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EU Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Brok to EuroFora on USA Experts' Report on NSA

Written by ACM
Thursday, 19 December 2013
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*Brussels/EPP Summit - Meise Castle/Angelo Marcopolo/- Experienced, long-time President of EU Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, (which is also responsible for Security/Defence, as well as Human Rights, etc), Christian Democrat/EPP MEP Elmar Brok, of the Governing in Germany Party CDU/CSU, who has recently Headed an EU Delegation to Washington D.C. on the Internet Spying by NSA October Scandal, speaking to "EuroFora" in Brussels, was the 1st Top EU Official to react in Public to the publication, Yesterday afternoon, of the Recommendations made by a White House "Independent Experts"' Report, asked by US President Obama, on how to address the Trust Gap inevitably provoked among Citizens, Businesses and Politicians, by the still on-going , and not-denied Revelations about massive Internet, Emails and Mobile Phones' eavesdroping, throughout Europe and accross the World, by the North American NSA, etc.

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    The move was topically made during the arrival of invitees to the European People's Party's  December 2013 Summit of Heads of State/Government at the Castle of Meise, at Brussels' outskirts, as usually just before the European Council's Summit, later toNight at its Schuman square premisses, which were both Exceptionaly scheduled this time some Hours Earlier than previously, in view of a forthcoming long debate and decisions, later tonight, on EU's common Security/Defence policies.           

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  German Chancellor Angie Merkel, a protagonist of the issue since the October EU Summit's row (See relevant "EuroFora"s NewsReport sent from Brussels then), arrived, as scheduled, to the Castle of Meirs, a little bit later, exceptionaly without making any Public Statement, where she found, among 12 Heads of State/Government, 2 deputy-Prime Ministers, 9 Heads of main Opposition Parties, and 2 EU Institutions' Presidents : Council's Van Rompuy and Commission's Barroso, also the incoming EU Chair, Greek Prime Minister Samaras, as well as the EU Commission's vice-President responsible for Defence/Security Industry and Space, etc. Tajani, together with the new EPP President Daul, who still holds a key position in EU Parliament as Chairman of the biggest Group of MEPs (EPP/ChristianDemocrats), due to make an important contribution on EU Citizens' present concerns about Data Protection.


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 - "EuroFora" asked President Brok : - "For the NSA, ...do you think that the Report that was just publIshed yesterday in the US  (by the White House), satisfies what you had asked, together with the Chancellor (Merkel, since last October) ?


- "I' am not of the opinion that they (USA Federal Government) are doing nothing", carefully started to reply Brok.


- But "The  General Question of Data protection has now to respond also to some serious data protection concerns (currently existing) in the public opinion, he added, obviously pointing at even more recent Revelations about more and more important Heads of State, including close of close Allies' Countries, such as Israel, after Germany, etc.; in addition to Massive Mobile Phones' eavesdropping and/or Emails' Meta-Data, etc, currently reported at the International Press.


 => - "And, there, I think that what has to be done is much more !", concluded EU Parliament's Security and Defence Committee's President in reply to "EuroFora"s Question.  

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    Significantly, the Obama-ordered American "Independent" Experts' Report on NSA was disclosed by the White House in Washington DC. shortly before the December 2013 EU Heads of State/Goverment's Summit was prepâring to start in Brussels, officially focusing mainly on Defense and Security policy issues, after the October row, (Comp. previous "EuroFora"s NewsReports from Brussels : ....)

 

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    => Thus, now, Enlarging the very Concepts of "Defence" and "Security" towards a set of New Challenges, the Conclusions due to be agreed this December 2013 by EU's Heads of State/Government, later NoNight in Brussels, reportedly include also an EU "Cyber Defense" Policy,  whose outlines should Start to be defined right from Next Year : 2014, together with the European Defence Agency, etc.


    + But EU Countries intend also to "enhance" their "Capabilities" on an EU Strategy for "Cyber-Security",  including f.ex. "Dual", Civil-Military projects, Training and/or  protecting "EU Missions", etc.

