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StrasbourgEvents CEO Pillaire to EF: In 2020 = 2 EuroFairs: Digital/Physical +Digitalisation v Virus

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Donnerstag, 27 August 2020

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- In Fact, for the 1st Time, it's Not Only "a Physical", But Also "a Digital" Annual Collective, Popular Mega-Event "Euro-Fair" for 2020, that embattled "Strasbourg-Events" Director General, Albane Pillaire, acknowledged to "Eurofora" that she ambitiones to Realize, right in the Middle of a Europe-Wide ReBouncing Virus, After a "Bumpy" DeConfinement's Start, this Summer, which Reached ...+6.711 New Daily Infections Today in France, (See, f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/hastydecofinementflop.html, etc), Urging to Develop an almost Omni-Present "Digitalisation", as a Protection, which Could, however, Become Also a Chance... (See Infra).

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- This very Rare Popular Mass-Event in Nowadays Europe, while Fairs are Still under a "Derogation" Measure Regime Legally, since a General Prohibition in France Continues, in Principle, until October 2020, Can't be Authorized but Only with the Presentation of "very Strong Guarantees", Obliging her young Team to Meticulously Work for the Careful Preparation of Many and Various kinds of Precautions, in order to have a Real Chance to Succesfully Address in Practice such an UnPrecedented Big Challenge. (On specifically Sanitary Issues, See "Eurofora"s Publication of Strasbourg City's Public Health Chief, Dr. Alexander Feltz's Replies to Our Questions, added to those of CEO Albane Pillaire too, at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eurofairtestforeuparliament.html, etc).

One of among the Most Important such "Guarantees", Against the Virus, is, Obviously, a Wider than Ever "Digitalisation", of as Many as Possible, Concrete Aspects of this Exceptional 2020 Euro-Fair, whose Crucial Role was Clearly Confirmed by "Strasbourg-Events"' CEO Albane Pillaire, as a matter of Principle, in Reply to a relevant "Eurofora"s Question, during the Annual Press-Conference of Today, which is a Traditional "Flagship" Event of the Socio-Economic and even Political Resumption of Collective Activities from the Autumn's Beginning.

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=> It Includes, among others, Also : a complete "DeMonetisation of Payments", prefering to use "E-Currency", Instead of Cash, with Digitaly Operating "Cards" on the Fly, (f.ex. to Buy certain Products), and/or Internet Payments, (f.ex. to Buy Tickets, etc). Visitors use "E-Tickets", and Even Journalists' "Press Cards" are Dowloadable in a Computer, and, Eventualy, "Printed" independently, as "Eurofora" was Told during that Press Conference. There are No more Any Paper "Flyers", Neither "Maps" or "Lists" of various Stands, Nor "Time-tables" of Events on Paper, Contrary to the Past : All that is Now Accessible and Visible through EuroFair's WebSite, as well as in a Special "App", prepared for this Event, and Dowloadable Even at the Visitors' Personal Smart-Phones.

Everyone who Enters this 2020 EuroFair Must "Scan" his/her "E-Ticket" and/or "Press Badge", etc, at a Digital Machine, as well as Also Reveal his/her Identity and Provide his/her basic Personal Data, in Addition to being Known and Reachable throughout the Visit, (apparently by Smart-Phone), almost as People were Obliged to do in ...China (sic !), in order to Move around with "Scanned" Personal "Codes", during this Virus' Crisis, while "Health Checks" for Diagnosis of Virus are "Proposed", But "Not Imposed",  as "Care" is Provided, by Health Specialists, for Eventual "Asymptomatic" Infected Persons, and Everybody is Also "Counted" (and "Scanned"), Both while "Entering" and while "Leaving" the Compound, in order to Calculate the Total Number of People Inside, at the Same Time, which Must Not ByPass 5.000, according to the Current Legal Regulations, (thanks to a "Constantly UpDated" Digital List, obviously). According to their Age, and/or Preferences, Potential Visitors May, Even, be Proposed some "Specific Time Slots", better "Fitting" their Characteristics, (as, f.ex., a "Quiet" Period for Elders, with Less Affluence of Crouds, More Availability for Children Care, etc), and/or, eventually, Special "PathWays" visible at the "Digital Map", (Comp. Supra), etc. A Specific "App", that Visitors are Strongly Incited to Download in their Smart-Phones, (as, Also, in Some Political Congresses, f.ex. Organized by Brussels-HeadQuartered EU outlets, Parties, etc., Already on 2019), "Facilitates" such Digital Interactions during the EuroFair.

