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Cyprus-UK BREXIT Negotiation will Start+Advance well, says to "EF" Governing Party MEP Christoforou

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03. 10. 2017.
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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- The Forhcoming Cyprus - UK Negotiations on relevant "BREXIT"'s aspects would Start soon and shall Advance Well, optimistically said to "Eurofora" Nicosia's Governing Party's mainstream MEP Lefteris Christoforou, from the Biggest Group of MEPs, that of ChristianDemocrats/EPP.


EU Parliament will have to Vote in order to Endorse the result of EU - UK Negotiations on BREXIT, and, therefore, it has recently Started to closelly Follow their Progress, as its new President, Antonio Tajani, recently announced.

Christoforou was Speaking to "Eurofpra" in EU Parliament in Strasbourg the Same Day that its Plenary Debated and Voted, Earlier Today, on the general "State of play of (EU) Negotiations with the United Kingdom" until now, with the participation of EU's Chief Negotiator on BREXIT, Michel Barnier, (Comp.  Barnier's recent Statements to "Eurofora", previously, at : ....).

Cyprus - UK Negotiations on specific Issues of common interest are due to Start Next Week, from the 11th of October, in Brussels.

The Chief Negotiator for Cyprus is Ambassador Minas Hatzimichael, a Top Diplomat who holds a Solid Experience particularly on Multilateral Relations, including at the CoE in Strasbourg and at the UNO in New York, etc., (with whom "Eurofora"s co-Founder has already Cooperated in the Past).  

The Beginning of those substantial Negotiations is due to Focus on the 2 Brittish Bases existing at the Strategic Island according to Treaties signed since its Independence on 1960-1961, about their possible Future after the planned Withdrawal of the UK from the EU.

- Among those EU Member States which are due to be Most Affected by BREXIT's eventual Consequences, Together with Ireland, Malta (also Member of the Brittish "Commonwealth", as Cyprus too), and perhaps the Netherlands, is included also Cyprus, for whom BREXIT is "an Important Issue", reportedly stressed, in parallel, Today at Nicosia, the experienced Cypriot Long-Time Foreing Minister, (and Former Top MEP in Strasbourg/Brussels (in charge of Foreign Policy at EU Parliament's Biggest Political Group, that of EPP, in the Past), Ioannis Kasulides, (Comp. various Kasulides' Statements to "Eurofora" on manifold Different topical EU/CoE/UNO issues, f.ex. : ...+... +..., etc).

- However, all the Repercussions of BREXIT vis a vis Cyprus canNot yet be Determined Precisely, for the Time being, inter alia, also because of an Insufficient, yet, Progress in the Main EU - UK Negotiations until now, Kasulides reportedly added.
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Indeed, the Resolution debated and Adopted, earlier Today here, by a Strong Majority of 557 Votes, Against Only 92, and with 29 Abstentions in EU Parliament, supports the View that "Sufficient Progress has Not yet been made" on the 2 Main EU Priorities : "Citizens Rights, Ireland and Northern Ireland, and ...UK's Financial Obligations".


=> Therefore, EU Parliament's Resolution "calls" on EU Heads of State/Government, (who are due to meet in a Summit in Brussels later this Month, on 19-20/10/2017), "to Decide, at [their] October Meeting to Postpone [their] Assessment" on BREXIT's course, "Unless there is a Major Breakthrough, in line with this resolution in all 3 areas" cited above.

 - But, "for the Moment", i.e. as long as "there is not sufficient progress on the negotiations on the table", then, "there is No chance of Entering into the 2nd Phase of the (EU - UK) Negotiations", (i.e. on London's Future Status vis a vis the EU, in case of BREXIT), Warned the President of EU Parliament's Biggest Group, German ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP, Martin Weber, during Today's Debates here.


>>> However, at the foreseeable Horizon, - "We Need clear Results in 2019; Otherwise the Consent of the European Parliament is Not guaranteed", President Weber also Urged everybody, before briefly meeting, later Today, also "Eurofora", at a subsequent occasion, (See, f.ex.: ...).
 

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+ Cypriot Citizens who Reside and/or Work in the Brittish Bases, which extend throughout considerable areas of the Island's Southern SeaCoasts, are due to be at the Focus of the Cyprus - UK Negotiations on BREXIT, that will start meanwhile (Comp. Supra).

During Today's Votes in EU Parliament's Plenary in Strasbourg, a Very Strong Majority of 586 MEPs clearly Rejected a controversial Amendment by the EuroSceptical EFDD Group to Drop a Call for EU Citizens' "Settled Status" as Permanent Residents in the UK, where a particularly Large Proportion of Cypriots have been notoriously Living since a Long Time ago.

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Moreover, EU Parliament also Rejected another  Amendment which had attempted to ask for what it called "Gibraltar's Sovereignity", Not to be put in "Question" by BREXIT Negotiations.


However, EU Parliament "on the Other hand" , Positively "Noted" that "that in her Speech of 22 September 2017" UK Prime Minister Theresa May, "Excluded any Physical Infrastructure at the border" with Ireland, (i.e., f.ex., a Wall or Fence, etc).


This might even "presume... that the UK stays in (EU's) Internal Market and Customs Union, or that Norhern Ireland stays" there "in some form", MEPs went on to Speculate.


