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Lepage calls to Change or Stop TTIP while USA-EU Talks intensify in Brussels and Russia outlaws GMOs

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*Strasbourg./Salle de l'Aubette/Angelo Marcopolo/- Famous Ecology and Civil Society Activist and Lawyer, former Minister of Environment and MEP, Corinne Lepage, speaking at Strasbourg's European Bio-Ethical Forum (FEBS), launched a vibrant Call to Change or Stop the TransAtlantic Trade Partnership (TTIP), while USA - EU Negotiations intensify this week where Monsantos a.o. American Multinationals' GMOs, (including, this time, no only Plants but also Animals), were anew at the forefront.


On the Contrary, by a Timely coincidence, this Same Day, Russia started an Official Legal procedure in order to OutLaw GMOs, both of Plants and Animals, (except for Scientific Reseacrh purposes), after a Government's Draft Bill was registered at the Duma for Final Adoption !

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EU has set the End of 2015 as a non-binding  Time Deadline for the completion of Negotiations both on the Trans-Atlantic and on the EU - EurAsian Trade Areas, (the latter on the occasion of the Ukranian issue). If both are concluded, then, the practical result might be close to  a Huge Trade Area from Vancoover up to Vladivostok...

 

- "Nothing goes with it, it's completely flawed !", strongly Criticized Lepage the TTIP, in reply to an "EuroFora"s Question, at the conclusion of a Massively attended 2 Hours' Conference on the Harmful consequences that some Substances may have to the detriment of Human Health, organized in the framework of the Annual, 2015 Strasbourg's European Forum on BioEthics, during which she was several times Applauded by a particularly numerous Audience in the completely full, Biggest Main Room of the Historic Artistic Monument of "Aubette", at the center of the City which Hosts both EU Parliament's Plenary sessions and the PanEuropean CoE with its ECHR, etc.

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Lepage has founded and co-directs a "Committee for Research and Independent Information on Genetic Engineering", (CRIIGEN), and was Keynote Speaker among various other Scientific Experts and/or Ecological NGO representatives in Today's main Lecture/Debates session of FEBS, where she focused particularly on the Need for thorough Scientific Expertise with Contradictory debates involving Citizens and all Civil Society.

There is a Strong Will in the EU to advance on a Trans-Atlantic Trade Area in order to Boost Trade on the Way Out of the Global Crisis, and Lepage has recently lost an ambitious bid to create a New Political Movement, at the latest, May 2014 EU Parliament's Elections.
 
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But, as several mainstream Media note, there is still a Vocal Opposition, particularly inside EU Parliament, which cannot be ignored.

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    Before the end of 2009, France and Germany will take strong initiatives to open "new Horizons" needed by Europe and the World, going well beyond the current Crisis' management, anounced French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel, reassuring that both a judgement on Lisbon Treaty by nearby Karlsruhe German Federal Court, and the forthcoming National Elections in Germany would confirm their capacity to act.    

They were replying to Press questions in Berlin, after key-regional elections on Sunday, where Merkel's ChristianDemocratic party kept everywhere a strong 1st and won the possibility to forge a New Majority with Liberals at the largest of 3 Landers : Saxony (4 millions inhabitants), while its main competitor, the Socialdemocrat party fell to unprecedented lows : Tackled by the small "Linke" (left) party in Saarland (1 million inhabitants), it became even smaller than it in Saxony and Thuringen (3 million inhabitants), where SPD arrived only third. While its usual partners, the "Greens" also fell down, contrary to CDU's new partners, the FDP Liberals, who go up.

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    - "At any case, at the end of the year (2009), if things go as scheduled, we shall take strong initiatives, showing that Europe needs a Franco-German axis, as well as the World, even if it never excludes other" countries to join, replied Sarkozy to a question if France and Germany will revive the "European dream", by "relauncing the EU motor" for the Future, with actions going further than the mere management of the global crisis, (as it was done fex. in the Past with the creation of the "Euro" Monetary zone, etc).

    - "I am convinced that the Franco-German friendship must be constantly nourished by New Projects", he added."There are many areas of cooperation where we intend to take, very soon, some Franco-German initiatives, which will allow to open more Horizons" to the EU, Sarkozy stressed.

