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EUCommissioner Thyssen to EF on Dialogue with Citizens after Juncker call for better Decision-Making

Written by ACM
mardi, 16 avril 2019

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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- On the Occasion of an Exceptional EU Commission's meeting on Ameliorating the EU Decision-Making Process, particularly on Social affairs, followed by a Press Conference with Commission's Head Spokesman, Margarites Schinas, and Key Speaker EU Commissioner Marianne Thyssen, "Eurofora" raised a Question on EU Lisbon Treaty's provisions about prior "Dialogue" with Citizens on European Activities, which stands very Near to our Project.

 EU Commissioner on Social Affairs, Marianne Thyssen, who holds also a Long Experience as former MEP in EU Parliament and Head of Party from Belgium during almost 23 Years (1991-2014), had just reminded the fact that EU Commission's President Juncker announced, in his 2018 "State of the Union" Speech at EU Parliament, that, during this year (2018/2019), EU should take stock of efforts to Improve its Decision-Making process (See Infra), and she was describing how that is concretely translated f.ex. in Social Issues, (Other such Examples being Taxation, Foreign Policy issues, etc).

>>> In her Replies to "Eurofora"s Questions (See Infra), Thyssen was very Keen about "Consultations" of NGOs, Extended Both to EU Citizens, as well as to Various Other Areas of EU Activities, well Beyond Social matters only. But, she appeared a little-bit Tight-liped, as far as a Fully-fledged, real "Dialogue" is concerned (See Infra)...

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 -"If things go as you wish" in relevant Votes inside EU Parliament, "in order to be Supported also by the Public Opinion, should EU Commission, according to your Experience, give an Opportunity, During the Decision-Making Process, as also (EU Commission's President) Juncker had Highlighted on 2018, (Comp. Supra), to Activate, some Articles of the (EU) Lisbon Treaty, which have not yet been used very much, f.ex., Article 8, which says that All EU Institutions - Commission included, but also Others : f.ex. Parliament, etc., should engage in "Regular Dialogue" with Civl Society/Citizens ?", "Eurofora" asked Thyssen

 

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 - "The Best Moment, for that, obviously would be just Before Final Decisions are Taken, in order also to take the pulse, know what are the feelings of the People, and interact with them. How do you feel about that ?", we queried.  

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 - In her Reply, EU Commissioner Thyssen started by going right to some relevant Facts : - "Thank you. President Juncker asked for that, and we are Delivering" : F.ex., "I can give you the Figures on how Many Consultations we do, as EU Commission", she suggested.

 - "And in my domain, of Social Affairs, we always have, Systematically, Consultations, over the Social Partners, also the NGOs, of the Civil Society... We do that also in a Structured way, and on a Bilateral Basis, when they want to see us, we'll receive them".  

 + "And we really pay Attention to that. We are convinced that it's very Important", Thyssen stressed, as a matter of Principle.

 - Indeed, "NGOs are Representing Peuple : they Feel and Know exactly what is going on on the Ground. And Social Partners, i.e. all the Representatives of the Employees and of the Businesses, small and big" (etc), she added, on that Line of thought.  

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 + "Eurofora" went on to Query about a Wider Scope of such Moves : - "According to your Experience, (also as former MEP, Political Leader, etc), Do you think that this should be Extended to Other Areas also, or not ?"

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- "Well, I think that you Have to do it in Every Area !", EU Commissioner Thyssen replied Positively, Welcoming "Eurofora"s suggestion as a matter of General Principle in contemporary EU Action

- "You have to look Which People Represent People (EU Citizens) for these Items", however, she Carefuly advised.

- "What we said also, and this is very Important, when we had a Conference for "a New Start of Social Dialogue", we promised also Partners to Consult them Broadly on all Social Items, where we have an Obligation to do it, according to the Treaty".

=> Indeed, "We Consult them on many Other Items : On Energy Policy, for instance, because they are representatives for Many Citizens, so it's Always Good to Listen to them".

- "But there are also various Other Areas, where the NGO Directive" plays,  "my Collegues do it, I can really Confirm that".

+ "And we have Also Public Consultations", Thyssen added.  

- "On the Web. I Know, this is what it is...", she Realistically Acknowledged, showing that there is certainly Room for Ameliorations...

- "But, at least, it gives to (EU) Citizens also the Possibility to Tell us (EU) what they Want, what they Think, or what their Reflexions are on our Propositions", she interestingly Concluded.

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    Thyssen's latest Replies were, obviously, particularly Interesting.

