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PACE President Maury-Pasquier to EF: Boost Geneva/UN - Strasbourg/CoE links, mainly on Human Rights+

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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- One of the Best Links between Geneva and Strasbourg, Global and European Human Rights matters : Dick Marty, Swiss Attorney, elected Politician, and former Long-Time CoE Assembly's (PACE) Rapporteur on "Hot" Issues, President of its Legal affairs Committee, and currently vice-President of the World Organisation against Torture (WOAT), invited here this week to discuss his new Book on "a certain Idea of Justice", in a special Side Event of PACE's Winter 2019 Plenary Session, gave an opportunity for "Eurofora" to question the New President of the PACE, Liliane Maury-Pasquier, herself a Swiss MEP, about her intentions on CoE - UNO a.o. relations in the foreseable Future:


- In her Reply to "Eurofora"s question, the PanEuropean CoE Assembly's President reminded, First of all, the simple but interesting, relevant Fact that she personally was "a Geneva Citizen myself", as she pointed out with a smile.


Indeed, in an unusual but practical move recently, f.ex. Pasquier had Recently chosen Geneva as her Meeting place for a Politically Important Encounter with the Vice-President of the Russian Duma, MEP Pyotr Tolstoi, on the "Hot" and thorny Issue of Russian MEPs' Voting and Participation Rights inside PACE, as well as Moscow's Financial Contribution to the CoE (See, f.ex. : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coeandrussiain2019.html, etc), Last Week.


- For that and other reasons, "I certainly wish to see a Rapprochement of Activities" as that suggested by "Eurofora" in this regard (Comp. Supra), PACE's President went on to confirm positively.


- This could occur Both "Between those Cities (Geneva and Strasbourg) and the Institutions" which are headquartered there (f.ex. CoE, EU Parliament, etc., vis a vis UNO, IPU, etc), she interestingly added.


Her 1st point obviously concerns also another, adjacent Idea promoted in parallel by "Eurofora"s CoFounder : that of the creation of systematic Links between "International Cities", i.e. Cities hosting various International Organisations, withOut being themselves National Capitals of any single State, (f.ex. Strasbourg, Geneva, New York, Saint Petersburg, Shanghai, etc). Inter alia, we have already Proposed that, in particular, to Strasbourg's "EuroMetropole"'s President, Robert Herrmann, who gladly endorsed our idea, as early as since 2015-2016, (See, f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/strasbourgmetropoleandairqualityiininternationalcities.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/prefetfrataccistrasbourgasgebevanyorshanghai.html, etc), and even started, already, to at least partly Use it in real Practice, (f.ex. in the presentation of Strasbourg's "International Space University" [ISU] on 2018-2019, etc).


- Obviously, this concerns, "particularly the UNO, including at New York", (another International City : Comp. Supra), with which, "already this year", we had some joint moves, and this might develop further during the next year.


+ But, "in general, we (CoE) are interested for Cooperation with all Organisations which are active in SImilar Areas to ours", PACE's President added, in Wider Terms.


F.ex. already UNO's High Commissioner for Refugees notoriously has established a Permanent Representative to the CoE in Strasbourg, where, normaly, he should be Followed also by his Geneva collegue, the UNO's High Commissioner for Human Rights, and/or UNO's World Council of Human Rights (See also Infra), and/or UNO's Working Groups on "Missing" Persons, "Torture", etc.


Dick Marty is today the Only European in World Organisation against Torture (WOAT)'s Presidency, together with its Head : Hina Jilani, from Pakistan, and another vice-President :  Mokhtar Trifi, from Tunisia, (in addition to Various Other Members of its Executive Council, f.ex. from Russia, France, Germany, Guatemala, India, etc). WOAT is represented Both among CoE's PanEuropean Conference of "INGOS" in Strasbourg, and in relevant UN Organisations, including at the World Council on Human Rights, whose creation was one of the most Important Reforms at the Historic Heads of States/Governments' Summit on UNO's 60th Anniversary, back on 2005 in New York, that "Eurofora"s co-Founder had covered for the Press (publishing, then, mainly at "TCWeekly": Comp. f.ex. 2 Articles from NY, etc).


In the PACE he has Drafted several Key Reports of the CoE in particularly Delicate matters, including, f.ex., inter alia, also : on Cyprus' Enclaved People, living in the Territories controlled by Turkey's Invasion/Occupation Army, (a notoriously UNO Issue too); "Missing" Persons in Kosovo (f.ex. Serbs), and alleged Traffick of Human Organs, (where he reportedly suspected also Kosovo's current controversal President Hashim Thaçi, added to a Turkish "Doctor", etc, while also Advising "Eurofora" to always look for eventual "Ogans' Traffick" atrocities in cases of "Missing" Persons, f.ex. also in Cyprus, in Latin America, etc., but withOut limiting the Investigation only to that : See, f.ex. http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/martyonmissingorgantraffic.html) ; CIA's Redition Flights and alleged Secret Prisons, (a famous Global Medias' "Best Seller"), etc.


