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Cyprus' Lady MEP leads Eminent Lithuanian MEP in Surprize Vote for New CoE Assembly President

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Monday, 09 October 2017
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Just after the "Bumpy" Controversy which pushed at the Out-going CoE Parliamentary Assembly's (PACE) President, Pedro Agramunt's last-minute, Unprecedented Resignation, back on Friday, (See, among others, also, f.ex:...), another UnExpected development was the emergence of not 1, but 2 Candidates for his Immediate Succession, Both being well-known Mainstream ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group's important Members, (See Infra).


The Winner is due to Chair this Week's PACE's Autumn 2017 Plenary Sesion, (10-13/2017), a subsequent Standing Committee meeting in Denmark, (Incoming, New CoE's Chair from the 15th of November 2017 up to May 2018), as well as Many other Simple Committees Meetings, f.ex. in Paris, and elsewhere in Europe, until and including the Beginning of an Important January 2018 Next Plenary Session in Strasbourg, at the End of that Month, (where, among others, Russian MEPs might, eventually, negotiate their Return, after almost 4 Years of Exceptional Absence. (Comp.:...). Meanwhile, some Reports and Votes on Key Issues are scheduled, starting immediately, right from this week, (See Infra).


Afterwards, if things go as initially scheduled, then, according to a Traditional Agreement between the various Political Groups, it's a Socialist MEP, (the current Head of the Group, Italian MEP Nicoletti), who is due to take over. But, after what happened recently, (Comp. Supra +See Infra), certain sources warned that, in fact, it's no more sure at all that everything will run so smoothly then. So, this might Not be the End of Surprizes...


Indeed, the Battle for the Prestigious and Influential Top Job of CoE's PanEuropean Parliamentary Assembly's Presidency seems to really go on in Strasbourg, to the point that it even Inspired ...the Strategic "Café" Facing the Hemicycle, where a bunch of Good Wine Bottles were Today exhibited with, at their Center, a Symbolic ..."Chateau la Bataille" ("Castle of the Battles" ! ), which attracted immediately the Attention, (See Photo)...

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Experienced, mainstream MEP Emanuelis Zingeris, from Lithuania, an eminent PACE Member as early as, already since the 1990ies, Repporteur on several "Hot" Issues, (Comp., f.ex. statements to "Eurofora", among others, also, at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coeonbrusselsattacksandghettos.html), seems to have got the main Endorsment of the Biggest Political Group, that of "ChristianDemocrats"/EPP, including of his President, German MEP of the Governing CDU Party of Chancellor Angie Merkel, Axel Fischer. He is also supported by some "Liberal" MEPs.


But Cyprus' most Popular MP in the latest Elections of 2016, Stella Kyriakides, (See, f.ex., among others, also relevant "Eurofora"s NewsReport at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/cypruselectionboostsconservativesnewpartiesandcitizens.html ), President of CoE Assembly's Committee on Social, Health and Sustainable Development (comp. f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/conseildeleuropeetmariageshomosexuels.html ) also ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP since 2012, (after a Previous, Long Experience as CoE's Officer on the PanEuropean Social Charter, and former EU Expert), extended the Endorsment of several Important EPP's MEPs, (f.ex. Ria Oomen-Ruijten, former EU Parliament's Rapporteur, and Pieter Omtzigt : both from the Netherlands, Dora Bakoyannis, former Foreign Minister and f. President of PACE's Political affairs Committee, from Greece, etc.), also to 2 Leaders of Other Political Groups, (Anne Brasseur, former PACE President  - Comp. Statements to "Eurofora", f.ex., at: ..., etc- and f. Chairwoman of the "Liberals", as well as Tiny Cox, President of the "Left", a Dutch Senator - ibid : ..., etc), 7 "Socialist" MEPs, 4 "Conservatives" MEPs, etc.

 

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=> Thus, right from the 1st Round of Votes, Earlier Today, she led with 126 Votes, against 84 for Zingeris, i.e., a Clear (even if No Absolute) Majority.


+ And this was Confirmed, even Further Augmenting her Advance, at the 2nd Round, with 121 Votes, against 69.


However, since for an Absolute Majority were Needed 152 Votes, at the 1st Round, and something almost similar at the 2nd, the Final Outcome was Postponed for Tomorrow Morning, Tuesday, October 10, (according to what had been, in fact, Expected from the Start, as well informed Sources had Warned "Eurofora" earlier).


But, a simple, Relative Majority being Sufficient on Tmorrow's 3rd Round, Unless a Surprize might occur, Stella Kyriakides' crystal-clear Advance in Votes Appears to rather guarantee a safe Final Win.