    However, Both from "Eurofora"'s Project's point of view, and from that of EU's Lisbon Treaty's itself, (especially when it clearly speaks about "Dialogue" : Comp. Sypra), it's obviously of great Importance to include also :

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 - Not just an Exceptional, or Precarious Consultation, depending on the "Good Will" of an EU Commissioner or another (etc), but an Ensured and Generalized Interaction, considered as Both Useful for the Public Administrations' involved, and a kind of "Right" for those EU Citizens who are due to be affected by the imminent Decisions ;

+ and, Furthermore, not only the simple Reception of EU Citizens' reactions, but Also (and, in many cases : the Most Interesting) the Replies of EU Institutions to Citizens' relevant and legitimate Questions, Claims and/or Arguments : I.e. a Real Exchange, a Real and serious "Dialogue".

    Because, Otherwise, there may be a Risk to Face the Paradox of an EU Administration ready to Hear you, ...but Not so much to Reply to what you've just said !  

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    This Issue is Particularly Interesting as it was raised by "Eurofora" precisely on the occasion of an EU Commission's Meeting officially dedicated also on how to Ameliorate the "EU Decision-Making" process, (Comp. Supra), towards prior Dalogue with EU Citizens, in the Direction of what we had Earlier evoked with the President of EU Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker himself, at a meeting in nearby Germany (Offenbug), where had participated also Chancellor Angie Merkel and Wolfgang Schaüble, (who became, soon afterwards, the New President of the German Parliament [Bundestag] in Berlin : See, f.ex. http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/schaublejunckerandmerkel.html, etc).

    Schäuble, Previously, in a Joint Conference at the CoE in Strasbourg, on EU's Future, together with the President of the Biggest European Political Party, that of CristianDemocrats/EPP, Joseph Daul, had clearly Stressed that even the "Avant-Guard" of EU's Integration, inside the "€uroArea", could not really succeed to efficiently Strengthen Europe, unless it also "Democratized" further its way of functionning, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/schaubledauloneupoliticalunion.html, etc).

 


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Benedict's "Source" to revitalize Europe : - "The World needs Hope", Pope says, calling to relaunch E.U. via Human Rights !

Paris - Lourdes - Strasbourg : 12 - 17 September 2008.

The vital need to re-launch Europe can be succesfully met by defending fundamental Human Rights of the People, said Pope Benedict XVI in his 1st speech in France, at his meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, who currently chairs the EU.

Sarkozy replied by welcoming Christian and other religions' contribution to indispensable Public Debates on crucial issues which affect Human Dignity, Europe, even Humankind, as BioGenetics.

- "When Europeans will see and personally experience that the inalienable Rights of the Human Person .., those of their free Education, their Family life, their Work, ..their Religious Rights, ..are respected and promoted, then, these Europeans will fully understand the greatness of the European construction and will be actively involved in it", Benedict XVI stressed.

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- "It's important that during France's EU Presidency, there is, indeed, a desire for the Church to contribute to protect Human Person's integrity, and I think that there is also a growing Conscience, beyond any polemics, to defend Human Rights, and, thus, contribute to ensure respect for Human Dignity", added to "EuroFora" the Pope's Spokesman, Vatican's Press Director Federico Lombardi.

- "Nobody really told us here that Lisbon Treaty was good for this or that reason to the People. They only told us that we "had" to ratify it, and tried to scare us, but failed", said 2 Irish pilgrims to "EuroFora", after 2 Majority Abstentions in 1999 and 2004 EU Elections and 3 "NO" to Referenda in France and the Netherlands in 2005, followed by the Irish "No" in 2008, during a Decade of EU Crisis since the controversial Turkey EU- bid (1999-2008).

More than .."224 cases of Murders, Torture, "Disappearancies" or Destructions" by "agents of Turkish Security forces", where all those responsible for so heavy Crimes still remain scandalously unpunished, despite regular condemnations of Ankara by Strasbourg''s European Court of Human Rights from 1996 to 2008, were examined the same week by CoE's Ministers, who decided to launch a fresh call "urging" the Turkish Authorities to end this dangerous "virtual Impunity" of criminals, without comparison to European countries.

- "Why not Ukraine, instead of Turkey ?", asked EuroFora a Journalist from "Kiev : the city where it's enough to cross the streets in order to realize that it's a European town", as Sarkozy recently said, before solemnly declaring this week, together with Ukranian President Jushenko and EU Commission's chair Baroso, EU's "recognition that Ukraine is a fully European Country, linked to Europe by culture and History".

