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

Автор ACM
Friday, 29 June 2018

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*Brussels/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/-
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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  Ten Years of ECHR : 1998 - 2008 show need of Revival in 2009-2010 coinciding with 2009 EU Election
   

A threefold, coordinated move by new Top French Political actors in the 2009 EU Parliament Elections, expressed in Strasbourg a will to boost Europe's Political dimension close to Citizens' concerns, going from protection of Economy to defence of Human Rights.    

The move met an exceptional ECHR's call for a "revival" of Human Rights' protection mechanism', in a Mega-Conference, early 2010.   

Obviously focusing on June 2009 Elections to EU Parliament, it involved from the outset the recently nominated "dual" Head of French Governing Party (UMP)  Michel BARNIER and Rachida DATI :

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     - "As President Sarkozy has clearly said, we (France) are in favor of a Strong, Sovereign and Independent, Political Europe, which protects its Citizens, and not for a large Super-Market, nor for a Europe under influence",

    "This goes for everything, including Energy", added to "EuroFora" the experienced former EU Commissioner, Minister of Foreign affairs, currently of Agriculture and Sarkozy's new pick as Leader of the Governing party UMP to EU 2009 Election, Michel BARNIER                                              .                             

  - Human Rights are important because they are at the Heart of the Political Europe that we aspire for : I.e. a Europe able to act and protect its Citizens, stressed also the New French Minister for European affairs, Bruno LE MAIRE, while meeting Strasbourg's Journalists at his first visit to the CoE.   

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This is one of the main interests for CoE, which is also a natural place for cooperation between EU countries and Russia or Turkey, which was recently helpful at the Middle East crisis, he added.

The move gained momentum with French Minister of Justice, Rachida Dati's main observations at ECHR's 5Oth Anniversary :   

- "While we are seeking Europe's Borders and Identity, you (ECHR) remind us also of its Values", Human Rights, Dati noted.   

Citizens seek more and more often ECHR's help, and the tempo accelerates, Europa awaits a symbol, while national legal orders are not freezed   

And she expressed "support" to ECHR President Jean-Paul Costa's call to satisfy the vital need to revigorate the PanEuropean Court by deciding big changes at a High-Level Conference open to a large audience, a kind of "Etats Generaux" of Human Rights, at the beginning of 2010.       

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It's not so much the recently growing number of applications for Russia or Ukraine etc, which seems to be Costa's main concern : In fact, the cases declared "admissible" are much fewer...    

But rather the persistent violations of Human Rights, sometimes very grave (ie. murders, torture, abritrary deprivation of liberty, oppression of freedom of speech, destructions of homes/properties, etc), despite numerous, repeated condemnations by ECHR. So that CoE's Ministers, due to "supervise execution" of ECHR's judgements, are overloaded.   

F.ex. most Media noted that Turkey still remains, even in 2008, the 1st among 47 CoE member States in the number of condemnations by ECHR :  257, compared to 233 for Russia, with a population more than the double..    

The problem is that it's not the 1st time at all : During all the last Decade 1998-2008, Turkey was condemned by ECHR much more than any other State, and for particularly grave violations :   

- 1.652 condemnations, compared to 605 for Russia, 548 for Poland, 494 for France, 476 for Ukraine, etc.   

Italy's second place with 1.394 condemnations is a misleading false appearance : In fact, most of them (999) concern mere "procedural delays" in national courts. Same for France.   

On the contrary, Turkey was condemned 180 times for Killings, 192 times for Torture or Inhuman/Degrading treatments, 340 times for arbitrary deprivation of Liberty, 528 times for "Unfair trial", and 169 times for oppression of Freedom of speech, (etc). And the latest, 2008 numbers, indicate no change in this trend, (See supra).   

The current Spanish CoE Presidency (November 2008 - May 2009) has made of the implementation of ECHR's judgements its 1st Priority.   

ECHR's President, Jean-Paul Costa, stressed in its 2009 Annual Press Conference, CoE Member States' obligation to implement the judgements, according to Article 46 of the European Convention on Human Rights.   

Moreover, if CoE's Committee of Ministers delays to ensure implementation, then, the repetition of violations in similar cases provokes a multiplication of complaints tabled to the Court, which overload the mecanism for the protection of Human Rights, denounced Costa.          

A series of Debates on "the situation of Human Rights in Europe", focusing on the "need to fight against Impunity" of perpetrators of grave crimes, is  currently prepared by CoE's Parliamentary Assembly for the session of June 2009.  

The final Timing comes shortly AFTER the EU Elections, but the main Reports should have been adopted before.

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Thus, f.ex., EU Parliament's 1st vice-President, Greek MEP Mrs Rodi KRATSA, speaking to "EuroFora", agreed that 2009 EU Election would be a "naturally good" opportunity to debate what really interests EU Citizens : "The Future of a Political Europe, able to face the Economic Crisis, with a Culture and identity which attracts the People"

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