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EU Chair Bulgaria Prime Minister Borisov: Balkans Connected + with LNG Transport via Greece/Cyprus+

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While Balkan Countries' better Integration in Europe is a Priority of the Next EU Presidency by Austria (7-12/2018), the out-going EU President-in-office, Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov (1-6/2018), speaking to Journalists in Brussels, including "Eurofora", at the Conclusion of this June 2018 EU Heads of State/Government Summit, stressed that, Already, Balkan Countries "are InterConnected" and want to Develop that Further, pointing, in particular, on the Key Issue of "Liquid Gas" transfers towards EU's core areas :

 - Even regarding the "Western Balkans" themselves, "Connectivity" extended Nowadays up to "11 Projects" more, for that area, pointed out Borisov, just after Adding also anOther Key move :
 
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>>> - "Just 1,5 Hour ago, we (Bulgaria) Signed, together with Cyprus and Greece, a Contract on an InterConnector for Liquid Gas (LNG), through Greece towards Bulgaria, which is Supported by EU Commission", he announced.

    Borisov said that Today Early Afternoon in Brussels, during the Official Press-Conference at the Conclusion of this June 2018 EU Heads of State/Government's Summit, jointly Together with EU Council's and EU Commission's Presidents, Donald Tusk and Jean-Clade Juncker, respectively.

    In Addition to the Already Existing Off shore De-Gasification Facilities at the North of Greece, near Alexandroupolis, Facing Bulgaria, it's also on NLG Energy Transports, that, Recently, an EU-supported Project, including also De-Gazification Facilities and Supplies provided for consumption by other Ships, practically linked Together Cyprus' Limassol, Greece's Creta, Patra and Igoumenitsa (facing Corfu), as well as Italy's Venice Seaports.

    Cyprus' President, Nicos Anastassiades, on his way Home from Brussels, is reportedy due to Visit Paris, Tomorrow , in order to meet with French TOTAL Company's Leadership, who have just expressed their Interest to Extend their Share of the Straregic Island EEZ's Oil/Gas Natural Resources' Explorations, Findings and Exploitation, also Together with Italy's ENI.

    Israel, who is already, notoriously engaged, Together with Cyprus, Greece and Italy, in a parallel EU-Supported Project for an East-MED underSea Pipeline, (See, among many others, also, f.ex. : ... etc), appears also due to be Interested, in Addition, by such Ship Transports of NLG Energy Directly from the New and Growing South-East Mediterranean Oil/Gas Findings, (between Egypt, Israel, Lebanon and EU Member Country Cyprus' coastline Seabeds), Directly towards the rest of Europe.

    France's "Marseille-Foss II" brand New, Huge DeGazification Platform, alike Various other Similar NLG-related Facilities also in Italy, Spain, as well as Croatia, etc., can, Naturally, be easily Associated to such Sea Transports of Energy Directy to the EU.

    But it's also a forthcoming, Quadrilateral Summit, between Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia, Next Week in Salonica (Thessaloniki), with Prime Ministers Tsipras, Borisov, Dancila and Vusic, respectively, which could Discuss Energy-related, relevant Plans, (as far as Terrestrial Pipelines' components are concerned).

    Indeed, Plans for a Bulgaria-Romania-Hungary-Austria (BRUA) Pipelines' Network are currently advancing, with the Aim to add Liquid Gas Findings at the South-Eastern Mediterranean Sea (via that Greece-Bulgaria component : Comp. Supra), together with Romania's own Gas Findings at its EEZ in the Black Sea, for Transport towards EU's Industrial core, via the forthcoming EU Chair : Austria (7-12/2018).

    Romania, (who is taking over EU's rotating Presidency from January to June 2019), has, indeed, plans to Boost such NLG Energy Transports, particularly from the Black Sea, towards EU's Franco-German Industrial core, especially since the Recent Gas Findings at its own EEZ.

    But Bucarest notoriously was, also, a Key Part in a Previous Project, called "AGRI", due to Gather Oil-Gas Energy from the Kaspian Sea, via an Azerbaidjan - Georgia - Romania Link, through the Black Sea, (on which "Eurofora" has extensively published in the Past, with many relevant Statements by various Key Top Officials, Ministers, Heads of State, EU Commissioners, etc), afterwards Continuing either via the Danube-Rhine rivers, always in Ship Transport of NLG Containers, and/or through a Pipeline, until EU's Industrial core.
 
 
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    => This could, obviously, be Revived Nowadays, in Association with that New Pipeline Plan for Romania's own Oil/Gas Findings in its EEZ at the Black Sea, which would naturally Strengthen the Utility of such a Danube-Rhine rivers' and/or Pipeline DIRECT Link to EU's Industrial Core, (i.e. withOut being Obliged to Transit through a 3rd Country), able to Serve Now for All these 3 Purposes : Transport Energy from Romania's EEZ in the Black Sea, and/or from a Part of South-Eastern Mediterranean's Findings, as well as from the Kaspian Sea's resources (Azerbaidjan, etc).

    It would, certainly, be Preferable to have a Safer, Faster and Cheaper Way to Transport Kaspian Sea's Oil/Gas Energy Directly to Europe, Instead of being, on the Contrary, Obliged to make Long, Expensive and Dangerous Zig-Zags, by descending Down to Turkey, Southwards, only to Cross through Risky Conflict-ridden Areas, first of Kurds and afterwards of Assyrians, near to Islamist Extremists' or Terrorists' Armed Gangs (such as Idlib, and soon Afrin, adjacent to Ceyhun, where the Azerbaidjan-Turkey Pipeline currently ends), and/or go through a Dangerously Earthquake-prone Anatolia's plateau, near Izmit (facing Istanbul), the Epicenter of 1999's Deadly Quake which Destroyed Factories and OIl Rafineries, Killing more than +30.000 Poor People in Shaky and Demolished Houses, etc, before Seeking, Desperately, to find if anyone, from the European Continent, might, eventually, be so Crazy and/or Irresponsible as to Build an Expensive and Uselessly Long Pipeline, all the way until it might approach a Turkish tube from Asia Minor, Risking various Conflicts, Earthquakes, useless Waste of Money, and/or notorious Blackmails by the Turkish Regime...

    + Moreover, in Addition, a Black Sea - Romania - Hungary - Austria (etc) Energy Transport Network, Directly to EU's Industrial core, (Comp. Supra), would Offer an Opportunity also for Russian Gas to Supply EU Countries, in Free Trade and Equal Terms, Non-Monopolistic, Neither Conflict-ridden or Earthquake-prone, but much Safer, Shorter, Cheaper and well-Monitored EU-controlled, Energy Transport Infrastructures, usefully Contributing to Alleviate Dangerous Tensions and Divisions of the PanEuropean (EU-Russia) Area too.
 
++ All this, topically, at the Eve of an exceptional China - 16+ Summit with Central-Eastern European Countries (EEC), from Bulgaria up to Estonia, etc, Next Week in Bulgaria (Sofia), which is due to try to Boost Trade and Transports' practical Issues, etc., in the foreseeable Future. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
 
    => An Interesting Bulgarian - Austrian - Romanian "Trio" of rotating EU Council Presidencies 2018-2019...
 
 
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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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