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All this concerns the Exceptional Context, which Surrounds, on 2020, the overall Area and Framework, Inside which would take place the Popular Event of Strasbourg's Euro-Fair. But a Real "Digital Revolution" Might come from something Else, which, initially, Appears of, comparatively, Secondary Importance, almost Anodynous : I.e. the Content of this 2020 EuroFair itself, the Products and Activities that it Offers to the Visitors, inside the above-mentioned Exceptional Framework.

In Fact, the Digitalisation Imposed by the Fight against the Virus (Comp. Supra, and : ..., etc), by Suppressing f.ex. the Traditional Paper versions of the EuroFair's Map, List of Companies, Time-table of Events, etc., made the Organizers pay much More Attention to their WebSite, than in the Past. And the Same goes Also for the Above-Mentioned "App" Downloaded into Visitors' Smart-Phones,  (Comp. Supra), as well as Even the DeMaterialisation of Payments which required a Digital Expression of the Products, (etc). The Result was for the main Organizer of that EuroFair 2020, "Strasbourg-Events"' CEO Pillaire, to Announce, in Reply to an "Eurofora"s Question, on the occasion of Today's Press Conference, that "Each Pazrticipating Company will have a Digital Space, in the EuroFair's WebSite, in order to Present its Products and Activities, as well as its Coordinates, Prices, Proposals, perhaps Daily Events, etc". "Each Businessman will have His Own Digital Space, and it Depends on him, How he will Organise and UpDate it", she Told us.

- "We are Doing That for the 1st Time", in a History of 88 Annual Editions of Strasbourg's "Euro-Fair", and "We Started (to Prepare it Just at the Beginning of this Summer. So, we Hope to be Able to Finish it on Time, for the about 450 Businesses which have Already Declared their Participation", as well as, "Perhaps 200 or 300 More, which Might be added" in the MeanTime. At any case, Each Participant Will have the Opportunity to eventually UpDate his Part of the WebSite, Up to the Last Minute", Pillaire added.

    - In Fact, Nobody really Knows Yet, How this Novel Digitalisation will Finally Work in Practice, for this 1st Time, But, at least, one thing is Clear : - "All Businesses will be Able, if they wish, to Eventualy, propose to Sell their Products Also <<On Line>>, and Deliver them as they can, f.ex. near the EuroFair's entrance, By Post, or Otherwise", Now or Later-on, she Replied to a specific "Eurofora"s Question on that Key Practical matter.

    => The Point, Obviously, is, that, in this way, they Can Overcome the "Inevitable UnCertainty" about "Whether Most People might Fear to go to a Collective Event as long as the Virus Still Circulates around, Or, on the Contrary, Frustrated, Nowadays, After a Long Period withOut Yet enough Occasions for Meet and Interact with Other Persons, and/or Breath, Outdoors, some Fresh Air, Together with their Family and Friends, while also Discovering New things, Will, rather, Rush to Seize This Rare Opportunity", as she explained. Because, at Any Case, All Interested Potential Clients, would be Informed about the Offers of Businesses Presenting their Products at Strasbourg's "Euro-Fair", and, If they Wish, they Would be Able to get in touch remotely, and, Eventually, Pass Command also "On Line",  so that they would "Not be Obliged to Physically Come on the Spot", (If they might, Perhaps, be Afraid of the Virus). This does Not Exclude, Moreover, the Possibility for Some People to "First Visit the EuroFair, and Afterwards Pass Command On-Line", While Others, Might, on the Contrary, Discover something Interesting through that WebSite, and, Afterwards, decide to Come on the Spot", as "Eurofora" suggested and Pillaire Agreed.

    >>> - "In that sens, Yes, We are, for the 1st Time, indeed Preparing Not 1, But 2 EuroFairs on 2020 : One Physical, and anOther Digital !", Positively resumed, Replying to "Eurofora", <<Strasbourg-Events>>' CEO, in fine, with a Bright Smile.

    - By the way, "Many Businesses are Still Frustrated by that Recent "Lock-Down" Because of the Virus' Crisis, and feel Eager to Renew Contacts with the People and potential Customers asap, So that they May Really rush to Seize this Opportunity", she pointed out. At any case, since "Several among the Participants had Not Yet Sufficient Experience on How to Set Up and Efficiently Use a part of a WebSite, We are Accompagnying them, by Providing practical Help" for that purpose.(Meanwhile, "Eurofora" noticed that Most Participants, at least until now, prefer to Publish a Short Resume of their Products, with a simple Link at Their own Websites, most of them quite Well Build).

