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1st Regions of France annual Convention : Will a New 2017 "King" be consecrated at Historic Reims ?

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28.09.16
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*Reims Cathedral-Tau Palace/Angelo Marcopolo/- Between 2 Young Top French Politicians, current Prime Minister Manuel Valls (a Socialist ally of Hollande, of Spanish origin, Married to a Jewish Wife), and President ad interim of Main Opposition Party "the Republicans", recently elected Head of the New Big Auvergne/Rhone-Alpes Region at the Franco-Swiss-Italian Borders , Alain Wauquiez (a self-declared Sarkozy faithful), significantly Both personaly Present at an Exceptionaly Important, 1st Annual Convention of the Brand New "Regions of France" union of 18 Regions, as Recently re-shuffled, mostly via Fusions in Bigger areas, easing Economic Policy, (without excluding, naturaly, also certain Other Young Top Hopeful, as, f.ex., Benoit Hamon, Emmanuel Macron, Bruno LeMaire, Marion Marechal-Le Pen, etc., who were, however, Absent at ToNight's Event), Nobody Knows yet if will Emerge, or not, a  "New King of France", in the forthcoming, April-May 2017, crucial French Presidential Election, (obviously Important also for All Europe, and well beyond), if not, perhaps, still Later-on...

 

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At any case, it's a Fact that Both spoke to "Eurofora", on Brief but Topical Issues, this Evening, at an Extension of the Historic Reims' Cathedral, where Joan of Arc had notoriously struggled to Coronate the King of France who would succeed to Liberate the Country from a former English Army Invasion and Occupation of its Western Regions, inside the prestigious "Palace of Tau".

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They were all Invited by the New President of all French Region's union, Philippe Richert from Strasbourg, (and recently Elected as the 1st President of the New, "Great East" Region of Alsace-Lorraine and Champagne/Ardennes, Comp. several Richert's replies to various "Eurofora"'s Questions, both in the Past and Nowadays), Together with the President of the French Senate, Gerard Larcher, (another Body with significant Territorial bases, that De Gaulle had notoriously wished to Transform, already as Early as since Back on 1969, with a Popular Referendum, into something Similar to a fully-fledged Federal Council, mainly Composed by reinforced Regions),

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in what will be, Tomorrow, Thursday, 29 September 2016, not just a 12th Annual Convention of the Long-time pre-existing former "Association of French Regions" ("AFR"), but rather the 1st Annual Convention of a brand New "Regions of France" ("RoF") Stronger Union, freshly emerging, with a reNewed Popular Mandate's Legitimacy, from the Recent, December 2015 Regional Elections, just after a partialy Controversial, but Important Reform of the Regional DeCentralisation decided by the current Government in France, (Comp. relevant "Eurofora" NewsReports, f.ex., at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/franceregionelelectionsrepublicanswithgreensorfnrightistsforstrasbourg.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/sarkozyautonomousalternativewinsregions.html).

 

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In substance, Prime Minister Valls, spoke to "Eurofora" about, apparently a Possible Fresh Look at Crucial, Long-Term Strategy Choices on Funding High-Tech Projects at Strasbourg's Metropolitan-Regional area, particularly After some relevant, New Local/Regional Developments, (See our specific NewsReports at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchprimeministervallsonhightechfunding.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchprimeministeroninnovationprojects.html).

 

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While President Wauquiez, after personaly Saluting "Eurofora", stressed, with a smile, in front of us and certain other participants of Tonight's event, that, as a matter of general Principle of Democracy, the People should Send Back Home any previously elected Political Representatives who might have Not fullfiled their Pre-electoral Promisses at all...

 

 

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Inevitably, this matched a Topical link with what appears to be one of the "Hot" Issues of this 2016 "RoF" Convention : I.e. that of a Change of Regions' public Funding, (particularly needed Now, given an important Extension of their Competences), from central State Grants, due to be still Decided Each Year in Paris, towards a Part of the VAT fiscal revenue, almost automatically re-conducted accross the years :


- Will it be practicaly Left, for Final Decision, to a Next National President and Government, due to emerge from the forthcoming 2017 Presidential and Parliamentarian Elections, or shall it be really Decided, in a Legaly-Binding way (at least for 2017), by the Current, still on-going President and Government, during the next 7 or 8 Months ?

