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CoE Anti-Corruption body GRECO grows 20 y.o. and eyes +EU Parliament ?

Written by ACM
Monday, 17 June 2019
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- While Political Support for CoE's PanEuropean (Russia included) Anti-Corruption Watchdog "GRECO", even by the EU, appeared quite Strong, in its 20th Anniversary Conference in Strasbourg, attended by 5 Ministers of Justice from France (current CoE's President-in-office, for the Period of May-November 2019), the UK, Georgia (Next CoE's rotating Chair, from November 2019 to May 2020), including Member Countries so Different as Albania and Monaco, as well as CoE's Leadership (Secretary General Thornbjorn Jagland and CoE Assembly's President Liliane Maury Pasquier), even EU Commission's 1st Vice-President, Frans Timmerman, etc), on the Contrary, the Horizon of its foreseable Future Missions, even if certainly Ambitious, nevertheless, looked still subject to Discussion, as it also seemed to raise some UnExpectedly "Spicy" and Topical Areas or Issues...

Just after Timmermans concluded his landmark Speech, significantly placed right at the Middle of that Conference, Between an Experts' concrete Demonstration of "Systemic Challenges" faced by GRECO Nowadays in "Preventing Corruption" and "Promoting Integrity", and a Different, Prospective Session, due to reply to the Question : - "Where to, Next ?", alias "Visions for the Future", Nobody could yet Guess Where this all might Lead to, in Fact, neither Why the Frontrunner Candidate of the Socialist Group in EU Parliament, (currenly amidst Exceptionally Intense InFight for EU's Top 5 Jobs during the Crucial Period of 2019-2024), would be interested into making an all Round Trip from Brussels to Strasbourg and back, only in order to Support an EU Commission's demand to Become an "Observer" inside CoE's PanEuropean Anti-Corruption body asap.

 

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- But, here, Experienced Professor Michele Nicoletti, from Italy's University of Trento, former President of CoE's PanEuropean Parliamentary Assembly, and Chairman of the Socialist Group of MEPs, makes a very Energetic Intervention, Focused on "a ReNewed Perspective", where, inter alia, he stigmatises also some "Nationalists"' (or "Sovereignists"') Politicians' alleged trend to generally DisTrust such International Anti-Corruption Bodies, by accusing them to be, in Fact, Tools of a "Global Elite !"... But he Welcomes the Active role that GRECO Recently played in an Exceptional "Corruption Crisis" even inside CoE's PaEuropean, 47 Member Countries' wide, Parliamentary Assembly's (PACE) MEPs, (which notoriously Resulted also in the Dismissal of a Suspended PACE's President, of a Chairman of the Biggest Political Group : that of ChristianDemocrats/EPP, and of several important MEPs from various Countries, according to a concluding Report published by former ECHR's President, Sir Nicolas Bratza, from the UK.

+ Even More Concrete, GRECO's vice-President Agnès Maitrepierre, adds also some Wider Perspectives, inter alia, also by Observing, f.ex., the Fact that various Other International Organisations, as the EU, the WTO, etc, have Already started to make appeals to CoE's GRECO in order to prepare "Guidelines" for Civil Servants vis a vis alleged "Lobbyists", or the Legal Basis of "Deontology", etc., Raising the Question whether it would, indeed, "develop a kind of Consulting role", as she said, with a Wider Outreach.

++ So that, when even GRECO's President himself, Martin Mrcela from Croatia, (Comp. various Mrcela's Replies to "Eurofora"s Questions, at other occasions, f.x., at : ..., +... , etc), feels necessary to Add also a vibrant Defence of GRECO's alleged trend to "Use too much the Press" Medias, as some National Government Officials have reportedly Complained, then, by Simply Adding all those Above mentioned Dots, "Eurofora" Guesses that, perhaps, a Time has come to at least raise a Question, to Emmanuel Faraht, an Expert of the brand new Anti-Corruption Agency of France (current CoE's President for the Period of May - November 2019), whose Director, Charles Duchaine, has just Concluded this International Conference's Debates with a vibrant Call for "a ReinForced Cooperative approach", about Whether GRECO might usefuly serve also in order to Check and Advise, on Anti-Corruption Issues, inside the New EU Parliament itself...