    + And, Pillaire promised to Afterwards Publish, Not Only the Number of Physical Visitors at this EuroFair's Compound, (as it's Traditionaly done), But Also the Number of Digital Visits that Will be made at its Website, (as well as, if possible, their Origins : F.ex. from Which Cities and/or What Countries, etc., Including their Eventual Outcomes, such as Contacts, Cooperations, Transactions, etc).

    =>At any case,  "What we will do Now here, (with this Exceptional "Euro-Fair" of 9/2020), Will be, shortly Afterwards, Evaluated, in order to Reach practically Useful Conclusions for Other such Collective Events, Both Throughout France and elsewhere in Europe", Strasbourg City's Public Health Chief, Dr. Alexander Feltz (in charge of the Sanitary Issues) also said Earlier, in this Same Press Conference, where he Replied to Relevant "Eurofora"s Questions, (See: ..., etc).

    >>> In this Way too, Added also to the Fact, that, as "Eurofora" observed, (triggering an amused smile by Pillaire in agreement), Many Web Visitors might be ... "from (Physically, But Not Digitaly) Far Away Scandinavia" (sic !), then, Strasbourg's Traditional EuroFair Might, indeed, Start to progressively Become Really and Fully "European", even in Practice !

Indeed, this 2020 EuroFair being, mainly, Composed of 3 Parts : a) on "Homes", b) "Shopping", and c) "Food", the First seems very "Popular" Nowadays, probably Due to the Virus which incites People to Stay Home, (as Pillaire observed), and Might have some Interesting Ideas also for Other Countries, while the Second has Obviously a Lot of Easily Transportable Items, and the Third reminds f.ex. the Most Famous, Internationaly, French Export : i.e. the Wines, (to the point that US President Trump had notoriously Threatened to Tax French Wines IF Any Digital Taxes were imposed to the GAFAM !), as well as a Tasty Strasbourg's ...Coffee, reportedly shipped, not only to Nearby Germany, but Even to Russia and Japan !... As of a Traditional Strasbourg EuroFair's item : a series of New "Inventions" serving Various Purposes in EveryDay Life, If it's Continued, would Certainly Find several Interested People at EU's Common Market, (on Condition that the Internet's Big Potential is Well Used).

 

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3 EU Parliament votes to boost EuroGroup !

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After EuroZone Paris Summit's succes, Sarkozy calls to "think anew how to re-construct Europe !

"EuroZone and EU Institutional debates pave the way to 2009 discussions on EU Future, including Enlargment, Turkey etc. ?


23 October 2008

After EU Parliament strongly suppported in 3 successive Votes this week in Strasbourg French EU Chairmanship's move to boost Euro-Group at EU's core, while ideas on EU Institutional problems are awaited on December, "it's an open Question now" if this may lead to a debate on EU's Future, or not, told us French President, Nicolas Sarkozy''s Spokesman, Pierre-Jerome Henin.

MEPs voted on Thursday fresh Funds to support EuroGroup, after adopting on Wednesday a Resolution asking a "further Evolution" to "the 1st ever meeting of Heads of State and of Government of the Euro-Zone, taking decisions in that capacity", while earlier this week a Report asked "a stronger Institutional setting" for "EuroGroup", extended from "competitiveness/industry" to "environment, employment and education", with "increased powers for Political decision-making", according to a text drafted by French MEP Francoise Beres and German MEP Werner Langen, "10 Years after the creation of Euro" (1999 - 2009).

- Brussels' subsequent "EU Council ..(simply)..ratified the measures decided by EuroGroup on October 12" in Paris, which "were necessary to contain the current Financial Crisis", Resolution observes, expressing also support to the new process succesfully initiated by Sarkozy and due to be completed by agreements with USA and other countries at a Global level.

From now on, it's between two differend but parallel moves : EU's delay, and EuroZone's acceleration, that Enlargement and particularly Turkey's controversial EU bid, will have to search its way :

Indeed, EU's 27 expect a "Roadmap on how to deal with the Irish problem" on Lisbon Treaty ratification after December, risking to pass even 2009 Elections and next Commission with the old Nice Treaty of 2000, out-dated and unfit even for 2004's Enlargement...

