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EUParliament vicePresident Charanzova to EF on Digital Act+Press Freedom/Classic Vaccine: "Not Easy"

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 14 December 2021

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- The "Hot" Topical Issue of EU's Digital Act against DisInformation, and respect of ECHR's well Established case-law on Democratic Freedom of Expression, particularly when it comes to Delicate Issues, such as, f.ex., Press Liberty, and EU's Strange Insistance to still Delay any Authorisation of Not even 1 "Classic" Technology Vaccine, (of the kind invented by Louis Pasteur and Tested during 2 Centuries), against the Deadly Virus, Despite the existence of Many, including 3 already Officialy Recognized by the WHO, "is Not Easy !", acknowledged EU Parliament's vice-President, and Shadow Rapporteur, Czech MEP Dita Charanzova, in Reply to an "Eurofora" Question at an Hybrid Press-Conference Today, together with the President of mainstream "ReNew" (Liberal) Group of MEPs, Stefan Sejourné from France.

    With more than 255 Amendments Tabled in Plenary, (All of them in "RCV"), just for the "Market" Part, followed by about ...3.200 Amendments in Committee, for the "Services" Part, more Crucial for EU Citizens' and/or Press Medias' Liberty, (Now Voted in Committee, and due to be Voted in Plenary on January 2022), the overall EU "Digital Act", (Drafted, respectively, by German MEP Andreas Schwab, a Christian-Democrat from nearby Baden-Wurttemberg, [Comp. Schwab's past Statements to "Eurofora", f.ex. at http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/schaublemnacehollandecontretraiteeurzone.html, http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eucommissionermimicaondigitalnetworksandconsumerstravelapp.html, etc], and Danish SocialDemocrat MEP Christel Schaldemose), is a Huge "Submarine", whose Votes extend from Tuesday to Wednesday, 14-15 December 2021, up to 18-19 January 2022 included, i.e. Starting Negotiations with EU Council's Member States' Governments during the incoming French EU Presidency, (January - June 2022).

 including a lot of possible Variants, particularly on so-called "GateKeepers", and/or "Compliance Officers", etc., around various eventual "Complains", concerning Member States, EU Commission, etc., often complicated... But its Supporters' basic Claim is that People feeling that they might have, eventualy, be Unfairly Treated, particularly by Content Suppression and/or Internet Accounts' Freezing, etc., would, at least, have "a Complain" Mecanism at their disposal, (but mostly Avoiding to go into Concrete Details now at this Delicate Issue : See also Infra).

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    - "Eurofora"'s Question, pointing at the Fact that "ReNew"'s President Sejourné had Spoken Both of the forthcoming EU Brussels' Summit of Heads of State/Government, particularly on "Vaccines", (also Discussed in EU Parliament on Wednesday), AND of that "Digital Act", raised a Couple of Topical Issues of Crucial Importance for EU Citizens :

⦁        (A) Whether, in order to Alleviate a Current Mistrust vis a vis the only Available 4 Vaccines inside the EU, (All Based on Novel Tools, such as "mRNA", "Virus vector", etc), it might be Helpful to Facilitate Vaccinations also by Authorizing for EU Citizens at least 1 new Vaccine based on the "Classical" Technology Invented by World-Famous European Louis Pasteur (former French Professor at Strasbourg University), well Tested and widely Used in massive Practice during around 2 Centuries now :

⦁    By a Timely Coincidence, the WHO has Just Authorized also a 3rd such "Classical" Vaccine against the COVID Virus, on November 2021, added to 2 Others, which had Already been Authorized many Months Earlier, (i.e. 2 from China, and 1 from India = 3), which had, apparently, some Positive Effects, and Started to Circulate throughout All Continents of the World, (probably Followed by Other 2 from Cuba soon, etc).

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+ Moreover, it's Also a Fact that the Absolute Majority of 180 Vaccines which have Reached a crucial "Phase 3" Trial until recently, were, precisely, Based on a Similar "Classical" Technology, (wich does Not Affect the Human Genome : See http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/majorityvaccinesclassicbutnotyeteu.html)...

