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

Written by ACM
Monday, 17 June 2019

*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.



- 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.


++ 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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Benedict's "Source" to revitalize Europe : - "The World needs Hope", Pope says, calling to relaunch E.U. via Human Rights !

Paris - Lourdes - Strasbourg : 12 - 17 September 2008.

The vital need to re-launch Europe can be succesfully met by defending fundamental Human Rights of the People, said Pope Benedict XVI in his 1st speech in France, at his meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, who currently chairs the EU.

Sarkozy replied by welcoming Christian and other religions' contribution to indispensable Public Debates on crucial issues which affect Human Dignity, Europe, even Humankind, as BioGenetics.

- "When Europeans will see and personally experience that the inalienable Rights of the Human Person .., those of their free Education, their Family life, their Work, ..their Religious Rights, ..are respected and promoted, then, these Europeans will fully understand the greatness of the European construction and will be actively involved in it", Benedict XVI stressed.

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- "It's important that during France's EU Presidency, there is, indeed, a desire for the Church to contribute to protect Human Person's integrity, and I think that there is also a growing Conscience, beyond any polemics, to defend Human Rights, and, thus, contribute to ensure respect for Human Dignity", added to "EuroFora" the Pope's Spokesman, Vatican's Press Director Federico Lombardi.

- "Nobody really told us here that Lisbon Treaty was good for this or that reason to the People. They only told us that we "had" to ratify it, and tried to scare us, but failed", said 2 Irish pilgrims to "EuroFora", after 2 Majority Abstentions in 1999 and 2004 EU Elections and 3 "NO" to Referenda in France and the Netherlands in 2005, followed by the Irish "No" in 2008, during a Decade of EU Crisis since the controversial Turkey EU- bid (1999-2008).

More than .."224 cases of Murders, Torture, "Disappearancies" or Destructions" by "agents of Turkish Security forces", where all those responsible for so heavy Crimes still remain scandalously unpunished, despite regular condemnations of Ankara by Strasbourg''s European Court of Human Rights from 1996 to 2008, were examined the same week by CoE's Ministers, who decided to launch a fresh call "urging" the Turkish Authorities to end this dangerous "virtual Impunity" of criminals, without comparison to European countries.

- "Why not Ukraine, instead of Turkey ?", asked EuroFora a Journalist from "Kiev : the city where it's enough to cross the streets in order to realize that it's a European town", as Sarkozy recently said, before solemnly declaring this week, together with Ukranian President Jushenko and EU Commission's chair Baroso, EU's "recognition that Ukraine is a fully European Country, linked to Europe by culture and History".


Europe's "Christian roots" and Values, with "openess and mutual respect" to other cultures and beliefs, were highlighted by Sarkozy in harmony with Benedict XVI.

The Human person should be protected "from his inception until his natural death", added the Pope, faithful to BioEthic principles defended by his predecessor and collaborator, John Paul II, of topical importance in France, Europe and the World today, as Sarkozy announced :

- "Fast and important progres in Genetic Science and procreation raise delicate BioEthical Questions to our Democracies", which "involve our view of Humans and Life, and can lead to Social Mutations. That's why they cannot remain only a business of experts", hestressed.

- "It's Politician's responsibility to set a proper framework for such Public Debates", as "France will do on BioEthics in 2009". "Religious and Philosophic traditions must take part, with their ideas and centuries' long experience : A positive Laicity is an open invitation to Dialogue", he said.

- "France engaged in Europe at another Debate on how to make Financial Capitalism more moral", and the "Social doctrine of the Church fits well what is at stake in modern Globalized Economy"

- "But, a "Real Dialogue is not for an elite of a Globalized world : It penetrates deep into the People : That's why Churches should actively participate : .. It's bringing New Oxygen to Public Debates", stressed Sarkozy.

- "Democracy must not be cut off Reason", which is "compatible with Faith", thanks to "the meeting between Christianism and Greek philosophy ", he added, referring to Pope's views. "It means to advance with logic arguments, search what's best and respect common principles of thinking :... It's an everyday need for Public Administration and the Political Debate", he added.
Pope Benedict's 1st visit to France looked like the start of a brillant, manifold demonstration that this was well-founded and could become true in the lives of the People : After its Theoretical foundations unfolded at a "speech to the world of Culture", inaugurating Bernadins' cultural centre, and its dogmatic instrument shaped at an address to the Clergy in the Historic Notre Dame' Cathedral, he started to resolutely reach out to the People :


The move went upwards like Bach's music : Begining with a call to more than fifteen thousand enthousiastic Youngsters gathered at Notre Dame's parvis with overnight celebrations, it gained strength in an impressive open-air Mass at Paris'central Invalides'area facing Alexander III's bridge, attended by more than 150.000 people, French Prime Minister Fillon, many Ministers, Foreign Ambassadors, etc, and culminated in a series of pan-European Mega-meetings at Lourdes 150th anniversary, together with all French Bishops, EU Commission's vice-Chairman Barrot, and some 200.000 enthousiastic People from all over Europe and beyond : After a Sea of Lights astonishingly braved Saturday Night's rain, an open-air mass at riverside fields among Pyrenees' Mountains Sunday Morning, was followed on Monday by a Sea of "Compassion" to those facing Health or Life threats, surrounded by an endless gathering of People, whose gigantic dimensions obviously surprised the organisers..

Meanwhile, Benedict had the occasion to speak to the French Priests at Notre Dame of Paris, and with the Bishops at Lourdes, where they prepare a crucial November plenary meeting, due to take important decisions on imminent EU debates and choices about Europe's identity, BioEthics, etc.
- "A new way of thinking about Laicity has become necessary", agreed the Pope with President Sarkozy at Elysee. While keeping the "distinction between Politics and Religion, to guarantee Citizens' Liberty", "religion is important for shaping Consciousness and contributing, together with others, to create a basic Ethical Consensus in society".