 

 

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Philippe Richert and several others Prefer the 2nd, obviously more Certain, Option, (also for a Better Previsibility and Long-Term Planning of Private and public potential Economic actors and Investors), but, as he Stressed this Evening, "there is a Lot of Work to do, already Tomorrow", i.e. during the All-Day long 1st Annual Convention of the brand New "Regions of France" union, which will be held at the Convention Center of the City of Reims : a real "Symbol", as all Speakers noticed for that Choice of such an Historicaly prestigious location.

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This Evening's exceptional Gathering, symbolically took place in the "Palace of Tau", (from the Greek Alphabet's name of the Letter "T", which corresponds to the Shape of that former Episcopal Building that culminates at an Historic Chapel), where used to stay those who were Preparing to be coronated, at the adjacent Cathedral of Reims, as New Kings of France soon... 

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 Joan of Arc's World Famous "vision" and struggle for the coronation of the future Liberator of France at Reims' Cathedral, at the Beginning of the 15th Century, eve of the European "Renaissance" era, was, in fact, preceded by an almost 1 Thousand Years' Older Tradition, steming from Saint Remis' bapteme rite for the Frank King Clovis at 496, at the nearby Reims' more Ancient "Basilica", that she aspired to ReVive anew, obviously pointing at France's and, by a Now very Topical (as many Recent Elections and other Popular Votes throughout the EU clearly indicate) relevant extension, all Europe's fundamentaly Christian roots.

 (Comp. 1st, Headlines' Photo, taken Earlier Today, at Reims' Basilica of Saint Remi, picturing, precisely, that Bapteme Rite for Historic King of Franks, Clovis : See above).

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[Historic Saint Remi Basilica (Reims) at the 1520th Anniversary of Frank King Clovis' Baptism+Consecration (496-2016) - Eurofora original Photo]

A landmark Monument reminding, precisely, that nowadays crucial point, is also that rare Ancient Sulptrure, in White Marble, which reportedly pictures 3 Baptisms : that of Christ himself, followed by Constantine the Great, Founder of the Longest-thriving, OverMillenary Greek-Christian Empire of Byzance (300 - 1.453, just after Liberating Christian People from former Oppression, and creating that "New Rome" which durated until it was Invaded and Occupied by Ottoman Turks' military attacks), as well as Saint Remi's own baptism, at the Souhern Entrance of Reims' Basilica (a former Abbey) which bears his name until Today) : See relevant "Eurofora" Photo, taken just at our Arrival in Reims, before this Evening's exceptional "RoF" Event, (Comp. Supra). All of the above mentioned Monuments, Buildings and Locations are Classified UNESCO "World Heritage" sites .

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 However, Reims' Historic Symbol is much Wider : It is also Linked with Germany and a larger European Cultural Heritage issue, including some very Topical new offrsprings' potential, as is clearly Indicated, inter alia also by the Fact that visionary Alternative .. Rock Music Group from Germany "Eloy" (from World-Famous, Visionary Science-Fiction Writer H.G. Wells' "Time Machine" landmark Book), has already published a "Joan d' Arc" Video-Song in the recent Past, and is even Now preparing a Bigger, Full Version development Project on that throughout 2016, (i.e. at the 1520th Anniversary from the Initial, Historic Consecration of Clovis at Reims, as Early as since back on 496 : Comp. Supra)... 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PK4Jjg3-hWg

 

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(+ Comp.: http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=105857 )

 After also the Recent Tragic ISIS' Terrorist Attack this Summer 2016 even against a defenseless Old Priest inside Saint-Etienne de Rouvray nearby Christian Church, which, by a Timely Coincidence had been Built almost at the Same Century as Reims' Cathedral, (Cf: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/churchattackforeseen.html , mutatis-mutandis, reminding that Burned Church shown at the original "Eloy"'s Video-Song on "Jeanne d' Arc" : Comp. Supra), there is certainly something in Reims' European Cultural History or Europe able to Speak to all French and most European Regions and People throughout all our Continent Today... 