On the contrary, EU's core launches a real "Economic Governance for EuroZone at the highest level of Heads of State/Government" of the 15, which started in Paris on October 12 and was strongly supported this week in Strasbourg by Sarkozy and EU Parliament.
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- "It's a good idea, to launch such a debate ("on EU's Future") in EU Parliament in view of 2009 Euro-Election : Perhaps some MEPs will seize an opportunity", told us mainstream French MEP Alain Lamassoure, former EU Minister and EU Spokesman for France's governing party UMP.

- "All MEPs' debates on such EU Councils are also part of the larger debate on Europe's future : Now with EuroZone, and even more when, on December, Irish Prime Minister is due to table proposals in Strasbourg on how to deal with EU Treaty's ratification", replied earlier to our question EU Parliament's Press Director and Spokesman, Jaume Duch.
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Sarkozy has formally anounced his intention to open EU Debates on Economy, Identity/Enlargement (i.e. mainly Turkey), etc. both linked to a popular Political view of Europe, since his Historic speeches on EU in Strasbourg, on February and July 2007, when he stressed that "Europe needs a New Renaissance". At the beginning of the French EU Presidency, on July 2008, replying to a MEP, he suggested that EU Parliament takes an active part in Debates on EU's Future.

- Now, in 2008, "Crisis are an opportunity to re-think how to re-construct Europe", Sarkozy stressed. At any case, the Historic 1st EuroZone Summit of Heads of State/Government, which started replying to the Financial crisis,"is a Turning Point : After that, Europe cannot be governed as before, but differently" : People "like a Europe with Strong Will".

- "We must make the System move !", "Europe needs Innovation" and free political debates. EU "Elections are in a few Months", Sarkozy warned.

He invited EU Parliament to fully play its role as "the Democratic Heart of the Europe we want : United, Independent and Voluntarist, because the World needs Europe's voice".

- "It's no more possible for Euro-Zone to continue without an Economic Government" at the Highest Level of Heads of State/Government, who provide "Democratic Legitimity" and can take important decisions, he announced, strongly supported by EU Parliament's Economic Committee which just voted to boost the "Institutional" aspects of "EuroGroup".

Plasticity offered by the current absence of a special Treaty on EuroZone's Institutions "made it easy to adapt the organization of the 1st Summit with imagination, to efficiently meet urgent needs", he observed, on the occasion of Brittish Prime Minister's exceptionnal presence at the greatest part of EuroGroup's Paris Summit.

- "In EuroZone we have the same Bank, the same Money, and, thus, a same duty for Unity" : "By bringing together EuroGroup's 15 members States we suceeded to find a solution and prepare a Giant Plan of 1.800 Billion euros", Sarkozy reminded of Paris' 1st Historic EuroZone's Summit.

Afterwards, Brussels' EU Council followed the move, and USA's Paulson II Plan was inspired from that. "Europe must promote the idea of Global Economy's Refoundation", he stressed.

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- "I was frankly astonished when I found, at the EU, a rigid system, where any New Idea was seen from the outset as a sacrilege, while, on the contrary, Europe needs Innovation !", he described.

F.ex. ,"'When we first spoke about the "Union for the Mediterranean", it was misunderstood as something extraordinary.. When later we had the Russia -Georgia crisis, it seemed against EU's custom to act "in the middle of August", instead of staying a passive spectator ! And when, in front of the Financial ciris, we gathered the 1st EuroZone Summit of the "15", some thought of it as a lese-majesté", he denounced.
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On Geo-Political Principles :
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- But, by moving resolutely, "EU obtained the ...withdrawal of Occupation Troops in 2 Months !", reminded Sarkozy, observing that Russia "fulfilled its commitments", in the Georgian crisis, where a "disroportionate reaction" from Moscow followed a "totally inappropriate action" from Tbilisi's troops. "It would be crazy to reply by military means : EU should not become accomplice of another Cold War, imposed by lack of cool heads".. as he said.

In future, "the creation of a common European Economic Area with EU and Russia, would also obtain a raprochment on our Human Rights and Democratic Values", added Sarkozy, in a statement which should logically be applied, a fortiori, to controversial EU "candidate" Turkey..

Particularly when, the same week that EU Parliament voted 2009 EU Funds for Turkey's controversial EU bid, ECHR took a series of judgements condemning Turkey for grave Violations of Human Rights, such as : Torture, death of a political prisoner in unclear circumstances followed by failure to conduct a proper Investigation, "enforced Disappearance" of a youngster aged 17, Killing of a sepherd with Tank Shells, persecuting Journalists for articles on "Missing" People, even a former President of Human Rights' Association, (etc)

- "We (EU) can defend our ideas on respect of Sovereignity and territorial Integrity, on Human Rights and other differences ... without confrontation", Sarkozy stressed, on the occasion of Russian/Georgian conflict, reminding that : "we were only 2 steps from catastroph", when a Peace agreement brokered in Moscow prevented, at the last minute, Russian troops' advance towards Tbilisi.

