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Viewpoint: EU Parliament and Happiness, Conviviality, Dynamism ?

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19. 06. 2020.

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EU Parliament and Happiness, Conviviality, Dynamism ?

 

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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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Sarkozy and Merkel want deals with Obama on European Security at Strasbourg's NATO 2009 Summit

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In parallel but concording moves, EU Chair, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel both invited this week US-President elect, Barack Obama, to discuss important deals breaking new ground on European Security during the NATO's 60 Years Anniversary Summit of Heads of State in Strasbourg, where Obama is expected to make his 1st visit to Europe as a President on April 2009.

Merkel focused mainly on smoother NATO - EU Defence and Security policy cooperation, while Sarkozy spoke about PanEuropean Security, associating both Russia and the USA, proposing to freeze missile and shields' deployement until an agreement is reached.

But both tackled some hard nuts to crack : Turkey's VETO against the participation of EU Member Cyprus to EU-NATO cooperation, and Russia's anouncement on deployment of missiles up to Kaliningrad, at EU's belly, in reply to USA's wish to set up missile shields in EU States such as Poland or Czech Republic, etc.


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- "Certainly...one of the points that we'll dicuss with the New US President", Barak OBAMA, "who will come f'or the 1st time in Europe as president, at the NATO Summit", co-hosted by France and Germany in Strasbourg, ""concerns, above all, the European Security and Defence Policy" (ESDP), and "the relations between NATO and its partners", with whom it should "work together", anounced earlier this week Merkel.

We must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", because of a "series of practical issues, sometimes difficult to understand", but that "we must discuss".

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- "An example" of that is "the issue of Cyprus and Turkey", said Merkel, where Ankara raises problems "from Kosovo up to Afghanistan", as also CoE's chair, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt recently observed in Strasbourg replying to EuroFora's questions.

- "We must do something to smoothen this problem for good, and not only on a case-by-case basis, laboriously negotiated each time". Here, we must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", Merkel stressed.

- "With good will from all sides, it could and should be posible. Germany wants also to help on that". Otherwise, "the coming generations will not understand why it took Decades to do so". But, if we "don't even achieve that for Decades, this would be an Historic Failure !", the German Chancellor warned

- "I think that our American partners are increasingly realizing that", Merkel said, pleading for "a stronger European Security and Defence policy, with which, I believe, the Atlantic Security Partnership can also strengthen and solidify".

Meanwhile, USA is also due to take in 2009 a special status inside EU-led EUROCORPS, the European Army HeadQuarters, based in Strasbourg.

Merkel said that after meeting in Berlin with NATO's Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, earlier this week, precisely in order to "prepare NATO's Summit", scheduled for the beginning of April 2009 in Strasbourg.

Scheffe, knows well Strasbourg, since he chaired the CoE, as Holland's Foreign Minister, when he brokered a controversial deal precisely on Turkey and Cyprus about the implementation of ECHR judgements on Greek Cypriot displaced persons' houses and properties in 2003. He returned later at least once, for a WEO meeting at the CoE, where he precisely had highlighted such EU - NATO issues.

EU Commission's 2008 Report on Turkey has just observed that, on European Defense - Security policy, "Turkey continues to object to EU-NATO Cooperation which would involve all EU Member States". "This created Problems for EU-NATO co-operation in the context of Civilian ESDP missions, in particular in Kosovo and Afghanistan".
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 French EU Chair, President Sarkozy and Merkel are visiting Washington on Friday and Saturday for a Global G-20 Summit with current US President George Bush, on the sidelines of which are expected preparatory contacts with US President-elect Obama's entourage, even if himself might stay in Chicago until he takes over on January 21.

Before going to Washington, Sarkozy concluded today an UE - Russia Summit with Dmitry Medvedev, where they "spoke in length on PanEuropean Security" :

- As EU President, I proposed that we meet on mid-2009 in a framework such as OSCE's in order to set the foundations of a Future Pan-European Security, which would associate Russia and USA, and that, meanwhile, nobody speaks about deploying missiles or shields, which complicate the situation".

- NATO's Summit in Strasbourg-Kehl, on April 2009 is a perfect occasion to discuss with our American friends and to prepare a possible OSCE Summit for these issues f.ex. for June or July", Sarkozy concluded.

- We must all abstain from Unilateral measures" dangerous for Europe's security. "Russia only reacted to decisions taken by some other countries. But if they are ready to cooperate, we are ready to discuss. EU could be an intermediary", added Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, before going himself too at the Washington G-20 Economic Summit.

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