and/or until Lisbon Treaty might be ratified by Ireland at the beginning of the Autumn. Barroso's current mandate ends on November.

    There are also various, contradictory and/or unpredictable reactions inside EU Parliament vis a vis Barroso's wish to continue a 2nd mandate, because many MEPs are openly or secretly opposed, reluctant, or hesitating.

    In the biggest EU Countries, as France and Germany, EU Citizens voted on June 2009 EU Elections for a renovated, non-technocratic but Political Europe which cares for its Citizens, with an Identity, Values and Borders, declared incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid, by mainstream, pro-European Governing Parties. Similar choices were also supported in several other small or medium EU Countries.

    On the contrary, whenever, in other Countries, Governing and other mainstream Parties didn't make these choices or eluded them, EU Citizens massively voted for euro-Sceptics whenever they were the only ones to to promise anti-bureacratic change and oppose Turkey's demand to enter into the EU, (f.ex. in the UK, Netherlands, etc).

    It's seems to be an Open Question whether Sarkozy and Merkel's conditions will be really accepted by Barroso, who was appointed on 2004 in a different political context, (with Socialist Prime Ministers in Germany, France, etc), had rejected in the Past the idea of EU becoming "equal to the USA" as "ridiculous", and pushed for Turkey's contoversial EU bid, trying to "soften" or contain the changes desired by the People who voted for Merkel and Sarkozy with another policy vis a vis Turkey on 2005 in Germany and on 2007 in France, as they did all over Europe on 2009.

    In addition to many EPP Governments, it's 3 remaining Socialist Prime Ministers : Gordon Brown in the UK, Zapatero in Spain, and Socrates in Prortugal, who support Barroso, as well as Liberal Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt. But their Parties lost the June 2009 EU Elections.

    Questioned whether there was still "Time" for "other" possible "Candidates", Sarkozy and Merkel did not deny, nor made any comment on that, but simply said that "it's not for us to make publicity for any candidates. We anounced our choice ("A Program, and Mr. Barroso"). But we respect any other candidate".

    Among various other names cited are former Belgian Prime Minister Verhofstadt, former UNO's Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson of Ireland, Italian former EU Commission's vice-President Monti, etc. Meanwhile, Luxembourg's PM Juncker, (who had been unanimously accepted by EU Council for EU Commission's Presidency on 2004, but refused), announced his intention to resign from "EuroGroup"'s Chair. Thus, he might be available for another Top EU job.

    As "EuroFora"'s "opinion" said (See publication dated 9/6/09) : - "If the current candidates (i.e. Barroso, etc) to the Top EU jobs promise and guarantee to respect People's democratic choices, then, it's OK".

"Otherwise, Europe must find new candidates, really motivated and able to implement these democratic choices of the People."

    Because, "in Democracy, the forthcoming choices for EU's Top Jobs,...should be made according to EU Citizens' Votes in June 7, 2009 European Elections, and main EU Governments' strategic policies".



2009 EU Elections were won by Parties against Technocracy and Turkey's controversial EU bid, while the 1999-2004 Majority Abstention trend decelerated. What should be done in 2009-2014 ?


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