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EPP Secretary General MEP Lopez-Isturez (Spain) to EF on After BREXIT Europe:Act with Calm+Certainty

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 28 June 2016
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*Brussels/EPP Summit/Angelo Marscopolo/- From the Winner to the Latest Election in Spain, Rajoy's "Partido Popular", the Experienced Secretary General of the European People's Party (ChristianDemocrats), and mainstream MEP, Antonio Lopez-Isturez, speaking to "Eurofora" on the Results of a Crucial EPP Summit of Heads of State/Government, earlier Today in Brussels, Focused on the Topical Issue of EU Countries' prepared Response to the recent UK Referendum on "BREXIT" :


    - "We must Act (vis a viss BREXIT) in a European Way" ("à l' Européen"), he stressed from the outset, in Reply to relevant "Eurofora"s Question, with a profound Smile...


    - That means, f.ex. with Calm, by  Thinking well, and with Certainties, in an Atmosphere of great Concentration", EPP's Secretary General, and meinstream MEP added, (almost in line with Fresh Winner, Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy's earlier statements).


    - Because "Some seek to Provoke Uncertainties", he enigmatically, but Firmly, Denounced in fine.

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    Significant of the Exceptional Importance of the Crucial, forthcoming EU Heads of State/Government Summit, Later Today in Brussels, is also that the Head of France's Main Opposition Party, Experienced former President of the Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy of the "Republicans", was Now Present in this EPP Summit, Together with his Old Friend the German Chancelor Angie Merkel, in Brussels.

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    Unusualy, Merkel arrived Earlier than in the Past, marking a Natural Wish to Exchange Views with all Participants to this EPP Summit, while Sarkozy left quite Late, apparently having a Lot to Say, including with his Compatriot, the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Party's President, Experienced former Long-time MEP, Joseph Daul from Strasbourg, particularly in view also of the Forthcoming, Crucial Elections in France, in Less than a Year (April 2017)i


    Sarkozy appeared very Thoughtful, Stopping, Looking Around and Approaching "Eurofora", when we Reminded him his Historic Appeal for the Need of a "ReNaissance of Europe", that he had Launched, in a Landmark Speech in Strasbourg, back on 2 of July, 2007, after his Brillant Election at the Presidncy of the Country and a Succesful then EU Brussels Summit, (Comp. also "Eurofora" Co-Founder's NewsReport  from Berlin, (Published in "TCWeekly" then)s, when we had been Invited to Follow Sarkozy's Airplane to his 1st Official Meeting with the German Chancelor, with whom they were already Familiar in the Past, precisely thanks to such previous EPP Summits).


    But, Finaly, after apparently Giving a Thougt,  he didn't yet give a specific Reply on that, too "Hot" point, at least for the Time being, and prefered to leave, without even Saying anything Today, not even to a mainstream French Journalist from one of the Biggest Media of the Establishment in Paris : that of TV "LCI", who vainly Waited to Film him at the entrance...


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    But New President of the main Opposition Party in Greece, former Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, speaking to Journalists in Brussels, including "Eurofora", was Adamant :


    + "We are absolutely Determined to  Safeguard the Unity of EU's 27 Member States", and "we shall do it by realizing that the great European Dream has not more the same Appeal it used to have before : Middle Classes are Feeling Marginalized, they feel Exposed ? to the Winds of Globalisation, to Big Challenges", he told us from the outset.  


    - "So that the EU,s with the EPP at the Forefront, has, precisely, to Respond to these Topical Issues. We have to Combine the Necessary Calm (Flegm), with the Analysis of the Situation, and  the required Resolve, able to Lead us to concrete, applicable Policies which meet EU Citizens' concerns. The First moves should be for Employement, as well as for the Security of Citizens".


=> - And, "precisely,the Creation of a European CoastGuard is a First Step in this Direction, that we Salute and Supporty, which must be Adopted (by the forthcoming EU Heads of State/Government Summit, later Tonight in Brussels, as well as EU Parliament), the Soonest possible", he concluded.

