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EPP v.President Pons to EF on GermLine Manipulation Ban Resolution + MEPs' Debate

Ecrit par ACM
mardi, 12 février 2019
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*Strasbourg/European Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- On the Most Important Issue that US President Don Trump and China's President Xi have to find a solution now, well beyond Global Trade, in fact that of Heritable GermLine Manipulations, which risk to seriously affect not only nowadays' World, but even all Humanity's future, (as the notorious incident of a Chinese Doctor pushed by former US President Barack Hussein Obama's lobby to Manipulate Genetically 2 Babies in a Permanent way for Generations, revealed recently : See http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/heritablegenemaniptrumpxihumanity.html, etc), Europe must take a firm stance "Against" it, clearly stressed to "Eurofora" the vice-President of EU Parliament's Biggest Political Group, that of ChrisianDemocrats/EPP, Dr. Esteban Gonzalez Pons.


+ Pons' move this Morning, was followed, Later Today Evening, also by a MEPs' Debate with EU Commission and Council representatives on this same Topical Issue, (See Infra).


- "We (EPP) are against that", unequivocally reacted to a relevant "Eurofora"s Question, right from the Start, vice-President Pons, (who was Replacing, in this Plenary Session's Press Conference the EPP Group President himself, Manfred Weber, the Top "Spitzen" Candidate at the forthcoming EU Elections of May 2019, speaking on his behalf).

 

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=> That's why "we are, currently, pushing a Resolution" in EU Parliament on that matter, he revealed, speaking with "Eurofora" later-on.


- "We Hope to have it Voted", if possible, "Before the Elections" of May 2019, v.President Pons added.


This practically means on March, (during which EU Parliament exceptionally holds 2 full Plenary Sessions in Strasbourg), since on April, the Parliament enters in recess for the Elections, resuming its work from July 2019, (with another 2 Plenaries in Strasbourg), according to its tradition, once in 5 Years.


>>> - The Resolution says that the EU must be Against such Heritable GermLine Modifications, underlined v. President Pons in conclusion of his Reply to the above-mentioned "Eurofora"s Question, - where we had also Reminded the Fact that a Prohibition exists already in the much Wider scope of CoE's Convention on Human Rights and Bio-Medicine, known as "Oviedo" Treaty (by the name of the Spanish Village where it was originaly signed on 1998), but not yet Ratified by all CoE's Member States, since some find it too restrictive, while others consider it insufficient, on Various other concrete BioEthical issues.


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+ Indeed, "EU Commission is Urged to support a Global Ban" on that Dangerous and "UnEthical" activity, which has "Serious Risks of Side-Effects" and provokes "Alterations in all Future Generations", stressed at an EU Parliament's Plenary Debate, Later this Evening, MEP Miroslav Mikolasik, Chairman of EPP's Working Group on BioEthics.


He was speaking on an "Oral Question" to EU Commission and Council, tabled about "Human GermLine Genome Modification", and Debated Tonight by a Dozen of MEPs with EU Commissioner Vera Jourova, and EU Council's representative, George Ciamba, vice-Minister for EU Affairs at the current Romanian EU Presidency.


- "This Concerns All of us", and "the whole Humankind", denounced Mikolasik, "is Against Human Dignity, Integrity and Equality", so that such a matter "canNot be left only to a Scientific Community", "Neither be Limited to a mere list of conditions, etc., as he Warned, but "it Calls for a Strong Internantional Response".


- EU Commission is "indeed Aware" of that "Highly Sensitive" Problem, replied European Commissioner Vera Jourova, from the Czech Republic, who cited also CoE's "Oviedo" Convention, prohibiting such practices, (Comp. Supra).


- However, GermLine Editing for In Vitro Fertilisation remains Member States' legal competence, she found, and the European Commission is currently "Exploring" how to address the above-mentioned Issue, went on to add Jourova, (who is competent for Courts, Consumers and Gender Equality, as well as a reknown Specialist on EU Funds for Regional Development, etc, but Not so much for Human Rights and/or Bio-Ethics)...


