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Strasbourg MEP Sander to Eurofora : EU Citizens' Voice must be Heard here before Final Decisions

Written by ACM
Πέμπτη, 06 Οκτώβριος 2016
 
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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- The main points of "Eurofora"s project were more or less Endorsed by mainstream Young Strasbourg's MEP Anne Sander, a ChristianDemocrat/EPP recently Elected politician from France, who has created a "Pierre Pflimlin" Working Group of MEPs (named after the former EU Parliament's President, f. French Prime Minister and Long-time Mayor of Strasbourg) due to promote the European Idea and Values through the EU/COE Institutions Based here, with their overall Specific characteristics, marked Both by History and, in fact, a functional Coherence, despite their apparent diversity, as they have been established during the last 60 - 65 Years or so.


She was Replying to a relevant Question that "Eurofora" co-Founder had raised, during a Meeting organized on the sidelines of this October 1st, Plenary Session of EU Parliament, with the participation also of several Other MEPs, both from Brussels and Strasbourg or elsewhere, CoE Officials, Expêrts, Universitarians, Journalists, Activists, NGO representatives, etc., actively supporting a Democratic European Integration, including, particularly, by EU Parliament's full Week Plenary Sessions here, in the Best and more Efficient, as well as EU Citizens' Friendly Conditions possible.

- "Eurofora", (evoking "the PolyPhonic Music" of Strasbourg, already highlighted at our "Europe in the World" 1997 collective Project, Signed then by a Group among the Most Experienced European Journalists, from Germany, France, the UK, Spain, Greece, etc, with an Universitarian, a US-Headquartered Reporters' Network, etc, that EU Commission accepted Officialy to Examine in the framework of "ESPRIT" Program for Innovative Social Uses of Modern Communication Technologies, as well as the subsequent "Eurofora" project of 2006-2007 etc), pointed at the Fact that both EU Parliament and CoE's Assembly (via MEPs' Debates during a whole Week), as well as ECHR (via Hearings and/or Written Submissions by the Parties, etc), and even EU Ombudsperson (via Lisbon Treaty's "Good Administration" and "Charter of Fundamental Rights", etc), Focus on Pluralistic Public Debates before European Institutions take Decisions which affect EU Citizens' lives and/or Society at large, while, on the Contrary, Brussels' overall ambiance Focuses much more on Decisions taken f.ex. by EU Commission and/or EU Council (eventualy via Exchanges of Views in Camera, Behind Closed Doors) and afterwards Announced to the People.

Therefore, we Asked MEP Sander if she found that such a Distinguo expressed well enough "Strasbourg's Europe", or not.

- EU Parliament reaches and Votes Final Decisions in Strasbourg, underlined Anne Sander in reply to the avove mentioned "Eurofora"s Question.


 - And it's also here that European People's Voices must be Heard, she voluntaristically added, (i.e. almost entirely Encording, in fact, "Eurofora"s above mentioned, Sketchy Description, even without necessarilly saying that Explicitly).


+ Particularly Now, in order to Succeed in relaunching the European Project after the June 2016 "BREXIT" Referendum in the UK, Doubled by a recent Spread of various "Euro-Sceptic" Groups accross the Continent, EU Citizens must be Associated, in an Adequate Way, and become Aware of main EU Activities, MEP Anne Sander also stressed, speaking to "Eurofora" at en Earlier event.


In this regard, among various other Topical "Hot" Issues, she has, f.ex., Strongly supported the Majority of French People's notorious Refusal to Accept the Controversial and UnPopular Turkey's EU bid (Earlier Rejected by 3 Referenda : in France, the Netherlands and Ireland, between 2005-2007, a move which was clearly Confirmed also in the 2009 EU Elections, after a Joint Move by German Chancellor Angie Merkel, and former French ¨President Nicolas Sarkozy from the Beginning of that Electoral Campaign, symbolicaly Launched at Berlin), as well as a more Recent Ankara attempt to Blackmail the EU, via an Unprecedented Massive Influx of 1,5 Million of Asylum Seekers/irregular Migrants Smuggled through Turkey between 2015/2016, Seeking to Impose an even More UnPopular "VISA-Free" Status for 80 Millions of Turks to Enter and Stay inside the EU up to 6 Months Each Year, which is also quite, if not, even more UnPopular, in addition, among Most EU Parliament's MEPs, particularly as long as Turkey has not yet fulfilled the required Conditions, (including Respect for Freedom of Expression and Media), as several Recent Debates and/or Votes have shown in the Middle of 2016.