+ By a Timely Coincidence, almost at the Same Moment that "Eurofora" was speaking with PACE's President in her Office, at the Hemicycle, the Winter 2019 Plenary Session of the PanEuropean Organisation was Debating and Voting on a Report seeking to Strengthen the Implementation of CoE's Anti-Torture Watchdog, the "Committee to Prevent Torture" CPT, by Enhancing the Role of Elected MPs and MEPs, in National, European, Paneuropean and International Parliaments. I.e. an Issue obviously near to Dick Marty's current and former roles as European vice-President of the World Organisation Against Torture and f. PACE's Top MEP, (Comp. Supra), as well as to Luisa Ballin's, (experenced Journalist and f. Long-Time Director of Communications at the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva, with whom "Eurofora"'s co-Founder had co-Organized an Important Collective Fact-Finding Trip of ACANU, the Association of Press Correspondents covering UNO-related Issues from its Geneva Headquarters, already as early as since 1993-1994, before crossing eachother anew at Montreux/Glyon on 1997, near Luzern on 2005, shortly missing each other in Geneva on 2011, but communicating briefly Later-on, etc).


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+ "Eurofora" advanced further, Today, on Geneva - Strasbourg cooperation prospects (Comp. Supra), on the occasion of the "New Situation" for Europe, Nowadays on Syria, as USA is Withdrawing, while actors as Russia, Turkey, and EU Countries active in the International Coalition against ISIS' Deadly Islamist Terrorists, etc., that CoE's Secretary General, Thornbjorn Jagland, discussed with us Last Week in Strasbourg, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coesgjaglandgermanmfamaasrussia.html), as well as this Week's Decision of the PACE to elect Cyprus' MEP George Lucaides as New President of its Middle-East and Arab World Committee, (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coeassemplymiddleeastarabworld.html) : - "Are there any foreseable New Developments to expect as far as CoE's potential role, more or less Together with the UNO, might be concerned, f.ex. around Syria, Middle East, and/or other South Mediterranean Countries ?", we asked President Pasquier.


 - Without Denying that concrete possibility, PACE's President carefully preferred, here, to reserve her Reply "Open" for the Future : - "I haven't yet thoroughly examined this kind of issues in depth, and it appears to be too early for the moment, so I can't reply to that point now, but I promise to do so as soon as possible", she told us, honestly, in substance.


=> Rendez-Vous taken, on that key point... And even in front of interested witnesses, since our exchange took place during the regular, Post-Session's Press-Briefing by PACE's Presidency to Strasbourg's European Journalists.

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It's important to create a synergy between "mutually stimulating" EU Countries' moves in order to overcome an "Unjust" Crisis "imported from USA", stressed new French Minister for Economic Revival, Patrick Devedjian, in Strasbourg, warning also that, while hoping for a vigorous Obama US Plan, nevertheless, "Time" is of essence for Europe...

In fact, it's EU's own interest to act Fast, before June 2009 EU Election, since, with Lisbon Treaty not ratified yet, it cannot face again the risk of a Majority Abstention, as back in 1999 and 2004, nor another "anti-EU" mood among Citizens, as in the 2005 French and Dutch "No", followed by the 2008 Irish "No", without endangering rare Historic opportunities, currently open for the EU, whose future is at stake.

From Social issues up to High-Tech Scientific Research, concrete action for Economic revival started from Strasbourg and its European dimension, for the new super-Minister Patrick Devedjian, who visited a Popular Social Housing and Infrastructure project at nearby Hagenau village, before meeting new leaders of Strasbourg's unified mega-University in a Scientific Labo at the Campus, close to EU Parliament and CoE headquarters.

Devedjian, who met also with all the spectrum of Local Political  deciders of Alsace region, close to FrancoGerman borders, wants for deeds to meet the words, in real practice, whenever politicians speak about Strasbourg and Europe's development.

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Devedjan to "EuroFora" : "European coordination can act as a multiplicator by mutual stimulations"
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Devedjian was questioned by "Euro-Fora" on his expectations for reciprocal effects of coordinated European plans :

- "We are living in a (European and Global) system where borders are transparent : When we take measures in France, they produce effects also in Germany, in Belgium, Italy, Spain, or other EU countries, and vice-versa. "So, we can have mutually stimulating effects between national revival Plans, if they are somehow coordinated", ..."They can augment each other's effects, acting as multiplicators and levers". "As a State stimulates Local authorities and Private business, similarly, each EU country's economic revival plan may multiply the effects of other EU countries' actions", he told us.