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Europe's "Christian roots" and Values, with "openess and mutual respect" to other cultures and beliefs, were highlighted by Sarkozy in harmony with Benedict XVI.

The Human person should be protected "from his inception until his natural death", added the Pope, faithful to BioEthic principles defended by his predecessor and collaborator, John Paul II, of topical importance in France, Europe and the World today, as Sarkozy announced :

- "Fast and important progres in Genetic Science and procreation raise delicate BioEthical Questions to our Democracies", which "involve our view of Humans and Life, and can lead to Social Mutations. That's why they cannot remain only a business of experts", hestressed.

- "It's Politician's responsibility to set a proper framework for such Public Debates", as "France will do on BioEthics in 2009". "Religious and Philosophic traditions must take part, with their ideas and centuries' long experience : A positive Laicity is an open invitation to Dialogue", he said.

- "France engaged in Europe at another Debate on how to make Financial Capitalism more moral", and the "Social doctrine of the Church fits well what is at stake in modern Globalized Economy"

- "But, a "Real Dialogue is not for an elite of a Globalized world : It penetrates deep into the People : That's why Churches should actively participate : .. It's bringing New Oxygen to Public Debates", stressed Sarkozy.

- "Democracy must not be cut off Reason", which is "compatible with Faith", thanks to "the meeting between Christianism and Greek philosophy ", he added, referring to Pope's views. "It means to advance with logic arguments, search what's best and respect common principles of thinking :... It's an everyday need for Public Administration and the Political Debate", he added.
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Pope Benedict's 1st visit to France looked like the start of a brillant, manifold demonstration that this was well-founded and could become true in the lives of the People : After its Theoretical foundations unfolded at a "speech to the world of Culture", inaugurating Bernadins' cultural centre, and its dogmatic instrument shaped at an address to the Clergy in the Historic Notre Dame' Cathedral, he started to resolutely reach out to the People :

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The move went upwards like Bach's music : Begining with a call to more than fifteen thousand enthousiastic Youngsters gathered at Notre Dame's parvis with overnight celebrations, it gained strength in an impressive open-air Mass at Paris'central Invalides'area facing Alexander III's bridge, attended by more than 150.000 people, French Prime Minister Fillon, many Ministers, Foreign Ambassadors, etc, and culminated in a series of pan-European Mega-meetings at Lourdes 150th anniversary, together with all French Bishops, EU Commission's vice-Chairman Barrot, and some 200.000 enthousiastic People from all over Europe and beyond : After a Sea of Lights astonishingly braved Saturday Night's rain, an open-air mass at riverside fields among Pyrenees' Mountains Sunday Morning, was followed on Monday by a Sea of "Compassion" to those facing Health or Life threats, surrounded by an endless gathering of People, whose gigantic dimensions obviously surprised the organisers..

Meanwhile, Benedict had the occasion to speak to the French Priests at Notre Dame of Paris, and with the Bishops at Lourdes, where they prepare a crucial November plenary meeting, due to take important decisions on imminent EU debates and choices about Europe's identity, BioEthics, etc.
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- "A new way of thinking about Laicity has become necessary", agreed the Pope with President Sarkozy at Elysee. While keeping the "distinction between Politics and Religion, to guarantee Citizens' Liberty", "religion is important for shaping Consciousness and contributing, together with others, to create a basic Ethical Consensus in society".

- "Searching Essential realities", (as "God" for christians), needs "Speech : "Logos" in greek, i.e. Reason", "able to shape a Community","with creative work transforming Human History". But "Dialogue" is instrumental for "Reason", because it's the way to "search" for Truth", in "Liberty", according to Greek Platonic Philosophy, with Socrates' dialectics. "Reason" implies "Spirit and Liberty", hence the polyphonic "Music" of "Dialogue", in a responsible, "well balanced" way, to avoid "destruction".

Starting with a "Dialogue between christians and intellectual or artistic movements" highlighted at Bernardins' Cultural Center. with former Presidents Chirac and Giscard d'Estain, UNESCO's chair Anastassopoulos, etc., as well as representatives of Muslim Communities, (including a separate Turkish), after contacts with Jews at Vatican's Embassy, the Pope turned towards the People :

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To French Priests : "Church built on the rock" !
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- Speaking to thousands of French Priests at Notre Dame's Cathedral, Benedict highlighted a solid "Church built on the Rock" of conscious and active persons, transmitting "a lively, energetic and sharp" "God's Speech, actively working on Human History".