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+ In this regard, Moreover, "we've alreadu said", some "week s ago, in Mytilini" (Lesbos Island), that the Unprecedented Mass Asylum Seeker/     Irregular Migrants' Influx through Turkey "could have been largely Prevented, if the Greek Authorities, (with EU's Help), had kept a Similar Policy in Protecting what is both National and EU's External Borders as we (i.e. a Previous EPP-led Coalition Governments) had already done during the previous years, Kyriakos Mitsotakis agreed with "Eurofora" in substance, as far as it concerns a Key Denonciation that he has Recently done at a Meeting with All concerned Mayors at the Aegean Sea Frontline.


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    An "Eugenic" loophole Amendment, which might expose to Dangers reminiscent of "3rd Reich's" notorious Genetic Abuses, hidden at the last minute inside an otherwise Good, larger Health policy Package scheduled to be voted on Thursday, was strongly denounced by a coalition of MEPs from various Political Groups and Countries, in a Press Conference held this afternoon at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    Mainly calling to "Select Human Embryos", via "Genetic Counselling" and "pre-implantation" Techniques including "Genetic Tests", in order to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", it might open ways to Dangerous Practices in Future, they denounced in substance.

    But they also made it clear that a much larger Report inside which this Controversial Amendment "No 15" was added in dubious circumstances, officialy destinated to struggle against "Rare Diseases", and drafted by Professor Antonios Trakatellis, was otherwise "an Excellent Report", aiming at a "completely Uncontroversial target" of Health policy on which "all MEPs and Experts are united, believing that Europe should act" to protect People's Health (See "EuroFora"'s earlier News).

    The controversy came at a particularly delicate moment for the EU in relation to Citizens, at the eve of June 2009 EU Elections, and shortly before Ireland re-votes for "Lisbon Treaty"..    

- Denouncing risks of "an Eugenic demand, very similar to what we had during the 3rd Reich in Germany, but now coming from some Scientisists themselves", German ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Dr. Peter Liese stressed that critical MEPs were against "Eugenic" engineering with "Selection of Human Embryos", and anything which might ultimately lead up to to a "Selection of Human Race". It doesn't help to "eradicate" Human Lives, he added.


    Several Experts and NGOs expressed "Deep Concern", as f;ex. DR M.C. Cornel of the "European Society of Human Genetics", which stressed, on this occasion, that "the importance of Non-Directiveness in Reproductive issues is a Central characteristic of Human Genetics, after the Atrocities committed in the name of Genetics in the first half or the 20th Century".

     - "This is completely Unacceptable", stressed Italian Liberal MEP Vittorio Prodi, on the Controversial Amendment, also because pushes to "eliminate early Human Life", as he noted.

     - "This opens a Dangerous Road, rather a Motorway", denounced Danish MEP Mrs Margrette Auken, from the "Greens", observing that various similar attempts were made in the Past "not only in Germany, but also in several other Countries, "even at the 1970ies", "f.ex. on forced Sterilisation of Roma" People, and other criticisable situations f.ex. in the UK, in Sweden, etc. as she said.

    + Other NGOs, as f.ex. "LebenHilfe" from Berlin, added that, among various other Risks, could also be that, by exploiting the pre-implantation Genetic Diagnostics and the Selection of "healthy" Embryos, some may "propagate" several "Eugenic" aims, starting f.ex. by pushing to eradicate Human Livies which might "Cost too much" to preserve, ultimately exposing to dangers reminiscent of the "3rd Reich"'s atrocious abuses.

    In consequence, ChristianDemocrats/EPP and "Green" MEPs "decided by Majority to vote against" this Controversial Amendment, anounced to Journalists the 5 MEPs who participated in the Press Conference, representing a wide spectrum, from Liberals to "Greens" and ChristianDemocrats, and from Hungary, Italy, Germany and Danemark up to Ireland (Gay Mitchell), etc.
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    Hungarian ChristianDemocrat MEP Laszlo Surjan said "that it was "Suddenly, at the End of the Procedure" in Committee, that "appeared this (Controversial) Amendment, which has nothing to do" with the main purpose of the Report, on which all agreed.

