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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 ?

 

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By Patrick Bracker

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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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    The recent paradox of freezing EU Talks with front-runner Croatia, while continuing controversial EU - Turkey talks, despite Zagreb's acceptance of Refugees' Human Rights to return, that Ankara refuses fex. in Cyprus, while both have "Good Neighborhood" problems vis a vis Slovenia, or Greece, Cyprus and Armenia respectively, can it be justified by the non-fullfilment of EU criteria, as Slovenia says, or, is it "Double Standards" ?    

The question became unavoidable after statements by Presidents of Slovenia and Croatia, Tuerk and Mesic, respectively, to "EuroFora", exclusively or among Strasbourg's journalists this week at the CoE, on the sidelines of its 2009 Summer University for Political Schools, which topically brought them together as successive key-note speakers.


    Comming only a few Months before EU checks Turkey's compliance to its commitments on Cyprus, etc., scheduled for December 2009, this obviously has a special importance for the coherence of EU Enlargement's principles.

     Suspension of EU Negotiations is a normal consequence in case of a Candidate Country's failure to fullfil EU Conditions, such as "Good Neighborhood relations", stressed at first Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk, current CoE's chair.

    But, regarding EU's Criteria,  there shouldn't be any "Double Standards",  reacted Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, commenting the fact that Turkey's controversial EU negotiations continue, while they were recently "freezed" in the case of Croatia, an "unquestionably European Country", which oficially accepts to respect Refugees Human Rights, contrary to Ankara's notorious refusals or reluctance.                                       

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - "EU itself has set as a Criterium (for EU Enlargement) the "Good Neighborhood relations",  and their absence justifies the "Suspension" EU Negotiations, (f.ex. with Croatia), because of a Border dispute affecting the territorial integrity of an EU Member Country, stressed Slovenian President, Danilo Tuerk, CoE's Chairman in office (May - November 2009), speaking to Journalists in Strasbourg including "EuroFora".    

Questioned earlier what "consequences on EU's Enlargement policy" can have the "Ban on EU Membership Negotiations", imposed to Croatia, Tuerk replied that "this question comes down to the fulfillement of (EU) Criteria for membership. One has to look at each Candidate Country ., from the point of view whether it fullfils the Criteria that EU has set. One of them are Good Neighborhood Relations, I'd like to remind. And also, there are other factors, such as Justice, Home affairs, Rule of Law, and others".


    - "Now, ..Candidate Countries are at Different Levels of fulfillement of Criteria", he observed.

    - " Croatia is obviously the closest to that. I'm rather optimistic : I think that in the coming Months we'll have an opportunity to look at all these issues constructively and hopefully we'll be able to make progress". "My main concern, at this point, is the situation in Bosnia : We haven't seen enough progres domesticaly. We haven't seen enough during ..political parties within their country.We need a New Energy, a new energetic move towards the Candidature for EU membership. "Other (Western Balkan) Countries (Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM, Albania) have been making soaring Progress, and I think that they should be ready, in a few Years, for the Candidate status".

    - "As far as the Western Balkans are concerned, .. nobody should be left outside" the EU, Slovenian's President concluded, ommitting to mention Turkey's controversial EU bid.

    - "This process may be seen as Slow, but..  Slovenia has also has also been exposed to various "Booms of Slowness" in our accession period. But now we can say that the process was relatively quick, because changes which occur after becoming EU member, are quite large, and they require proper Preparations before the (EU) membership becomes a new factor, an impacting line for a new (EU) member country".
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EU "Solidarity" ?
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Slovenian statements made some participants from certain 3rd Countries as FYROM, etc. claim that "the Principle of EU Solidarity" would "produce a.. rising European Union Nationalism (sic !), against Non-EU Countries", as they said, asking unhappy foreign countries to form a "bloc" to exert pressure on the EU...    

But Croatian President Stjepan Mesic dismissed that, supporting "EU Integration", "after the Economy also in Political" issues, as "the achievement" of our times. In EU there is "diversity, but it's United", he stressed, "EU has to be United so that it can become a central factor of Peace" also at the surrounding areas, he replied.

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Speaking later exclusively to "EuroFora", the experienced twice President of Croatia, former President of the International "Non-Aligned" movement, denounced "Double Standards" in the way EU treats recently Croatia compared to Turkey :   

 - "I think that there shouldn't be Double Standards", stressed the Croatian President, in reply to a Question comparing the freeze of EU - Croatia talks, with the continuation of EU - Turkey talks, despite the fact that Croatia is an "unquestionably European country", while Turkey's EU bid is notoriously controversial.


    Mesic was reacting to the observation that, even if he confirmed his "respect of Refugees' Human Rights to return, etc. (See infra), nevertheless, EU talks are suspended with Croatia.. While for oher, controversial candidates, who refuse to respect Refugees' Rights to return, etc., as fex. Turkey does in occupied Cyprus and elsewhere, EU negotiations continue".

    - "I believe that Croatia's accession will confirm that all European Countries who fulfill all of the Conditions and achieve European Standards, have to join the EU. There shouldn't be any Double Standards", went on to add in reply President Mesic.

    In this relation, Croatia's President found "of paramount importance", CoE's "mechanisms enforcing ECHR's judgements"
    
    - "On Refugees and Displaced persons, the process will be completed only after the last person demanding to return will be allowed to do so !", President Mesic Croatia stressed earlier, setting a general standard of obvious importance also for otherr candidates, as f.ex. Turkey, often accused to exclude or heavily restrict Greek Cypriot Displaced persons' return to their Family Homes and ancestral land, provoke difficulties to Turkish-Kurd IDPs return to their home regions at the South-East, etc.

    Some "2.000 People are still reported Missing" in former Yugoslavia, for some Years, (as in Cyprus, modern Europe's oldest case, for 3 Decades. Nagorno-Karabach, Tcecnya in Russia, etc, more recently), and Investigations "will only be completed after establishing the fate of the last one of them", he added.
    
    Speaking earlier on "War Crimes", President Mesic stressed that "Leaders are responsible for (the) Wars (of the Past), not the People", and called against Impunity :  "Individuals have to be held Responsible for Crimes. International Penal Tribunals have to persecute those individuals", perpetrators of War Crimes, he underlined.

    Such statements naturally made Mesic rather popular at ECHR, whose President, French EuroJudge, Professor Jean-Paul Costa, looked particularly smiling when he welcomed him later on Wednesday afternoon, after Slovenian President Daniko Tuerk earlier this week.
           

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