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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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Sarkozy and Merkel want deals with Obama on European Security at Strasbourg's NATO 2009 Summit

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In parallel but concording moves, EU Chair, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel both invited this week US-President elect, Barack Obama, to discuss important deals breaking new ground on European Security during the NATO's 60 Years Anniversary Summit of Heads of State in Strasbourg, where Obama is expected to make his 1st visit to Europe as a President on April 2009.

Merkel focused mainly on smoother NATO - EU Defence and Security policy cooperation, while Sarkozy spoke about PanEuropean Security, associating both Russia and the USA, proposing to freeze missile and shields' deployement until an agreement is reached.

But both tackled some hard nuts to crack : Turkey's VETO against the participation of EU Member Cyprus to EU-NATO cooperation, and Russia's anouncement on deployment of missiles up to Kaliningrad, at EU's belly, in reply to USA's wish to set up missile shields in EU States such as Poland or Czech Republic, etc.


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- "Certainly...one of the points that we'll dicuss with the New US President", Barak OBAMA, "who will come f'or the 1st time in Europe as president, at the NATO Summit", co-hosted by France and Germany in Strasbourg, ""concerns, above all, the European Security and Defence Policy" (ESDP), and "the relations between NATO and its partners", with whom it should "work together", anounced earlier this week Merkel.

We must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", because of a "series of practical issues, sometimes difficult to understand", but that "we must discuss".

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- "An example" of that is "the issue of Cyprus and Turkey", said Merkel, where Ankara raises problems "from Kosovo up to Afghanistan", as also CoE's chair, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt recently observed in Strasbourg replying to EuroFora's questions.

- "We must do something to smoothen this problem for good, and not only on a case-by-case basis, laboriously negotiated each time". Here, we must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", Merkel stressed.

- "With good will from all sides, it could and should be posible. Germany wants also to help on that". Otherwise, "the coming generations will not understand why it took Decades to do so". But, if we "don't even achieve that for Decades, this would be an Historic Failure !", the German Chancellor warned

- "I think that our American partners are increasingly realizing that", Merkel said, pleading for "a stronger European Security and Defence policy, with which, I believe, the Atlantic Security Partnership can also strengthen and solidify".

Meanwhile, USA is also due to take in 2009 a special status inside EU-led EUROCORPS, the European Army HeadQuarters, based in Strasbourg.

Merkel said that after meeting in Berlin with NATO's Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, earlier this week, precisely in order to "prepare NATO's Summit", scheduled for the beginning of April 2009 in Strasbourg.

Scheffe, knows well Strasbourg, since he chaired the CoE, as Holland's Foreign Minister, when he brokered a controversial deal precisely on Turkey and Cyprus about the implementation of ECHR judgements on Greek Cypriot displaced persons' houses and properties in 2003. He returned later at least once, for a WEO meeting at the CoE, where he precisely had highlighted such EU - NATO issues.

EU Commission's 2008 Report on Turkey has just observed that, on European Defense - Security policy, "Turkey continues to object to EU-NATO Cooperation which would involve all EU Member States". "This created Problems for EU-NATO co-operation in the context of Civilian ESDP missions, in particular in Kosovo and Afghanistan".
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 French EU Chair, President Sarkozy and Merkel are visiting Washington on Friday and Saturday for a Global G-20 Summit with current US President George Bush, on the sidelines of which are expected preparatory contacts with US President-elect Obama's entourage, even if himself might stay in Chicago until he takes over on January 21.

Before going to Washington, Sarkozy concluded today an UE - Russia Summit with Dmitry Medvedev, where they "spoke in length on PanEuropean Security" :

- As EU President, I proposed that we meet on mid-2009 in a framework such as OSCE's in order to set the foundations of a Future Pan-European Security, which would associate Russia and USA, and that, meanwhile, nobody speaks about deploying missiles or shields, which complicate the situation".

- NATO's Summit in Strasbourg-Kehl, on April 2009 is a perfect occasion to discuss with our American friends and to prepare a possible OSCE Summit for these issues f.ex. for June or July", Sarkozy concluded.

- We must all abstain from Unilateral measures" dangerous for Europe's security. "Russia only reacted to decisions taken by some other countries. But if they are ready to cooperate, we are ready to discuss. EU could be an intermediary", added Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, before going himself too at the Washington G-20 Economic Summit.

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