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EU Chief BREXIT Negotiator Barnier to "Eurofora": -I Think we'll reach a Deal Before 2019 Election

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Despite recent concerns by some that Bumpy EU - UK Negotiations on BREXIT might drag their feet Longer than a March 2019 Time Deadline, nevertheless, EU's Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier, Replying to a Question raised by "Eurofora", Today in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, expressed his clear Belief that a Deal "Will be Reached on Time".

 

His BREXIT statements were followed, later this Evening, also by other, Relevant statements made here by Parliament's President Antonio Tajani, (See Infra/UPDATED).

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 - "Eurofora" had Asked Barnier if an EU - UK Deal on BREXIT might be really reached adequately Before the Next European Elections (scheduled for May 2019), in view of which, EU Citizens are due to Debate and Vote on some very Crucial topical Issues on Europe's foreseable Future.


 - "Normaly, Yes !", was Michel Barnier's 1st, spontaneously Positive Reaction.


 + But, when "Eurofora" asked to make it Crystal-Clear if he Believed Today that it was Really Feasible to do so, or not, he became More Specific :


 - "I Think that We Shall Do it !", EU's Chief Negotiator added in reply, affirmatively.


Michel Barnier is particularly Well-Placed in order to Appreciate the current Chances for doing so, since he Personally Combines a Rare Threefold relevant Experience : Both at EU-level, as twice former EU Commissioner, as well as Top MEP in EU Parliament, and at a Key National Goverment level, as many times Minister in France (for Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, Environment etc), but also at a Specific EU Elections' level, as f. Coordinator of the Biggest PanEuropean Political Party, that of Center-Right's ChristianDemocrats/EPP for the Preparation of the Latest European Elections of 2014.


(Comp., f.ex., various Barnier Statements to "Eurofora"'s co-Founder, at Many Different Occasions in the Past, f.ex., among others, also at ... + ..., etc).

+ He also revealed, earlier, that "Recently", he "Feel(s) that the Negotiations are Working More Seriously", contrary to a previous Pessimism.

++ Concerning the Possibility to eventually agree an Extension for a "Transitional Period", Beyong the 29 March 2019 Time Deadline, Barnier, while Not Exluding that, a priori, however Sharply reacted, previously, by Pointing out that, as a matter of General Principle, such "Transitions have to be Short !"


Meanwhile, "Eurofora" was told also by EU-experienced French, independent but Insider sources, that, regardless if there might, perhaps, be the slightest Legal hypothesis for eventual "Transition" periods on any Substantial Issue, or not, Neverheless, there would "Not" be, at all, "Any Political Will" (from the EU Side) to do so.

 

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+ Barnier, speaking to an Exceptionaly Overcrowded PanEuropa (EPP) Meeting in EU Parliament, earlier Today, attended by Many Important MEPs, where "Eurofora" was Invited, revealed the Personal but Interesting Fact that, when he Voted "for the 1st Time in (his) Life", it was, Back on the early 1970ies, in a Popular "Referendum" FOR the Acceptance of UK's Accession, as Full Member, into the EU...


Brittish Prime Minister, Theresa May, has reportedly been Invited and accepted to Speak and Debate about BREXIT prospects also in EU Parliament, but its BREXIT-Coordinator, Liberal Group's President and former Prime Minister of Belgium, Guy Verhofstadt, just asked from May to extend her agreement for Debate also to Other MEPs,  and not only with Political Groups' Presidents.

 

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EU Parliament's President, Antonio Tajani from Italy, (an Experienced, former Twice EU Commissioner, Foreign Minister, as well as f. EU Parliament's vice-President), speaking, Later-on Today in Strasbourg, reminded that MEPs (who Must Vote on any EU - UK Deal on "BREXIT") had mainly "3 Concerns" : About EU (and UK) Citizens residing at each other's area, about the Borders to Ireland, and on UK's Financial obligations.

 

However, it's Certain that we shall have also to Find a Way to Associate the UK with the EU for the Future, because there still are a lot of areas in which We must Cooperate in Europe, (f.ex. on Security, Trade, Science-Technology, etc), he added.

 

Tajani also made it Clear that "EU Parliament intends to Closely Follow the EU - UK Negotiations on BREXIT right from October" 2017.


At least from that point of view too, ... Time seems to be Short, since EU Parliament exceptionaly holds 2 next Plenary Sessions in Strasbourg during October 2017, the First Starting as Soon as, already, from Next Month's Day 2..


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("DraftNews", as already send to "Eurofora" Subscribers/Donors, earlier. A more accurate, full Final Version might be published asap). 