At First Sight, it looks quite Diffiicult to find, with certainty, which were the Real Causes of the above-mentioned (still partial, but rather conclusive) results.


Some MEPs claimed that it might have, perhaps, something to do with the respective positions of the Candidates vis a vis the recent, UnPrecedented Controversy on the Out-going PACE President Pedro Agramunt from Spain, which had been just pushed to Resign, (Comp., f.ex. : ...), But it's Not so sure, since Both Zingeris and Kyriakides have been Endorsed by various MEPs also Critical versus Agramunt, (f.ex. several Pro-Kiev Ukranians, on Both Sides, particularly with Zingeris, but also Armenian MEPs and Omtzigt, also Critical vis a vis Agramunt, supporting Kyriakides, etc).


Russia being, notoriously, a main pretext for the harsh Criticism that Agramunt had suddenly faced, (Comp.: ...), one might, naturally, search there, at least a part of Most MEPs' Motivation. Some's inaccurate rumours that Zingeris might be too "Soft" vis a vis Moscow, look obviously MisInformed, since he's usually quite Critical, currently Drafts a Report on Nemtsov's killing, and is endorsed by many pro-Kiev Ukranians, Georgians, Polish, Lithuanians, etc. Kyriakides too, (perhaps at a slightly lesser degree), is endorsed also by Various usual Critics of Russia, including, f.ex. pro-Kiev Ukranians, Georgians, Brittish, Anne Brasseur, Liliane Maury Pasquier and/or Petra de Sutter, etc. But also by some more open to Russia's arguments, such as Tiny Cox, etc. However, that does Not seem enough to mark a big Difference there, (considering also the Fact that Most MEPs' preferences still remain Unknown, given the Secret character of these Votes)...


Could, then, it be, simply because a PACE's Majority might, eventually, wish to have Now a Woman as New President ? It's  Fact that, in general, Most Past CoE Women Leaders were quite Succesfull : F.ex., inter alia, "Eurora"'s co-Founder Started Press Work with former COE's Secretary General, Professor Catherine Lalumière, from France, whith whom we still kept until recently a very Good and pôsitive relation, from times to times ; and went on to Develop Excellent relations also with German former PACE President Hellen Fischer. But, in Addition to the 2 Biggest EU Countries, its' also Anne Brasseur, a Long-Time MEP and recently PACE's President, with whom we Worked Well and correctly, (Comp., f.ex., among others, also : ..., etc), who comes from Nearby Luxembourg, located at EU's Core, but as "Small" in Population as almost Cyprus' strategic Island, located among 3 Continents and Facing Suez Channel, etc. And it's rue that, Stella Kyriakides, Played a bit that kind of Musical Note, this Afternoon, when she Animated (as PACE Health Committee's Chair) a Side-Event at CoE Palace's ForeCourt with a "Pink-Lighting" of its Building, for an Awareness-Raising brief meeting on the Fight against Breast Cancer, where Calls for "Solidarity" and/or to "Save" or "Change the Life" of many Women, Otherwise threatened to fall Victims to a quite avoidable and/or treatable hasard.

 

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However, even if it might be a  Sympathetic point, this is, obviously, unable to seriously explain what happened...

 

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Could, then, it be (at least Also), simply Because of Cyprus ?


Various MEPs might, indeed, have Found there a Symbolic Way to Tell Turkey that it wasN't Right to provoke a Breakdown of the UN-Sponsored Talks for a ¨Peaceful ReUnification of the Island, recently, at nearby Switzerland, mainly by Ankara's Insistence to Keep its illegal Invasion/Occupation Military Troops even After the Entry into force of an eventual Agreement, Neither to push a kind of Permanent Claim for Unilateral Military Invasion of the Island also in the Future, (See, f.ex.: ...).


While such Considerations might, perhaps, have played a role, at least for some MEPs' choice, nevertheless, ...it's simply Too Good to be True !


So, a "Mystery" still remains, as far as that - still Evolving - Vote is concerned, (Comp. Supra)...


