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New Italian Foreign Minister Moavero speaks for a Strong Europe closer to the People (earlier at EF)

Written by ACM
Thursday, 31 May 2018
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- In Nowadays Context, it seems a Good Surprize Move by the New Italian Government, to choose, at the Last Minute, as New Italian Foreign Minister, Enzo Moavero, who has clearly Expressed to "Eurofora" a Political Will for a Strong Europe, Closer to EU Citizens, (See Infra).


Moavero (who served previously as EU Affairs Secretary of State), has, indeed, already Replied to relevant, key "Eurofora"s Questions at EU Parliament in Strasbourg,  (see: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/italianeuministermoaveroneuropeanpublicspace.html) , as had Also done, Earlier, his initial "Mentor", former Prime Minister and Top Expert Mario Monti, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/mariomonti.html), who had even participated here Later in an Exceptionnal TriPartite Summit between France, Germany and Italy, with Nicolas Sarkozy, Angie Merkel and himself, (Comp. "Eurofora"s NewsReport from that Threefold Summit at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/sarkozymerkelmontistrasbourgsummit.html, etc).


That TriPartite Franco-German-Italian Summit on 2011 in Strasbourg played, in fact, an Important Role for the Governance of €uroArea, to which it Contributed among a Wider Series of Relevant, Top Political Moves, made mainly Between August 2011 and March 2012, (Adde, among Many Others, also, f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/sarkozymerkeleurozoneintegration.html, http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/merkelsarkozymontistart.html, http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eugrowthfastmeasures.html, etc).


The New Foreign Minister of Italy had notoriously served initially Prime Ministers Monti and Letta, but Recently his Centrist Party reportedly Approached the Former Long-Time Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's Center-Right "Forza Italia" Party, which had entered into a succesful Coalition of the Unity of (All) the Right, Together with Matteo Salvini (currently New vice-Prime Minister), Head of "Lega"'s Rightists, and Georgia Meloni's "Fratelli d'Italia" Party, Winning about 38 % of the Votes, while the Other Part of Nowaday's Anti-Establishment and UnPrecedented Coalition, Bepe Grillo''s "5 Stars Movement", got 32%, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/italianelectionresultsanalysis.html).


Being, basically, a University Professor in Law, Moavero has Also an Extensive Service inside EU Institutions, including at various Top Responsibility Posts in EU Commission in Brussels (including as Deputy Secretary General, etc), as Judge in EU's Court of Justice in Luxembourg, etc. He had, indeed, sincerely Impressed "Eurofora" as a Real Top European Senior Official, by his apparent Sense of the European General Interest, as well as by the Clarity, Expertise, Diplomatic Expression, but also Substance of his Measured, even if Bold Statements on Key Political Issues for Europe's foreseeable Future.


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Italian Medias Hailed, Today, this Last-Minute Choice for Moavero as Foreign Minister, by Placing it in FrontPage Top Headline News, of similar Importance Together with the Confirmation of Giuseppe Conte as Prime Minister, and the notoriously "Hotly" Debated Change for Paolo Savona from Economy to EU Affairs, (See, f.ex., relevant PHOTO).  


Mainstream Newspaper "Repubblica" even Observed that a Last-Minute Top Compromise between the "5 Stars"-"Lega"+ Coalition and Italian President Mattarella, concerning the Precise Job for Professor Savona, (for whom, particularly Matteo Salvini, appeared to Insist), also, Finally, brought Moavera on the Foreign Ministry, (Just After having been Earlier considered to Return on EU Affairs), particularly soon After a 15 Minutes Phone Conversation between Conte (himself, naturally, Always staying in touch with Di Maio and Salvini) and ... French President Emmanuel Macron !


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Moavero has demonstrated a rare Clarity in his way to Formulate even Complex Issues, f.ex. during a Collective Meeting with exclusively Italian-Speaking People in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, that he had, Astonishingly Succeeded to make even "Eurofora"s co-Founder, (who doesn't know but Only roughly some Basics about the Italian Language, that we had Tried to Learn, Only during a too Short Period of Time, in a very Remote Past), nevertheless, ... Understand quite a Lot of what he said, if not Almost all of it, at least in Substance...


Our Encounter (a Press RDV) had taken place just after his Keynote Speech at the Plenary Session of an Exceptional Paneuropean Event, here :  the "European Financial Forum", co-organized by the prestigious French School of Public Administration Top Managers ENA, together with the European School of Business "ECSP-Europe" and EU Parliament, with the moto : "European Identity - Global Perspectives".


