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CoE President-in-office Czech Culture Minister Herman:EU-CoE coop. on Human Rights+Cultural Heritage

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Moves for PanEuropean Cooperation on Human Rights' respect and European Cultural Heritage protection and promotion, starting from the Highest Level, were among the Key Measures anounced Today by the incoming New President-in-office of CoE's Highest Political body, that of its Committee of Ministers, Czech Minister of Culture Daniel Herman, in the presence of CoE's Secretary General, Thornbjorn Jagland.

- It's in Cooperation between EU Commission and the CoE that we shall Prepare the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, stressed Chairman-in-office Herman, before saluting kindly also "Eurofora" and leaving with Czech Ambassador Emil Ruffer to Strasbourg's Airport for a Flight to Prague, as he told us.

+ He also anounced that the Czech Presidency of the CoE, (for the Period of May - November 2017), will organize a High-Level Conference, with the Presidents of ECHR and EU's Court of Justice, as well as of All the Supreme Courts of CoE's 47 Member States, on "the Binding Nature of Judicial Decisions", on June.


That exceptional PanEuropean Top Conference is scheduled for 19-21 June 2017, at Brno, i.e. the "Judicial Capital" of the Czech Republic, where is Historicaly located its Highest Court, (that ECHR's President had visited, together with Prague, when he succesfuly contributed to dissipate the last hesitations for the Ratification of EU's Lisbon Treaty).

    - This is a Key part of the Main Priorities for the Incoming CoE's Czech Presidency, which also Decided to Take Over from the Concluding Cyprus' CoE's rotating Presidency, and Continue further on, their Common Priority for the development of the "Education on Human Rights' culture, as he anounced.

    - In fact, CoE is Important for us, also because it reminds that "We Belong to the European Family of Democracy and Human Rights' culture, Herman had stressed from the outset.

 

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    - In this regard, after refering, Earlier, to a Czech Exhibition on the Historic "Charter 77", which had notoriously contributed to prepare the ReUnification of Europe, CoE's twice elected Secretary General, Thornbjorn Jagland, (an Experienced former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister from Norway, as well as Top Member of Oslo NOBEL Peace prize Committee), clearly underlined, that, for the PanEuropean Organisation of Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, Nowadays, "the Number 1 Problem is ECHR Judgements' Execution" :


    => - "WithOut that, there is No Rule of Law, in Europe !", sternly Warned Jagland, (who had Earlier met with Herman in private).

 

    Today, however, the actual Chairmanship of CoE's Committee of Ministers' meetings specialy Dedicated to the Supervision of ECHR Judgements' Execution, have been taken over by the Dabnish Vice-Presidency of the CoE, (i.e. the Next CoE Chair, for the Next Period, starting after November 2017), according to a well established practice.

 

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But, since the current Danish Ambassador, Arnold de Fine Skibsted, was among those who reportedly stayed Longer, after a CoE's Ministerial meeting in Cyprus, "Eurofora", at least, attested, that the Forthcoming Danish CoE's rotating Presidency seems to take close Care in Preparing well the foreseable Future, as an original Photo of an involved Danish Diplomate's Family, clearly indicates...

 

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            Meanwhile, the European and Czech Flags flew at Half-Mast, in the usual CoE Ceremony for the New Presidency of the Paneuropean Organization, at Strasbourg's Historic City Hall, (where the CoE was Created, Back on 1949), and participants, (including CoE's Secretary General, Thornbjorn Jagland), kept 1 Minute of Silence, in Solidarity with the numerous Victims, innocent Civilian People Targetted and Killed or Wounded at a popular Musical Concert in Manchester (including Children) after being Brutaly Attacked by Cowards acting as Islamist Terrorists in the UK.  

 

         - "Culturaly, Great Britain is absolutely a European Country !". For this, and several other resaons, including the Future of Scientific Cooperation and Research, it would be a Catastroph if it really went away, cutting its relations with the EU, warned, later this Same Day, Strasbourg University's President, Michel Deneken, who had just participated in a Meeting of the 25 Biggest Universities of Europe at Cambridge, England.

 

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(NDLR : For other Statements by President Deneken, and his Replies to "Eurofora"s Questions, see a Specific NewsReport, at ....)

 

 

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    EU Rapporteur on Enlargment Strategy, maistream German MEP Elmar Brok, speaking to "EuroFora", welcomed the proposal made earlier this week by French President Nicolas Sarkozy for the EU to"start Now Talks with Turkey to create a common Economic and Security area", instead of full Accession, at a period when Ankara looks more and more unfit and/or unwilling to respect EU conditions.

