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CoE Assembly President Nicoletti to EF: = More Cases in Corruption Enquiry. But Priority on Measures

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Friday, 27 April 2018

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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Replying to an "Eurofora"s Question at a Press Briefing with Strasbourg Journalists, COE Assembly's President, Professor Michele Nicoletti from Italy, f. Chairman of the Socialist Group, acknowledged the Fact that there were, indeed, More Cases of possible Corruption that an Exceptional Internal Enquiry was Hindered to Investigate (See:http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coeanticorruptionenquirytowiden.html), But stressed that the Priority was now on Making New Rules able to Exclude such Problems in the Future.
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- "Sir Nicolas Bratza, apparently, knew, from the Begining of this Year (on January 2018), that there might be Issues well Beyond of what had been initially targetted by Allegations of Corruption", "Eurofora" reminded in our Question."And, Last Sunday, they (the High-Level Ad Hoc Committee of Investigation) said that, If they had More Capabilities, they might have Investigated also Further".


=> "Do you think that the (Timely) Coincidence with the Issues of Restrictions in the Financial Contributions of Russia (as warned) and/or Turkey (unexpected), might have Influenced that ?", we wondered.


+ "And, (at any case) do you have the Feeling that Something should be done, (perhaps, not only by the Assembly, but also from Other CoE's bodies, etc), in order to Investigate those Other Issues ?", "Eurofora" asked President Nicoletti.


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- "I have not had the Impression that the Limits of Capabilities (of those Investigators) were, so much, related to Financial Resources", he carefully replied at the outset.


- "But, much More, to the Powers of the Investigating Body, which, of course, Influenced the Enquiry : F.ex.: Powers of Prosecutor, or of Police, having Access to Bank Accounts, and so on", (Confiscations, etc). "So, they were very Aware of the Limits of that Investigation, in this sense".


- However, "on the other side, it is (indeed) clear that there were Aspects to Clarify, and the Additional Corruption, raised by some NGOs and Journalists. ... And this was the Matter of it."


- So, "In their Report, as you can see, there is Some matter for Possible Investigations, and this will be, of course, up to the (CoE's) Assembly to Take Decisions", President Nicoletti admitted.


 + However, "at the same time, Sir Bratza (the Head of that Enquiry) said , clearly, (on the Question if it's useful to extend investigation to other cases, to other sectors, and so on) : -<< You can do whatever you want, and, of course, you can Investigate More>>.


 - << But, if we are objective, it's preferable to Close this Bad and Sad Story, and to Open a New Window, where, now, you have a Possibility to do Best something New and (particularly) by Monitoring much Better who you Appoint as a Rapporteur, f.ex. (etc)>>.


  - "And I can ensure that the Reaction of the Assembly is exactly in this Direction", Nicoletti found.


 - "Because(in the Past), Many People, went, sometimes, into a Committee, you know, withOut being totally Aware of what is going on. This Can happen in Parliaments : You arrive, and, then, you say : - "Oh, it's going to be an Appointment of Rapporteur : Are you Ready to go there ?" And you are appointed just because of that !", he reminded.


>>> I.e. "WithOut Thinking of the Responsibility that Parliamentarians have to chose the Best Person for that Appointment...", CoE Assembly's President Criticized.


 - "In some sense, it's Regrettable now that there was a Shadow in some cases. Now, this is at the End", (Comp., inter alia, also: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/changeincoemediadebate.html).


=> So, "this Morning, ...the reaction (of PACE's competent Committee) was to (decide New Rules) when Appointing ...by this (CoE's) Assembly, for making a  Monitoring on a Conflict, or Countries, or Elections, and so on", he Concluded, as things stand Today.

 

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    The recent paradox of freezing EU Talks with front-runner Croatia, while continuing controversial EU - Turkey talks, despite Zagreb's acceptance of Refugees' Human Rights to return, that Ankara refuses fex. in Cyprus, while both have "Good Neighborhood" problems vis a vis Slovenia, or Greece, Cyprus and Armenia respectively, can it be justified by the non-fullfilment of EU criteria, as Slovenia says, or, is it "Double Standards" ?    

The question became unavoidable after statements by Presidents of Slovenia and Croatia, Tuerk and Mesic, respectively, to "EuroFora", exclusively or among Strasbourg's journalists this week at the CoE, on the sidelines of its 2009 Summer University for Political Schools, which topically brought them together as successive key-note speakers.


    Comming only a few Months before EU checks Turkey's compliance to its commitments on Cyprus, etc., scheduled for December 2009, this obviously has a special importance for the coherence of EU Enlargement's principles.

     Suspension of EU Negotiations is a normal consequence in case of a Candidate Country's failure to fullfil EU Conditions, such as "Good Neighborhood relations", stressed at first Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk, current CoE's chair.

