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EU Commissioners Gentilone + Khan to EF: EAST MED+ Funding by GREEN DEAL policy too

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 14 January 2020

 eucom_gentilone__khan_agg_eurofora_400                                                                                                    *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Anglo Marcopolo/- "Such kind of Energy Projects could, for Sure, be Funded in the context of EU's New Green Deal Policy", where "a  Lot of Opportunities exist", as "Discussions have just Started", Replied, in substance, EU Commissioners Gentilone and Khan to a relevant "Eurofora"s Question on the "East Med" Gas Pipeline project for Direct Transport into the EU,<i<tout, (Comp. also : ...), during their Joint Press Conference Today.    

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 - As you know, there are certain Energy Transport Projects which could Support or Ease the Green Deal policy's main Aims, as, f.ex., the Climate-Friendly Gas Pipeline, going Directly into the EU, withOut Transiting through any Foreign Countries : "East-Med", between Cyprus, Israel, Egypt, Greece, and hopefully Italy, etc), but we might also Add Romania's Black Sea outlets/links, through Balkan Gas Pipeline and/or Danube/Rhine rivers, etc. Do you think that such Projects could be Backed by any among the Green Deal Investment Plans that you Highlighted ?", "Eurofora" asked the 2 competent EU Commissioners, Gentilone (former Prime Minister), and Johanes Khan (former Foreign Minister from Austria), who were Presenting the Collective EU Commission's Decisions in a Press Conference, in EU Parliament, in Strasbourg.

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=> - Indeed, "there are such Energy Projects of many kinds, that, for Sure, could be Funded, privately or publicly, in the framework of our Green Investments Plan", positively Replied, at First, Gentilone.

- "Because we have a Broader Picture, what is the Green Investment Plan : 1 Trillion €. And we have, inside that, 10% which is Helping Regions and Sectors in Difficulty. Obviously, the Broader area has much More Sectors Eligible for EU Funding", he explained.

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+ EU Commissioner Johanes Hahn was even more Concrete :

- What You ("Eurofora") said, are Investments from Outside the EU, and these are clearly Thankable Projects, to be Financed by Private Sources" mainly; while, f.ex. National Promotion Banks are Free to Finance such Projects, he indicated.

 - "IEB, Only on its own, (i.e. withOut any collective EU Commission's Conclusions) had decided not to fund Projects working with Gas or other Fossile resources", he reminded, for a moment of the Past.            

  >>> - "But", Nowadays, Despite that, still "there are a Lot of Opportunities !", Hahn encouraged.

- "And we (EU) are Not yet at the End of the Discussions", (but, on the Contrary, at their very Beginning !), EU Commissioner Khan stressed in Reply to "Eurofora"'s Question.

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+ Earlier this week, it's also EIB's President Hoyer, who, speaking to "Eurofora", attested East-Med project's coherence with EU's New "Green Deal" policy, (Comp, f,ex. at : ....)


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ECHR's President to "EuroFora" on Journalists Gongadze and Adali murders : Principles must apply to all States, without discrimination.


+ ECHR's Statistics on Freedom of Expression (See below).


 European Court of Human Rights' President, Jean-Paul Costa, questioned by "EuroFora" on Journalists' murders, as in Gongadze and Adali's cases etc., strongly stressed all CoE Member States' obligation to make efficient Investigations to find and punish those responsible, and underlined that ECHR's case-law's principles must apply to all without any discrimination.

His call was clearly supported by various Top MEPs who denounced a risk of "Double Standards" if some Journalists' murders are investigated, while others don't.

To avoid such risks, CoE's Parliamentary Assembly adopted a Resolution, on the occasion of Ukranian Journalist Gongadze's murder, "stressing", as a matter of general Principle, "the importance it attaches to the safety of Journalists and political activists, especially those linked to opposition groups, in ALL member states of the CoE". All "crimes against journalists and political activists must be investigated ... as a matter of priority, without political interference".