- Questioned by "Eurofora", then, on his Vision of the Political component in the Financial/Economic Reforms needed by the EU, (as he had Highlighted earlier), Moavero stressed, from the outset, that "the 1st point to be strengthened, from a Political point of view, is the Democratic Accountability, the Democratic Legitimacy of EU Institutions", and this should be done "by a greater Involvement of (EU) Citizens", which "is (of)Essential" Importance.


- Interestingly, (particularly as far as "Eurofora"s Project for EU Citizens - EU Decision Makers' web Debates Before Measures are taken which Affect their Lives and/or Society at large), Moavero, (who Already was then Italy's EU Affairs Minister), Supported the Idea that "(EU) Citizens (should) fully Understand the Meaning" of "European Parliament'"s work, including, naturally, on "Election" Time, but also have a "Possibility for them to Contribute ...to the Future Legislation, to the future Equilibrium and Policies of the EU", as he characteristically said.


- That's the Main Reason for which "the Democratic Accountabilty and the Democratic Legitimacy of the EU is clearly the most Important element", Nowadays, and, for that purpose, "A European Public Debate Space is essential : We need to involve the Citizens. And we need Citizens' Consensus" in order "to increase the experience of the European Integration", Moavero had significantly Added.


He was Replying to a relevant "Eurofora"s Question, precisely, about "the Development of a "European Public Space of Debates"  (the "Öffentlichkeit", dear  to the famous German Political Philosophe Jurgen Habermas, of nearby Frankfurt), and he made it Clear that, - "Yes, of course", this was the Key Issue.


 - A Fortiori when some much Needed Legal Changes, Both in EU and National Institutions, on the foreseeable Future, have as a pre-Condition of "Fundamental Importance", a Political Democratic Dimension, since a Popular Consensus and a Democratic Legitimacy appear More Necessary than ever, as he had just stressed in his Keynote Speech (Comp. Supra).


+ Last, but not least, by anOther Good Coincidence, his initial Mentor, Mario Monti's previous Statements in Reply to "Eurofora"s Questions, also at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, Previously, as Early as Already since 2009, were, indeed, Related to the Relevant Potential of Digital Technologies, including Web Forums and particularly On-LIne Medias, etc., i.e. Near "Eurofora"s Project, (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/mariomonti.html)...


=> Will, then, this New Italian Foreign Minister, now of an Atypical, Original New Government, made by Both the "5 Stars Movement" of Bepe Grillo's well known, Free Internet Access and Direct Democracy Supporters, as well as by Matteo Salvini's Popular "Lega" Party, Head of a Center-Right Coalition claiming to stand Closer than ever to People's real concerns, eventually Contribute for the EU to Advance Towards such Politico-Digital Perspectives, at least Now, i.e. a Decade Later from our Exchange with Monti : 2009 - 2019 ?

 


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Hu Jia's prize brings SAKHAROV's wife to "EuroFora" on murders of Journalists Politkofskaya, Gongadze and Adali :

- Elena Bonner : "All Journalists' murders must be fully investigated", without Double Standards.                                                                                    

During a special Mega-Event to celebrate 20 Years of SAKHAROV Prize for "Freedom of Thought", attributed in 2008 by EU Parliament to jailed Chinese Cyber-Dissident Hu JIA, the move was reinforced by strongly criticizing the persisting impunity in three cases of Journalists' Murders, such as POLITKOVSKAYA in Russia, GONGADZE in Ukraine, and ADALI in Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus.

Any bureaucratic doubt about whether Cyber-dissidents like Hu JIA might have, or not, a right to be protected as all Journalists must be, particularly when they take risks to search, find and publish original and critical News on issues of general interest to the society, could not resist to the emotion provoked by the message of his Wife, Zeng JINYAN spectacularly transmitted at a big screen in EU Parliament's hemicycle :

- "The most important and most interesting thing he did was to ... say the Truth :.. to write about the phenomena he observed... He never stopped Publishing.. on websites, so that the Public could learn about the reality .. and understand it.  In my view, this has been his greatest contribution", stressed the young wife of the jailed man, eager to cite also the cases of other critical journalists who faced various kinds of "harassment".

 - "Welcoming all those who have suffered for defending Human Rights", EU Parliament's President, German MEP Hans Gert POETTERING, who had invited to Strasbourg all former Sakharov prize-winners from various Countries throughout the World, said that "China needs Europe, and Europe needs China : A great nation" with which "we want to have a good relationship", "association and ..friendship". "But we are never going to stop our fight for Human Rights, and No Government can expect this from us".

