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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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(NDLR : "DraftNews", as already send, Earlier, to "Eurofora" Subscribers/Donors. A more accurate, full Final Version, might be published asap)

 

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It's important to create a synergy between "mutually stimulating" EU Countries' moves in order to overcome an "Unjust" Crisis "imported from USA", stressed new French Minister for Economic Revival, Patrick Devedjian, in Strasbourg, warning also that, while hoping for a vigorous Obama US Plan, nevertheless, "Time" is of essence for Europe...

In fact, it's EU's own interest to act Fast, before June 2009 EU Election, since, with Lisbon Treaty not ratified yet, it cannot face again the risk of a Majority Abstention, as back in 1999 and 2004, nor another "anti-EU" mood among Citizens, as in the 2005 French and Dutch "No", followed by the 2008 Irish "No", without endangering rare Historic opportunities, currently open for the EU, whose future is at stake.

From Social issues up to High-Tech Scientific Research, concrete action for Economic revival started from Strasbourg and its European dimension, for the new super-Minister Patrick Devedjian, who visited a Popular Social Housing and Infrastructure project at nearby Hagenau village, before meeting new leaders of Strasbourg's unified mega-University in a Scientific Labo at the Campus, close to EU Parliament and CoE headquarters.

Devedjian, who met also with all the spectrum of Local Political  deciders of Alsace region, close to FrancoGerman borders, wants for deeds to meet the words, in real practice, whenever politicians speak about Strasbourg and Europe's development.

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Devedjan to "EuroFora" : "European coordination can act as a multiplicator by mutual stimulations"
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Devedjian was questioned by "Euro-Fora" on his expectations for reciprocal effects of coordinated European plans :

- "We are living in a (European and Global) system where borders are transparent : When we take measures in France, they produce effects also in Germany, in Belgium, Italy, Spain, or other EU countries, and vice-versa. "So, we can have mutually stimulating effects between national revival Plans, if they are somehow coordinated", ..."They can augment each other's effects, acting as multiplicators and levers". "As a State stimulates Local authorities and Private business, similarly, each EU country's economic revival plan may multiply the effects of other EU countries' actions", he told us.

- "F.ex., when I visited Strasbourg University's Scientific labos, they told me that part of the renovation, funded by France, is realized by German companies located only a few Kms away from the border. Thus, the French revival plan benefits also the German economy. And vice-versa : when Germany takes certain measures, they can have beneficial effects also for French companies"

In an era of Globalisation, "nobody can close and isolate himself inside a Fish-Bowl !", he concluded.
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Economy's revival starts from Strasbourg and Europe, for new French Minister Devedjian
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This could be one of the reasons for which the new French Minister for Economic Stimulus chose to make his 1st visit to Strasbourg, the headquarters of European and Paneuropean Institutions, in the Franco-German river borders at the heart of Europe.

- "It was President Sarkozy's idea", he revealed, adding also fresh "support to Strasbourg's European vocation, not only with words, but also with deeds" :F.ex., the completion of a High-Speed Train network, due to stimulate fast links with Germany, Austria, Italy, Hungary and other central EU Countries.

- "This Crisis is Unjust for Europe, because it wasn't its fault". The greatest part of the "Crisis was imported from the USA, where problems are deeper than here'', in the EU. The Crisis "wasn't due to a bad managment by Europe", who was affected by problems which emerged elsewhere. That's why Europe must be united and active enough to face this challenge. said Devedjian, who has just won +5% in popularity...

- "I hope that there will be an "Obama-effect" also on Economy, and that the Plan of the New American President will be substantial enough to face this crisis, which is worse in the USA than in our area", Europe, he added.

"Economic Revival overcomes political divisions : F.ex. Strasbourg's Socialist Mayor "Ries agreed that State actions funded by Public Debt are justified during such exceptional circumstances", noted the Center-Right republican Minister.

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"My problem is Time", stressed Devedjian from the outset, at Strasbourg's University. "I have to engage 75% of funds in 2009, out of a total of 29 Billion euros", he explained later. "Monitoring will be of essence", because we must "avoid bureaucracy or delays. No project should get lost or neglected in complex meanders of adminstrative offices' moving sands", he warned.

- "I must create activities in the middle of the Crisis", he added. Questioned by EuroFora whether he aims to start creating some "hopes before the June 2009 EU Elections", Devedjian, a former leader of the Governing Political Party in France: UMP, did not immediately reply, but revealed, later, that he "hoped to start at least some Projects on May 2009, even if the bulk of Revival Plan's effects are "expected from Autumn 2009".

However, with only 30% of EU Citizens currently aiming to cast a vote at the forthcoming EU Elections on June, (See other NewStory), the  coordinated moves' results are expected to be crucial for Citizens' participation and votes at the forthcoming June 2009 EU Elections throughout all 27 EU Member Countries...Thus, it's vital for all Europe's own Future that coordinated national Economic revival plans start to have concrete results and create hopes for new dynamics before the June 2009 EU Election...

A real challenge, since careful choices are needed : Our aim is to fund projects which "create activities", even "in the middle of the crisis", and have a "lever effect, attracting other investments", Devedjian said. Because the "Stimulus' Plan has 2 aims : A Tactical one : to create New Activities. And a Strategic one : Choose what can become efficient and useful also in the Long-term". 

- "Are you ready ?", he asked Strasbourg University's new President, professor Alain Beretz, with some 700 million euros in his pockets for Education-Research in France. - "We are !", he replied.

- "The Minister's initiative can accelerate funds, and Time is important for us. This concerns the entire renovation of all our buildings", said to "EuroFora" President, Beretz. "I showed some Scientific Research Labos to Mr. Devedjian. But, If we had more time, I could show him also some Education Amphis, whose condition needs to meet Strasbourg's new Mega-University's ambition" to reach the 10 best in the World, as Prime Minister Fillon earlier anounced here.

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(Devedjian kicks off his Economic Revival tour from Strasbourg University, meeting with its new chairman Beretz, at Scientific Institute Le Bel) 

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Regional Prefectures should gather and select projects to be presented for decision before the end of January 2009.

A well-known close friend of President Sarkozy, who succeeded as EU Chairman to launch, in agreement with German chancelor Merkel and even British prime minister Brown, vigorous EU actions against the Financial/Economic Crisis, (starting from the 1st Historic Summit of EuroZone's Heads of State/Government, October 12 at Elysee Palace, followed by Washington G20 Global Summit), Devedjan will have a key role in the realisation of National and EU plans recently agreed in Brussels.

President Sarkozy is expected to arrive himself in Strasbourg, on the occasion of the official inauguration of its brand New Mega-Hospital, on the 9th of January 2009, at the eve of EU Parliament's session here, Elysee confirmed shortly after Devedjian's visit.

EU is due to review its economic revival plans at March 2009 EU Council in Prague, before the April 2 London Global Summit.

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