Costa was replying to "EuroFora"s question on the fact that, after CoE's Committee of Ministers, also CoE's Assembly had just adopted a Resolution on Gongadze murder case, based on an ECHR's judgement of 2005, asking a full Investigation from Ukraine, who has found and condemned  in 10 years of jail 2 executants, but not yet the instigators.

While nothing similar was yet done for dissident Turkish Cypriot Kutlu Adali's murder, with 5 bullets shot at his head out of his Family's home in the territories of Cyprus occupied by Ankara's army, despite another ECHR's judgement of the same year 2005, and despite Turkey's claim that nobody was found among those responsible for the murder, and that there was nothing more to do..

In order to be credible and efficient, CoE's mechanisms shouldn't find a way to at least ask for full investigations of all Journalists' murders anywhere they might be committed, without exceptions ?

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- "On the larger question that you raised, I'd like to say, since we are in a period of stock-taking on ECHR's 50 Years, that the Court's case-law developed certain concepts ....such as the Positive obligations of States, part of which are also the procedural obligations", started to reply ECHR's President.

 - "Whenever Journalists, Lawyers, Defenders of Human Rights, or even simple Citizens are murdered, the States are held responsible, not only if its their own security forces' agents who committed these murders, but also if they didn't make sufficiently substantial and efficient Investigations", he stressed.

- "I want to strongly underline that we (ECHR) have found in many cases numerous violations of Articles 2 and 3 against States, ....(about) murders or torture, ...because they didn't make enough Investigations in order to try to find and punish those responsible".

- "We (ECHR) do that vis-a-vis all 47 (CoE) Member States, without any discrimination".

"Naturally, the circumstances in each particular case may be differend, and we can't ommit to apply the rules of proof, or the rules of criminal procedure".

"But we try, by all means, to apply these principles of our case-law, to all States", he concluded.

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      Costa's call was strongly supported by several Top CoE MEPs, from various Political areas


- "To investigate the murder of one Journalist, and not of another, looks like Double Standards", denounced the President of EuroLeft Group in CoE's Assembly, Dutch MEP Tiny Cox.  

- "What is the reason ? Politics or specificity of a case ? Of course, if Cyprus and Turkey are involved, it's always a Political case"..

- "Murders of Journalists should always be fully investigated, because killing Journalists is not only killing persons, but also killing Free Press".  "We (CoE's Assembly) should do our outmost to help People who are working on Free Press and they are under threat or murdered".

Because for Free Politics, Free Press is a pre-requisitive : Parliamentarians  cannot  function without a Free Press. Not investigating, is not protecting ourselves".

So we should investigate all Journalists' murders : We are talking about Gongadze, about the Cypriot man (Adali), about the Journalist murdered in Moscow one week ago, etc", Cox concluded

- "CoE can' look at these cases differently. CoE can't wear Blinckers  !".
- "If the one is investigated, so has to be also the other. Why there wasn't full investigation ? Why's that ?", wondered British  Socialist MEP, Alan Meale.

- "A good idea" would be to "make a Motion for Resolution", and "join all Journalists' murders. Adali and Gongadze etc", said to "EuroFora" EU Parliament Political affairs Committee's President, Goran Lindbland, ChristianDemocrat MEP from Sweden.


(See also earlier News at "EuroFora" on similar issues).
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ECHR's Statistics on Freedom of Expression :


    Almost Half of condemnations by ECHR for violations of Freedom of Expression in 2008, concern Turkey : 20 out of a total of 48 for all CoE's Member States.

    Russia, Poland, France and Moldova were condemned only 3 times. Romania, Greece, Portugal, 2 times, and the other CoE Member States only 1 time, or none.
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    During the last Decade : 1998 - 2008, Turkey was condemned for violating Freedom of Expression in ..169 cases, while Austria only in 24.

    France and Moldova in 14 and 13, respectively, closely followed by Russia and Poland with 11 and 10, respectively. The rest of CoE Member States had less than ten condemnations.    
    

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