    - "It's impossible  to achieve goals of Peace, if Human Rights are left out. In fact, Peace and Human Rights are intrinsequaly linked", added POETTERING.

    It's in this spirit that MEPs adopted, on Thursday, a Resolution denouncing that "the criminal
investigation and trial following the murder of (a) Journalist ...raises serious concerns with regard to transparency and respect for the rule of law", when a "brutal killing has not yet been fully investigated and solved in a satisfactory way".

    The text refered to dissident Journalist "Anna POLITOVSKAYA", a critic of Tchechen conflict, killed some years ago in Moscow, where Russian Authorities have found, arrested and are currently judging two executants, while also searching to arrest also a 3rd one, allegedly escaped in Belgium. But they have not yet found the instigators.

     Similar texts were adopted recently also on dissident Ukranian Journalist Georgiy GONGADZE's murder, for which Ukranian Authorities have at least found, arrested and condemned 2 executants to 12 and 13 Years of jail, but not yet the instigators. For that purpose, they recently accepted an International Experts team to participate to the investigations.     

But, it's only for the Murder of dissident Turkish Cypriot Journalist ADALI, in the occupied territories of Cyprus, that Turkey has NOT yet found ANYONE responsible, and even claimed recently inside CoE that it would be "impossible" to do so !    

These astonishing differences exist despite the fact that ECHR condemned alike Ukraine and Turkey with 2 Judgements on the same year : 2005, for the murders of  Journalists GONGADZE and ADALI, strong critics of Corruption in Ukraine, and of Ankara's policies on mass-influx of Turkish Settlers in the Occupied Territories of Cyprus, respectively.    

Regarless of that, CoE's Committee of Ministers, who is entrusted with the duty to supervise execution of ECHR's judgements, has just asked Ukraine's Government to reply to further questions on Gongadze's murder before March 2009, while Turkey, curiously, got a longer postponement for answering questions on Adali's murder, until June...   

A comparison of these cases, raises serious questions about Double Standards :

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On TRANSPARENCY :
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    On Gongadze's murder, CoE's body speaks even about the participation of
"an INTERNATIONAL group of Experts" in the Investigation, (f.ex. of "Tape Recordings"), accepted by Ukraine.
    On the contrary, on Adali's murder, CoE is obliged to repeatedly ask (for a 2nd
time) Turkey whether, at least, it informed the victims' Family, or not...
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- On EFFICIENCY :
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On Gongadze's murder, CoE formally "recalls that the Committee (of Ministers) ..URGED the Ukranian authorities.. to TAKE ALL NECESSARY INVESTIGATIVE STEPS TO ACHIEVE CONCRETE and VISIBLE RESULTS in the INVESTIGATION, aimed at the Identification of the INSTIGATORS and Organisers of the Murder", and "STRONGLY INVITED the Ukranian Authorities to provide information on the PROGRESS IN THE INVESTIGATION", before MARCH 2009.

But, on Adali's murder, on the contrary, CoE's body merely .. "took note" of the "arguments presented by" Cyprus, which denounce the absence of any proof of new "investigation" by Turkey. Following Turkey's own suggestion (!), it simply "noted" that there is "no limitation period" for "any new element" to "lead potentialy (sic !) to a Re-Opening of the Investigation". Without saying who might find any such "new" fact, since Turkey stoped searching... It also POSTPONED the issue until .. JUNE  !
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 - On the PUNISHMENT OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE :
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 -  On Gongadze's murder case, Ukranian Authorities already arrested and condemned, at least 2 suspects, to 12 and 13 Years of jail. And on Politkovskaya's murder at least 2 suspects are judged, and a 3rd one "wanted".

On the contrary, on Adali's murder case, the Turkish authorities simply claim that "it had not been possible to obtain new .. information .. on the basis of which criminal charges could be brought against ANY person" !...

Moreover,  a LETTER sent by Turkey ...2 Years after CoE's 2006 call to re-investigate anew Adali's murder case, is totally EMPTY of Facts ! As Cypus' Delegation denounced earlier, Turkey's Letter ONLY CLAIMS that a "New Investigation" was made without any result, but does NOT even cite ANY FACT to prove it :

F.ex.,on the crucial issue of the "MOTIVATIONS" behind Adali's murder, noted by ECHR, Turkey MERELY CLAIMS that "all allegations  were investigated; without result", but OMITS ANY FACT TO PROVE IT !..(It doesn't even remind which were these "allegations").. .

