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Viewpoint: EU Parliament and Happiness, Conviviality, Dynamism ?

Written by ACM
Friday, 19 June 2020

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EU Parliament and Happiness, Conviviality, Dynamism ?

 

News/Viewpoint

By Patrick Bracker

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(Translations provided in English, German, Italian, and French,

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It is vital that our European elected representatives remain in contact with our fellow European citizens.

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Indeed, although Strasbourg is empty of our usual sessions and we feel this emptiness in the city, the European dynamism seems to be suspended in time.

Nothing is taken for granted, neither the seat which is deserved or not *, nor the dynamism which is the fruit of the heart and the will, of the intelligence and of human action, the whole based on values and projects of society, at the service of the citizens,  peace, prosperity, health ...  even happiness!

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It is high time we resumed our usual activities and the rhythms of our activities, apart from the artificial, superficial meetings of teleworking in confined or eight-cambered mode... this is not the purpose of Europe.

The reality, as you well know, is also the field, the meetings, the sharing, and the conviviality. The essential tool of communication must remain a support, a complement to the work, but it must not be the only priority !

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We must not allow a vacuum to develop between the institutions and the public. This is also true for the staff of institutions that feel this void.

Let us avoid a vacuum that is too full of distance or remoteness, which could create a gap between the institutions and the citizens, a dimension of widespread misunderstanding.

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Yours sincerely,

Patrick Bracker

 

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Fröhlichkeit, Geselligkeit und Dynamik


Es ist von entscheidender Bedeutung, dass unsere europäischen Volksvertreter mit unseren europäischen Mitbürgern in Kontakt bleiben.

Obwohl Straßburg von unseren üblichen Sitzungen leer ist und wir diese Leere in der Stadt spüren, scheint die europäische Dynamik mit der Zeit aufgehoben zu sein.

Nichts ist selbstverständlich, weder der Sitz, der verdient oder nicht *, noch die Dynamik, die die Frucht des Herzens und des Willens, der Intelligenz und des menschlichen Handelns ist, das Ganze auf der Grundlage von Werten und Projekten der Gesellschaft, im Dienste der Bürger, des Friedens, des Wohlstands, der Gesundheit ...  sogar des Glücks!

Es ist höchste Zeit, dass wir die gewohnten Aktivitäten und den Rhythmus unserer Aktivitäten wieder aufnehmen, abgesehen von den künstlichen, oberflächlichen Treffen der Telearbeit im begrenzten oder geschlossenen Modus ... das ist nicht der Zweck Europas.

Die Realität ist, wie Sie wissen, auch das Feld, die Treffen, das Teilen, die Geselligkeit. Das wesentliche Instrument der Kommunikation muss eine Unterstützung, eine Ergänzung der Arbeit bleiben, aber es darf nicht die einzige Priorität sein!

Wir dürfen nicht zulassen, dass zwischen den Institutionen und der Öffentlichkeit ein Vakuum entsteht. Dies gilt auch für die Mitarbeiter der Institutionen, die diese Leere spüren.

Vermeiden wir eine Leere, die zu sehr von Distanz oder Abgeschiedenheit geprägt ist, was zu eine Dimension weit verbreiteter Missverständnisse.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

Patrick Bracker

 

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Felicità, convivialità e dinamismo


È fondamentale che i nostri rappresentanti eletti europei rimangano in contatto con i nostri concittadini europei.

Infatti, anche se Strasburgo è vuota delle nostre solite sessioni e sentiamo questo vuoto nella città, il dinamismo europeo sembra essere sospeso nel tempo.

Nulla è dato per scontato, né la sede che si merita o meno *, né il dinamismo che è frutto del cuore e della volontà, dell'intelligenza e dell'azione umana, il tutto basato su valori e progetti della società, al servizio dei cittadini, della pace, della prosperità, della salute ...  e persino della felicità!

È giunto il momento di riprendere le consuete attività e i ritmi delle nostre attività, a parte gli incontri artificiali e superficiali del telelavoro in modalità confinata o chiusa... non è questo lo scopo dell'Europa.

La realtà, come ben sapete, è anche il campo, gli incontri, la condivisione, la convivialità. Lo strumento essenziale della comunicazione deve rimanere un supporto, un complemento al lavoro, ma non deve essere l'unica priorità!

Non dobbiamo permettere che si crei un vuoto tra le istituzioni e il pubblico. Questo vale anche per il personale delle istituzioni che sentono questo vuoto.