- "F.ex., when I visited Strasbourg University's Scientific labos, they told me that part of the renovation, funded by France, is realized by German companies located only a few Kms away from the border. Thus, the French revival plan benefits also the German economy. And vice-versa : when Germany takes certain measures, they can have beneficial effects also for French companies"

In an era of Globalisation, "nobody can close and isolate himself inside a Fish-Bowl !", he concluded.
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Economy's revival starts from Strasbourg and Europe, for new French Minister Devedjian
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This could be one of the reasons for which the new French Minister for Economic Stimulus chose to make his 1st visit to Strasbourg, the headquarters of European and Paneuropean Institutions, in the Franco-German river borders at the heart of Europe.

- "It was President Sarkozy's idea", he revealed, adding also fresh "support to Strasbourg's European vocation, not only with words, but also with deeds" :F.ex., the completion of a High-Speed Train network, due to stimulate fast links with Germany, Austria, Italy, Hungary and other central EU Countries.

- "This Crisis is Unjust for Europe, because it wasn't its fault". The greatest part of the "Crisis was imported from the USA, where problems are deeper than here'', in the EU. The Crisis "wasn't due to a bad managment by Europe", who was affected by problems which emerged elsewhere. That's why Europe must be united and active enough to face this challenge. said Devedjian, who has just won +5% in popularity...

- "I hope that there will be an "Obama-effect" also on Economy, and that the Plan of the New American President will be substantial enough to face this crisis, which is worse in the USA than in our area", Europe, he added.

"Economic Revival overcomes political divisions : F.ex. Strasbourg's Socialist Mayor "Ries agreed that State actions funded by Public Debt are justified during such exceptional circumstances", noted the Center-Right republican Minister.

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"My problem is Time", stressed Devedjian from the outset, at Strasbourg's University. "I have to engage 75% of funds in 2009, out of a total of 29 Billion euros", he explained later. "Monitoring will be of essence", because we must "avoid bureaucracy or delays. No project should get lost or neglected in complex meanders of adminstrative offices' moving sands", he warned.

- "I must create activities in the middle of the Crisis", he added. Questioned by EuroFora whether he aims to start creating some "hopes before the June 2009 EU Elections", Devedjian, a former leader of the Governing Political Party in France: UMP, did not immediately reply, but revealed, later, that he "hoped to start at least some Projects on May 2009, even if the bulk of Revival Plan's effects are "expected from Autumn 2009".

However, with only 30% of EU Citizens currently aiming to cast a vote at the forthcoming EU Elections on June, (See other NewStory), the  coordinated moves' results are expected to be crucial for Citizens' participation and votes at the forthcoming June 2009 EU Elections throughout all 27 EU Member Countries...Thus, it's vital for all Europe's own Future that coordinated national Economic revival plans start to have concrete results and create hopes for new dynamics before the June 2009 EU Election...

A real challenge, since careful choices are needed : Our aim is to fund projects which "create activities", even "in the middle of the crisis", and have a "lever effect, attracting other investments", Devedjian said. Because the "Stimulus' Plan has 2 aims : A Tactical one : to create New Activities. And a Strategic one : Choose what can become efficient and useful also in the Long-term". 

- "Are you ready ?", he asked Strasbourg University's new President, professor Alain Beretz, with some 700 million euros in his pockets for Education-Research in France. - "We are !", he replied.

- "The Minister's initiative can accelerate funds, and Time is important for us. This concerns the entire renovation of all our buildings", said to "EuroFora" President, Beretz. "I showed some Scientific Research Labos to Mr. Devedjian. But, If we had more time, I could show him also some Education Amphis, whose condition needs to meet Strasbourg's new Mega-University's ambition" to reach the 10 best in the World, as Prime Minister Fillon earlier anounced here.

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(Devedjian kicks off his Economic Revival tour from Strasbourg University, meeting with its new chairman Beretz, at Scientific Institute Le Bel) 

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Regional Prefectures should gather and select projects to be presented for decision before the end of January 2009.

A well-known close friend of President Sarkozy, who succeeded as EU Chairman to launch, in agreement with German chancelor Merkel and even British prime minister Brown, vigorous EU actions against the Financial/Economic Crisis, (starting from the 1st Historic Summit of EuroZone's Heads of State/Government, October 12 at Elysee Palace, followed by Washington G20 Global Summit), Devedjan will have a key role in the realisation of National and EU plans recently agreed in Brussels.

President Sarkozy is expected to arrive himself in Strasbourg, on the occasion of the official inauguration of its brand New Mega-Hospital, on the 9th of January 2009, at the eve of EU Parliament's session here, Elysee confirmed shortly after Devedjian's visit.

EU is due to review its economic revival plans at March 2009 EU Council in Prague, before the April 2 London Global Summit.

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