But she appeared, at least for the Time Being, rarther Concerned about an alleged "Risk" for the EU to remain even longer "Hostage of Turkey" (according to the Expression initialy used by a Polish Media and afterwards Endorsed even by the ChristianDemocrat/EPP President Joseph Daul in a recent Speech at Strasbourg's University on March 2016 : See ....), as far as a Controversial EU - Ankara Deal on the Mass Migrants' Crisis is concerned, (that Turkey notoriously Threatens to Block if the EU doesn't Back Down on its "Visa-Free" Demand). Despite the Fact that, meanwhile, more than 5 or 6 European Countries, (both EU Members and Western Balkans' 3rd States, f.ex. FYROM, Serbia, Croatia,  Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Repubic, etc), have notoriously Succeeded to Sharply Cut, and continuously Diminish, the Influx of Massive irregular Migrants/Asulym Seekers "Tsunami" which had started in Turkey, between August and February 2016, i.e., already, shortly Before a Controversial and UnPopular EU - Turkey Deal, (which Started to Enter into Force around May 2016 : Comp. Technical Details - Original "Eurofora"'s Analysis at : ...).

 

+ Meanwhle, independently of all that, Moreover, "after the BREXIT Referendum" (for UK's departure from the EU), naturaly, European Integration's Center of Gravity, has moved much More towards the Franco-German couple at its core", the Young mainstream MEP from Strasbourg's Borderline area, between France, Germany and Switzerland, added Today.

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Anne Sander, Daughter of an important personality in the French Agricultural Movement, had worked for several Years as a Personal Assistant of the Experienced, Long-Time former ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group President Joseph Daul in EU Parliament, particularly as far as the Strasbourg area is concerned, during which she got also a PhD. Thesis of the New system in France, before being Elected, for the 1st Time, as a MEP, at the Latest, May 2014 European Elections, while Daul had, in the meantime, been Elected in Brussels, since Autumn 2013, (and afterwards Brilliantly Re-Elected in a landmark Congress at Dublin, Ireland, on 2014, confirmed on 2015 in Madrid, Spain) as New Head of all ChristianDemocrat/EPP political Parties accross Europe.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


She was among those who Welcomed former President of France, and currently New Head of main Opposition Party "the Republicans", Nicolas Sarkozy, when he came Recently at Strasbourg's area  for a Speech and the signing of a New Book, Earlier this Month, on October 2016, for the Primaries to the forthcoming, April - May 2017 crucial French Presidential Election, (Comp., f.ex., "Eurofora"s NewsReports from these 2 Events, at ... +...).

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    The recent paradox of freezing EU Talks with front-runner Croatia, while continuing controversial EU - Turkey talks, despite Zagreb's acceptance of Refugees' Human Rights to return, that Ankara refuses fex. in Cyprus, while both have "Good Neighborhood" problems vis a vis Slovenia, or Greece, Cyprus and Armenia respectively, can it be justified by the non-fullfilment of EU criteria, as Slovenia says, or, is it "Double Standards" ?    

The question became unavoidable after statements by Presidents of Slovenia and Croatia, Tuerk and Mesic, respectively, to "EuroFora", exclusively or among Strasbourg's journalists this week at the CoE, on the sidelines of its 2009 Summer University for Political Schools, which topically brought them together as successive key-note speakers.


    Comming only a few Months before EU checks Turkey's compliance to its commitments on Cyprus, etc., scheduled for December 2009, this obviously has a special importance for the coherence of EU Enlargement's principles.

     Suspension of EU Negotiations is a normal consequence in case of a Candidate Country's failure to fullfil EU Conditions, such as "Good Neighborhood relations", stressed at first Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk, current CoE's chair.

    But, regarding EU's Criteria,  there shouldn't be any "Double Standards",  reacted Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, commenting the fact that Turkey's controversial EU negotiations continue, while they were recently "freezed" in the case of Croatia, an "unquestionably European Country", which oficially accepts to respect Refugees Human Rights, contrary to Ankara's notorious refusals or reluctance.                                       

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - "EU itself has set as a Criterium (for EU Enlargement) the "Good Neighborhood relations",  and their absence justifies the "Suspension" EU Negotiations, (f.ex. with Croatia), because of a Border dispute affecting the territorial integrity of an EU Member Country, stressed Slovenian President, Danilo Tuerk, CoE's Chairman in office (May - November 2009), speaking to Journalists in Strasbourg including "EuroFora".    