=> The spontaneous Reply of that Young French Expert is Diplomatic, but Positive : - As a matter of General Principle, naturally, "More Organisations feel the need to Fight against Corruption, the Better it is !". And this is made even Crystal-clear by the Experienced Italian Professor Nicoletti, former PACE's President (Comp. Supra), himself, who, Questioned also by "Eurofora" on that Same Issue, Replied Explicitly, withOut any hesitation, but just a Smiling "Yes !", about the above-mentioned matter concerning, eventually, EU Parliament !

+++ Now, when, to all that, is even Added the Fact that the Key, former "Liberal", renamed "ReNew Europe", Group of MEPs in the New EU Parliament, (where, among others, were also included French President Emmanuel Macron's MEPs), has just Decided to Elect as its New President, the well known former EU Commissioner, and former Prime Minister of Romania, Dacian Siolos, (who, notoriously considers as one of his most Important Achievements recently the "Fight against Corruption", and holds in addition, very Close Relations with the "Anti-Corruption" Political Party of Romania, which has Endorsed him several times), [+Partly UPDATED], then, "Eurofora"s above-mentioned Question, obviously becomes absolutely Logical...

+ However, in the meantime, it's not only France and othes, but Also the UK which seems Interested at CoE's GRECO, (in line, however, about UK's naturally Extended Interest for the CoE, since the "BREXIT" developments vis a vs the EU, as ilustrates also the diligent and active Presence, Today in that CoE's Conference, of the British Ambassador/Permanent Representative, who spoke with "Eurofora" on this occasion.

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++ This is Added also to ...USA's recent Accession to CoE's AntiCorruption Body, probably presaging some Interesting developments in the foreseable Future !

 

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Paris - Bruxelles - Strasbourg, 2 septembre 2008

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Le spectaculaire succès du Président français, Nicolas Sarkozy, (en tête de l'UE jusqu'a décembre), à obtenir de suite un cessez le feu inattendu entre la Russie et la Georgie, immédiatement après sa visite aux Présidents Medvedev et Saakashvili, au pire moment de tensions et heurts violents meurtieurs, qui avaient tué plusieurs innocents et provoqué le deplacement forcé de réfugiés par milliers, lui donne incontestablement une stature vraiment européenne :

A ses liens personnels bien connus avec l'Hongrie, la Grece, l'Italie ou l'Espagne, en sus de son amitié avec la chancelière allemande Merkel, son souhait d'essayer d'attirer l'Angleterre au jeu européen, etc, s'y ajoute, maintenant, une réussite, fragile certes, mais importante, au combat pour la Paix dans la "grande" Europe du général De Gaulle, "jusqu'a l'Oural", qui inclut naturellement la Géorgie, l'Arménie et d'autres pays, et ne peut exister qu'avec rapports de confiance et partenartiat stratégique avec la Russie.

Apres avoir réussi à debloquer la situation au Liban, (pays avec liens culturels historiques en Europe), lors du Sommet pour la Méditerranée à Paris, juillet dernier, (comme atteste maintenant le prémier accord d'echange d'Ambassadeurs avec la Syrie), Sarkozy activa maintenant une présidence française de l'EU bien entreprenante, à l'autre bout de l'Europe, à Moscou, où, contrairement à Napoléon, il a été reçu avec soulagement par le nouveau président russe, ami de l'experimenté Vladimir Poutine.

