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Prof. Cutajar candidate Strasb. Mayor to EF: Dialogue Citizens-MEPs before Decisions=EU Policy Base

Written by ACM
Monday, 09 March 2020


*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/-
A Key Candidate in the forthcoming Municipal Elections for the New Mayor of Strasbourg, Professor Chantal Cutajar, replying to an Eurofora's question, declared her Wish to place Citizens - Politicians interaction, including Dialogue Before Final Decisions, (as "Eurofora"s Project also for EU Parliament, etc) "at the Foundations of the future European Policy" of the City which regularly hosts MEP's full Plenary Sessions, the PanEuropean CoE, (with its Parliamentary Assembly, INGOS, Standard-Building Conferences, etc), as well as ECHR, EU Ombudsperson, Schengen secretariat, etc., which all directly concern Citizens.

Cutajar is a fully-fledged University Professor in Strasbourg, who has got EU Backing for a Pioneer Program of European Cooperation in the Fight against Corruption and Financial Crime (as scourge undermining Democracy, according also to CoE's "GRECO" Anti-Corruption Watchdog), throughout the Continent, (See, among others, also : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eucommissionerredingoneuprosecutorandtraining.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/cyberattaksandeurules.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eusciencefundsimpact.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/professorcutajaronparadisepapers.html, etc), but, as former Deputy Mayor, she has also Developed (2017-2019) a brand New Policy in Strasbourg City on Citizens' Participation in Public Decision-Making processes, in a way Succeeding to attract a rare Quasi-Unanimity of All Political Parties, (to which "Eurofora" was partly Involved, since a Conference at the CoE, until its Final Official Adoption, and well Beyond : See, f.ex., inter alia, also http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euroforaideasendorsedbystrasbourggreatdebate.html, etc), and extended that even to a 2 Days-Long and Popular  Citizens' Conference contributing by a Report on the "Big Debate" launched in France by President Emmanuel Macron on 2018-2019, (who is also a Notorious Supporter of the forthcoming EU Conference on Europe's Future on 2020-2021, due to be ear-Marked by an Unprecedented "EU Citizens" dimension).



She was speaking at a Meeting of the "Cathedral's Circle" (in the run-up to March 2020 Municipal Elections), chaired by its President Henri Mathian, who Concluded that event by Characteristically estimating that "finally, it seems well that, in order to have a Socio-Political Peace, we should, indeed, use that <<Building Together>> dimension in Public Decision-Making... He referred to what Cutajar had just called "Co-Construction" (in the original in French), and had Added to the "Fraternity/Solidarity", as well as "Probity/Ethics", in a Series of Basic Principles for her Policy. She explained that she was Not particularly in favour of "Direct Democracy", but rather for a ReVitalisation of the so-called "Representative Democracy", which, as various converging events notoriously showed recently, both in Local, National and European level, should and could Work Better.

Mathian said that just After Cutajar, as part of her reaction to a relevant "Eurofora"s Question (Comp. Supra and Infra), had Praised its substance (Public Dialogue between Citizens and Politicians Before Final Decisions affecting their Lives and/or Society) as an "Intelligent Project", which also "can Present forthcoming European Decisions in a Clear and Attractive way" for the People, particularly at the eve of EU Parliament's Plenary Sessions, (while also noting our Involvement in Strasbourg City's "Citizens Participation" Policy building : Comp. Supra).

"Eurofora"s Question consisted, precisely, into Reminding our Project, (on the Occasion also of the forthcoming EU's "Conference on Europe's Future" - Comp. Supra - which might give a real Chance to Activate "Lisbon Treaty"s provisions for "Regular Dialogue" between "Civil Society" and "EU Institutions" on all "their Acts"), observing that it goes in a Similar Direction with Professor Cutajar's "Building Together" policy (Comp. Supra), and that all this could Stimulte Citizens' and Medias' Interest for Topical European Issues, as well as MEPs' and Other EU/CoE Politicians' Desire to interact with the People in Public before taking Final Decisions, asking her if she really intended to help put it into practice if she was Elected, either as Mayor or at another Top Post of relevant responsibility.

=> It's precisely in Reply to such an "Eurofora"s Query that Professor Cutajar Advanced even Further by clearly Announcing her Intention to place, all that, "at the Foundations of our (Strasbourg City's)  European Policy" in the future ! (Comp. Supra).