Questioned earlier what "consequences on EU's Enlargement policy" can have the "Ban on EU Membership Negotiations", imposed to Croatia, Tuerk replied that "this question comes down to the fulfillement of (EU) Criteria for membership. One has to look at each Candidate Country ., from the point of view whether it fullfils the Criteria that EU has set. One of them are Good Neighborhood Relations, I'd like to remind. And also, there are other factors, such as Justice, Home affairs, Rule of Law, and others".


    - "Now, ..Candidate Countries are at Different Levels of fulfillement of Criteria", he observed.

    - " Croatia is obviously the closest to that. I'm rather optimistic : I think that in the coming Months we'll have an opportunity to look at all these issues constructively and hopefully we'll be able to make progress". "My main concern, at this point, is the situation in Bosnia : We haven't seen enough progres domesticaly. We haven't seen enough during ..political parties within their country.We need a New Energy, a new energetic move towards the Candidature for EU membership. "Other (Western Balkan) Countries (Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM, Albania) have been making soaring Progress, and I think that they should be ready, in a few Years, for the Candidate status".

    - "As far as the Western Balkans are concerned, .. nobody should be left outside" the EU, Slovenian's President concluded, ommitting to mention Turkey's controversial EU bid.

    - "This process may be seen as Slow, but..  Slovenia has also has also been exposed to various "Booms of Slowness" in our accession period. But now we can say that the process was relatively quick, because changes which occur after becoming EU member, are quite large, and they require proper Preparations before the (EU) membership becomes a new factor, an impacting line for a new (EU) member country".
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Slovenian statements made some participants from certain 3rd Countries as FYROM, etc. claim that "the Principle of EU Solidarity" would "produce a.. rising European Union Nationalism (sic !), against Non-EU Countries", as they said, asking unhappy foreign countries to form a "bloc" to exert pressure on the EU...    

But Croatian President Stjepan Mesic dismissed that, supporting "EU Integration", "after the Economy also in Political" issues, as "the achievement" of our times. In EU there is "diversity, but it's United", he stressed, "EU has to be United so that it can become a central factor of Peace" also at the surrounding areas, he replied.

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Speaking later exclusively to "EuroFora", the experienced twice President of Croatia, former President of the International "Non-Aligned" movement, denounced "Double Standards" in the way EU treats recently Croatia compared to Turkey :   

 - "I think that there shouldn't be Double Standards", stressed the Croatian President, in reply to a Question comparing the freeze of EU - Croatia talks, with the continuation of EU - Turkey talks, despite the fact that Croatia is an "unquestionably European country", while Turkey's EU bid is notoriously controversial.


    Mesic was reacting to the observation that, even if he confirmed his "respect of Refugees' Human Rights to return, etc. (See infra), nevertheless, EU talks are suspended with Croatia.. While for oher, controversial candidates, who refuse to respect Refugees' Rights to return, etc., as fex. Turkey does in occupied Cyprus and elsewhere, EU negotiations continue".

    - "I believe that Croatia's accession will confirm that all European Countries who fulfill all of the Conditions and achieve European Standards, have to join the EU. There shouldn't be any Double Standards", went on to add in reply President Mesic.

    In this relation, Croatia's President found "of paramount importance", CoE's "mechanisms enforcing ECHR's judgements"
    
    - "On Refugees and Displaced persons, the process will be completed only after the last person demanding to return will be allowed to do so !", President Mesic Croatia stressed earlier, setting a general standard of obvious importance also for otherr candidates, as f.ex. Turkey, often accused to exclude or heavily restrict Greek Cypriot Displaced persons' return to their Family Homes and ancestral land, provoke difficulties to Turkish-Kurd IDPs return to their home regions at the South-East, etc.

    Some "2.000 People are still reported Missing" in former Yugoslavia, for some Years, (as in Cyprus, modern Europe's oldest case, for 3 Decades. Nagorno-Karabach, Tcecnya in Russia, etc, more recently), and Investigations "will only be completed after establishing the fate of the last one of them", he added.
    
    Speaking earlier on "War Crimes", President Mesic stressed that "Leaders are responsible for (the) Wars (of the Past), not the People", and called against Impunity :  "Individuals have to be held Responsible for Crimes. International Penal Tribunals have to persecute those individuals", perpetrators of War Crimes, he underlined.

    Such statements naturally made Mesic rather popular at ECHR, whose President, French EuroJudge, Professor Jean-Paul Costa, looked particularly smiling when he welcomed him later on Wednesday afternoon, after Slovenian President Daniko Tuerk earlier this week.
           

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