Cet homme politique rélativement nouveau au plan politique européen, avec une vision souvent critique ou même critiquée, à tort ou a raison, mais ambitieuse et concrete a la fois, qui aime s'adresser aux "Européens", comme il dit, n'est-il pas bien placé pour stimuler le fameux débat sur l' "Identité de l' Europe", qu'il a proposé au Parlement Européen récemment à Strasbourg, moins d'un an avant les Elections européennes de 2009 ?

En 2007, il a réussi à faire monter spectaculairement la participation citoyenne aux élections présidentielles en France, obtenant des récords historiques :

N'est-ce pas, justement ce que l' Europe a bésoin, apres 2 abstentions majoritaires sans précedent aux Elections de 1999 et 2004, et 3 "Non" aux réferenda pour ses institutions en 2005 et 2008, pendant une décennie trouble 1999-2008, (marquée surtout par la demande controversée de la Turquie d'entrer dans l'UE eclipsant les avancées de la Monnaie unique et de la liberté de circulation à l'espace Shengen, avec consequences mal-ressenties par la majorité des citoyens, bien au-délà des clivages du passé), qui a failli stopper l'integration européenne ?

Et cela, au moment même ou une globalisation galopante met l'Europe devant un choix crucial entre saut qualitatif en avant, apte à valoriser une occasion historique exceptionelle à se développer résolument, après les vaines destructions, querelles et tensions des guerres "chaudes" ou "froides" qui lui ont couté son rang dans le Monde, ou réculer définitivement en décadence...

Alors, que certains de nos amis à la Commission en Bruxelles, lui laissent au moins un peu d'espace de mouvement, et qu'ils l'aident à tenter d'insufler de l' oxygène frais et vivifiant aux rapports entre les citoyens et une Europe qui a manifestement bésoin et mérite de retrouver d'urgence un nouveau dynamisme populaire, avec un souci de réalisme mais aussi une vision passionante pour son avenir !

Après tout, les Etats Unis d' Amérique ne se sont pas faits à coups de bureaucratie, nécessaire et utile, mais manifestement insuffisante : Sans l'impulsion d'hommes politiques originaux, d'intellectuels vraiment engagés, et, surtout, sans l'enorme énergie émanant de la conscience d'enjeux à la fois pratiques et grandioses, bien resentis par des millions de citoyens, stimulant leur adhésion active comme pioniers d'un nouveau avenir commun à construire, ils seraient encore une ex-colonie périphérique, affaiblie par stériles divisions, passif et impuissant spectateur des convulsions tragiques d'un Monde à la dérive...

Que les vrais "européens" ré-lisent au moins les fameux discours historiques sur l' Europe d'un Sarkozy bien inspiré à Strasbourg, aussi bien avant qu'après avoir gagné les élections françaises, le 21 février et le 2 juillet 2007, après son 1er sommet des Bruxelles, qui a adopté le nouveau Traité de l'UE en conclusion de la presidence allémande : Bonnes lectures pour cet été 2008, afin de préparer l' avenir qui s'ouvrira (ou fermera) à partir des élections européennes de 2009.

Peut-etre revelera-t-il plus, en ce sens, lors de ses 2 discours-debats prochains avec les eurodeputés, prévus lors des sessions plenières du Parlement Européen a Strasbourg en octobre et décembre 2008... 

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Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner had already unveiled President Sarkozy's intentions, during a particularly "hot" Press Conference in Paris, where he faced some's insistance for "sanctions", with a call for "a common EU stance". In the meanwhile, he was consulting "all these days" most of his EU, Russia and Georgia counterparts, (as Sarkozy's Spokesman, P-J. Henin confirmed to "EuroFora"). This allowed him to obtained the desired result, as EU Chairman, at a short, exceptional EU Summit in Brussels, afterwards.

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But, Sarkozy's No 1 official, Presidential palace's Secretary General Claude Gueant, active at Elysee during the 2008 Ambassadors' Conference, (together with his Top Diplomat, the experienced David Levitte), is well known for having an overall view : A link with 2009 EU Elections at the horizon ?

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