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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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    The incoming Swedish EU Presidency (July-December 2009) may still remain in favour of Turkey's controversial EU bid, despite June 2009 EU Elections' results, but it has "very strong demands on Turkey"'s obligation to respect EU Rules, said the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, to "EuroFora", reacting to critical Press reports.

    - "I know (that) the link is often made also to Sweden's position on Turkey"'s controversial EU bid. Indeed, "we (Swedish EU Presidency) are very much engaged in the future membership of Turkey, but not without fullfiling all the Criteria".

    - "It's very clear that we (Swedish EU Presidecny) have very Strong Demands on Turkey, in a sort of concept for Future membership of the Union, ...which will be a Long Process...", she stressed.

    This means, in particular, "the Copenhagen Criteria (on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law), and also the adaptation to the Acquis of the European Union".

     - "If you listen to what Mr. Bildt (the Swedish Foreign Minister) says on Turkey at different occasions, it's very clear : We want Turkey to become part of the Union, in the Future. But we want it to fullfil all the Criteria : The Acquis of the European Union. That's very clear", she concluded.

    The Senior Official of the Swedish Foreign Ministry was reacting to critical Press Reports, from Brussels' Journalists invited by EU Commission's secretariat to Stockholm, who claimed that Bildt was abusing of a ..."Whip" (sic !) against Cyprus, by "threatening" the presence of UNO's Peace-keeping force at the "Green line" which separates the island's Government-controlled areas from the territories occupied by Ankara's army, if Nicosia didn't accept any political solution, regardless of Turkey's demands, before the end of 2009.

        Governing AKEL Party's new Secretary General, Andros Kyprianou, reacted by declaring that no-one can threat the People of Cyprus : -"We shall decide for our Future, and nobody else",  he reportedly said, asking to "keep calm". "In order to find a Solution soon, certain basic Principles must be respected", he stressed, calling those who feel an urgency to use their influence on Turkey. Other Political Parties were more critical.

    This was a reference to recently reported statements by Turkish Minister Bagis, Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan and Turkey's National Security Council (a Military-Political body), accused to push towards a partitionist "2 States" solution, contrary to UNO SC Resolutions for Cyprus' reunification.

    December 2009 is a crucial moment for EU's appraisal of Turkey's controversial EU bid, because EU Council has decided to review then Ankara's compliance with the European position on the recognition of Cyprus' Government, which was clearly set out by an EU reply of 21 September 2005 to Turkish Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan's claims, refusing to recognize even the existence of EU Member Cyprus, in controversial statements he made to London (former EU chair) on July 29, 2005.

    EU Parliament's latest Resolution on Turkey, adopted on March 2009 in Strasbourg, warned Ankara that "the non-fulfillment of Turkey's commitments... by December 2009, may further seriously affect the process of Negotiations" with the EU.

    In practice, the issue boils down to Ankara's "embargo" against Ships and Airplanes using Cyprus' seaports or airports at the strategic EU island, which traditionaly hosts one of the World's biggest Shipping flags. EU has already "freezed" 6 relevant Chapters in EU - Turkey Negotiations since December 2006, after Ankara refused to fullfil a commitment it had undertaken when EU had decided to open controversial "accession" negotiations with Turkey, back on December 2005.

    - "As far as EU - Turkey relations are concerned, it's clear that Turkey needs to fullfil its obligation of full, non-discriminatory implementation of the additional Protocol (to "EC-Turkey Association Agreement"),  This is an important issue....and should be addresseed as soon as possible as it clearly affects the pace of the accession negotiations.Issues covered by the Declaration of September 2005 will continue to be followed up, and progress is urgently awaited", warned earlier in Strasbourg the out-going Czech EU Presidency (former vice-Prime Minister Alexander Vodra).

    But the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, dismissed "interpretations" by "some" that Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was reportedly "threatening" Cyprus with consequences on the UNFICYP, if it doesn't accept any solution until December 2009, while Turkey is reportedly delaying in an attempt to impose a partitionist "2 States" solution.