Evitiamo un vuoto troppo pieno di distanza o di lontananza, che potrebbe portare a una mancanza di fiducia,

una dimensione di diffusa incomprensione.

Sinceramente vostro,

Patrick Bracker

 

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Bonheur, Convivialité et Dynamisme

 

Il est vital que nos élus européens restent en contact avec nos concitoyens européens.

En effet si Strasbourg est bien vide de nos sessions habituelles et l'on ressent ce vide en ville, le dynamisme européen semble en suspens dans le temps

Rien n'est acquis, ni le siège qui se mérite ou pas *, ni le dynamisme qui est le fruit du coeur et de la volonté, de l’intelligence et de l'action humaine, le tout fondé sur des valeurs et projets de société, au service des citoyens, paix, prospérité, santé ...  même du bonheur!

Il serait grand temps de reprendre les activités usuelles et les rythmes de nos activités, hors les réunions artificielles, superficielles du télétravail en mode confiné ou huit clos... ce n'est pas là le but de l'Europe.

La réalité, comme vous le savez bien c'est aussi le terrain, les rencontres, les partages, la convivialité. L'outil essentiel de la communication doit rester un soutien, une complémentarité aux travaux, mais ne pas représenter la seule priorité!

Il ne faudrait pas laisser se creuser un vide entre les institutions et les citoyens, cela est vrai aussi pour les personnels des institutions qui ressentent ce vide.

Évitons un vide trop rempli de distance ou d'éloignement, qui pourrait créer une dimension d'incompréhension généralisée.

Bien à vous,

Patrick Bracker


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    Scientific innovation joined to Faith for Human Rights, Eastern Partnership and fight against the Crisis, but above all, the need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" from EU Citizens, are the main priorities for new EU Parliament's President, Polish Jerzy Buzek, that a 555-votes-strong majority of MEPs on July 14,  Strasbourg made a living symbol of the fact that, 20 years after the fall of Berlin Wall (1989 - 2009) there is no more an Eastern or Western Europe, but only one Europe, as the head of the largest group of MEPs, ChristianDemocrats/EPP, Joseph Daul, stressed after the event.

    Speaking later to a group of Strasbourg's Journalists, including "EuroFora", the new EU Parliament's President clarified his stance on concrete topical issues, as f.ex. that of Turkey's controversial EU bid, which was one of the main issues of the June 2009 Electoral campain, clearly won by his party of ChristianDemocrats/EPP :  - "At present, Turkey does not fullfil none of EU conditions", he stressed, (See infra).

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    Buzek is well known in Strasbourg and to "EuroFora" as EU Rapporteur for the Framework Program of Scientific Research and Development of Technologies. A Natural Science Professor from the Historic and Religious landmark Polish City of Częstochowa, active in the famous Solidarnosk grass-roots social movement, he served 4 years as Prime Minister (1997-2001), before being elected as MEP in 2004 and 2009, after he brillantly won the latest EU Election at the head of his party (EPP) almost doubling the number of its MEPs from 15 to 28 !

    - "Innovation" and "Energy safety", as well as fight against the "Cimat change", but also "Eastern Partnership", the "Mediterranean", "Strategic partnerships" with Russia, the USA, etc, and the search for "solutions to the Economic Crisis" that EU Citizens "expect" from us, will be his "priorities", announced from the outset the new EU Parliament's President, reminding also that the quest for "Human and Civic Rights" played an important role in his experience with the Solidarnosc grass-roots social movement in Poland's History

    But, the most important of all, is the urgent need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" between EU Institutions and the People he stressed : - EU "Citizens often don't understand us", denounced Buzek, launcing a call to "do anything for EU Citizens to understand our work" in EU Parliament : "We (MEPs) need to make EU Citizens involved" in "what we are doing every week, in Strasbourg and Brussels", he proposed. Pointing f.ex. to the hot "Debates" with "strong arguments" exchanged between MEPs during the preparation of their Legislative Decisions, in Committees, delivering often hard struggles between initially opposed points of view, long before forging a majority at the final vote, sometimes more than a year..

    Therefore, EU Parliament will be "open to your criticism, for discussion and exchange of views", he promissed to Journalists in Strasbourg.