⦁    However, Curiously, EU's EMA Still Persists to Abstain from Authorizing Not Even One among all those "Classical" Technology Vaccines, thereby Insisting into practicaly Submitting all EU Citizens only to a Few Controversial Novel Tech. Vaccines, (which all Affect the Human Genome, either through the "mRNA" or the "Virus Vector" New and Controversial Tools, which have Notoriously Started recently to Show their Limits and/or Open Question Marks : See Facts, inter alia, also, f.ex., at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/fewfakevaccinesfascismcrashes.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/germanpeoplevoteotherright.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/pfizerfakevaccineboomsvirusinaustralia.html, etc). And this, Despite also the fact that those Few (4) Authorized Fake-"Vaccines" notoriously proved Unable to face New "Variants" of the Virus, unless they are Modified and/or Repeated, again and again, during the Forthcoming Months, f.ex. via a 3rd or Even 4rth "Dose", in Addition to a "Booster", etc., each 3 Months, (something Unheard of in the whole History of True Vaccines !), and Nonobstant "Variants", as that of "Delta", or particularly the Latest "Omicron", which apparenly risk to make those few Controversial "Vaccines" almost Inoperant, by seriously Altering the 1 Protein of the "Spike" of the Virus, notoriously Targeted by those "mRNA" Novel Tools, (while, on the Contrary, the "Classic" Vaccines aim at a much Wider OverView of the whole Virus, reportedly being Able to Spot it Also in Various Other Ways).

    + (B) On this Occasion, We Also asked which were "the Essentials" in those "Complain" Mecanisms, thanks to which, EU Citizens eventualy Feeling that they might have been Treated "UnFairly", (f.ex. by excessive Censorship, etc), could, reportedly, Ask an efficent Redress, according to the well Established Case-Law of the PanEuropean, CoE's Human Rights' Court, in Strasbourg, and/or EU's Act on Rights, monitored by EU's Court of Justice at nearby Luxembourg, particularly as Journalists' Freedom is concerned in "delicate" cases.

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    - Mainstream "ReNew" (Liberals) Group of MEPs' President, Stephane Séjourné, immediately Replied that he took "Eurofora"'s Question as raising an Issue about "Vaccines and Press Freedom", as he Resumed the overall move, (also excusing himself for having mainly missed its first part, particularly after a rapid switch-over from an Initialy English to a finaly French presentation of the above-mentioned points), and urged EU Parliament's vice-President Dita Charanzova to react on that entire matter, (Kindly Adding that he would be "Glad" to, eventualy, Personaly Reply Also to the Part that he had Missed, if we Noted it at the Video-Chat linked to that Hybrid Press Conference).

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    => Vice-President Charanzova, (who participated, just a few Minutes Later, Also to a Specific Press Conference dedicated on EU's Draft "Digital Services Act" : Comp. Supra), agreed with "Eurofora" that : - Indeed, "the Biggest Discussion we (EU Parliament) had around that topic, was how to Find the Right Balance between the Freedom of Expression, between the Freedom that we have now at the Internet, and the spread of DisInformation and Fake News on line".

     - "It's Not an Easy Task !", she acknowledged...

    -  "But (EU) Parliament went Further than the (EU) Council, because We (MEPs) Wanted the (Web) Platforms to take a much More Responsible stance !".

    => "So, they (Web Platforms) will have to go through the Risk Assessment : To see What is actually happening in their Websites. How it Influences the Society as such. How Far they (Internet Users/EU Citizens) have gone, and What they have actually done".

    - For that purpose, "there is a Lot in our hands, and there will be Legal Pressure on them (Web Platforms) to do so", she Warned.

    >>> "And I will be Happy to see - Because, I think, one of the Topics was on Vaccination politics (Comp. f.ex. also "Eurofora"'s Question's 1st Part, above) - that Fakes and DisInformation on Vaccination Stops on line : It's one Example of what will Happen, If this New Legislation (Digital Services Act) is adopted", Charanzova vowed.