    - "For Europe to have strong Political will, it must stop dilutiing itself in an endless Enlargement. It must have borders...Diversities enrich, on the condition that they don't undermine European Cohesion, and don't weaken EU Unity", Sarkozy stressed.
    
    - "Countries like Turkey share a part of common destiny with Europe, with which they have a vocation to build a Privileged Relation, to be closely associated, but not to become Member of the EU"  : "Noone respects his friends by telling them lies. Noone respects his friends by making them promises that will be never kept", he added.

    That's why "we'd better start, from now, negotiating with Turkey to create a common Economic and Security area", Sarkozy proposed.

Significantly, the French President was repeatedly and largely applauded by EU citizens, 3 times, when he made the Turkey point, (strategically placed between Europe's "Political Will" and its cultural heritage, historically open to mutually enriching dialogue with all the World, but never diluted).

    - "We could propose such a great ambition also to Russia, which must not be percieved as an Adversary of Europe, but as a Partner. Thus, we'd create a wide area, of more than 800 Million inhabitants, sharing the same Security, the same Prosperity", he concluded.

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    Sarkozy's move was anounced at the eve of a Franco-German Top meeting with Chancellor Angie Merkel in Berlin on Sunday, to jointly launch the EU Elections campain, after an EU Summit at nearby Prague, to launch a new kind of relations, called "Eastern Partnership", with neighboring countries such as Urkaine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaidjan, etc, (to which Russia, reportedly, is not - and does not want to be - included).

    As for Ukraine, which has already expressed her wish to join the EU in future, "Kiev will have a special place, and a very important role to play", replied earlier this week in Strasbourg, to an "EuroFora" question EU Chairman in office , Czech vice-Prime Minister Alexander Vodra.

    - "This direction is more Realistic for Turkey than Accession negotiations", reacted immediately EU Parliament's Rapporteur for Enlargment Strategy, mainstream German MEP Elmar Brok, commenting Sarkozy's idea for "EuroFora"

     Particularly "as far as it concerns the respect of EU Rules by both sides", he added, hinting at Turkey's now obvious inability and/or unwillingness to abide with EU Acquis, EU Commitments (fex. on Cyprus, etc), and European Democracy/Human Rights rules. (Comp. infra).

    Brok added that, in his view, a similar proposal might be made also to Ukraine and other neighbouring Countries, regardless if they have, or not, a "European vocation". This would not necessarily mean that there couldn't be any accession prospects at all." for all the countries that might be included in this area, according to Brok.  But it's preferable, particularly for Turkey, "because it's a more Realistic approach than full Membership".

    On this point, Sarkozy's proposal, (which he'll share with German Chancellor Merkel), seems more crystal-clear.

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    - "Turkey does not fullfil EU Criteria, and will never fullfil EU Criteria" on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law. "Some have been lying to Ankara, but we must tell the Truth, and have honest and close relations with her", said meanwhile to "EuroFora" on the same issue also the President of EU Parliament's largest Group of MEPs (ChristianDemocrats/EPP), Joseph Daul.
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"Hot" Debate at EU Parliament reveals CHANGE of mood towards "Suspension" of EU - Tukey talks.
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    Earlier this week, many MEPs, and even some of those who were previously in favor of Turkey's controversial EU bid, strongly criticized the persistance and even aggravation of serious Human Rights violations in the country, that ECHR continues to "unanimously" condemn ":

      - "After winning a big victory in the latest Local Elections, the pro-Kurdish party DTP almost doubled its Elected Mayors from 52 to 98", but afterwards "more than 400 politicians were thrown to Prison and prosecuted" by the Turkish Authorities, denounced on behalf of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group, Belgian MEP Frieda Brepoels.

     At the same time, "more than 1.500 Children are closed in Turkish Prisons", she added. "What will the EU Commission do" against these facts ?

- "Turkey appears to be at greater Distance away from Copenhagen Criteria after 4 Years of accession Negotiations, than when they started !", denounced on behalf of the Liberal Group, German MEP Alexander Lambsdorf.    

"On the central issue of Press Freedom, Critical Journalists face obstacles for their accreditation, others are prosecuted, condemned, fined and/or jailed, Media blocked or closed", he denounced.   

 - "EU Made 2 grave Mistakes with Turkey : To start accession negotiations, and to continue them", despite everything, criticized Dutch MEP Bastian Belder, on behalf of the Ind/Dem group.

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