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    Meanwhile, recent measures to enhance Cooperation between the EU's 28 Member States and PanEuropean CoE's 47 Member-States (including Russia, etc), also in this domain are reportedly evolving in areas very relevant to the NSA scandal, including f.ex. in their respective, parallel but coordinated developments of Data Protection Legal mechanisms, as CoE's General Director for Legal matters and Human Rights, Philippe Boillat, recently told "EuroFora", (comp. f.ex. also : ...... ),


    but also in New, Global EU - CoE Projects on Cyber-Crime, the Budapest Convention, etc ., as CoE's experienced Head of CyberSecurity, Alexander Senger from Austria, confirmed to "EuroFora", following an interesting International Conference, earlier this Month in Strasbourg.


    In such a direction of EU/CoE cooperation might also evolve at least some among the necessary Work on "Basic, well-established Legal Principles" about Data Protection at the Internet, that German Chancellor Angie Merkel has already highlighted at her recent, brief but Topical, Statements to certain, selected Media, including "EuroFora",just after the conclusion of her 1st Press Conference, already since last October 2013, during the precedent EU Summit in Brussels, (Comp. relevant "EuroFora"s NewsReport, already sent to Subscribers/Donors, earlier).

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    But, this time, on December 2013, Merkel didn't explicitly mentioned this issue in her 1st Press Conference, and French President Hollande even reacted just with a large Smile, and a mysterious : - "Ah, the Internet !...", apparently amused, because suddenly released from the much Harsher Tension of risks for physical, even Deadly clashes in Central-Africa, etc., when "EuroFora" referred, at the end of his 1st Press Conference, to the "Internet Security" issue, asking for his views on the White House Experts' Report published at Washington D.C. Yesterday afternoon, ...

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    Meanwhile, at any case, the incoming EU chairman-in-office on JHA, Greek Minister for the Interior, Dendias, a long-time CoE Top MEP for years in Strasbourg, apparently seems to have found at least certain practical means (partly inspired by Merkel) allowing some Hope for a Safe  January - June 2015 EU Presidency in the Digital Communications domain, as "EuroFora" witnessed on the sidelines of Brussels' December 2013 EPP Summit, under the careful and vigilent eye of Defense Minister Avramopoulos...

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3 EU Parliament votes to boost EuroGroup !

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After EuroZone Paris Summit's succes, Sarkozy calls to "think anew how to re-construct Europe !

"EuroZone and EU Institutional debates pave the way to 2009 discussions on EU Future, including Enlargment, Turkey etc. ?


23 October 2008

After EU Parliament strongly suppported in 3 successive Votes this week in Strasbourg French EU Chairmanship's move to boost Euro-Group at EU's core, while ideas on EU Institutional problems are awaited on December, "it's an open Question now" if this may lead to a debate on EU's Future, or not, told us French President, Nicolas Sarkozy''s Spokesman, Pierre-Jerome Henin.

MEPs voted on Thursday fresh Funds to support EuroGroup, after adopting on Wednesday a Resolution asking a "further Evolution" to "the 1st ever meeting of Heads of State and of Government of the Euro-Zone, taking decisions in that capacity", while earlier this week a Report asked "a stronger Institutional setting" for "EuroGroup", extended from "competitiveness/industry" to "environment, employment and education", with "increased powers for Political decision-making", according to a text drafted by French MEP Francoise Beres and German MEP Werner Langen, "10 Years after the creation of Euro" (1999 - 2009).

- Brussels' subsequent "EU Council ..(simply)..ratified the measures decided by EuroGroup on October 12" in Paris, which "were necessary to contain the current Financial Crisis", Resolution observes, expressing also support to the new process succesfully initiated by Sarkozy and due to be completed by agreements with USA and other countries at a Global level.

From now on, it's between two differend but parallel moves : EU's delay, and EuroZone's acceleration, that Enlargement and particularly Turkey's controversial EU bid, will have to search its way :

Indeed, EU's 27 expect a "Roadmap on how to deal with the Irish problem" on Lisbon Treaty ratification after December, risking to pass even 2009 Elections and next Commission with the old Nice Treaty of 2000, out-dated and unfit even for 2004's Enlargement...

On the contrary, EU's core launches a real "Economic Governance for EuroZone at the highest level of Heads of State/Government" of the 15, which started in Paris on October 12 and was strongly supported this week in Strasbourg by Sarkozy and EU Parliament.
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- "It's a good idea, to launch such a debate ("on EU's Future") in EU Parliament in view of 2009 Euro-Election : Perhaps some MEPs will seize an opportunity", told us mainstream French MEP Alain Lamassoure, former EU Minister and EU Spokesman for France's governing party UMP.