 

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Facing a 70% Abstention threat in 2009 Election, EU endorses EuroFora's idea for Citizens' debates on crucial EU decisions !

- Different views on "Europe's Future", should be debated among Citizens at June 2009 EU Elections, thanks to political Parties' "Manifestos", says EU Parliament's Report


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
A main idea, initiated and promoted by EuroFora's founders since 1997: the vital need to develop European Citizens' democratic right to actively participate in multilingual debates on EU decisions, is formally endorsed by the EU from 2009 !

The move is a key attempt to overcome "catastrophic" Polls which warn that only ...30% of Citizens are ready to vote in the forthcoming June 2009 EU Election !  This was revealed by EU Commission's vice-president, in charge of Communication policy, Margot Wallstrom, during a "hot" meeting of EU Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education, during the December 2008 Strasbourg session.

Wallstrom faced criticism, but also suggestions from various MEPs, naturally worried by Abstention threats which herself found even "worse" than in 1999 or 2004...

A Report on "Active Dialogue with Citizens",examined at the same time, presented some useful practical tips, on "facilitating Interviews"; etc., but also a  potentialy important call to "incorporate the conclusions of ...debates...into (EU) policies, and take into consideration the expectations that Citizens have of the EU when deciding". An amendment even implies that Citizens' participation in debates on EU decisions is a democratic "Right".

More importantly, it finds that  a Debate "on the Future of Europe", (as French President Nicolas Sarkozy has asked since 2007), would be a good idea " for the 2009 European parliamentary Elections", because "clarifying the political differences between the EU political parties would help citizens to identify themselves with, and choose between various concepts", for which "all parties (should) present their Manifesto".

A "Joint political declaration on Communicating Europe in Partnership", co-signed by "the European Parliament, Council and ... Commission", confirms that they "attach the utmost importance to improving communication on EU issues", by "enabling European citizens to exercise their right to participate in the democratic life of the Union, in which decisions are taken as openly as possible and as closely as possible to the citizens, observing the principles of pluralism, participation, openness and transparency".

This should "enable Citizens to exercise their right to express their views and to participate actively in the public Debate on European Union issues", while also "promoting the respect of multilingualism". In this regard, EU confirms its "wish to develop synergies with national, regional and local authorities as well as with representatives of Civil Society".

    It's since 1997 that a group of EuroFora's founders have officially presented a pioneer Project (then called "EIW", for "Europe in the World"), which aimed to develop Strasbourg's "Polyphonic music", by providing "Interactive information", on "main issues ... during the Decision-making process of European Organizations which engage in Transparent and Public Democratic Debates"

    This should be done, inter alia, by "exploring the potential of New Communication Tools (mainly Internet)", as well as classic-form debates, the 1997 EIW pioneer project's anounced in its "Synopsis". It was formally "accepted for evaluation" by EU Commission in Brussels in order to be examined for a grant in the framework of the "Research/Technology/Development (RTD) Programme in the field of Information Technologies", then called "ESPRIT", as a "Best Practice Pilot Project".

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        But the vital, urgent Political need for EU to search new, efficient ways to reach the People and interact with European Citizens, was really felt in Brussels and elsewhere only after the unprecedented in History 1999 and 2004 Majority Abstention in EU Elections, followed by 3 "NO" in Referenda in France, the Netherlands and Ireland, on 2005 and 2008...
    In this New Political Landscape, we prepared a new, actualised and more developed version of our initial idea, in a simplified and more efficient form, thanks also to a large Experience accumulated during many years of EU/CoE/UNO Press work and Multi-lingual debates, with the New project "EuroFora" :

    On 2006 we presented in Public its main lines during Questions/Replies that we raised at two Press Conferences by EU Commission President, Jose Baroso, and mainly EU Commission's vice-President, in charge of Communication policy, Margot Wallstrom, together with EU Parliament's vice-president, Alejo Vidal-Quadras, in Strasbourg, (Videos available), and we reminded it at various brief contacts with Commissioner Wallstrom in 2007 and 2008.

    Meanwhile, a new Text was also presented for "EuroFora" Project mainly to certain Political and other personalities, at European, National or Regional/Local level, mainly in 2007, but also in 2008..

    Now, after the unexpected 2008 Irish "NO", and before the 2009 EU Elections, which are due to be of exceptionally crucial importance for Europe's Future, the moment has obviously come to launch that project, progressively, but in real practice.

    Whoever really cares for Europe and its Citizens is welcome to join, in one way or another. Only anti-European, anti-democratic, obscure or ignorant groups might oppose or attempt to "steal" and deviate the main idea.

    But European Citizens, incited by enlightened political leaders, are those who will finally write the real History.

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