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EPP President Daul calls to Revise EU Asylum/Migration Policy after Political Assembly in Denmark

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 05 September 2017
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- The Experienced President of the European ChristianDemocrat/EPP Party, (which includes representatives from 41 Countries), former Long-Time Chairman of EU Parliament's EPP Group of MEPs, and Strasbourg's MEP himself, Joseph Daul, launched a Call to "Overhaul the European Asylum Policy", after a meeting of the PanEuropean Organisation's "Political Assembly" in Denmark, where they debated with Danish Justice Minister Soren Pape Poulsen, and Sweden's Speaker of Parliament, Tobias Billstrôm, etc.


Mass Migration Nowadays Tops as No 1 Issue attracting European Citizens' most Concerns, (closely Followed by inter-related Islamist Terrorism, etc), according to several recent Polls including Many EU Countries.


-  "European Citizens are expecting from the European Centre-Right long-term Solutions to ensure their Safety, notably by reinforcing the Protection of the EU's External Borders", stressed Daul, in accordance with EU-27 Summit conclusions initaly at Bratislava, already as early as since 9/2016, (Comp. "Eurofora"s NewsReports from the spot, f.ex.: ...+ ...), but also more recently in Malta, on 2017, etc, as he said on the Same Day that EPP Representatives held "a Minute of Silence" in Memory of the Victims of the recent Islamist Terrorist Attacks in Barcelona (Spain), and Turku (Finland), just after Hamburg and Wuppertal (both Germany), and shortly before Sugrut (Rusia), as well as more such various Violent Incidents in France, etc.


+ Moreover, EU should "Prevent Migrants from Crossing the Mediterranean, and Drowing at Sea", President Daul added, calling to rather "Help People in the Regions of Origin", which "will allow us (i.e. the EU) to fulfill our Humanitarian Obligations", at "the Same Time".


=> I.e. a proposal Similar to the Outcome of the recent EU - African Cuntries' Summit in Paris, which concluded in favor of Creating "Hotspots" at -or near- the Countries of Origin, while also "Stopping" Irregular Migration/Mass Asylum Seekers' influx through the Mediterranean Sea, where many Organized Crime Networks, particularly of Human Traffic Smugglers, are notoriously operating nowadays, (See, f.ex. : ...).


A Strategy that the EPP had already Supported at its earlier Summit in Madrid (Spain), as well as by a PanEuropean CoE's  Parliamentary Assembly Resolution previously in Strasbourg, (See, f.ex./: ...).


 - "We need a Comprehensive approach, ranging from Trade to the Economy to Security, in order to tackle Migration", the EPP's President concluded.


Daul said that in Copenhagen (Denmark), where EPP's Political Assembly,  (including also Other Ministers, f.ex. from Germany, etc., MEPs, and other various Top during 2 Days, at the Invitation of the Danish Government.


That Copenhagen EPP move comes shortly before Denmark takes over from the Czech Republic the rotating Chairmanship of PanEuropean CoE, next November 2017 in Strasbourg, for the Period of November 2017 - May 2018.


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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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