Cutajar is an Italo-Maltese a.o. Mediterranean origin Personality who has endorsed EU's mainly Franco-German Core, to the point to Support, Nowadays, a Strong "European entity" of Strasbourg's Traditional dimension as Capital also of the "Alsace" former Region, as well as the Development of a relevant "Bi-Linguism" here, (i.e. something which makes her more popular). Even if, currently, the scarce Latest Polls don't seem to accerredit her with enough intentions of vote in order to ensure to become Strasbourg's New Mayor, nevertheless, she has already attracted several Interesting Personalities among her Supporters, and, very probably, as a Centrist, is due to play a Key Role as possible "King Maker" in a Winning Alliance at the 2nd Round of the forthcoming Elections of this March 2020 :

In the Past, she served as a Centrist Deputy Mayor with the Socialists, (particularly with the Out-going Long-Time Mayor Roland Ries, who splited out of the Socialist Party, and does Not Participate in these Elections), who are Now represented by former Long-Time Mayor, MEP and Minister Catherine Trautmann. But, Recently, some Medias cited her in a Possible Alliance with Frontrunner Alain Fontanel (briefly Socialist, in the Past, but Nowadays engaged in President Macron's New Political Party of Liberals : "en Marche", i.e. "Walkers"), perhaps Together with Jean-Philippe Vetter (from the mainstream Center-Right Party of the "Republicans"), etc.







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    An "Eugenic" loophole Amendment, which might expose to Dangers reminiscent of "3rd Reich's" notorious Genetic Abuses, hidden at the last minute inside an otherwise Good, larger Health policy Package scheduled to be voted on Thursday, was strongly denounced by a coalition of MEPs from various Political Groups and Countries, in a Press Conference held this afternoon at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    Mainly calling to "Select Human Embryos", via "Genetic Counselling" and "pre-implantation" Techniques including "Genetic Tests", in order to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", it might open ways to Dangerous Practices in Future, they denounced in substance.

    But they also made it clear that a much larger Report inside which this Controversial Amendment "No 15" was added in dubious circumstances, officialy destinated to struggle against "Rare Diseases", and drafted by Professor Antonios Trakatellis, was otherwise "an Excellent Report", aiming at a "completely Uncontroversial target" of Health policy on which "all MEPs and Experts are united, believing that Europe should act" to protect People's Health (See "EuroFora"'s earlier News).

    The controversy came at a particularly delicate moment for the EU in relation to Citizens, at the eve of June 2009 EU Elections, and shortly before Ireland re-votes for "Lisbon Treaty"..    

- Denouncing risks of "an Eugenic demand, very similar to what we had during the 3rd Reich in Germany, but now coming from some Scientisists themselves", German ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Dr. Peter Liese stressed that critical MEPs were against "Eugenic" engineering with "Selection of Human Embryos", and anything which might ultimately lead up to to a "Selection of Human Race". It doesn't help to "eradicate" Human Lives, he added.

    Several Experts and NGOs expressed "Deep Concern", as f;ex. DR M.C. Cornel of the "European Society of Human Genetics", which stressed, on this occasion, that "the importance of Non-Directiveness in Reproductive issues is a Central characteristic of Human Genetics, after the Atrocities committed in the name of Genetics in the first half or the 20th Century".

     - "This is completely Unacceptable", stressed Italian Liberal MEP Vittorio Prodi, on the Controversial Amendment, also because pushes to "eliminate early Human Life", as he noted.

     - "This opens a Dangerous Road, rather a Motorway", denounced Danish MEP Mrs Margrette Auken, from the "Greens", observing that various similar attempts were made in the Past "not only in Germany, but also in several other Countries, "even at the 1970ies", "f.ex. on forced Sterilisation of Roma" People, and other criticisable situations f.ex. in the UK, in Sweden, etc. as she said.

    + Other NGOs, as f.ex. "LebenHilfe" from Berlin, added that, among various other Risks, could also be that, by exploiting the pre-implantation Genetic Diagnostics and the Selection of "healthy" Embryos, some may "propagate" several "Eugenic" aims, starting f.ex. by pushing to eradicate Human Livies which might "Cost too much" to preserve, ultimately exposing to dangers reminiscent of the "3rd Reich"'s atrocious abuses.