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 The Participation, Tomorrow, here in Reims, at RoF's Annual 2016 Convention, f.ex. of Mecklenburg-Pomerania German Region representative in Brussels' EU's HQ, Dr. Reinhard Boest, (together with mainstram French MEP Renaud Muselier, Delegated President of PACA Region of Marseilles, and President of ARF's "Europe" Committee), an area where took place the 2007 "G-8" Global Heads of State/Government Summit at Heiligenam (Comp. f.ex. "Eurofora" co-Founder's NewsReport from that Summit, published then at "TCWeekly"+), and from which Region stems both Chancelor Angie Merkel and Germany's President Gauck, (among other Topical Symbolic particularities related to the Historic Re-Unification of Europe after the Fall of Berlin War, but also to much more Recent Issues), is another Symbolic sign pointing at a Similar European Direction.

 



 

 

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    An "Eugenic" loophole Amendment, which might expose to Dangers reminiscent of "3rd Reich's" notorious Genetic Abuses, hidden at the last minute inside an otherwise Good, larger Health policy Package scheduled to be voted on Thursday, was strongly denounced by a coalition of MEPs from various Political Groups and Countries, in a Press Conference held this afternoon at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    Mainly calling to "Select Human Embryos", via "Genetic Counselling" and "pre-implantation" Techniques including "Genetic Tests", in order to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", it might open ways to Dangerous Practices in Future, they denounced in substance.

    But they also made it clear that a much larger Report inside which this Controversial Amendment "No 15" was added in dubious circumstances, officialy destinated to struggle against "Rare Diseases", and drafted by Professor Antonios Trakatellis, was otherwise "an Excellent Report", aiming at a "completely Uncontroversial target" of Health policy on which "all MEPs and Experts are united, believing that Europe should act" to protect People's Health (See "EuroFora"'s earlier News).

    The controversy came at a particularly delicate moment for the EU in relation to Citizens, at the eve of June 2009 EU Elections, and shortly before Ireland re-votes for "Lisbon Treaty"..    

- Denouncing risks of "an Eugenic demand, very similar to what we had during the 3rd Reich in Germany, but now coming from some Scientisists themselves", German ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Dr. Peter Liese stressed that critical MEPs were against "Eugenic" engineering with "Selection of Human Embryos", and anything which might ultimately lead up to to a "Selection of Human Race". It doesn't help to "eradicate" Human Lives, he added.


    Several Experts and NGOs expressed "Deep Concern", as f;ex. DR M.C. Cornel of the "European Society of Human Genetics", which stressed, on this occasion, that "the importance of Non-Directiveness in Reproductive issues is a Central characteristic of Human Genetics, after the Atrocities committed in the name of Genetics in the first half or the 20th Century".

     - "This is completely Unacceptable", stressed Italian Liberal MEP Vittorio Prodi, on the Controversial Amendment, also because pushes to "eliminate early Human Life", as he noted.

     - "This opens a Dangerous Road, rather a Motorway", denounced Danish MEP Mrs Margrette Auken, from the "Greens", observing that various similar attempts were made in the Past "not only in Germany, but also in several other Countries, "even at the 1970ies", "f.ex. on forced Sterilisation of Roma" People, and other criticisable situations f.ex. in the UK, in Sweden, etc. as she said.

    + Other NGOs, as f.ex. "LebenHilfe" from Berlin, added that, among various other Risks, could also be that, by exploiting the pre-implantation Genetic Diagnostics and the Selection of "healthy" Embryos, some may "propagate" several "Eugenic" aims, starting f.ex. by pushing to eradicate Human Livies which might "Cost too much" to preserve, ultimately exposing to dangers reminiscent of the "3rd Reich"'s atrocious abuses.

    In consequence, ChristianDemocrats/EPP and "Green" MEPs "decided by Majority to vote against" this Controversial Amendment, anounced to Journalists the 5 MEPs who participated in the Press Conference, representing a wide spectrum, from Liberals to "Greens" and ChristianDemocrats, and from Hungary, Italy, Germany and Danemark up to Ireland (Gay Mitchell), etc.
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    Hungarian ChristianDemocrat MEP Laszlo Surjan said "that it was "Suddenly, at the End of the Procedure" in Committee, that "appeared this (Controversial) Amendment, which has nothing to do" with the main purpose of the Report, on which all agreed.