Such Points were specifically Adopted with a particular Majority of MEPs' Votes, even Stronger than that which played for the Entire Resolution : 562 Votes in Favor, instead of just 557, respectively.


Last, but not least, EU Parliament also Rejected anOther Amendment, asking to "Prevent a <<Hardening>> of the Border between Spain and Gibraltar" after the BREXIT, as it said

- Even if this particular Point, Exceptionally, attracted a somewhat Higher Minority of MEPs than All Other Votes : 90 instead of a usual 70 in Most Other Cases, i.e. +20 Dissident MEPs more than Average...

 

 

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Facing a 70% Abstention threat in 2009 Election, EU endorses EuroFora's idea for Citizens' debates on crucial EU decisions !

- Different views on "Europe's Future", should be debated among Citizens at June 2009 EU Elections, thanks to political Parties' "Manifestos", says EU Parliament's Report


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
A main idea, initiated and promoted by EuroFora's founders since 1997: the vital need to develop European Citizens' democratic right to actively participate in multilingual debates on EU decisions, is formally endorsed by the EU from 2009 !

The move is a key attempt to overcome "catastrophic" Polls which warn that only ...30% of Citizens are ready to vote in the forthcoming June 2009 EU Election !  This was revealed by EU Commission's vice-president, in charge of Communication policy, Margot Wallstrom, during a "hot" meeting of EU Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education, during the December 2008 Strasbourg session.

Wallstrom faced criticism, but also suggestions from various MEPs, naturally worried by Abstention threats which herself found even "worse" than in 1999 or 2004...

A Report on "Active Dialogue with Citizens",examined at the same time, presented some useful practical tips, on "facilitating Interviews"; etc., but also a  potentialy important call to "incorporate the conclusions of ...debates...into (EU) policies, and take into consideration the expectations that Citizens have of the EU when deciding". An amendment even implies that Citizens' participation in debates on EU decisions is a democratic "Right".

More importantly, it finds that  a Debate "on the Future of Europe", (as French President Nicolas Sarkozy has asked since 2007), would be a good idea " for the 2009 European parliamentary Elections", because "clarifying the political differences between the EU political parties would help citizens to identify themselves with, and choose between various concepts", for which "all parties (should) present their Manifesto".

A "Joint political declaration on Communicating Europe in Partnership", co-signed by "the European Parliament, Council and ... Commission", confirms that they "attach the utmost importance to improving communication on EU issues", by "enabling European citizens to exercise their right to participate in the democratic life of the Union, in which decisions are taken as openly as possible and as closely as possible to the citizens, observing the principles of pluralism, participation, openness and transparency".

This should "enable Citizens to exercise their right to express their views and to participate actively in the public Debate on European Union issues", while also "promoting the respect of multilingualism". In this regard, EU confirms its "wish to develop synergies with national, regional and local authorities as well as with representatives of Civil Society".

    It's since 1997 that a group of EuroFora's founders have officially presented a pioneer Project (then called "EIW", for "Europe in the World"), which aimed to develop Strasbourg's "Polyphonic music", by providing "Interactive information", on "main issues ... during the Decision-making process of European Organizations which engage in Transparent and Public Democratic Debates"

    This should be done, inter alia, by "exploring the potential of New Communication Tools (mainly Internet)", as well as classic-form debates, the 1997 EIW pioneer project's anounced in its "Synopsis". It was formally "accepted for evaluation" by EU Commission in Brussels in order to be examined for a grant in the framework of the "Research/Technology/Development (RTD) Programme in the field of Information Technologies", then called "ESPRIT", as a "Best Practice Pilot Project".

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        But the vital, urgent Political need for EU to search new, efficient ways to reach the People and interact with European Citizens, was really felt in Brussels and elsewhere only after the unprecedented in History 1999 and 2004 Majority Abstention in EU Elections, followed by 3 "NO" in Referenda in France, the Netherlands and Ireland, on 2005 and 2008...
    In this New Political Landscape, we prepared a new, actualised and more developed version of our initial idea, in a simplified and more efficient form, thanks also to a large Experience accumulated during many years of EU/CoE/UNO Press work and Multi-lingual debates, with the New project "EuroFora" :

    On 2006 we presented in Public its main lines during Questions/Replies that we raised at two Press Conferences by EU Commission President, Jose Baroso, and mainly EU Commission's vice-President, in charge of Communication policy, Margot Wallstrom, together with EU Parliament's vice-president, Alejo Vidal-Quadras, in Strasbourg, (Videos available), and we reminded it at various brief contacts with Commissioner Wallstrom in 2007 and 2008.

    Meanwhile, a new Text was also presented for "EuroFora" Project mainly to certain Political and other personalities, at European, National or Regional/Local level, mainly in 2007, but also in 2008..

    Now, after the unexpected 2008 Irish "NO", and before the 2009 EU Elections, which are due to be of exceptionally crucial importance for Europe's Future, the moment has obviously come to launch that project, progressively, but in real practice.

    Whoever really cares for Europe and its Citizens is welcome to join, in one way or another. Only anti-European, anti-democratic, obscure or ignorant groups might oppose or attempt to "steal" and deviate the main idea.

    But European Citizens, incited by enlightened political leaders, are those who will finally write the real History.

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