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CoE Secretary General Jagland to EF: Independent Monitoring = Key against Corruption of Judges

Ecrit par ACM
mardi, 07 novembre 2017
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- Questioned by "Eurofora" about the Independence of Mechanisms to Monitor the Prevention or Eradication of Corruption risks among Judges, in order to maintain Citizens' Trust to their Integrity, CoE's Secretary General, Thornbjorn Jagland's Reply was sharp and concrete :


- "That is, indeed", one of the core Issues for Today's "European Conference of Judges", (organized by the "Consultative Council of European Judges" : CCEJ), he Started to say.

- In consequence, "they are" precisely "Discussing about that", Jagland anounced, pointing at an Exceptional CoE's Conference in Strasbourg, due to Draft a relevant Legal Opinion on that matter.


- And this is going-on "Right Now !", Jaglant stressed, concerning a Move expected to present CoE's competent Legal Expert's View on that Topical matter the soonest, "for 2018".


- For the rest, COE's Secretary General pointed at his own Speech, which had just Opened that Conference, particularly by mentioning current Risks of a "Populist Exploitation of (such eventual problems in) the Judiciary in the current Political Environment".

One among the various Examples of that Political "Exploitation", was offered, later-on, spontaneously by a Turkish Government representative, who Claimed that it was only an Alleged Sympathy of some Judges with that Strange, 6 Hours only long, "Coup" Attempt of July 2016, which would explain and justify the Massive Dissmissals, followed often also by Prosecutions, Arrests, and/or ImPrisonements, etc, of several Thousands of Judges in Turkey, (usually Accused to be "Gullenists", etc).


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- "It's exactly about what You just heard me tell and discuss in that Conference", went on to add, Later-on, speaking also to "Eurofora", the Experienced President of CoE's PanEuropean Anti-Corruption Watchdog, nick-named "GRECO", Marin Mrcela, who is also vice-President of Croatia's Supreme Court.

- President Mrcela, inter alia, had insisted, indeed, in his Address to CoE's Conference, Earlier this Morning, that, according also to some other CoE's relevant Legal Recommendations, each Country should have a "Council of Judges", with Most of its Members, "Not Appointed, but Elected", as he stressed, in order to deal with Monitoring Judges' career and behavior, etc.

Indeed, this is Part of the Proposals included in GRECO's latest Recommendation on "Judicial Integrity and Corruption", recently made according to its factual Findings after Checking the Current Situation in several CoE's Member States, (Comp., f.ex., among others, also, some relevant Critical Observations, Previously made to "Eurofora" by GRECO's President at : ..., etc)

+ "Transparency" is also another Key Word, for that same purpose, Mrcela went on to add, in this regard, inter alia.

=> But, "at Any case", Judges "should be Monitored by Independent Bodies", clearly stressed the experienced GRECO's President, (in accordance with "Eurofora"s query : Comp. Supra).

The Judicial branch has, apparently, been considered by the CoE as the Most Urgent to Address Nowadays, among a Wider Trilogy of "MPs, Prosecutors and Judges", which has been Examined, throughout all CoE's 47 Member States, during the Latest period of Monitoring by "GRECO", the overall Results of which, Together with Measures to "Prevent Corruption" in all those areas in the Future, is due to be Discussed during a 2 Days Conference, Later this Week, on Thursday and Friday (9-10/11/2017) in Prague, (Czech Republic).

 

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Sarkozy and Merkel want deals with Obama on European Security at Strasbourg's NATO 2009 Summit

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In parallel but concording moves, EU Chair, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel both invited this week US-President elect, Barack Obama, to discuss important deals breaking new ground on European Security during the NATO's 60 Years Anniversary Summit of Heads of State in Strasbourg, where Obama is expected to make his 1st visit to Europe as a President on April 2009.

Merkel focused mainly on smoother NATO - EU Defence and Security policy cooperation, while Sarkozy spoke about PanEuropean Security, associating both Russia and the USA, proposing to freeze missile and shields' deployement until an agreement is reached.

But both tackled some hard nuts to crack : Turkey's VETO against the participation of EU Member Cyprus to EU-NATO cooperation, and Russia's anouncement on deployment of missiles up to Kaliningrad, at EU's belly, in reply to USA's wish to set up missile shields in EU States such as Poland or Czech Republic, etc.


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- "Certainly...one of the points that we'll dicuss with the New US President", Barak OBAMA, "who will come f'or the 1st time in Europe as president, at the NATO Summit", co-hosted by France and Germany in Strasbourg, ""concerns, above all, the European Security and Defence Policy" (ESDP), and "the relations between NATO and its partners", with whom it should "work together", anounced earlier this week Merkel.

We must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", because of a "series of practical issues, sometimes difficult to understand", but that "we must discuss".

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- "An example" of that is "the issue of Cyprus and Turkey", said Merkel, where Ankara raises problems "from Kosovo up to Afghanistan", as also CoE's chair, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt recently observed in Strasbourg replying to EuroFora's questions.

- "We must do something to smoothen this problem for good, and not only on a case-by-case basis, laboriously negotiated each time". Here, we must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", Merkel stressed.

- "With good will from all sides, it could and should be posible. Germany wants also to help on that". Otherwise, "the coming generations will not understand why it took Decades to do so". But, if we "don't even achieve that for Decades, this would be an Historic Failure !", the German Chancellor warned

- "I think that our American partners are increasingly realizing that", Merkel said, pleading for "a stronger European Security and Defence policy, with which, I believe, the Atlantic Security Partnership can also strengthen and solidify".

Meanwhile, USA is also due to take in 2009 a special status inside EU-led EUROCORPS, the European Army HeadQuarters, based in Strasbourg.

Merkel said that after meeting in Berlin with NATO's Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, earlier this week, precisely in order to "prepare NATO's Summit", scheduled for the beginning of April 2009 in Strasbourg.

Scheffe, knows well Strasbourg, since he chaired the CoE, as Holland's Foreign Minister, when he brokered a controversial deal precisely on Turkey and Cyprus about the implementation of ECHR judgements on Greek Cypriot displaced persons' houses and properties in 2003. He returned later at least once, for a WEO meeting at the CoE, where he precisely had highlighted such EU - NATO issues.

EU Commission's 2008 Report on Turkey has just observed that, on European Defense - Security policy, "Turkey continues to object to EU-NATO Cooperation which would involve all EU Member States". "This created Problems for EU-NATO co-operation in the context of Civilian ESDP missions, in particular in Kosovo and Afghanistan".
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 French EU Chair, President Sarkozy and Merkel are visiting Washington on Friday and Saturday for a Global G-20 Summit with current US President George Bush, on the sidelines of which are expected preparatory contacts with US President-elect Obama's entourage, even if himself might stay in Chicago until he takes over on January 21.

Before going to Washington, Sarkozy concluded today an UE - Russia Summit with Dmitry Medvedev, where they "spoke in length on PanEuropean Security" :

- As EU President, I proposed that we meet on mid-2009 in a framework such as OSCE's in order to set the foundations of a Future Pan-European Security, which would associate Russia and USA, and that, meanwhile, nobody speaks about deploying missiles or shields, which complicate the situation".

- NATO's Summit in Strasbourg-Kehl, on April 2009 is a perfect occasion to discuss with our American friends and to prepare a possible OSCE Summit for these issues f.ex. for June or July", Sarkozy concluded.

- We must all abstain from Unilateral measures" dangerous for Europe's security. "Russia only reacted to decisions taken by some other countries. But if they are ready to cooperate, we are ready to discuss. EU could be an intermediary", added Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, before going himself too at the Washington G-20 Economic Summit.

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