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CoE Chair, Albanian President Nishani to EuroFora : Trans-Adriatic Pipeline important for EU+

Written by ACM
Thursday, 04 October 2012

 

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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- CoE's Chairman, new President of Albania, Bujar Nishani, speaking to "EuroFora", firmly confirmed his country's Political Will to make whatever possible in order to realize the Strategic Energy Transport link of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline, ("TAP"), which can help create permanent links between all the EU and Eastern Mediterranean Sea's on-going Oil/Gas New Findings, (in addition to eventual old terrestrial but controversial and uncertain projects which might be added also from various other Directions/Origins).


 - "The Trans-Adriatic  Pipeline is very Important for Albania", President Nishani stressed from the outset in Reply to "EuroFora"s Question.


 - In this regard, "we've just had an Agreement Signed by Albania, Greece and Italy", he observed.

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+ However, TAP is not only "Important for All those Countries, but also for the European Union", as a whole, the Albanian President rightfully added, considering the fact that the project obviously intends to create Energy Transport Links also towards the rest of the EU, via Austria, Slovenia, France, etc.


- That's why, "Albania will offer the Maximum of Engagement",so that "in Albania, TAP will find a Safe Place, and a very Good Environment in order to implement this project", he promissed.

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Already, in general, "the average Economic Growth of GDP reached +5%" in Albania "during 2007-2012, while, "World Bank's 2O12 Report on "Doing Business" this year ranks Albania onthe 24th and 16th place, in "Getting Credit" and "Consumer Protection", respectively, placing Albania among the Countries with the Highest Results" worldwide, President Nishani had observed earlier.


=> Therefore, "I think that (all) the European Countries will Profit from that (TAP) Project, (which) is a very Important one", the current CoE's Chairman concluded.

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 - This goes even more Today, when "there are, currently, wider EU Projects to Fund such strategic Energy Transport links", as "EuroFora" reminded to President Nishani, who agreed wholeheartedly with a crystal-clear  - "Yes, absolutely !",

(concerning in particular EU's recently anounced Plans to start soon doing so in order to also boost Growth throughpout all the EU, as New French EU Affairs Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has already confirmed in reply to an "EuroFora"'s question, earlier at EU Parliament, and as it was moreover reiterared even by the Foreign Minister of the country, experienced  Laurent Fabius, during his recent visit to Cyprus, current EU Council's Chair, and new Oil/Gas findings' host, including on Pioneer, High-Tech Projects agreed with Israel, after preparatory deals with Egypt, soon possibly Lebanon, etc)

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     The High-Tech, brand new Crisis' management Center (CMC) inaugurated Wednesday by French Minister Bernard Kouchner, fits well EU's Humanitarian and Security-Defence aims, revealed a gathering of the largest Group of MEPs (EPP) organised in Paris these days, to prepare the debate on French EU Presidency's priorities (July - December 2008), that President Nicolas Sarkozy will present next week in EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

        Due to face a large spectrum of Crises : from Humanitarian (f.ex. Natural Catastrophes, evacuation of Civilians or rapatriation of expats, populations exposed to Hunger and/or risky Sanitary conditions, etc), to various consequencies of Terrorist threats, Armed conflicts, or of Peace-keeping operations, etc, and joining Geopolitics with Diplomacy, CMC is able to deal with urgencies in real time anywhere in the world, by concentrating qualified Experts and impressive High-Tech equipment (i.e. Giant Computer Screens working in parallel, Visio-conferences, Satellite connections, etc).

 

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        Kouchner stressed that "Humanitarian and Political considerations can co-exist in real practice, if each one respects its independence", and, speaking to EuroFora, underlined his intention to have special representatives in "Strategic" locations, creating a "Network", open particularly to European cooperation.

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        - "We must fill the gap in Europe's Civilian and Military capacities", declared earlier at Matignon, French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, while EU Commissioners met with their counterparts among French Ministers.

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    The experienced Top MEP, after helping to build the "EuroZone", as a long-time Chairman of EU Parliament's Economic Committee, has recently started to chair a brand new "Security and Defence Committee", aiming to build European Defence, as the 2nd task of his life, as he told earlier to EuroFora.

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     The Committee, chaired by Vogaw, will hear, next week in Strasbourg an Experts' view about on the French EU Chairmanship's priorities in ESDP on Wednesday, before President Sarkozy's plenary debate, exceptionally on Thursday.

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