    In this way, Buzek, in fact, highlighted "EuroFora"s main idea, that we strongly advocate since 1997-2007, to systematicaly and actively involve EU Citizens in public debates during the decision-making process of important EU measures, which affect their lives and the society in which they live, (and not only just a few weeks each 4 or 5 Years at the eve of EU Elections)...
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    This is related also to the symbolic gift that Buzek chose to give to the out-going former EU Parliament's President, Hans Gert Poettering, (2007-2009), his collegue in the ChristianDemocrats/EPP, who brillantly won 2009 EU Elections in Germany : A genuine statute of sainte Barbara crafted in Silesia's black Coal by Polish Miners : Those simple but strong people who fought for social change against some technocrats and bureaucrats disguissed into so-called "real-socialists" of old times. (PHOTO).

    It's enough to have seen a popular open air mass, at Warsaw's center, with many thousands of people, old and young, simple workers and intellectuals mixed together, with references to Poland's history and struggles for survival and liberty, through various ages, (as fex. that organized at the eve of CoE's 2005 panEuropean Heads of State and Government for the beatification of late Pope John-Paul II), in order to understand what such symbols mean..

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    But, overcoming the "Crisis of Trust" with EU Citizens obviously implies also to rectify any errors done in the past, fex. on Turkey's controversial EU bid, with controversial decisions taken in 1999 and 2004 to give a "candidate" status and to start EU negotiations, provoking an unprecedented series of 3 "No" to EuroReferenda and 3 Majoriy Abstentions in EU Parliament Elections : 1999, 2005 and 2009, (even if the latest one succeeded to decelerate and almost stop the drop of participation rates, opening hopes for vote's revival after an electoral campaign clearly critical to Turkey's claims in several mainstream EU countries)
    
    Therefore, Buzek was faced with manifold critical Questions on EU Enlargement, most of them citting concrete examples of certain political problems  :  But his replies were almost always given as a matter of general principle :

    F.ex. Questioned on the suspension of EU - Croatia talks because of a Border conflict with EU Member Slovenia, Buzek prefered to speak about principles :

- "We know that during Enlargement, the process can be blocked by failure to resolve this kind of issues",  This concerns also other enlargments' cases", and "these rules are always in force" he warned.


But Buzek avoided to directly reply to a queston on "French and German EPP' calls to define the Borders of Europe", as a German journalist asked him by making a reference to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and German Chancellor Angie Merkel's, critical statements on Turkey at the June 2009 Electoral campain.    

- "Concerning Enlargement, there's always the same rules : There have to be Criteria, which have to be respected if a Country wants to join the EU", he started to simply reply.

- "For my country (Poland) it took us 15 Years to fullfil these Criteria", Buzek reminded, indicating, if proportions are kept, that Turkey, fex. would have to spend some 25 years before eventually joining the EU..

- "Countries wishing to join the EU need to Change their Systems", as we (Poland and other former Eastern European Countries) did, he stressed.

- "'For me, meeting the condition of Human Rights is one of the Key conditions for membership in the EU", preferring again to speak from the point of view of General Principles, on the occasion of an untimely question on Serbia (which is not even a candidate yet)...

- "Turkey" has, "first of all", to fullfil (EU) Copenhagen criteria". Bevause, currently, none of them is fullfiled by Turkey", New EU Parliament's President, denounced, speaking later to a group of Journalists, including "EuroFora".

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In particular, on Human Rights :  - "We (EU) can never forget Human Rights", because "this is at the very Foundations of the EU", Buzek added.

On the contrary, when he referred to EU Enlargment for the  "Western Balkans Countries ", Buzek appeared upbeat, finding "promising situations", despite "difficulties" in the Past, since "Countries are queuing to become EU members", and this "generated changes", as he said.

As for Russia, Buzek observed that it was a "very important" country, located "in the same Continent", Europe,  "close to our borders", and "we need eachother". "But Russia' has 'differend poblems : "They claim that their system is Democratic, but rules are differend", and we must be "aware of such differencies", fex. "on Human Rights", that we can't ignore, as he said;

Concerning China, where a journalist observed that the recipient of EU Parliament's latest "Sakharov prize" for freedom of thought is "still in prison", Buzek found that since the 1999 events in Tien Amin square, "we see differencies on Human Rights still today", and expressed his "support" for those who try to ameliorate the situation.

On the contrary, speaking recently to "EuroFora" he strongly supported the idea for an EU - Ukraine cooperation, fex. between Airbus and Antonov, in order to build a  less costly but more performant than the old and problematic A400M, new Military Transport Airplane : - "They (Ukranian Antonov Company) can certainly do it. I'm sure they can. It's a good Idea, and I'd be glad if it was done", he told us. (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/airbusantonov.html )


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