    On the contrary, Julin, stressed that "Sweden has strong demands on Turkey'"s respect of "Copenhagen Criteria and EU Acquis".

    Meanwhile, Sweden  is "concerned" about the risk of "Stalemate" in Cyprus' Talks, but is well aware that "the main responsibilities lie with the two leaders and the UNO", Europe playing only a role of "facilitator".

    After carefully verifying, the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, stressed to "EuroFora" that Bildt's reference to UNFICYP "was not linked to a Threat", and dismissed those who "interpreted" it so.

    On the contrary, the Swedish EU Presidency acknowledged the fact that Peace Talks are mainly for the UN and the leaders of the Cypriot communities, EU's role being limited into that of a "facilitator".

    As for Turkey's reported attempts to impose a "2 States' solution", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service sharply replied by stressing that Turkey must respect the "EU Acquis" rules.

    In particular :

    - "Basically he (Bildt) underlined that it's the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus and the UN that have the main responsibilities for solving the problem", started to say the Swedish Senior Official to "EuroFora", referring to the above-mentioned "briefing".

    - "But the EU had a role in sort of pointing out the benefits and facilitating a little bit the outcome for the settlement of the whole Cyprus' issue", she added.

    - "And he did state the Fact, that the rest of the World (i.e. USA, etc) will, of course, look at the differend issues which are at the table, and the future of the UN Peace keeping force is part of what is at the table", she admitted.

    - "I understand that some have interpreted that as a Threat, by the Swedish Minister" "But", in reality, "it's a statement of a Fact, that, when we'll look at the differend issues, one of the issues on which we shall have to take a stand on, is the future of the UN Peace keeping force in Cyprus".

    Indeed, one of the questions usually raised for a Solution of Cyprus' issue is what International and/or European or other Guarantees, by a Peace-keeping force, might be needed afterwards, eventually for a transitory period.

    Questioned anew by "EuroFora" whether (according to critical Press Reports) this could be taken as a veiled warning that, if Cyprus didn't accept any Turkish demand for any solution whatever, it might be left alone to face Ankara's Military Invasion/Occupation, she denied :

    - "He (Bildt) didn't say it in that way"... "It was not linked to a threat, or anything like that", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service stressed.

    On the contrary, "he (Bildt) underlined that the main responsibility lies with the parties concerned on the island". "The EU can try to facilitate and show the benefits of reaching a settlement. But also, when the EU and the rest of the World (i.e. USA) will have to look at it, they will look at all the Facts on the table, and the presence of the UN Peace-keeping force is one".

    And "he (Bildt) didn't speak about that at all", she replied to "EuroFora" question on Turkey's reported attemps to impose, in one way of another, a partitionist "2 States solution".

    Asked whether Bildt's aim was to incite both parties to move forward efficiently, she agreed :

    - In fact, "the EU is really very concerned with the Stalemate in the situation. Yes !", the Head of Sweden's Foreign Ministry's Press Service anounced. That's why Bildt "was hoping for the two parties (i.e. for Turkey's also) to engage and break, a little-bit, the present stalemate, come to a solution of the issue" of Cyprus.

    But, replying  to a "EuroFora"s question on the risk, denounced by several politicians in case of strict Time Deadlines, for Turkey to provoke a stalemate and wait for the time to come to impose a partitionist "2 States' solution", she reacted by pointing at Turkey's obligation to respect "EU Acquis" :

    - "Turkey must fullfil the EU Acquis : That's clear !", the Swedish Senior Official stressed.

    More details are expected when Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt will debate his Programme with new MEPs at EU Parliament's plenary mid-July in Strasbourg, that he has visited already in 2008.

    Foreign Minister Carl Bildt became familiar with Strasbourg's CoE last year, when Sweden chaired the PanEuropean organization of Human Rights. As EU chairman-in-office, he will also chair the 27-member States strong EU Group inside the 47-member States strong CoE.

    Minister for EU affairs, Cecilia Malmstrom is well known at EU Parliament, where she has been an active MEP of the Liberal Group for many years, following also Press Freedom issues.

    Both have already made various statements at "EuroFora", on differend topical matters.

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