After having arrived at this point,  one is, a priori, Surprized to find the UneExpected Fact that, among those MEPs who had Endorsed Kyriakides from the outset, was also the Rapporteur on one among the Most Controversial BioEthical Issues nowadays : that of Genetic Manipulations on Human Beings :


Indeed, such a Report, is Scheduled for Debate and Vote on Tursday Afternoon, 12 October 2017, and drafted by Petra De Sutter, from Belgium :  A "Socialist" who has, Already, notoriously provoked a lot of Fuss and made Upset Many among Various BioEthical NGOs, Natural Family, Natural Births' and Human Rights Defenders, in such "Hot" Areas, as, f.ex., "Gender" Issues, Same Sex Marriage, Children submitted to the Power of Homosexuals under Pretext of so-called "Adoption", etc. And, at least the EPP, would be Now in the process of preparing "a Series of Amendments", as its BioEthical issues' Representative, MEP Giletschi from Moldova, and Head of a Worldwide Baptism movement, told "Eurofora".


As for the Hypothesis, for some to have provoked, recentlty, an UnPrecedented Row about the Out-Going PACE President, Agramunt's visit to meet Suria's President Assad, together with several Other PACE's Top MEPs, through the intermediation of Russia, but withOut asking previously, for an Authorisation from the Assembly, until they pushed him to Resign, also in order to, perhaps, Destabilize the the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group, Divide and Weaken it, so that it couldn't really oppose anymore, with efficient means, such Controversial Moves on "Hot" BioEthical Issues for All Humankind, (Comp., f.ex., at : .....), it doesn't seem to be excluded a priori...

So, at any case, considering also the Famous moto about "Cesar's Wife", who should Not Only Be, even Look like a Honest Lady, Observers will certainly Watch Carefully, in case that Stella Kyriakides really succeeds to be Elected as New President of CoE's Assembly, Tomorrow Morning (Comp. Supra), how her Presidency would Deal, in Real Practice, with all those Critical Amendments to that Report on one of the "Hottest" BioEthical Issues of Nowadays, (which had also Rocked even the USA, between former US Presidents' GWBush and Barack Obama's eras, as well as other Countries accross the World), until the current Draft might be adequately Rectified.

 

 

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    Scientific innovation joined to Faith for Human Rights, Eastern Partnership and fight against the Crisis, but above all, the need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" from EU Citizens, are the main priorities for new EU Parliament's President, Polish Jerzy Buzek, that a 555-votes-strong majority of MEPs on July 14,  Strasbourg made a living symbol of the fact that, 20 years after the fall of Berlin Wall (1989 - 2009) there is no more an Eastern or Western Europe, but only one Europe, as the head of the largest group of MEPs, ChristianDemocrats/EPP, Joseph Daul, stressed after the event.

    Speaking later to a group of Strasbourg's Journalists, including "EuroFora", the new EU Parliament's President clarified his stance on concrete topical issues, as f.ex. that of Turkey's controversial EU bid, which was one of the main issues of the June 2009 Electoral campain, clearly won by his party of ChristianDemocrats/EPP :  - "At present, Turkey does not fullfil none of EU conditions", he stressed, (See infra).

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    Buzek is well known in Strasbourg and to "EuroFora" as EU Rapporteur for the Framework Program of Scientific Research and Development of Technologies. A Natural Science Professor from the Historic and Religious landmark Polish City of Częstochowa, active in the famous Solidarnosk grass-roots social movement, he served 4 years as Prime Minister (1997-2001), before being elected as MEP in 2004 and 2009, after he brillantly won the latest EU Election at the head of his party (EPP) almost doubling the number of its MEPs from 15 to 28 !

    - "Innovation" and "Energy safety", as well as fight against the "Cimat change", but also "Eastern Partnership", the "Mediterranean", "Strategic partnerships" with Russia, the USA, etc, and the search for "solutions to the Economic Crisis" that EU Citizens "expect" from us, will be his "priorities", announced from the outset the new EU Parliament's President, reminding also that the quest for "Human and Civic Rights" played an important role in his experience with the Solidarnosc grass-roots social movement in Poland's History

    But, the most important of all, is the urgent need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" between EU Institutions and the People he stressed : - EU "Citizens often don't understand us", denounced Buzek, launcing a call to "do anything for EU Citizens to understand our work" in EU Parliament : "We (MEPs) need to make EU Citizens involved" in "what we are doing every week, in Strasbourg and Brussels", he proposed. Pointing f.ex. to the hot "Debates" with "strong arguments" exchanged between MEPs during the preparation of their Legislative Decisions, in Committees, delivering often hard struggles between initially opposed points of view, long before forging a majority at the final vote, sometimes more than a year..

    Therefore, EU Parliament will be "open to your criticism, for discussion and exchange of views", he promissed to Journalists in Strasbourg.

