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COMECE SG Poquillon to EF: Heritable Gene Editing risk + China/US =Question for EU's External Action

Written by ACM
Thursday, 28 March 2019
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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Shortly before a crucial EU - China Summit in Brussels, Pope Francis' pick for EU, COMECE's Secretary General, Fr. Olivier Poquillon from France, Replying after a Topical BioEthical Question raised by "Eurofora" on the recent incident of Heritable Gene Editing scandalously operated on 2 new born Babies by a Chinese Doctor, educated and linked with some USA Lobbies dating from the era of Former "Socialist"/Liberal US President Barack Hussein Obama, (Comp., f.ex. : ..., + .., etc), Acknowledged the Importance of the Issue and advised to alert EU's External Action, headed by Frederica Mogherini.

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He was a keynote Speaker at a meeting of the "PanEuropa" working Group of ChristianDemocrats/EPP MEPs in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, organized by its new Chairman, the Young Austrian MEP Lukas Mandl.

- "Eurofora", pointing at notorious Health Risks, but also at the Serious Threats against all Humankind from possible abuse of so Dangerous Irreversible Alterations of Human Genome transmissible to Future Generations, which are Prohibited by CoE's BioEthical Convention on Human Rights, Biology and Medicine, (known as "Oviedo" Convention), and have recently provoked a Public Debate in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, added also to a Draft Resolution reportedly pushed by the EPP Group against such practices, with Calls, inter alia, for a "Global Ban", (See also : ..., etc), after a verbal Condemnation also by a Chinese Official, as well as the adoption of an Interesting Wording, by China's President Xi, during this week's top Talks in Paris with French and German Leaders, President Macron and Chancellor Merkel, as well as EU Commission's President Juncker, urging for Multilateral Cooperation at Global level in order to Deal with "Challenges Faced by Humanity", (See: ..., etc), critically observed that, despite an important forthcoming EU - China Summit in Brussels on April 9, nevertheless, some inside the EU still seem to be Ignoring or Downplaying the Crucial Issues at Stake !

=> For some, it seems as if the EU would be still Limited only into a mere Common Market of the Past, withOut the Lisbon Treaty of 2010, Neither the Charter of Fundamental Rights, which notoriously includes also a Key Reference to "Human Dignity", "Eurofora" criticized, in this regard.                       

- Speaking shortly After that "Eurofora"s Question, COMECE's Secretary General, Fr. Poquillon, significantly cought on the fly our above-mentioned reference to Europe and "Human Dignity" (Comp. Supra), adding even that "for Christians", the European "Identity" itself is, precisely Linked with that Basic Concept, and that, for them, "All Humans are Created at the Image of God".

- By a Welcome Coincidence, Poquillon's above-mentioned, latest formula, was almost Identical to a Similar, Topical Public Statement, made Recently also by new US President Don Trump, when he spoke, precisely, about "the UnBorn Children", (i.e. the Human Embryos), at this Year's "National Christian Breakfast", a big Traditional BiPartisan Gathering in North America, where he was very Widely Applauded at this juncture, (See, f.ex., at : .., etc). Significantly, Trump said that while he was (and still is) notoriously engaged in prolonged Talks with China's President Xi, (mainly on World Trade, but, naturally, without excluding a priori also an eventual USA - Chine Deal, (on the sidelines f.ex. of the occasion which might be given by an eventual Summit, in case of success), which could extend even to a Protection of Humanity from such Controversial and Dangerous, Heritable Artificial Manipulations of Human Embryos' Genome, (an Issue already discussed, in the Past, between China, USA and other such Global Players).   

- So that, when "Eurofora" asked COMECE's Secretary General to confirm whether he really meant that (as we had already observed earlier : Comp. Supra), EU's Lisbon Treaty's Post-2010 key Referneto "Human Dignity", precisely, should, normaly, Protect Human Embryos from any such Dangerous Heritable "Gene Editing", Frere Poquillon did Not Deny...

=> On the Contrary, he even took the Initiative to Add, Afterwards, that, in his view, this Issue should be Raised, asap, not  so much in EU Parliament now, (i.e. in the run up to the forthcoming EU - China Summit of April 9 in Brussels : Comp. Supra), but Rather vis a vis EU's "External Action", currently headed by the EU Commission's vice-President, and EU's High Representative, Frederica Mogherini, (former Italian Foreign Minister), as he Advised us in Conclusion.

 

 

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Sarkozy and Merkel : June 2009 solution to May 2005 "NO" ?

 - Will French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel live up from June 2009 to their obvious Historic European mission to revitalize, and re-launch the "European Dream", after the series of 3 "NO" since May 2005 in France, the Netherlands and Ireland, by renewing, and changing the EU with fresh stimulus, big horizons, and values attractive for EU Citizens ?

Whatever views anyone might have, it's a Fact that, recently, EU's political spectrum didn't produce other more charismatic and popular EU leaders than Merkel and Sarkozy, starting from September 2005 and May 2007, respectively.

This trend was confirmed, in one way or another, both during the German EU presidency in 2007 (shared by Merkel with the SPD), and mainly during the French EU Presidency in 2008, (with Sarkozy "free" to move).


The positive 2009 EU Polls are a natural consequence :

- Both with 72% Sarkozy and Merkel are considered by EU Citizens to be "the most Influential" leaders in Europe, by far.

- They are the only EU political leaders to attract a Majority of "Positive" views by EU Citizens, (Merkel over 60%, Sarkozy over 50%, particularly in the continent).