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     Surprizingly, however, "Eurofora"'s above-mentioned Question did Not receive a real Answer, now in Strasbourg, Neither on whether the Authorisation, by the EU, of a "Classical" Technology Vaccine (among the 3 Already Authorized by the WHO, which do Not Affect the Human Genome, etc) might Facilitate Vacinations of still Hesitating EU Citizens, Nor on What are the Essentials of that "Complain" Mechanism in the Draft Digital Services Act which would Respect ECHR's case-Law on Press Freedom of expression, avoiding Eventual Abuse of Censorship by some uncontrolable, Big private Web Platforms, (Comp. Supra)...

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    + Indeed, Not Even a Written Reminder of that 1st Part of Our original Question, Added also through that "Hybrid" Press-Cnference's "Chat", (as "ReNew" Group President Séjourné had Proposed : Comp. Supra,and Attached Herewith), did Not Receive any Answer Today, Despite also the Fact that this is a Topical Issue, and integral part of the Forefront in the forthcoming EU Summit's official Agenda for Heads of State/Governments in Brussels, just a couple of Days Later-on (16 Dec. 2021) !

    => How could, then, in Consequence, EU Citizens Believe such Blatant "Fake News" and "DisInformation", as some (Other) Establishment's Politicians served them, through Big Medias, by Claiming, Recently, that, on the Contrary, EU Countries would "Give a Free Choice" to the People about "What kind of Vaccines" they Prefer (i.e. Including Between "Classic" Technology, Already Tested during 2 Centuries since Louis Pasteur, which do Not Affect the Human Genome and do Not have too Many Risks to provoke UnKnown yet, seriously Negative "Side Effects" some Years Later,  or, on the Contrary, some "Novel Tools", as "mRNA" and/or "Virus Vector", which notoriously May Affect the Human Genome, and/or, Perhaps Reveal some Never Seen Before "Side Effects" during the Next few Years) ?

    >>> Let's leave the Answer to that Question to current and future Readers, on such a Topical and Crucial Issue for Human Health and even Life, as well as Democratic Press Freedom, particularly in Europe Nowadays (for the 2nd Time at the EpiCenter of a Deadly Pandemic), which Obviously Deserved a Serious, Urgent, Science-Based and Crystal-clear Public Debate by All involved, instead of Risking to be Swept Under the Carpet...

 

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People in Europe and the World expect from CoE to make a succes of its "Monitoring" for Human Rights and Democracy, despite difficulties, said Finland's President Tarja Halonen to "EuroFora" at a crucial moment for the mecanism built 15 years ago by the paneuropean organization which celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2009.

Halonen, known as "Mother" of CoE's "Monitoring" mecanism, a long-time MEP and former Foreign Minister before becoming Finland's President, holds a long experience in the mattter, after also serving twice as CoE and EU Chairwoman in the past. That's why she is well placed to judge how CoE's "monitoring" should deal today with some crucial issues of importance both to CoE and to the EU.

The move came just a Month before a crucial, last visit to Turkey, scheduled for June, by the President of CoE''s "Monitoring" Committee, Ukranian MEP Serge Holovaty, to finalize his Report on Ankara, the CoE Member State with the longest Monitoring procedure. From its results depends its overall credibility.

This is a Test-case, because, in fact, it's in order to avoid Sanctions threatened against Turkey by a CoE's Assembly's April 1995 Resolution for grave Human Rights violations, Democracy gaps, the continuing Military Occupation in Cyprus, the unresolved Kurdish problem, Aegean differend with Greece, etc., that MEPs decided to create, for the 1st time on April 1996, a "Monitoring" proces, allegedly destinated to check, without excluding Countries who did not fulfill all CoE's standards.

In the Past, the obliged withdrawal of Greece's Military regime and of its "Civil" cover-up out of the CoE had helped bring back Democracy in 1974. But, on the contrary, since April 1996, the idea was to "monitor" Human Rights' respect while keeping most concerned Countries inside the CoE. After Turkey's oldest example, this was extended also to several former "Eastern" European Countries, even if CoE's Assembly has imposed to some of them (fex. Ukraine, Russia, etc., after Belarus, Serbia, etc) various "Sanctions", that Ankara always avoided. Curiously more succesful even than .. USA itself, (a CoE "Observer" since 1995), which has been at least threatened with sanctions some years ago..