    He denounced an "Unhonest" move, and called to "avoid this kind of unacceptable situations". Nobody should "Select People", Surjan stressed.

    - "We (MEPs) had No Chance to Discuss" this last-minute Amendment earlier added at a Committee's level, said German MEP Peter Liese

    Speaking to "EuroFora", Dr. Liese, the Spokesman of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group in EU Parliament, said that MEPs didn't oppose other references of the Report f.ex. on "Genetic Tests", because they were "no proposals" to impose them, while, on the contrary, there was "a Problem" if anyone attempted to "impose" f.ex. this or that Genetic Technique and "Genetic Counselling", etc. to the People on human reproduction.
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    Controversial parts of Amendment No 15 ask mainly "to lead finally to the Eradication" of "Hereditary" "rare diseases", "through Genetic Counselling .., and ..pre-Implantation Selection of healthy Embryos".

    But  EU Rapporteur Professor Trakatellis, said to "EuroFora" that fears should be alleviated by Guarantees that all this should be done only "where appropriate", when it's "not contrary to existing National Law", and "always on a Voluntary basis", according to other Parts of the Amendment.

    He stressed that the main aim was to allow "a free and informed choice of persons involved", without imposing them anything :  - "It's not an obligatory, but advisary" text, he said.

    To make that point clear, he was ready, in agreement with many MEPs, to eventually drop at least that part of the controversial Amendment which initially called for "efforts to ..lead finally to the Eradication of those rare diseases" "which are Hereditary".

    But, until late Wednesday evening, reportedly together with many other MEPs, he stood by all the rest of the controversial Amendment, (fex. on the "Genetic Counselling" and the "pre-implantation Selection of healthy Embryos"), so that critical MEPs, going from ChristianDemocrats as Dr. Liese, to "Greens" or "Ind/Dem", observed to "EuroFora" that "this was not enough" to close the dangerous loophole.

    Particularly since, as Professor Trakatellis noted himself, "this is already allowed to the U.K.", and "other National Legislations would probably follow, sooner or later" in a similar direction. As for a general call to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", this "should happen, at any case, in practice, de facto", to protect public Health.

    On the contrary, "our goal should be to help patients suffering from rare diseases, not to eradicate the patients. In case of genetic disease risk, the decision should not be guided by scenarios" made by politicians. "Perents who may decide to accept a child, even if handicapped or with genetic disease, must be respected and supported with solidarity", critical MEPs stated.

    - "Any Pressure" to "a patient or couple (who "should be able to make an informed choice consistent with their own values"),"from health Professionals, Public Health Policies or Governemental Institutions, or Society at large, should be avoided", stresses the "European Society for Human Genetics".

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Each MEP's vote will be registered !

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The Socialist Group requested a "Split vote" on the Amendment 15, first without, and afterwards with the words "lead finally to the Eradication" etc.


    But the first "split vote" leaves intact all the other parts of the Controversial Amendment, (i.e. "Genetic Counselling", "Selection of healthy Embryos", etc).

    That's why, 3 Groups of MEPs : ChristianDemocrats/EPP, "Greens/EFA", and "Ind/Dem", have asked for "Roll Call Votes", on everything regarding the Controversial Amendment No 15, and on the final outcome of the resulting Report as amended, which will register all the individual positions to be taken by each MEP.   

Something which will obviously make each MEP think twice before voting for one or another choice, to be sure that he/she will make the right choice in front of EU Citizens, particularly at these pre-Election times...


    Crucial Votes were scheduled between 12 Noon and 1 p.m. local Strasbourg time, in the middle of a long series of various other Reports, and after a long Public Debate on the larger Health policy package, from 9 to 11.50 am.

    The specific Report inside which was hidden the controversial Amendment is due to be debated between 11 and 12 am.

    So that more last-minute Surprises may not be excluded a priori...

    Particularly at the present Historic moment, when even the Institutional Future of the EU depends on the result of a second Referendum on "Lisbon Treaty", later this year, in ...Ireland, a mainly Catholic country, where People are particularly sensitive in such kind of socio-cultural and values issues...
 

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