- "The 1st Article in EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights focuses on Human Dignity", and, therefore, GermLine Modifications are illegal in the EU, pointed out EU Council's representative, Romanian EU Council Presidency's representative, vice-Minister Ciambia, promissing that the Council will be "Ready to give Priority" to any eventual such Draft Legislation.


- "It's UnAcceptable !", denounced also the Experienced German ChrisianDemocrat MEP, Dr. Peter Liese, speaking on behalf of the EPP Group, by launching an appeal to "Work all Together" in order to exclude such risks.


 - "Not Safe" and even "Dangerous" chacterised the GermLine Modifications, inter alia, MEP Guillaume Balas, on behalf of the SocialDemocrats, (advising, however, to "Caution" for the verification of the concrete facts in the above-mentioned incident).


- Given the serious "Risks" and "Genetic Mutations of all Future Generations", such technics deserve to be "Banned by International Legislation", stressed MEP Stanislav Polcak, asking the EU Commission what it plans for an efficient International response.


- One of the Few to look mitigated appeared Socialist Spanish MEP Soledad Cabezon Ruiz, for whom, however, the otherwise "opportunities by Genetic Technologies in general, "shouldn't prevent" a right response on that specific point.


- "Not Right", "UnEthical", and "UnAcceptable", such practices must face "a Global Ban", clearly stressed, on the contrary, ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Maijana Petir.


- Indeed, "EU has to Make it Clear that there is a <<Red Line>> not to be passed", urged, in this regard, Italian MEP Luigi Morgano.


+ Meanwhile, new US President Don Trump has just Declared, in a recent Speech to the traditional BiPartisan, American "National Prayer Breakfast" annual event, that "All Children, Born and UnBorn, are made at the Image of God", linked to "the Miracle of Life and to the Majesty of Creation", as he said for the Human Embryo, widely Applauded by Thousands of People.


But such a Crucial Matter naturally concerns all Humans, Believers or no believers, including those who care against "Racist" Ideas, and now Risk to face soon, Real, Artificial "Races"...

 

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Former "Green-Red" German government's Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's job at the controversial Turkish pipeline "Nabucco" was denounced as "not proper", "very bad", and "incompatible with Democracy", by the new President of EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group, German Lothar Bisky, replying to an "EuroFora" question.

For once, criticism of Joschka Fischer's doings with Turkey affecting Europe, didn't come only from the Center-Right of the political spectrum, but even from his Left side : The experienced Bisky, who has been chairing all over 1993-2009 the PDS - Die Linke party :  

- "Former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer got involved in dealings with oil-gaz business in a foreign country, Turkey, and its controversial Nabucco pipeline. This raises questions about Democracy, also because of the well known problems of Human Rights violations in that country. Do you thing that this might be abused in order to cover up and close EU's eyes on Human Rights violations ?", "EuroFora" asked Bisky.

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- "Nabucco pipeline is (only) at the planning stage". And "there are some difficulties",  he observed from the start. But "'I don't want to get into the details of Nabucco pipeline, because I don't think that there is any point for it at the moment".
 
At any case,  "we  (EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group) strongly believe that Politicians should not get involved in the Energy Business, and all these commercial transactions", President Bisky declared on the Joschka Fiischer's affair.

- "We feel that it's something that shouldn't be done. It's not proper !"           

- "We don't think that it's compatible with Democracy either, and it gets politics into a very Bad track", Bisky went on to denounce.
                                                                                                                                                                        
- "EuroLeft  and "Die Linke" always spoke against that, saying that politicians should not get directly into the arms of private enterprises"

- "It is pretty bad if a former Minister takes a job f.ex. in a major Energy producer. So, it's an issue if a Minister who may have seen excellent opportunities, subsequently gets personally grasp of them, in very serious parts of the economy, once he has given up his (Government) job."

- "It doesn't really make politics in general look any better'", Bisky concluded.