    He denounced an "Unhonest" move, and called to "avoid this kind of unacceptable situations". Nobody should "Select People", Surjan stressed.

    - "We (MEPs) had No Chance to Discuss" this last-minute Amendment earlier added at a Committee's level, said German MEP Peter Liese

    Speaking to "EuroFora", Dr. Liese, the Spokesman of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group in EU Parliament, said that MEPs didn't oppose other references of the Report f.ex. on "Genetic Tests", because they were "no proposals" to impose them, while, on the contrary, there was "a Problem" if anyone attempted to "impose" f.ex. this or that Genetic Technique and "Genetic Counselling", etc. to the People on human reproduction.
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    Controversial parts of Amendment No 15 ask mainly "to lead finally to the Eradication" of "Hereditary" "rare diseases", "through Genetic Counselling .., and ..pre-Implantation Selection of healthy Embryos".

    But  EU Rapporteur Professor Trakatellis, said to "EuroFora" that fears should be alleviated by Guarantees that all this should be done only "where appropriate", when it's "not contrary to existing National Law", and "always on a Voluntary basis", according to other Parts of the Amendment.

    He stressed that the main aim was to allow "a free and informed choice of persons involved", without imposing them anything :  - "It's not an obligatory, but advisary" text, he said.

    To make that point clear, he was ready, in agreement with many MEPs, to eventually drop at least that part of the controversial Amendment which initially called for "efforts to ..lead finally to the Eradication of those rare diseases" "which are Hereditary".

    But, until late Wednesday evening, reportedly together with many other MEPs, he stood by all the rest of the controversial Amendment, (fex. on the "Genetic Counselling" and the "pre-implantation Selection of healthy Embryos"), so that critical MEPs, going from ChristianDemocrats as Dr. Liese, to "Greens" or "Ind/Dem", observed to "EuroFora" that "this was not enough" to close the dangerous loophole.

    Particularly since, as Professor Trakatellis noted himself, "this is already allowed to the U.K.", and "other National Legislations would probably follow, sooner or later" in a similar direction. As for a general call to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", this "should happen, at any case, in practice, de facto", to protect public Health.

    On the contrary, "our goal should be to help patients suffering from rare diseases, not to eradicate the patients. In case of genetic disease risk, the decision should not be guided by scenarios" made by politicians. "Perents who may decide to accept a child, even if handicapped or with genetic disease, must be respected and supported with solidarity", critical MEPs stated.

    - "Any Pressure" to "a patient or couple (who "should be able to make an informed choice consistent with their own values"),"from health Professionals, Public Health Policies or Governemental Institutions, or Society at large, should be avoided", stresses the "European Society for Human Genetics".

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Each MEP's vote will be registered !

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The Socialist Group requested a "Split vote" on the Amendment 15, first without, and afterwards with the words "lead finally to the Eradication" etc.


    But the first "split vote" leaves intact all the other parts of the Controversial Amendment, (i.e. "Genetic Counselling", "Selection of healthy Embryos", etc).

    That's why, 3 Groups of MEPs : ChristianDemocrats/EPP, "Greens/EFA", and "Ind/Dem", have asked for "Roll Call Votes", on everything regarding the Controversial Amendment No 15, and on the final outcome of the resulting Report as amended, which will register all the individual positions to be taken by each MEP.   

Something which will obviously make each MEP think twice before voting for one or another choice, to be sure that he/she will make the right choice in front of EU Citizens, particularly at these pre-Election times...


    Crucial Votes were scheduled between 12 Noon and 1 p.m. local Strasbourg time, in the middle of a long series of various other Reports, and after a long Public Debate on the larger Health policy package, from 9 to 11.50 am.

    The specific Report inside which was hidden the controversial Amendment is due to be debated between 11 and 12 am.

    So that more last-minute Surprises may not be excluded a priori...

    Particularly at the present Historic moment, when even the Institutional Future of the EU depends on the result of a second Referendum on "Lisbon Treaty", later this year, in ...Ireland, a mainly Catholic country, where People are particularly sensitive in such kind of socio-cultural and values issues...
 

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