- "All MEPs' debates on such EU Councils are also part of the larger debate on Europe's future : Now with EuroZone, and even more when, on December, Irish Prime Minister is due to table proposals in Strasbourg on how to deal with EU Treaty's ratification", replied earlier to our question EU Parliament's Press Director and Spokesman, Jaume Duch.
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Sarkozy has formally anounced his intention to open EU Debates on Economy, Identity/Enlargement (i.e. mainly Turkey), etc. both linked to a popular Political view of Europe, since his Historic speeches on EU in Strasbourg, on February and July 2007, when he stressed that "Europe needs a New Renaissance". At the beginning of the French EU Presidency, on July 2008, replying to a MEP, he suggested that EU Parliament takes an active part in Debates on EU's Future.

- Now, in 2008, "Crisis are an opportunity to re-think how to re-construct Europe", Sarkozy stressed. At any case, the Historic 1st EuroZone Summit of Heads of State/Government, which started replying to the Financial crisis,"is a Turning Point : After that, Europe cannot be governed as before, but differently" : People "like a Europe with Strong Will".

- "We must make the System move !", "Europe needs Innovation" and free political debates. EU "Elections are in a few Months", Sarkozy warned.

He invited EU Parliament to fully play its role as "the Democratic Heart of the Europe we want : United, Independent and Voluntarist, because the World needs Europe's voice".

- "It's no more possible for Euro-Zone to continue without an Economic Government" at the Highest Level of Heads of State/Government, who provide "Democratic Legitimity" and can take important decisions, he announced, strongly supported by EU Parliament's Economic Committee which just voted to boost the "Institutional" aspects of "EuroGroup".

Plasticity offered by the current absence of a special Treaty on EuroZone's Institutions "made it easy to adapt the organization of the 1st Summit with imagination, to efficiently meet urgent needs", he observed, on the occasion of Brittish Prime Minister's exceptionnal presence at the greatest part of EuroGroup's Paris Summit.

- "In EuroZone we have the same Bank, the same Money, and, thus, a same duty for Unity" : "By bringing together EuroGroup's 15 members States we suceeded to find a solution and prepare a Giant Plan of 1.800 Billion euros", Sarkozy reminded of Paris' 1st Historic EuroZone's Summit.

Afterwards, Brussels' EU Council followed the move, and USA's Paulson II Plan was inspired from that. "Europe must promote the idea of Global Economy's Refoundation", he stressed.

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- "I was frankly astonished when I found, at the EU, a rigid system, where any New Idea was seen from the outset as a sacrilege, while, on the contrary, Europe needs Innovation !", he described.

F.ex. ,"'When we first spoke about the "Union for the Mediterranean", it was misunderstood as something extraordinary.. When later we had the Russia -Georgia crisis, it seemed against EU's custom to act "in the middle of August", instead of staying a passive spectator ! And when, in front of the Financial ciris, we gathered the 1st EuroZone Summit of the "15", some thought of it as a lese-majesté", he denounced.
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- But, by moving resolutely, "EU obtained the ...withdrawal of Occupation Troops in 2 Months !", reminded Sarkozy, observing that Russia "fulfilled its commitments", in the Georgian crisis, where a "disroportionate reaction" from Moscow followed a "totally inappropriate action" from Tbilisi's troops. "It would be crazy to reply by military means : EU should not become accomplice of another Cold War, imposed by lack of cool heads".. as he said.

In future, "the creation of a common European Economic Area with EU and Russia, would also obtain a raprochment on our Human Rights and Democratic Values", added Sarkozy, in a statement which should logically be applied, a fortiori, to controversial EU "candidate" Turkey..

Particularly when, the same week that EU Parliament voted 2009 EU Funds for Turkey's controversial EU bid, ECHR took a series of judgements condemning Turkey for grave Violations of Human Rights, such as : Torture, death of a political prisoner in unclear circumstances followed by failure to conduct a proper Investigation, "enforced Disappearance" of a youngster aged 17, Killing of a sepherd with Tank Shells, persecuting Journalists for articles on "Missing" People, even a former President of Human Rights' Association, (etc)

- "We (EU) can defend our ideas on respect of Sovereignity and territorial Integrity, on Human Rights and other differences ... without confrontation", Sarkozy stressed, on the occasion of Russian/Georgian conflict, reminding that : "we were only 2 steps from catastroph", when a Peace agreement brokered in Moscow prevented, at the last minute, Russian troops' advance towards Tbilisi.