    But if "we don't speak about that now, it's only in order to avoid interfering in important elections coming in Germany", he observed. However, "we have already started to consider the Future with the (German) Chancellor, and what we can do in order to honour our predecessors". "We are already speaking about that, and we are preparing things". "I am working very well together with Mrs Merkel, and I wish that it goes on", Sarkozy concluded.

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    - "It's important for EU's credibility that France and Germany advance forward together", stressed Merkel from the outset. "Don't worry about Germany's capacity to undertake initiatives" with France, she added. "France and Germany will be perfectly able to make proposals" for the EU.

    -  "After-crisis" plans must be prepared, meanwhile, with measures "advancing progressively", Merkel anounced. And, for the short term, we must deal also with EU Citizens' dismay since they feel that it's a Scandal for some in the Financial Markets to be paid with excessive "Bonuses", etc, she agreed with Sarkozy.

    - "Abuses in financial markets must stop", stressed also Sarkozy. Backing Merkel's announcement that France and Germany call for an EU meeting to forge "a crystal-clear European position" in view of the G-14 Summit at Pittsburg, he warned that "everyone will have to undertake his responsibilities, in front of World's Public Opinion. particularly those who don't want to make the same effort of regulation as France and Germany".

    Moreover, "Global Trade cannot be correctly dealt, without taking into account also Environmental and Social rules", Sarkozy added, referring to recently expressed positions against Unfair Competition via Environmental and/or Social Dumping, (See earlier "EuroFora"'s publications).

    Such moves are obviously linked to the need to ensure at least an elementary respect for Human Rights by Third Countries, (f.ex. exploitation of Children's work, etc) in order to avoid, precisely, any such Social Dumping.

    - "EU has Values, protecting Human Rights and Human Dignity", and "it cannot close its eyes" in front of grave violations, particularly "Torture and/or killings", added, indeed, Sarkozy.

    Thus, "the time comes, where decisions must be taken". But, in case of "Sanctions", "all International opinion should be convinced of the need to take action", he observed.

    Expressed on the occasion of recent developments in Iran, the same principles should logically apply also to other similar cases, including fex. that of Hundreds of ECHR judgements' condemning f;ex. Turkey for grave crimes, (as Torture, brutal Killings, Enforced "Disappearances", Destruction of Family Homes, harassments and oppressive violations of Freedom of Speech, etc).

    Meanwhile, questioned on (EU Commission's chair)  Barroso's bid to succeed himself for a second mandate, they both expressed a "wish" or a "feeling" that "EU Parliament"'s various political Groups might fix a date for decisions "during September". However, is he is endorsed before the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, it will be legally necessary to re-vote anew for a full term of office afterwards, according to EU Legal Experts, revealed recently in Strasbourg the experienced former President of EU Parliament's Constitutional Committee, German Socialist MEP Jo Leinen. And Germany will not vote for Lisbon Treaty's ratification but only "on September 8 and 18", revealed Merkel, ( i.e. after EU Parliament's plenary session in Strasbourg).

    - Therefore, "for EU Commissioners' appointment, it's too early yet, because we must wait for the ratification of Lisbon Treaty" by all 27 EU Member countries, including naturally Ireland's Referendum on early October, said to "EuroFora" the influential President of EU Parliament's largest group of MEPs, Joseph Daul, expressing, however, the hope that a controversial deal with the head of the Socialist Group of MEPs, Martin Schultz of Germany, might hold for Barroso alone, at a forthcoming vote due to fix the Strasbourg plenary's Agenda.

    But MEPs reportedly just "postponed" for 1 week all their previously scheduled group meetings (See : http://www.euractiv.com/en/future-eu/barroso-unveil-summer-homework-week/article-184825 );

    However, while the choice of a new EU Commission's President by EU Parliament is supposed, according to many MEPs' wish, take place according to EU policy issues, paradoxically, this would mean that Barroso's bid would pass before even the anouncement of France and Germany's "initiatives" for EU's "new Horizons"...

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