An EU Parliament Resolution adopted Wednesday in Strasbourg on the occasion of Russia - Georgia conflict, outlines a set of Principle which apply elsewhere too, (particularly when EU Rapporteur for Russia and Turkey is one and same person ; Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijtanen !)

Clearly rejecting any "military solution to the conflicts", MEPs "condemn ..all those who resorted to force and violence". They denounce a "disproportionate military action", "as well as (an) unilateral decision to recognise the independence" of brekaway regions, "calling.. to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of the concerned country, "and the inviolability of its borders recognised by all EU Member States". They warn that "EU must review its policy towards" a 3rd Country, "should .(it)...not comply with its commitments", and "stress that the withdrawal of.... troops from the areas ....is an essential additional step".

EU Parliament "calls for the safe and quick return of refugees, (accepted by Russian President Medvedev) accompanied by the deployment of EU observers on the ground", and "regrets ...that ..EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) is not allowed to enter the ...breakaway regions". Moreover, "It's important to ensure that persons and NGOs ..engaged in defending human and civil rights can operate". "Until ...all remaining issues (are) resolved..., and notably the continuing ...Military presence", "relations with the EU ..cannot be fully normalised", MEPS warned.

As nobody likes to be accused to practice "Double Standards", this should be regarded as "Principles" applicable to any Third Country at EU's Neighborhood.. No ?

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On Economy :

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- "When Financial crisis shook US and EU's Banks, without result from the 1st (American) Paulsen plan, it was the common reply of the 1st EuroZone's Summit, involving some 1800 Billion euros, which started a positive move in the markets, soon strengthened by the follow-up of the US Paulson 2 Plan, noted Sarkozy.

- "Europe should not be only on the defensive, but, if necessary, know also how to take an offensive", he said, brushing away hesitationsto act on Economy: - "I'm for a refondation of Capitaliism, but against Speculators, who betray its values" : "Lack of Rules was profitable to speculators, Not to businessmen !" We must make sure to prevent any such crisis in future". "We, the rest of the World, cannot continue to bear the deficits of the 1st World power without saying anything !", the French President said, applauded by EU Parliament. All this needs "a New Global Governance", on which EU Parliament must debate. That's why "we proposed together with USA, several Summits from mid-November", to which G-8, enlarged to China, India a.o. countries, should participate. UNO's SG; Ban Ki Moon, the IMF, etc.

Financial crisis lowered shares' prices even for healthy companies, sometimes to 1/3 of their initial price, so that strangers might buy EU industries for only a portion of their real value, and Europeans may wake up one day with their main industries sold out to foreigners !

That's one of the reasons for which EU should debate about creating "Golden Shares" for States to jointly take Strategic participations to help European Industries until the end of the Crisis, particularly against distording competition, he suggested, pointing at USA's 35 billion $ plan for American Car Industry."We shall struggle for Europe to be able to build Airplanes, Ships, Trains, Cars, because we need a strong Industry", he concluded.

"F.ex. as we did back in 2004, when as Finance Minister, we bought Alsthom's shares for 800.000 euros, and, after restructuring, we sold them for 2 Millions : Help a company and make money is not so bad"...

As for the UK, "when Ireland announced that it would guarantee only Irish Banks, London City emptied from liquidities in 24 hours : It's the EU which helped to restore the situation, Not the UK alone !", reminded Sarkozy to nationalist British MEP Nigel Farage.

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On the contrary, in a last-minute attempt for the EU to catch-up with its Institutional delay "before the European Elections" of June 2009, MEPs simply voted a call for a "set of proposals" to be made for the "Irish public opinion" at the end of the year...

- "As long as Lisbon Treaty is not ratified by all 27 EU Member States, there is an unanimous decision to stop Enlargement, reminded Wednesday in Strasbourg the French Minister for EU affairs, Jean-Pierre Jouyet..

Added to an indirect but clear warning that, without Lisbon Treaty, all 27 EU Member Countries may not have a Commissioner in the 2009 resuffle, MEPS in the Constitutional/Foreign affairs Committees applauded hoping that this might motivate their Irish friends..

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