EU-effects of CoE's Monitoring process became obvious between 2001-2008, since the "closure" of this procedure, when CoE felt that a Country had met most of its Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law obligations, (i.e. the "Copenhagen Criteria" for the EU), helped trigger Negotiations with the EU for "Accession" or other closer relations : This occured already before the 2004 and 2007 EU Enlargements to former "Eastern" European Countries, as well as for the commencement of "accession" negotiations with Croatia, and of "open-ended" negotiations with Turkey in 2005.

    But a stricking new development are Holovaty's recent findings that on core Human Rights issues as Torture and Freedom of Expression, Turkey, even "5 Years after" CoE closed its "Monitoring", back in 2004, inciting EU to start accession Negotiations in 2005, still presents grave problems.

    His findings are of crucial importance after a 2008 CoE Resolution called, "if need be", to "seriously consider the possibility of Re-Opening the Monitoring procedure for Turkey" : A move which might affect Ankara's controversial EU bid, since EU Accession Negotiations are based on the Hypothesis that the Candidate fullfils the "Copenhagen Criteria" (See above)..
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    Holovaty expressed his will to check  "Matters still Outstanding" and  those that he "didn't have an opportunity to discuss" at an earlier visit this year, "in order to discuss the more complex issues in greater depth", at his forthcoming New Visit to Ankara, before the December 2009 EU Summit.  This is all based on the 2004 CoE Resolution which stresses that, CoE "will continue.. post-monitoring Dialogue with the Turkish authorities,...in addition to a 12-points list,..and on any Other Matter that might arise in connection with Turkey’s Obligations as a CoE member state".

    CoE's Resolution also asks  from Turkey "to secure the proper Implementation of Judgements, particularly in the Cyprus v. Turkey InterState case", of 2001, which concerns also the plight of many Hundreds of MISSING People. It adds Turkey's obligations to "execute" ECHR's Judgements in the Loizidou case,..and in particular adopt General Measures to avoid repetition or continuation of Violations found by the Court" to the detriment of Refugees.

    Nevertheless, Holovaty said to "EuroFora" that "MISSING" persons,"might be included" and cannot be excluded, but he has yet to examine the situation "to find out  which issues will be raised" to the Turkish Government.

    Therefore, "EuroFora" asked Halonen, as the Historic "Mother" of CoE's Monitoring mecanism, if she thought that, "whenever there are grave Human Rights Violations, as fex. "MISSING" persons, attested even by ECHR's judgements, they should be always checked by a Monitoring process. Or could they be forgotten ?"
    
     - "We (CoE) must be, at the same time, Fair, Realistic, but not in the mind that "now we have Forgotten", etc., replied to "EuroFora"'s question Halonen, speaking as a matter of general principle.

    - "When we think of those People that are suffering from the lack of Democracy, of Human Rights, and of the Rule of Law", "we should find a base on how to deal with the (Monitoring) system more rapidly"', she stressed.

    - "Sometimes it's very difficult to combine Transparency and Effectivenes together, particularly in this specific case", she went on to say. But, "I have not found a (CoE Member) Country who could be insensitive in this sens", Halonen answered concerning grave Human Rights violations attested by the ECHR.

    - "I have no ready-made answer. I have the expectations that you, in the CoE, will, step by step, find the different types of the monitoring systems."

    Also "because this is a part of the UN's Post-Conflict system, (fex. when it comes to Cyprus' MISSING persons), and it's a more Global system". So that, "If we make a succes in Europe, the others will follow", throughout the World.  "But they expect that we (Europe) are this opportunity, this Opportunity to make a Succes", Halonen concluded.

    In addition, she advised to extend CoE's Monitoring to all its 47 Member States, "because, as long as we hear that, all these monitoring systems are "OK for the neighbor, but not for me", "it's very difficult" to understand. Something which could make easier to Compare...

    Finnish MEP Jaako Laakso, former CoE Rapporteur on the Occupied Territories of Cyprus and one of the 5 Signatories of the Historic CoE's call to create the "MONITORING" mecanism since 1996, was more specific :  - "We (CoE Assembly) have to find a way for the issue of Cyprus' MISSING People to be better followed", he stressed, anouncing his intention to "speak to Mr. Holovaty" about that. "There might be also other ways", added Laakso.