    In this way, Buzek, in fact, highlighted "EuroFora"s main idea, that we strongly advocate since 1997-2007, to systematicaly and actively involve EU Citizens in public debates during the decision-making process of important EU measures, which affect their lives and the society in which they live, (and not only just a few weeks each 4 or 5 Years at the eve of EU Elections)...
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    This is related also to the symbolic gift that Buzek chose to give to the out-going former EU Parliament's President, Hans Gert Poettering, (2007-2009), his collegue in the ChristianDemocrats/EPP, who brillantly won 2009 EU Elections in Germany : A genuine statute of sainte Barbara crafted in Silesia's black Coal by Polish Miners : Those simple but strong people who fought for social change against some technocrats and bureaucrats disguissed into so-called "real-socialists" of old times. (PHOTO).

    It's enough to have seen a popular open air mass, at Warsaw's center, with many thousands of people, old and young, simple workers and intellectuals mixed together, with references to Poland's history and struggles for survival and liberty, through various ages, (as fex. that organized at the eve of CoE's 2005 panEuropean Heads of State and Government for the beatification of late Pope John-Paul II), in order to understand what such symbols mean..

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    But, overcoming the "Crisis of Trust" with EU Citizens obviously implies also to rectify any errors done in the past, fex. on Turkey's controversial EU bid, with controversial decisions taken in 1999 and 2004 to give a "candidate" status and to start EU negotiations, provoking an unprecedented series of 3 "No" to EuroReferenda and 3 Majoriy Abstentions in EU Parliament Elections : 1999, 2005 and 2009, (even if the latest one succeeded to decelerate and almost stop the drop of participation rates, opening hopes for vote's revival after an electoral campaign clearly critical to Turkey's claims in several mainstream EU countries)
    
    Therefore, Buzek was faced with manifold critical Questions on EU Enlargement, most of them citting concrete examples of certain political problems  :  But his replies were almost always given as a matter of general principle :

    F.ex. Questioned on the suspension of EU - Croatia talks because of a Border conflict with EU Member Slovenia, Buzek prefered to speak about principles :

- "We know that during Enlargement, the process can be blocked by failure to resolve this kind of issues",  This concerns also other enlargments' cases", and "these rules are always in force" he warned.


But Buzek avoided to directly reply to a queston on "French and German EPP' calls to define the Borders of Europe", as a German journalist asked him by making a reference to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and German Chancellor Angie Merkel's, critical statements on Turkey at the June 2009 Electoral campain.    

- "Concerning Enlargement, there's always the same rules : There have to be Criteria, which have to be respected if a Country wants to join the EU", he started to simply reply.

- "For my country (Poland) it took us 15 Years to fullfil these Criteria", Buzek reminded, indicating, if proportions are kept, that Turkey, fex. would have to spend some 25 years before eventually joining the EU..

- "Countries wishing to join the EU need to Change their Systems", as we (Poland and other former Eastern European Countries) did, he stressed.

- "'For me, meeting the condition of Human Rights is one of the Key conditions for membership in the EU", preferring again to speak from the point of view of General Principles, on the occasion of an untimely question on Serbia (which is not even a candidate yet)...

- "Turkey" has, "first of all", to fullfil (EU) Copenhagen criteria". Bevause, currently, none of them is fullfiled by Turkey", New EU Parliament's President, denounced, speaking later to a group of Journalists, including "EuroFora".

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In particular, on Human Rights :  - "We (EU) can never forget Human Rights", because "this is at the very Foundations of the EU", Buzek added.

On the contrary, when he referred to EU Enlargment for the  "Western Balkans Countries ", Buzek appeared upbeat, finding "promising situations", despite "difficulties" in the Past, since "Countries are queuing to become EU members", and this "generated changes", as he said.

As for Russia, Buzek observed that it was a "very important" country, located "in the same Continent", Europe,  "close to our borders", and "we need eachother". "But Russia' has 'differend poblems : "They claim that their system is Democratic, but rules are differend", and we must be "aware of such differencies", fex. "on Human Rights", that we can't ignore, as he said;

Concerning China, where a journalist observed that the recipient of EU Parliament's latest "Sakharov prize" for freedom of thought is "still in prison", Buzek found that since the 1999 events in Tien Amin square, "we see differencies on Human Rights still today", and expressed his "support" for those who try to ameliorate the situation.

On the contrary, speaking recently to "EuroFora" he strongly supported the idea for an EU - Ukraine cooperation, fex. between Airbus and Antonov, in order to build a  less costly but more performant than the old and problematic A400M, new Military Transport Airplane : - "They (Ukranian Antonov Company) can certainly do it. I'm sure they can. It's a good Idea, and I'd be glad if it was done", he told us. (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/airbusantonov.html )


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