- "Searching Essential realities", (as "God" for christians), needs "Speech : "Logos" in greek, i.e. Reason", "able to shape a Community","with creative work transforming Human History". But "Dialogue" is instrumental for "Reason", because it's the way to "search" for Truth", in "Liberty", according to Greek Platonic Philosophy, with Socrates' dialectics. "Reason" implies "Spirit and Liberty", hence the polyphonic "Music" of "Dialogue", in a responsible, "well balanced" way, to avoid "destruction".

Starting with a "Dialogue between christians and intellectual or artistic movements" highlighted at Bernardins' Cultural Center. with former Presidents Chirac and Giscard d'Estain, UNESCO's chair Anastassopoulos, etc., as well as representatives of Muslim Communities, (including a separate Turkish), after contacts with Jews at Vatican's Embassy, the Pope turned towards the People :

To French Priests : "Church built on the rock" !


- Speaking to thousands of French Priests at Notre Dame's Cathedral, Benedict highlighted a solid "Church built on the Rock" of conscious and active persons, transmitting "a lively, energetic and sharp" "God's Speech, actively working on Human History".


"Praying together" with "representatives of Christian Churches and ecclesiastic communities", (as Orthodoxes, Armenians, Protestants, etc), he called "to reinforce the Unity of the church", against "any form of Division", around Holy Spirit', "the Word","Christ's Justice", and "Love" to fellow- humans : Essentials which "resume all holy scripts", as he said.

To Young People : "New Horizons"
To some 15.000 enthousiastic Young People at Notre Dame's parvis, along Seine's river, Benedict spoke about "the Energy of the Holy Spirit" and "the Mystery of the Cross" : - "The Holy Spirit opens New Horizons to Human Intelligence .. and makes it conscious of the real greatness of Christ's sacrifice, dying and resurecting for World's life".

Some "may slander you as crazy, laugh at you, or even persecute you. But, "the Holy Cross is a symbol of God's love", and "givesmoral strength" : "Witness of People's pains, it's at the same time, a precious, unique expression of their Hopes", he told them at Paris' dawn.

Invalides' plateau : "People chosen to become God's friends"
At the 1st open-air Mass in Paris' center area of Invalides, facing the Grand Palais, along the river Seine, during an impressive gathering of more than 150.000, French Prime Minister Fillon, Ministers Alliot-Marie, Bachelot, Dati, Jouyet, Assembly's President Accoyer, Senate's Chair Poncelet, former 1st Lady Bernadette Chirac, former Prime Minister Raffarin, many foreign Ambassadors, and other political personalities were present. (While earlier, from the Socialist opposition, Paris' Mayor Delanoye, artist Robert Hussein a.o. assisted at the Elysee meeting).





But the "Entry Song" focused on the "People chosen to become God's Friends". The September 11 mass was Dedicated to "Saint Chrysostomus, that great priest of Constantinople", with his "wonderful eloquence and great courage to face challenges", who "made out of despaired and godless people, a people of brothers", opening a possibility to "become all one complete entity", as Pope Benedict reminded.

- "Reason never enters in real contradiction with Faith", stressed Pope Benedict, who prepared his speeches for France during a short Summer rest at Brixen/Bressanone's Seminar, whose Library honors both "Faith and Science".. - "We must use not only our Reason, but also our Faith" : "Get away from Idolatry", "cupidity", "avidity for money, power or even knowledge deviating from essential aims", and other "falses appearances". and "build your Home on the Rock", "with the force that Holy Spirit gives to those who let it act in them", he said to the People of Paris.

Benedict at Lourdes : - "Become Light (even) in the Dark !"
- "Our World needs Hope", stressed Pope Benedict, addressing an impressive TorchLight procession at Lourdes' sanctuaries, where a Sea of Lights held by Hundreds of Thousands of People gathered at Pyrenee's Mountains from all over Europe astonishingly kept their flames despite a heavy Rain at a windy Dark Night...

- "150 years earlier (1858 - 2008), ..here, in the cave, ... a simple young girl, Bernadette .. saw a Light". "The everyday life of her Family was, however, made of Misery, Sadness, Sickness, Misunderstandings, Rejection and Poverty... It was hard to live in Jail". Today, "we think to all Human Beings who suffer : The innocent Victims who face Violence, War, Terrorism, Hunger, Injustices, Catastrophes, Hate and Oppression, Violations of Human Dignity and of their fundamental Rights, of their Liberty to act and think. We also think to those who face Familial problems, sufferings from Unemployment, Sickness, Infirmity, Isolation, or their situation as Immigrants, without forgetting those who suffer and die for the name of Christ", he said.

- "But the Shadows of the Earth, did not hinder Sky's Light to shine : <<The Light shines in the Dark>>" ..."A Way full of Light opens in Human History even in its Darkest moments" : ..."As Night falls, Christ tels us : <<- Keep your Lamps alight !>>."Hold a Light while walking in the Night .. sums up our condition as Christians on their way : "We need light, and we are called to become Light !", Benedict stressed to People setting in motion Lights, Flags and Songs with enthousiasm.


"<<- She looked at me as a Person, who speaks to another Person>>, the poor girl had noted."Light emerges from such a Dialogue", stressed the Pope : "A small Flame called Hope, Compassion and Tenderness dwells inside those who return after being moved by Lourdes' experience". "Christ .. entrusts us with the Mission to let the Light of Charity shine : To make of our Prayers an Act of Love to our brothers and to Fraternal Charity", he concluded.





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