+ On ECHR's astonishment that the Turkish Occupation regime didn't produce any "BALLISTIC REPORT" on the Shots which murdered Adali, Turkey again repeats, 12 years later, that, still, even until now, "it  was not possible to obtain the BalisticReport"...

- As for the astonishing absence of key-WITNESSES' Testimonies, denounced by ECHR, Turkey agains repeats various pretexts avoiding to reveal anything, (Fex. that a person "left" the Occupied Territories  "on 2002", or that another witness was heard, but without revealing nothing of what he said, etc).

Turkey obviously "FAILS TO MEET THE CRITICISM made BY THE COURT" for lack of any efficient Investigation in Adali's case, concluded Cyprus' Government.
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Replying to our Question which COMPARED these 3 outstanding cases of "JOURNALISTS MURDERS", Adali, Gongadze and Politkovskaya, in order to avoid "Double Standards" by asking from Ukraine and Russia more than what is asked EU candidate Turkey, many European personalities were critical /

They criticised Ankara's recent claim at the CoE to stop investigating, because it would be "impossible to find anyone" responsible for the 5 bullet shots which killed Kutlu ADALI in front of his Family Home, contrary to the other two Journalists' murders, where Ukraine and Russia at least arrested the executants, searching now for the instigators :
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    - "Where was that ? In Turkish Occupied Cyprus ? WITHOUT ANY DOUBT : Any murder of Journalist should be investigated in full ! All these Murders must be investigated !", replied the famous SAKHAROV's wife, Elena BONNER to our question on Adali's case, compared to Gongadze and Politofskaya.

    Elena Bonner spoke us EXCLUSIVELY shortly after being honored by the President
of EU Parliament on the occasion of 20 Years of her husband's SAKHAROV Prize.

    A strong personality, Sakharov's wife even had to struggle against an anonymous EU staffer who, astonishingly, tried to stop her speaking when h heard our question on "Turkey" (!) : - "Please, let me translate, she continues
speaking, don't stop us !", had to cry Sakharov's daughter, (a Journalist
herself), who was translating her mothers' reply, (obliged to speak louder to
make her voice heard despite the harassment).. (= + Audio Proof !)

    Earlier, Elena Bonner also fustigated "Double Standards" at another case, on
Western countries' attitude vis a vis Kosovo and the Kurds : -F.ex. "You have
recognized a few 400.000 Kosovars as an "independent" country, but you still
deny that to 30 millions of Kurds in Turkey !", she denounced.
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    - "This (ADALI's murder) is an issue which should be pursued by the Committee
for Human Rights. That's why we have one, and it's its duty to examine cases of
Journalists' murders as the one you referred to. You should bring the case in
front of that Committee", suggested in reply to our question on Adali, EU
Parliament's President, German MEP Hans Gert POETTERING.

    - "It's impossible  to achieve goals of PEACE, if HUMAN RIGHTS are left out :
in fact, Peace and Human Rights are intrinsequaly linked", added POETTERING.
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    + "For us (European/International Federation of Journalists) it's clear :
Whenever a Journalist is Murdered, the Investigation should continue until
those Responsible are found !", replied earlier to another question on ADALI
EFJ/IFJ's Secretary General, Aidan WHITE.

    Speaking as a matter of General Principle, White asked us for "concrete data"
on the execution of ECHR's judgement on Adali case, in order to "look at it in
depth" and "make a formal statement", in comparison with the other Murdered
Journalist case, also pending at CoE's  Ministers for completing its execution,
on Ukranian Gongadze.
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     From EU Rapporteur on Human Rights, vice-President of EU Parliament Liberties' Committee, MEP Giusto CATANIA, we were told that, since there is an ECHR judgement in both Adali and Gongadge's cases, "Turkey must naturally execute the judgement and make a full and efficient investigation, until those responsible for the Journalist's murder are found and punished".

    Even if "we (Catania's "EuroLeft" Group) support Turkey's EU perspectives, this does not mean that Ankara should not behave properly. On the contrary, it means that they have to meet tough conditions, particularly on Human Rights", was added on the occasion of Adali's murder case.

    Moreover, "since you raise the issue of Mr. Adali's muder as a part of a Series of Journalist's murders, including fex. Gongadze, Politkovskaya, ao., tthen we (EU) could also act together with CoE's Commissioner on Human Rights, Thomas HAMMARBERG, it was suggested.

    - "We (EU) must step up efforts against the problem of IMPUNITY : Real Peace cannot exist without Justice",  stressed also this week at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, French Minister on Human Rights, Mrs Rama YADE.
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