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Earlier, this week in Strasbourg, other Journalists had also raised critical questions on former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's involvement in the conroversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline to the President of his own EuroParty : Kohn-Bendit of the "Greens", who, contrary to Bisky, tried to find excuses for Fischer, while criticizing his long-time partner, Schroeder for having done a similar move :

- "Shroeder was chancellor", and he "negociated" with "Russians", who gave him a job only "3 Months" after he resigned from the Government. While "Joschka Fischer", on the contrary, got a job with the controversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline only "4 Years after" he left the Government. "He didn't negociate Nabucco", so I have "no objection", Kohn Bendit claimed.

But, many Facts indicate the contrary :

Joschka Fischer was Foreign Minister in Germany from 1999 up to 2005 : I.e. from the year that EU took the controversial decision to give Turkey a "Candidate" status, until he year it started controversial "accession negotiations, (later declared "open-ended" after Sarkozy-Merkel's arrival from 2005-2007).

During that period was prepared the controversial so-called "Annan" Plan (in fact, drafted by others and attributed afterwards to the former UN SG) on Cyprus, which failed after a Popular Referendum said "No" on 2004 with a large Majoriy of 3/4 : 75%. Mainly because it was criticized for making too much concessions to the Turkish side :  Particularly by restricting Greek Cypriot Refugees' Human Right to return to their ancestral Land and/or get restitution of their Familiy Homes and private properties, usurpated by Ankara's Army since the 1974 militay invasion and continuing occupation of the northern part of Cyprus. And by weakening the Central Government, leaving to 2 "constituent States" so much powers and separate interests that more conflicts appeared inevitable, provoking the danger of a break-down in the foreseable future, with more crisis, troubles, perhaps bloodshed, etc., instead of creating an harmoniously integrated, really one federal State.

The controversial Plan was finalized on March-April 2004 at Burgenstock (Switzerland), curiously in the presence of an Envoy by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, then governed by Joschka Fischer, but in the absence of a French and not even an European Union's Envoy, contrary to what was usually practiced on similar occasions in Switzerland (fex. in 1997 at Montreux, in 2000 at Geneva, etc).

Turkey notoriously exploited the failure of the "Annan" Plan in order to convince the EU to decide to start accession Negotiations on December 2004. This provoked an unprecedented series of Institutional Crisis inside the EU, shortly afterwards, when French and Dutch People rejected, 2 popular EuroReferenda by a majority "'No" vote to the EU Constitutional Treaty on 2005, aggraveted in 2004 a Majority Abstention to EU Elections, etc., followed by the recent Irish "No", etc.

"Nabucco" Gas pipeline was notoriously planned since ..2002. It follows an even earlier idea, for an Oil pipeline Baku-Ceyhun, which started to be prepared on 1999-2001 and was meanwhile recently completed.  

So, facts indicate that what is now at stake is based on decisions made during Joschka Fischer's term as former Foreign Minister, closely interested in Turkey's controversial EU-bid.

To the point that he now practically ...switched jobs with a poliician from Turkey, (the State which pays today openly Joschka Fischer), Mr. Ozdemir, who came earlier in Germany, got fast the nationality, and became EiuroMP in a few years, continuing now as head of the "Greens" in Germany, i.e. in Joschka's former job !...

Such astonishing facts risk, unfotunately, to give to German politician Lothar Bisky's criticism of  representative Democracy a topical meaning :

 - "We (EuroLeft Group) think that what is really at stake is Democracy. It's not only about Gas Pipelines or Energy sources", President Lothar Bisky went on to add in his reply to "EuroFora"'s question on Joscka Fischer's personal interests in the controversial Turkish "Nabuco" pipeline.

Such facts, "make People get more distance from Politics. ...People had had enough, and they are fed up !".

- "That's why we (EuroParliament's "EuroLeft" Group) want to strengthen Direct Democracy in Europe. Citizens should be involved in the (EU) Decision-making. In the end of the day, it's not going to help anyone if Politicians are always taking decisions, without involving Citizens. We want to give a voice to the People of Europe. They've got to have their say in the decisions that are taken. That's one of our absolutely fixed and steadfast views. We want more Direct Democracy in Europe. That's how it can become more effective and stronger", he concluded.

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