    In consequence, ChristianDemocrats/EPP and "Green" MEPs "decided by Majority to vote against" this Controversial Amendment, anounced to Journalists the 5 MEPs who participated in the Press Conference, representing a wide spectrum, from Liberals to "Greens" and ChristianDemocrats, and from Hungary, Italy, Germany and Danemark up to Ireland (Gay Mitchell), etc.
    Hungarian ChristianDemocrat MEP Laszlo Surjan said "that it was "Suddenly, at the End of the Procedure" in Committee, that "appeared this (Controversial) Amendment, which has nothing to do" with the main purpose of the Report, on which all agreed.

    He denounced an "Unhonest" move, and called to "avoid this kind of unacceptable situations". Nobody should "Select People", Surjan stressed.

    - "We (MEPs) had No Chance to Discuss" this last-minute Amendment earlier added at a Committee's level, said German MEP Peter Liese

    Speaking to "EuroFora", Dr. Liese, the Spokesman of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group in EU Parliament, said that MEPs didn't oppose other references of the Report f.ex. on "Genetic Tests", because they were "no proposals" to impose them, while, on the contrary, there was "a Problem" if anyone attempted to "impose" f.ex. this or that Genetic Technique and "Genetic Counselling", etc. to the People on human reproduction.
The precise Text :
    Controversial parts of Amendment No 15 ask mainly "to lead finally to the Eradication" of "Hereditary" "rare diseases", "through Genetic Counselling .., and ..pre-Implantation Selection of healthy Embryos".

    But  EU Rapporteur Professor Trakatellis, said to "EuroFora" that fears should be alleviated by Guarantees that all this should be done only "where appropriate", when it's "not contrary to existing National Law", and "always on a Voluntary basis", according to other Parts of the Amendment.

    He stressed that the main aim was to allow "a free and informed choice of persons involved", without imposing them anything :  - "It's not an obligatory, but advisary" text, he said.

    To make that point clear, he was ready, in agreement with many MEPs, to eventually drop at least that part of the controversial Amendment which initially called for "efforts to ..lead finally to the Eradication of those rare diseases" "which are Hereditary".

    But, until late Wednesday evening, reportedly together with many other MEPs, he stood by all the rest of the controversial Amendment, (fex. on the "Genetic Counselling" and the "pre-implantation Selection of healthy Embryos"), so that critical MEPs, going from ChristianDemocrats as Dr. Liese, to "Greens" or "Ind/Dem", observed to "EuroFora" that "this was not enough" to close the dangerous loophole.

    Particularly since, as Professor Trakatellis noted himself, "this is already allowed to the U.K.", and "other National Legislations would probably follow, sooner or later" in a similar direction. As for a general call to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", this "should happen, at any case, in practice, de facto", to protect public Health.

    On the contrary, "our goal should be to help patients suffering from rare diseases, not to eradicate the patients. In case of genetic disease risk, the decision should not be guided by scenarios" made by politicians. "Perents who may decide to accept a child, even if handicapped or with genetic disease, must be respected and supported with solidarity", critical MEPs stated.

    - "Any Pressure" to "a patient or couple (who "should be able to make an informed choice consistent with their own values"),"from health Professionals, Public Health Policies or Governemental Institutions, or Society at large, should be avoided", stresses the "European Society for Human Genetics".


Each MEP's vote will be registered !


The Socialist Group requested a "Split vote" on the Amendment 15, first without, and afterwards with the words "lead finally to the Eradication" etc.

    But the first "split vote" leaves intact all the other parts of the Controversial Amendment, (i.e. "Genetic Counselling", "Selection of healthy Embryos", etc).

    That's why, 3 Groups of MEPs : ChristianDemocrats/EPP, "Greens/EFA", and "Ind/Dem", have asked for "Roll Call Votes", on everything regarding the Controversial Amendment No 15, and on the final outcome of the resulting Report as amended, which will register all the individual positions to be taken by each MEP.   

Something which will obviously make each MEP think twice before voting for one or another choice, to be sure that he/she will make the right choice in front of EU Citizens, particularly at these pre-Election times...

    Crucial Votes were scheduled between 12 Noon and 1 p.m. local Strasbourg time, in the middle of a long series of various other Reports, and after a long Public Debate on the larger Health policy package, from 9 to 11.50 am.

    The specific Report inside which was hidden the controversial Amendment is due to be debated between 11 and 12 am.

    So that more last-minute Surprises may not be excluded a priori...

    Particularly at the present Historic moment, when even the Institutional Future of the EU depends on the result of a second Referendum on "Lisbon Treaty", later this year, in ...Ireland, a mainly Catholic country, where People are particularly sensitive in such kind of socio-cultural and values issues...

     (Draft due to be updated).


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