- 60% of EU Citizens find the 2008 French EU Presidency "Good", (and the satisfaction grows up to 67,5% in continental Europe).

The Poll was made by "OpinionWay" in big EU countries as Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, (with the only exception of France), from 26 to 28 May 2009.

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But the most important is that both Franco-German leaders seem willing to, at last, really start serious business on EU's indispensable renovation and Renaissance from 2009 : Year of crucial EU and German Elections.

Therefore, this time, the joint European move by Sarkozy and Merkel, which just published a common Franco-German Manifesto, aims to stimulate aspirations and action not only in their respective countries, but also in many other EU "partners", as they say.

Both on EU economy, social values and scientifico-technologic research, as well as on Turkey's controversial EU bid, obviously incompatible with a popular Political Europe, whose Citizens can find a collective Identity and popular Values, they have already started to magnetize various growing voices accross the European landscape :

"Today, more than ever, it' time for action", they stress from the outset.

Facing "an unprecedented Global financial and economic Crisis", "Europeans must get resolutely involved if they want for the World which is being built to meet their Values of Liberty, Solidarity and Justice".

"That's what we want" and "propose to our Partners" :

* "A strong Europe, able to protect us" :

- "We refuse a Bureaucratic EU, which mecanically applies burdensome rules and is afraid of change. We want a European Union which listens what Citizens have to say, which innovates, stimulates".

- "We want a strong and united EU in the World, while also respecting its Member States' Diversity", which "brings Courageous Replies to the Questions of our Times, ensuring our Prosperity :  

This implies to "favor Research and Innovation", "Economic Coordination", to "develop real Policies on Immigrationn, Energy, Defence, and modernise  common policies, particularly Agriculture".

*  "EU must bring immediate replies to the Global Crisis".

- "Lawless liberalism failed". "The Model we want is that of a Responsible Market Economy, which favors Enterpreneurs and Workers, above Speculators ;  Long-term Investment, over immediate profiits".

- "We appeal upon the EU to take, from June, the first decisions to ensure a real European Regulation of Financial Markets, based on coordination and cooperation". "On speculative funds, on fiscal heavens, CEO's and financial operators' earnings, EU must give the example".

- "We call to change the rules of accounts, which are important for our Economy's revival : The competent normative authorities must take action". "The issue of a sufficient Credit offer is of central importance for our Economy". "We don't accept that, during this Financial Crisis, the European Banks' capacity to lend money might be unjustly reduced by Capital's requirements and accountant's rules

* "During the German and French Presidencies, EU has resoçlutely prepared itself for the fight against Global Warming... EU is the 1st and only area in the World to have adopted a package of ambitious and legally binding rules to comply with International Aims"

- "We have now to convince our Friends and Partners, to get involved, in order to atteint, next December at Copenhagen, a Global Agreement worthy of whay is at stake. Our closer ally, the US, but also other big industrial countries, must commit themselves with the same force as the Europeans".

"Green Growth is a Chance ... and an opportunity to create jobs turned towards the Future. Europe must be a leader".

- But, at the same time, we must ensure that our companies remain competitive in the World. The ambitious European involvements on Climat must not lead into a position where EU industry might become a Victim of Unfair Competition. Climat protection and Competitvity must go together. If our International partners refuse to associate themselves to our efforts, we are determined to take measures to protect European Industry"

* "Europe must be more ambitious for its Industry" : "It must favor the emergence of strong European enterprises at a Global level".

- "As long as an International mechanism" to "monitor Public Aids at WTO level, and hinder 3rd Countries to give abusive subsidies to their enterprises, provoking unfair competition", is "not yet set up, we must consider Transitory European Solutions".

* "The current Public Debt is too heavy... We must head anew towards sound public finance, as soon as we'd have passed the crucial stage in this crisis".
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* Last, but not least :  "Europe must play a top-level role in the World"

- "For that purpose,  it needs efficient Institutions. That's why we need Lisbon Treaty". "The 27 Member States decided, last December (2008) that the Treaty should enter into force before the end of this year (2009)". To obtain that, June EU Council must agree "on the Guarantees for Ireland".

- But, "to be able to act, EU needs Borders. An Enlargment without Limits is not possible", Sarkozy and Merkel stressed in an obvious reference to Turkey, etc.

- "In order to be strong, Europe must assume its Values and its Identity". "Human Rights .. are at the basis of our commitment for a Peaceful Development accross the World".

- "For that purpose, we shall strengthen our common Defence and Security policy".
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* "We are ready to contribute to activate the EU towards the realisation of these aims, with our EU Partners".

"In order to succeed", Europe  "needs the active involvment of all, starting by Citizens themselves. That's why the June 7 rendez-vous is important", and "we are calling all Europeans to vote".

"We are convinced that, if Europe wants, Europe can", they conclude.
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Precisely : - What can better forge "Europe's Will" than a "European Consciousness" emerging from political, democratic struggles to face Global Challenges, and open big New Horizons, including by crystal-clear Public Debates, with active EU Citizens' involvement, before the most important EU Decisions affecting People's lives ?

Precisely what "EuroFora"s project warns since 1997-2007, and unprecedented Majority Abstentions, since 1999-2004, added to 3 "NO" to EU Referenda in 2005 and 2007, proved meanwhile..

Let's hope that the Time wasted by some scandalous anti-European and anti-Democratic obstacles of the Past, will stimulate faster, simplified but substantial and persistent, efficient action.-

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