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"Praying together" with "representatives of Christian Churches and ecclesiastic communities", (as Orthodoxes, Armenians, Protestants, etc), he called "to reinforce the Unity of the church", against "any form of Division", around Holy Spirit', "the Word","Christ's Justice", and "Love" to fellow- humans : Essentials which "resume all holy scripts", as he said.

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To Young People : "New Horizons"
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To some 15.000 enthousiastic Young People at Notre Dame's parvis, along Seine's river, Benedict spoke about "the Energy of the Holy Spirit" and "the Mystery of the Cross" : - "The Holy Spirit opens New Horizons to Human Intelligence .. and makes it conscious of the real greatness of Christ's sacrifice, dying and resurecting for World's life".

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Some "may slander you as crazy, laugh at you, or even persecute you. But, "the Holy Cross is a symbol of God's love", and "givesmoral strength" : "Witness of People's pains, it's at the same time, a precious, unique expression of their Hopes", he told them at Paris' dawn.

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Invalides' plateau : "People chosen to become God's friends"
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At the 1st open-air Mass in Paris' center area of Invalides, facing the Grand Palais, along the river Seine, during an impressive gathering of more than 150.000, French Prime Minister Fillon, Ministers Alliot-Marie, Bachelot, Dati, Jouyet, Assembly's President Accoyer, Senate's Chair Poncelet, former 1st Lady Bernadette Chirac, former Prime Minister Raffarin, many foreign Ambassadors, and other political personalities were present. (While earlier, from the Socialist opposition, Paris' Mayor Delanoye, artist Robert Hussein a.o. assisted at the Elysee meeting).

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But the "Entry Song" focused on the "People chosen to become God's Friends". The September 11 mass was Dedicated to "Saint Chrysostomus, that great priest of Constantinople", with his "wonderful eloquence and great courage to face challenges", who "made out of despaired and godless people, a people of brothers", opening a possibility to "become all one complete entity", as Pope Benedict reminded.

- "Reason never enters in real contradiction with Faith", stressed Pope Benedict, who prepared his speeches for France during a short Summer rest at Brixen/Bressanone's Seminar, whose Library honors both "Faith and Science".. - "We must use not only our Reason, but also our Faith" : "Get away from Idolatry", "cupidity", "avidity for money, power or even knowledge deviating from essential aims", and other "falses appearances". and "build your Home on the Rock", "with the force that Holy Spirit gives to those who let it act in them", he said to the People of Paris.

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Benedict at Lourdes : - "Become Light (even) in the Dark !"
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- "Our World needs Hope", stressed Pope Benedict, addressing an impressive TorchLight procession at Lourdes' sanctuaries, where a Sea of Lights held by Hundreds of Thousands of People gathered at Pyrenee's Mountains from all over Europe astonishingly kept their flames despite a heavy Rain at a windy Dark Night...

- "150 years earlier (1858 - 2008), ..here, in the cave, ... a simple young girl, Bernadette .. saw a Light". "The everyday life of her Family was, however, made of Misery, Sadness, Sickness, Misunderstandings, Rejection and Poverty... It was hard to live in Jail". Today, "we think to all Human Beings who suffer : The innocent Victims who face Violence, War, Terrorism, Hunger, Injustices, Catastrophes, Hate and Oppression, Violations of Human Dignity and of their fundamental Rights, of their Liberty to act and think. We also think to those who face Familial problems, sufferings from Unemployment, Sickness, Infirmity, Isolation, or their situation as Immigrants, without forgetting those who suffer and die for the name of Christ", he said.

- "But the Shadows of the Earth, did not hinder Sky's Light to shine : <<The Light shines in the Dark>>" ..."A Way full of Light opens in Human History even in its Darkest moments" : ..."As Night falls, Christ tels us : <<- Keep your Lamps alight !>>."Hold a Light while walking in the Night .. sums up our condition as Christians on their way : "We need light, and we are called to become Light !", Benedict stressed to People setting in motion Lights, Flags and Songs with enthousiasm.

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"<<- She looked at me as a Person, who speaks to another Person>>, the poor girl had noted."Light emerges from such a Dialogue", stressed the Pope : "A small Flame called Hope, Compassion and Tenderness dwells inside those who return after being moved by Lourdes' experience". "Christ .. entrusts us with the Mission to let the Light of Charity shine : To make of our Prayers an Act of Love to our brothers and to Fraternal Charity", he concluded.

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