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CLRAE New President Frecon+ to EuroFora: DeCentralisation can help Political Solution on Ukraine

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/14-15 October 2014/- Regional DeCentralisation's manifold potential may help find a Compromise for a Peaceful Political Solution on the Ukraine issue, acknowledged the new President of CoE's PanEuropean Congress of Local and Regional Authorities (CLRAE), the experienced French Senator from the Governing Majority, Jean-Claude Frecon, speaking to "EuroFora" shortly after his Election at the CLRAE's Head for the period of 2014 - 2016.


 President Frecon, (who has an exceptionaly long experience of CLRAE during more than 22 Years, since the early Nineties, almost as "EuroFora", from the point of view of the Press..), made it crystal clear that he is "Critical vis a vis Russia", on the Ukraine issue, mainly because of the crucial importance that the "Respect of Territorial Integrity has for Europe",  (as Russian President Vladimir Putin used himself to say, back in the Past, during, f.ex. the controversial "Kosovo" issue, etc., and as EU/CoE Member Cyprus is repeatedly reminding, since the 1974 Turkish Military Invasion and Occupation of its Northern Part, which persists until Now, for 40 Years : 1974 - 2014)..


 - But, at the same time, "I am for Dialogue with Russia, and against cancelling Russian MEPs' Voting Rights" inside the CoE, President Frecon added.


>>> Thus, Replying to an "EuroFora"s question, the new President of the CLRAE, (who is also an active Member of CoE's Parliamentary Assembly, as Senator), admitted that, indeed, if a Regional status is not so laxist that it might eventually endanger a Country's stability, but, at the same time, it's designed Wide enough to meet at least the basic Needs of the Local Population f.ex. for Cultural and/or Economic Regional Autonomy, its own Security, Language and Symbols, etc, then, indeed, CLRAE's PanEuropean Experience in more than 47 Countries, might usefuly help to find a Peaceful Compromise Solution for Ukraine's Future, if both sides agree in still on-going and forthcoming Political Negotiations.


 - "But this has to be allowed by the (National) Constitution" of the country, sharply pointed out President Frecon to "EuroFora", immediately agreeing that relevant Constitutional Reforms for Ukraine have just been discussed by CoE's competent "Venice Commission" in a special meeting in Rome, earlier this Month, according to a Report which is expected to be Published after the imminent Ukranian Elections scheduled for the End of October.

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+ Meanwhile, following several calls by various MEPs to eventually imagine possible Solutions to Crisis as that of Ukraine by inspiring itself from the currently succesful recent developments f.ex. of the "Belgian Model" of Regionalism, the experienced Top CLRAE Politician, President of its Socialist Group, and current President of Parliament in the German-speaking Community of Belgium, Karl-Heinz Lambertz, speaking later-on to "EuroFora", revealed that CLRAE's Bureau had just given him an Official Mandate to examine all the Governemental elements of relevance to the CLRAE accross CoE's 47 Member Countries, which could usefuly inspire some kind of operational Solutions for various Crisis, as that of Ukraine, in a special Report that he's due to present Next Year (on 2015).


- In this framework, indeed, at least some among the Belgian model's elements, might, if they are Carefuly selected and handled, effectively help to find some satisfactory Ideas for Political Solutions also to the Ukranian crisis, President Lambertz told "EuroFora".

 

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+ Concerning specificaly the "Regional" aspects, the particularly Experienced former long-time President of CLRAE, (and former President of its Chamber of Regions), Head of Austrian Tirol Region's Parliament, Herwig Van Staa, vice-President of CLRAE's ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group, speaking earlier to "EuroFora", clearly confirmed his belief that, indeed, an adequate use of Regionalism might be really Helpful for a Political Solution on Ukraine, as he said.

 

 

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