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PanEuropean CoE kickStarts ReNovated Data Protection Treaty with EU + Russia Support, but Global Aim

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- It's with Stong Support by Both the Franco-German core of the EU, but also the UK, and Russia, as well as various key Countries from Other Continents, that CoE's PanEuropean Organisation succesfully Launched Today, in its Headquarters in Strasbourg, the collective signature of its ReNovated Treaty on Data Protection, a Domain in which CoE is an Historic Pioneer, already as early as since the 1980ies, but which clearly has, Nowadays an Ambitious Aim to Both UpDate (in Digital, Trans-Border Data Flow, Artificial Intelligence, Genetics, and National Security new Challenges), and particularly Extend its Legal Mechanism towards a Trans-Continental, (open also to Other Regional/International Organisations) and even Global Horizon in the foreseable Future.  

                                                                                                              Carefully Negotiated, previously, Both with the EU, (including a very active UK, despite or most probably because of its imminent BREXIT), and with Russia, as well as Other European and Non-European Countries, CoE's New, ReNovated Convention for the Protection of Persons vis a vis the Automatic Treatment of Personal Data, (known as Treaty "108 +"), now has an largely Similar Content to that of EU's brand New relevant "Directive", which has just Entered into force Earlier this Year, but is Strongly Backed by the EU mainly Because it offers a Unique Possibility to considerably Extend the Area where such Rules are applied, also throughout Other European, Non-EU Countries, as well as accross a much Wider, International Space.

 

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    - This is, indeed, the Main Interest for the EU to Back this Move, and for EU Member Countries to Join it too, stressed in Reply to an "Eurofora"'s Question, the competent CoE's Director for Data Protection, Sophie Kwasny, during a Press Briefing with Journalists earlier in Strasbourg. In Exchange, Non-EU and even Non-European Countries, by Joining that move, become able to claim that they use the Same Rules as all Europe, in such an extensively Trans-Border Issue Nowadays as Personal Data's protection, she added.


    + Thus, it's mainly at the Creation of "a Unique Forum for Cooperation in this field at Global Level", that CoE's Secretary General, Thornbjorn Jagland, a former Prime Minister of Norway, pointed during his Speech at the event organized Today for the Opening to Signature of that Convention's New, Amending and UpDating Protocol.


    - Concerning such EU - CoE Cooperations in general, the New EU Ambassador to Strasbourg, former EU Commissioner and Foreign Minister of Bulgaria, Miss Kuneva, recently stressed, indeed, that what is really at Stake is "Global Governance", (See, f.ex.: ..., etc).


    => Thus, among the 21 States' Representatives, who Signed Today this New CoE's Legal Instrument for Data Protection, are Included also the Franco-German "core" of the EU, as well as the UK, Together with Other Both Western (f.ex. Spain, Austria, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, etc) and Eastern EU Member States, (f.ex. Estonia, Finland, Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, etc), including several Small but particularl Active in Trans-Border Data Flows, Countries, (such as Luxembourg, Ireland, etc), extended also to key Non-EU but European Countries, from Norway to Monaco, and particularly Russia, but even a Non-European Country from Latin America, as Uruguay, (in fact, an Original Country with a Unique Synthesis of various European Origin Populations, and an Economy, as well as a Strategic Location, which is often Compared to a kind of Latino-American Switzerland)...


    + Moreover, well Beyond EU's 27 and CoE's 47 Member States, the Historic CoE's Old Convention on Data Protection, (a Pioneer Legal tool dating from the 1980ies), has Already attracted anOther 6 Non-European Countries, (Both from Africa : Tunisia, Senegal, Cabo Verde, Mauritius, and soon Morocco, Burkina Faso, as well as from Latin America : Mexico, and soon Argentina, etc), Totaling 53 current and 56 Future Members, while there are also Various Other Countries accross the World, which have reportedly used CoE's Convention as a "Model", and participate as "Observers" in its Monitoring Committee, gathering almost 70 Countries, until now.


    Among its various Innovations, this CoE's New Legal Instrument includes also Persons' Rights vis a vis Algorithms f.ex. in Artificial Intelligence, has UpGraded Genetic and BioMetric Data in the Categorie of "Sensitive" Data, and deals even with "National Security" issues, (on the Basis mainly of ECHR's case-law), while the EU's Directive does Not, since the EU prefers to do that through Specific Tools concerning Police Cooperation, etc.


    Another Original character of this New CoE's Tool, is that it provides also for a Accelerated Entry into Force, at least among those Member States which will Ratify it, even BEFORE the accession of All the 53 current Member Countries of CoE's Old Convention on Data Protection, dating from the 1980ies : From the moment that at least 38 Member Countries will have Ratified it.


