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COCOBU President Grässle + EIB v.President Stubb to EF on Capitals + Transparency versus Bubbles

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Πέμπτη, 18 Ιανουάριος 2018
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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- The Fact that Study the Past can Help Build a Good Future, was Highlighted anew in EU Parliament's key Committee on Budgetary Control, as it results from Statements to "Eurofora" by its Experienced President, German ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP, Dr. Ingeborge Graessle :

 

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During a Hearing of EIB's vice-President, former Prime Minister of Finland, Alexander Stubb, (for some of his Statements to "Eurofora", Comp. Infra, and at: ..., etc), that traditionally Important Committee (also known as "COCOBU"), examined EIB's Financial Activities for 2016, in order to judge whether and how it would agree on giving it a Discharge, with a Report Drafted by Italian MEP Marco Valli, of the EFDD Group, which is due to be Debated and Adopted by EU Parliament's Plenary Session of April 2018, (as President Grässle has just anounced).

- In this Context, when the Time Came for MEP's Questions, President Grässle, surprizingly asked Stubb about the Proportions and the Nature of "Private Capital" attracted by EIB's Activities that Year.

 

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+ Speaking, Later-on, to "Eurofora", COCOBU's President clearly Stressed that, in Fact, this was, in her view, one among the Most Important Points.

Given the Crucial Role that EIB notoriously Plays for a Succesfull Implementation of EU Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker's Investment Plan, "Eurofora" asked Dr. Graessle to kindly Explain the reasoning behind her move.

 - It's simply Because we'd Better make Sure that there is Enough Private Capital attracted by the EIB, in order to Avoid Provoking, Otherwise, a Financial "Bubble", she sharply told us in Reply.

- And, when, astonished, "Eurofora" wondered how it might be possible, for a European Bank so Solid as EIB to eventually have to Face and Win against a Challenge such as a "Bubble", Dr. Grässle became more Specific :

- Since, if there wasn't enough Private Capital, that might mean that EIB would have used, then, Only Public Funds, Despite the Fact that Most of EU's Member States were InDebted", COCOBU''s President Explained to "Eurofora", with a smile.

- And the Fees were quite considerable, Back on 2016, she also added, in this regard.


- This making sense, Stubb naturally promised to provide asap all the required Data, in even more concrete Detail, just after having Boasted, earlier, that, as a matter of Principle, "EIB is (comparatively) Cheap", because "we have an <<AAA>> Rating", as he pointed out, inter alia also since "it's Not Possible to have a Bankruptcy for 28 Member States, taken All Together"...

 

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+ Concerning Both the above-mentioned, and Other Various Data,  as well as an overall efficient "Transparency" Mechanism, that certain MEPs asked too, vice-President Stubb , while Promising to become even more forcthcoming asap, also Boasted that, Recently, the EIB would have "Reversed" a 50 Years Old , former "Communication Policy", which had been  "Resumed in the sentence : " No News" it's the Best !"


=> But, for us, from Now on, it's Exactly the Contrary : - "EIB is a Bank of Good News !", Stubb Concluded, ...


- Speaking Afterwards to "Eurofora", vice-President Stubb, smiling Brightly, Confirmed that he Really Meant such a Big Change in EIB's Communication Policy...


- However, concerning a series of Main Forthcoming Developments on certain Financial Mechanisms that EIB Believes Necessary in order too Boost EU's Economy nowadays, "it Depends on EU's Member States", (i.e. on EU Council's Decisions), Alexander Stubb, more Soberly but Clearly, Distinguished between EIB's own Acts and Advises.

 

Meanwhile, the above-mentioned Report by MEP Valli is due to be Debated and Voted by COCOBU on February in Brussels, before Final Decisions by the Plenary in public on April in Strasbourg, as Dr. Grässle said.

 

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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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