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Cyprus President Anastassiades to EF (before France visit + CoE chair): Yes to give EUCitizens a Say

Written by ACM
Friday, 16 September 2016
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*Bratislava/1st EU 27 Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- Experienced ChristianDemocrat/EPP Leader,  succesful President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastassiades, who has recently Won both Presidential, European and National Parliamentarian Elections, after notoriously Supporting  the Expression of Citizens' Right to Strongly Criticize some Controversial  Government Policies and Adopting a Series of Citizen-Friendly Measures, as a matter of General Principle, Replying to a relevant "Eurofora" Question in Bratislava's Castle, at the Conslusion of a crucial EU 27 Heads of State/Governments Summit, clearly Expressed his Agreement with the view that, particularly in the current, Post-BREXIT EU's vital Need to revigorate Popular Support, EU Citizens should be Given a Say on Policies which Affect their Lives.


He was speaking at the Aftermath of the "Internationak Day for Democracy", Globaly celebrated Yesterday, September 15, by the UNO and various Other International or Regional Organisations, (including the EU, CoE, etc, in the framework of which, Cyprus notoriously Defends also the Rights of real Political and/or War Refugees, and "Missing" Persons' Families, etc), as well as National Governments, NGOs, etc., and just before he Visits France, to meet President Hollande, immediately after UNO's General Assembly at New York, as told us his Government Spokesman, Christodoulies, (an Experienced former Diplomatic Press Attaché and Spokesman, also of the 2012 Cyprus' rotating Presidency of the EU, and shortly before Nicosia takes over the rotating Presidency of PanEuropean COE, next November 2016 - May 2017).

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By another "Coincidence", this crucial, 1st EU-27 Heads of State/Governments Summit at Bratislava Castle, in Europe's Heartland, has adopted as Logo an original Design which places the characteristic Flag of Cyprus' island at its Heart...

 


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    - "Europe must be liberated from this undermining "wooden talk" of a "unique thought" which hampers democratic debates", stressed incoming EU Chairman, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, speaking to Journalists after his official meeting with EU Commission's President, Jose Barroso, at Elysee Palace in Paris

    - "It's precisely because there are not enough Debates, that EU hasn't managed yet to make it clear to European citizens what is really at stake", he added, in an obvious reference to the latest Irish "No" in 2008, after a long series of similar, unprecedented events, from the 1st Majority Abstention to EU Parliament's Elections in 1999, repeated in 2004, to the Dutch and French "No" in 2005, etc.


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          In fact, "there is no time to lose for Europe, and that's why we decided to start the French EU Presidency right away, from the first day", he explained, on France's exceptional choice to schedule the usual meeting with EU Commission from the 1st day of the 1st month, instead of the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th or even 10th or 11th, as it had been done by others in the Past..    


    - "This is not an easy period, but we shall act with determination, while also listening to Citizens' views", he promised.

    Sarkozy's move came shortly before his opening Speech, next week in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, for the first Public Debate on the Priorities of the French EU Presidency (July - December 2008), and that's one of the reasons for which he significantly opened his EU Council's Chairmanship by welcoming at Elysee palace EU Parliament's President, German MEP Hans Gert Poettering at first..

    The incoming EU Chairman was replying to Press Questions about rumours that controversial British EU Commissioner on Trade, Mandelson, was alone to drop an invitation to have a working Diner at Elysee palace, together with all other EU Commissioners and the French Government, only because he would have been upset for some critical points made earlier by President Sarkozy in defense of European Agriculture vis-a-vis its Foreign competitors.

    But, as smiling Sarkozy played down Mandelson's reported refusal to debate, saying that he had to visit Marseille for a Ministerial meeting on Trade the next morning, and that "all our British friends are always welcome to taste a nice diner" in France, perhaps at another occasion..

    - "It's urgent to win anew the trust of the People" : Lately, "the European ideal lost its momentum. Since several years, whenever Citizens are questioned on Europe, they react with reserves : They even have .. a tendency to reply "NO".. After this 3rd "No" of a People in some years, there is an Urgency to convince", added French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, after a meeting earlier the same day of all Ministers with EU Commissioners, followed by an interview with Barroso

    "According to recent Polls, only 30% of French people believe that the European construction is a source of hope. It's only a poll, but we all now quite well, that, since 2005, it's dangerous to neglect these alarming signals, as it would be dangerous to treat with contempt the Irish "No", Fillon warned.

    "We all have a common duty to prove to the European Citizens who have doubts, that EU is more useful, more necessary, than ever" : And "that EU can take decisions needed in order to respond to European or Global challenges", the Prime Minister concluded.

    - "We believe, together with President Sarkozy, that EU should open debates on all issues of direct, concrete interest to Citizens", confirmed later to EuroFora the Head of France's governing party (UMP), Patrick Devedjan, after his speech to the European People's party (EPP) Study Days in Paris (2 - 4 July 2008).

    He didn't deny that one of them is Turkey : - "Public Opinion in France is very much unfavorable to Turkey's EU bid, and President Sarkozy has said that several times", he told EuroFora.

    From European Central Bank's controversial policies on Euro's value, to EU Enlargement Strategy, etc., issues of obvious importance to EU Citizens will be plenty, next week in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, before President Sarkozy launches the debates on EU 2008 French chairmanship's priorities on Thursday.

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