    => I.e. the New Rules can Enter into Force with Only +17 more Member States, (in Addition to the 21 which have already Signed Today), while CoE itself has 47 Member States. I.e. in a rather Short Foreseable Future, (which will also set Immediately in motion the ReNovated Convention's "Monitoring" Mechanism, already prepared and Ready to Start Working asap).


    Last, but not least : Significant of the Interest that the Incoming, New CoE's rotating Presidency by Finland (November 2018 - May 2019) shows for this ReNovated and Extensible Data Protection, is also the Fact that it send to Strasbourg's event of Collective Signature, its Seretary of State, in the Foreign Ministry, Matti Anttonen, while Lithuania also send its vice-Minister of Justice, Irma Gudziunaite, all the Other Signatory Countries having used their Ambassadors/Permanent Representatives to the CoE, (with the only Exception of Uruguay, which send to Strasbourg's ceremony its Ambassador to France).

 

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Fillon invites EU to invent "New Horizons" behind Oil crisis

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geothermal_plant_400_01Soultz-under-Forests, June 13, 2008

A pioneer Franco-German research project on GeoThermy, near Strasbourg, served as "Symbol" of EU's will to become Independent on Energy by developing innovative Technologies, while imported Oil prices threaten to provoke a World-wide crisis.

It's essential to demonstrate Europe's will to "invent New Horizons", by creating Environment-friendly, Independent and Renewable Energy sources, while price rises continue for Oil, a polluting old ressource with insufficient stocks, stressed French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, anouncing that this will be a focus during the forthcoming French EU Presidency (July - December 2008).

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Fillon symbolically injected a 1st KWh produced by GeoThermy into Strasbourg's Electricity grid, during a special gathering of German and French officials at Soultz-under-Forests ("Soultz-sous-Forêts"), using a geothermal innovation which is "the most advanced in the World" :

The innovation uses Strasbourg's underground water richness to capture Heat, by injecting liquid among Rocks 5 km deep, where temperature is 200 c. Thus, it can be activated at any moment and location, even without natural warm water springs : A big advantage compared to old biothermal tools.

Engineers, Scientists and the Industry will have 2 Years to invent practical ways for this innovation to become productive and cost-efficient in real Economy, said Fillon.

115 Millions of Euros invested, 15 Research Labos, 430 Scientific Publications including 34 Doctoral PhD, and a systematic cooperation between French and German Governments and Public Agencies on Research, succeeded to prove that the new method works.

Already able to serve Electricity to a village with 1.500 inhabitants, the pioneer project intends to reach a capacity to serve 20.000 inhabitants before 2015, as part of a larger Plan to make all Renewable Energy Resources (together with Wind, Solar, etc) able to cover more than 23% of all Electricity needs before 2020.

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- In fact, "behind the challenge" faced with the current Oil crisis, there "is a New Horizon that we can shape all together", by "creating New Tools for the Future", Fillon launched towards EU Member States.

Meanwhile, we should intensify Energy Savings, simplify Transports, and help the Poorest cope with growing Oil prices, until EU joins a World-wide lead into inventing reliable and sufficient Renewable Energy Sources, he added.

Many, technologic and other Challenges exist, but they can be overcome : F. ex. the new GeoThermic method tested at Shoultz since 1987, had provoked an Earthquake at a nearby site, close to Bale, by injecting big volumes of pressurized Water in underground broken Rocks near a Seismic Faultline in 2003. But the move was rectified later-on, by diminishing the amount and pressure of the water injected in underground rocks, so that no Earthquake is provoked.

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More than 1 Billion Euros are invested by France on Scientific and Technologic Research about Sustainable Development until 2012, aiming to take a 10 years advance, there where innovation can become source of Growth, Competitivity and Jobs, which, according to some evaluations could reach more than 220.000 before 2020, Fillon observed.

During the forthcoming French EU Presidency, together with our German friends, we shall do all necessary efforts for Europe's World-wide lead against Global Warming, thanks to Energy tools able to ensure its Independence, Growth, and Citizens' well-being, he concluded.

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The "Enhanced Geothermal System" (EGS) stems from pioneer research initiated by teams from France, Germany and Italy, joined also by Swiss, the U.K., and Sweden, even U.S. and Japan, since the 90ies.

In 1996, a European Economic Interest Group (GEIE) was founded, in order to exploit Electricity-produsing Heat from deep underground Rocks, including France's EDF and Germany's PfalzWerke.

In 2002, a Pilot scientific project started to be tested in Soultz-under-Forests, 50 kms north of Strasbourg.

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