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

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Tuesday, February 12, 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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Speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", the New EU Parliament's President, former Polish Prime Minister, ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Jerzy Busek, welcomed proposals by EuroFora about innovative ways for EU Citizens to attend EU debates before important final decisions which affect people's lives.

- "We (EU Parliament) must be transparent", Buzek stressed from the outset.  "We must have clear answers also for delicate questions. If we don't touch a problem, you must know why, and when shall we decide in the nearest future".. "Because "we (EU) must think about Europeans, first of all : They don't understand well what is going on in the EU. So, it's our duty to inform them, to make discussions here more interesting".

"EuroFora" congratulated President Buzek for the anouncement he made, from the 1st day of his election in Strasbourg (on Tuesday, 14 July 2009), on his intention to make  transparent debates, exchanges of views, etc. before the final adoption of decisions in EU Parliament's Plenary, when issues are evolving inside Committees, (See earlier publication).

And we reminded, in this regard, that "EuroFora" has been advocating a project for EU Citizens' active involvement in pluralist EU debates before important EU decisions, since more than a Decade : 1997-2007+

- "Thank you. We (EU Parliament), indeed, have exciting debates", Buzek replied. But, in practice, "without a possibility for our Citizens to see them, not even by the Press, the Radio or TV, etc., because it is in Committees", he regreted.

- "But, they (i.e. Media, Citizens, etc) might interact with you, with MEPs, etc, May be we can imagine something", "EuroFora" proposed.

- "Yes, (but) it needs, a quite new idea", Buzed observed.

- "Why not through some innovations ?", "EuroFora" suggested.

- "Innovation ? That's it. Fantastic  New Information Technologies !", Buzek realized.

- "Precisely, "EuroFora" has such a project, since more than a Decade (1997-2009), to use new technologies for public debates before major EU decisions are taken", we reminded.

- "If you have such proposals, please come to us, come to us. We must" do something, agreed the new EU Parliamen's President.

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    This fits with Buzek's main stance, expressed at EU Parliament's plenary earlier this week in Strasbourg, that the European Union must succeed to overcome a "Crisis of Trust" vis a vis EU Citizens. (See previous EuroFora publication).

    For that purpose, obviously information and debates are valuable, but purely instrumental, procedural means which can help focus on, and highlight a substantial content, attractive to EU Citizens, which needs to be determined by other, political, and not mediatic factors.  

    Buzek spoke about the urgent need to overcome the Global Economic Crisis,  the struggle for Human and Civic Rights, Democracy, etc., the Eastern Partnership, links with Russia, strategic partnership with USA and emerging countries, etc.

    But he also used (while speaking both to "EuroFora" and other Media) the expression : "The Europeans", for EU Citizens. This points right towards what several important EU leaders (including French President Sarkozy, German Chancellor Merkel, etc) have started to highlight particularly during the recent years : That there is a vital need, and an historic opportunity, for the development of a European Conscience, to stimulate e renaissance of a European Identity able to attract Popular support, for the EU to become a strong player in a Multopolar World : In other words, the revitalisation of a project for a "Political Europe".

    By a coincidence, this was indirectly but surely reminded, earlier in Strasbourg, by another ... Busek (this time with a "s") : 

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    Speaking to more than 650 participants from CoE's member countries, at the conclusion of the 2009 Summer University of its Political Schools, Erhard Busek, (with an "s"), former vice-Chancellor of Austria and EU Coordinator for South-Eastern Europe, pointed at the current need to revitalize Europe's "Identity", forged by Greek philosophy and Roman Law, Christian values and Enlightment's ideas, etc. through the ages.     

- "We have almost the same name with Jerzy Buzek (EU Parliament's new President, who is a former Polish Prime Minister), because both our Families come ...from  the same village, located at the Heart of Europe, which was often shared between Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic. But my family emmigrated a long time ago to Austria, while Jerzy Buzek's family remained in Poland", explained f. vice-Chancellor Erhard Busek to "EuroFora".   

 An astonishingly concrete and simple example of European Integration from the grassroots : Starting by EU Citizens, i.e. those "Europeans", that EU Parliament's new President, Jerzy Buzek (this time with a "z"), wants to bring alongside MEP's decision-making proces, (according to "EuroFora"'s main idea : Comp. supra)...

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