    But, regarding EU's Criteria,  there shouldn't be any "Double Standards",  reacted Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, commenting the fact that Turkey's controversial EU negotiations continue, while they were recently "freezed" in the case of Croatia, an "unquestionably European Country", which oficially accepts to respect Refugees Human Rights, contrary to Ankara's notorious refusals or reluctance.                                       

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - "EU itself has set as a Criterium (for EU Enlargement) the "Good Neighborhood relations",  and their absence justifies the "Suspension" EU Negotiations, (f.ex. with Croatia), because of a Border dispute affecting the territorial integrity of an EU Member Country, stressed Slovenian President, Danilo Tuerk, CoE's Chairman in office (May - November 2009), speaking to Journalists in Strasbourg including "EuroFora".    

Questioned earlier what "consequences on EU's Enlargement policy" can have the "Ban on EU Membership Negotiations", imposed to Croatia, Tuerk replied that "this question comes down to the fulfillement of (EU) Criteria for membership. One has to look at each Candidate Country ., from the point of view whether it fullfils the Criteria that EU has set. One of them are Good Neighborhood Relations, I'd like to remind. And also, there are other factors, such as Justice, Home affairs, Rule of Law, and others".


    - "Now, ..Candidate Countries are at Different Levels of fulfillement of Criteria", he observed.

    - " Croatia is obviously the closest to that. I'm rather optimistic : I think that in the coming Months we'll have an opportunity to look at all these issues constructively and hopefully we'll be able to make progress". "My main concern, at this point, is the situation in Bosnia : We haven't seen enough progres domesticaly. We haven't seen enough during ..political parties within their country.We need a New Energy, a new energetic move towards the Candidature for EU membership. "Other (Western Balkan) Countries (Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM, Albania) have been making soaring Progress, and I think that they should be ready, in a few Years, for the Candidate status".

    - "As far as the Western Balkans are concerned, .. nobody should be left outside" the EU, Slovenian's President concluded, ommitting to mention Turkey's controversial EU bid.

    - "This process may be seen as Slow, but..  Slovenia has also has also been exposed to various "Booms of Slowness" in our accession period. But now we can say that the process was relatively quick, because changes which occur after becoming EU member, are quite large, and they require proper Preparations before the (EU) membership becomes a new factor, an impacting line for a new (EU) member country".
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Slovenian statements made some participants from certain 3rd Countries as FYROM, etc. claim that "the Principle of EU Solidarity" would "produce a.. rising European Union Nationalism (sic !), against Non-EU Countries", as they said, asking unhappy foreign countries to form a "bloc" to exert pressure on the EU...    

But Croatian President Stjepan Mesic dismissed that, supporting "EU Integration", "after the Economy also in Political" issues, as "the achievement" of our times. In EU there is "diversity, but it's United", he stressed, "EU has to be United so that it can become a central factor of Peace" also at the surrounding areas, he replied.

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Speaking later exclusively to "EuroFora", the experienced twice President of Croatia, former President of the International "Non-Aligned" movement, denounced "Double Standards" in the way EU treats recently Croatia compared to Turkey :   

 - "I think that there shouldn't be Double Standards", stressed the Croatian President, in reply to a Question comparing the freeze of EU - Croatia talks, with the continuation of EU - Turkey talks, despite the fact that Croatia is an "unquestionably European country", while Turkey's EU bid is notoriously controversial.


    Mesic was reacting to the observation that, even if he confirmed his "respect of Refugees' Human Rights to return, etc. (See infra), nevertheless, EU talks are suspended with Croatia.. While for oher, controversial candidates, who refuse to respect Refugees' Rights to return, etc., as fex. Turkey does in occupied Cyprus and elsewhere, EU negotiations continue".

    - "I believe that Croatia's accession will confirm that all European Countries who fulfill all of the Conditions and achieve European Standards, have to join the EU. There shouldn't be any Double Standards", went on to add in reply President Mesic.

    In this relation, Croatia's President found "of paramount importance", CoE's "mechanisms enforcing ECHR's judgements"
    
    - "On Refugees and Displaced persons, the process will be completed only after the last person demanding to return will be allowed to do so !", President Mesic Croatia stressed earlier, setting a general standard of obvious importance also for otherr candidates, as f.ex. Turkey, often accused to exclude or heavily restrict Greek Cypriot Displaced persons' return to their Family Homes and ancestral land, provoke difficulties to Turkish-Kurd IDPs return to their home regions at the South-East, etc.

    Some "2.000 People are still reported Missing" in former Yugoslavia, for some Years, (as in Cyprus, modern Europe's oldest case, for 3 Decades. Nagorno-Karabach, Tcecnya in Russia, etc, more recently), and Investigations "will only be completed after establishing the fate of the last one of them", he added.
    
    Speaking earlier on "War Crimes", President Mesic stressed that "Leaders are responsible for (the) Wars (of the Past), not the People", and called against Impunity :  "Individuals have to be held Responsible for Crimes. International Penal Tribunals have to persecute those individuals", perpetrators of War Crimes, he underlined.

    Such statements naturally made Mesic rather popular at ECHR, whose President, French EuroJudge, Professor Jean-Paul Costa, looked particularly smiling when he welcomed him later on Wednesday afternoon, after Slovenian President Daniko Tuerk earlier this week.
           

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