An EU Parliament Resolution adopted Wednesday in Strasbourg on the occasion of Russia - Georgia conflict, outlines a set of Principle which apply elsewhere too, (particularly when EU Rapporteur for Russia and Turkey is one and same person ; Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijtanen !)

Clearly rejecting any "military solution to the conflicts", MEPs "condemn ..all those who resorted to force and violence". They denounce a "disproportionate military action", "as well as (an) unilateral decision to recognise the independence" of brekaway regions, "calling.. to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of the concerned country, "and the inviolability of its borders recognised by all EU Member States". They warn that "EU must review its policy towards" a 3rd Country, "should .(it)...not comply with its commitments", and "stress that the withdrawal of.... troops from the areas ....is an essential additional step".

EU Parliament "calls for the safe and quick return of refugees, (accepted by Russian President Medvedev) accompanied by the deployment of EU observers on the ground", and "regrets ...that ..EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) is not allowed to enter the ...breakaway regions". Moreover, "It's important to ensure that persons and NGOs ..engaged in defending human and civil rights can operate". "Until ...all remaining issues (are) resolved..., and notably the continuing ...Military presence", "relations with the EU ..cannot be fully normalised", MEPS warned.

As nobody likes to be accused to practice "Double Standards", this should be regarded as "Principles" applicable to any Third Country at EU's Neighborhood.. No ?

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On Economy :

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- "When Financial crisis shook US and EU's Banks, without result from the 1st (American) Paulsen plan, it was the common reply of the 1st EuroZone's Summit, involving some 1800 Billion euros, which started a positive move in the markets, soon strengthened by the follow-up of the US Paulson 2 Plan, noted Sarkozy.

- "Europe should not be only on the defensive, but, if necessary, know also how to take an offensive", he said, brushing away hesitationsto act on Economy: - "I'm for a refondation of Capitaliism, but against Speculators, who betray its values" : "Lack of Rules was profitable to speculators, Not to businessmen !" We must make sure to prevent any such crisis in future". "We, the rest of the World, cannot continue to bear the deficits of the 1st World power without saying anything !", the French President said, applauded by EU Parliament. All this needs "a New Global Governance", on which EU Parliament must debate. That's why "we proposed together with USA, several Summits from mid-November", to which G-8, enlarged to China, India a.o. countries, should participate. UNO's SG; Ban Ki Moon, the IMF, etc.

Financial crisis lowered shares' prices even for healthy companies, sometimes to 1/3 of their initial price, so that strangers might buy EU industries for only a portion of their real value, and Europeans may wake up one day with their main industries sold out to foreigners !

That's one of the reasons for which EU should debate about creating "Golden Shares" for States to jointly take Strategic participations to help European Industries until the end of the Crisis, particularly against distording competition, he suggested, pointing at USA's 35 billion $ plan for American Car Industry."We shall struggle for Europe to be able to build Airplanes, Ships, Trains, Cars, because we need a strong Industry", he concluded.

"F.ex. as we did back in 2004, when as Finance Minister, we bought Alsthom's shares for 800.000 euros, and, after restructuring, we sold them for 2 Millions : Help a company and make money is not so bad"...

As for the UK, "when Ireland announced that it would guarantee only Irish Banks, London City emptied from liquidities in 24 hours : It's the EU which helped to restore the situation, Not the UK alone !", reminded Sarkozy to nationalist British MEP Nigel Farage.

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On the contrary, in a last-minute attempt for the EU to catch-up with its Institutional delay "before the European Elections" of June 2009, MEPs simply voted a call for a "set of proposals" to be made for the "Irish public opinion" at the end of the year...

- "As long as Lisbon Treaty is not ratified by all 27 EU Member States, there is an unanimous decision to stop Enlargement, reminded Wednesday in Strasbourg the French Minister for EU affairs, Jean-Pierre Jouyet..

Added to an indirect but clear warning that, without Lisbon Treaty, all 27 EU Member Countries may not have a Commissioner in the 2009 resuffle, MEPS in the Constitutional/Foreign affairs Committees applauded hoping that this might motivate their Irish friends..

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