    - The 2008 "Year had been a very Bad one for Turkey with regard to Human Rights in general, and Freedom of Expression in particular", denounced, meanwhile, Holovaty's preliminary Post-Monitoringh Draft Report by Holovaty, published by the CoE on April 2009.

    "Amnesty International believes that freedom of expression is not guaranteed given the various articles of the Criminal Code that restrict it. .. "For example, 1,300 Websites are said to have been closed down by the (Turkish) authorities in 2008" ! While "the new Turkish Criminal Code was used to bring a total of 1,072 proceedings between June 2005 and April 2008, and led to the conviction of 192 people", for expressing views. "Representatives of the Özgür Gündem newspaper, which specialises in Kurdish affairs, ..complained about Numerous Attacks on their Freedom of Expression ...as was everyone who advocated a settlement to the question by means other than the intervention of the army" "According to their figures, 19 Newspapers had been suspended 43 times between 4 August 2006 and 4 November 2008" !...

    Moreover, on 2008,  CoE's "Ministers adopted its 4rth Resolution on the execution of the judgments of the ECHR, ...and outstanding issues regarding 175 Judgements and decisions relating to Turkey delivered between 1996 and 2008...  concerning Deaths resulting from the excessive use of force by members of the Security forces, the failure to protect the right to life, the DIisappearance and/or death of individuals, Ill-Treatment and the Destruction of property". CoE's " Ministers urged the Turkish authorities ...to ensure that members of Security forces of all ranks can be prosecuted without administrative
authorisation" for "serious crimes". Holovaty reminded.

"Nonetheless", Holovaty heard anew of "Several cases of Violence committed last year (2008) by the (Turkish) security forces". Amnesty International speaks of Many Cases of ill-treatment and Torture in the prisons and by the police". "Including, fex."'the death of Engin Ceber, a young man of 29 who died on October 2008 as a result of the TORTURE allegedly inflicted on him by police officers, prison staff and members of the gendarmerie. He was part of a group of people arrested on September 2008 during a demonstration and Press Conference in Istanbul'. Proceedings against suspects are "on-going" in this case.

- " I therefore noted an Obvious Contradiction between the Government’s stated “zero tolerance” policy.... of Torture and other forms of ill-treatment, and the different testimonies given", denounced CoE's Rapporteur.  Turkish "authorities must make considerable efforts to guarantee that proper investigations are carried out into allegations of abuses by members of the security forces and that perpetrators are effectively punished" "In this respect, I have requested detailed Statistics on the number of Investigations, acquittals and convictions in cases involving allegations of abuse in order to show the positive impact of the measures taken to date", Holovaty said, repeating a permanently unsatisfied CoE's demand to Turkey since a Decade...

    - "The Political Crisis that shook the country in the spring of 2008 highlighted the Weaknesses of the (Turkish) Constitution", which comes from the Military regime of 1982, "and the Urgent Need of Reforms", stressed from the outset CoE's Rapporteur in 2009. In particular, "the ...Democratic functioning of state institutions, including the independence of the judicial system, are crucial", he observes.

    But, "the Electoral  system and the ways in which it is circumvented do not appear to give those elected complete Legitimacy, and tend to pervert the course of direct universal suffrage", denounces Holovaty, observing that, even 5 Years later, Turkey did not yet change the 10% nationwide Threshold for a party to take any seat, which is "far higher" than the "3%" maximum in Europe and already condemned as contrary to European Standards by the CoE.

    + Moreover, EU Parliament's 2009 Report on Turkey, drafted by Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijten and adopted in Strasbourg on March, expresses "Concern over the Failure of the (Turkish) Judiciary to prosecute cases of Torture and Ill-treatment, the Number of which is Growing". EU also "is concerned about continuing Hostility and Violence against Minorities" in Turkey. It also "calls on the Turkish Government to launch, as a matter of Priority, a Political Initiatve favouring a lasting Settlement of the Kurdish issue, (while "condemning violence.. and terrorist groups"). EU "regrets that No progress has been made on establishing full, systematic Civilian suprevisory functions over the (Turkish) Military".

    The final results of Holovaty's 2nd and last visit to Turkley will be known later this year, and, at any case, before EU's December 2009 Summit.

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