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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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    The recent paradox of freezing EU Talks with front-runner Croatia, while continuing controversial EU - Turkey talks, despite Zagreb's acceptance of Refugees' Human Rights to return, that Ankara refuses fex. in Cyprus, while both have "Good Neighborhood" problems vis a vis Slovenia, or Greece, Cyprus and Armenia respectively, can it be justified by the non-fullfilment of EU criteria, as Slovenia says, or, is it "Double Standards" ?    

The question became unavoidable after statements by Presidents of Slovenia and Croatia, Tuerk and Mesic, respectively, to "EuroFora", exclusively or among Strasbourg's journalists this week at the CoE, on the sidelines of its 2009 Summer University for Political Schools, which topically brought them together as successive key-note speakers.


    Comming only a few Months before EU checks Turkey's compliance to its commitments on Cyprus, etc., scheduled for December 2009, this obviously has a special importance for the coherence of EU Enlargement's principles.

     Suspension of EU Negotiations is a normal consequence in case of a Candidate Country's failure to fullfil EU Conditions, such as "Good Neighborhood relations", stressed at first Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk, current CoE's chair.

    But, regarding EU's Criteria,  there shouldn't be any "Double Standards",  reacted Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, commenting the fact that Turkey's controversial EU negotiations continue, while they were recently "freezed" in the case of Croatia, an "unquestionably European Country", which oficially accepts to respect Refugees Human Rights, contrary to Ankara's notorious refusals or reluctance.                                       

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - "EU itself has set as a Criterium (for EU Enlargement) the "Good Neighborhood relations",  and their absence justifies the "Suspension" EU Negotiations, (f.ex. with Croatia), because of a Border dispute affecting the territorial integrity of an EU Member Country, stressed Slovenian President, Danilo Tuerk, CoE's Chairman in office (May - November 2009), speaking to Journalists in Strasbourg including "EuroFora".    

Questioned earlier what "consequences on EU's Enlargement policy" can have the "Ban on EU Membership Negotiations", imposed to Croatia, Tuerk replied that "this question comes down to the fulfillement of (EU) Criteria for membership. One has to look at each Candidate Country ., from the point of view whether it fullfils the Criteria that EU has set. One of them are Good Neighborhood Relations, I'd like to remind. And also, there are other factors, such as Justice, Home affairs, Rule of Law, and others".


    - "Now, ..Candidate Countries are at Different Levels of fulfillement of Criteria", he observed.

    - " Croatia is obviously the closest to that. I'm rather optimistic : I think that in the coming Months we'll have an opportunity to look at all these issues constructively and hopefully we'll be able to make progress". "My main concern, at this point, is the situation in Bosnia : We haven't seen enough progres domesticaly. We haven't seen enough during ..political parties within their country.We need a New Energy, a new energetic move towards the Candidature for EU membership. "Other (Western Balkan) Countries (Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM, Albania) have been making soaring Progress, and I think that they should be ready, in a few Years, for the Candidate status".

    - "As far as the Western Balkans are concerned, .. nobody should be left outside" the EU, Slovenian's President concluded, ommitting to mention Turkey's controversial EU bid.

    - "This process may be seen as Slow, but..  Slovenia has also has also been exposed to various "Booms of Slowness" in our accession period. But now we can say that the process was relatively quick, because changes which occur after becoming EU member, are quite large, and they require proper Preparations before the (EU) membership becomes a new factor, an impacting line for a new (EU) member country".
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Slovenian statements made some participants from certain 3rd Countries as FYROM, etc. claim that "the Principle of EU Solidarity" would "produce a.. rising European Union Nationalism (sic !), against Non-EU Countries", as they said, asking unhappy foreign countries to form a "bloc" to exert pressure on the EU...    

But Croatian President Stjepan Mesic dismissed that, supporting "EU Integration", "after the Economy also in Political" issues, as "the achievement" of our times. In EU there is "diversity, but it's United", he stressed, "EU has to be United so that it can become a central factor of Peace" also at the surrounding areas, he replied.

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Speaking later exclusively to "EuroFora", the experienced twice President of Croatia, former President of the International "Non-Aligned" movement, denounced "Double Standards" in the way EU treats recently Croatia compared to Turkey :   

 - "I think that there shouldn't be Double Standards", stressed the Croatian President, in reply to a Question comparing the freeze of EU - Croatia talks, with the continuation of EU - Turkey talks, despite the fact that Croatia is an "unquestionably European country", while Turkey's EU bid is notoriously controversial.


    Mesic was reacting to the observation that, even if he confirmed his "respect of Refugees' Human Rights to return, etc. (See infra), nevertheless, EU talks are suspended with Croatia.. While for oher, controversial candidates, who refuse to respect Refugees' Rights to return, etc., as fex. Turkey does in occupied Cyprus and elsewhere, EU negotiations continue".

    - "I believe that Croatia's accession will confirm that all European Countries who fulfill all of the Conditions and achieve European Standards, have to join the EU. There shouldn't be any Double Standards", went on to add in reply President Mesic.

    In this relation, Croatia's President found "of paramount importance", CoE's "mechanisms enforcing ECHR's judgements"
    
    - "On Refugees and Displaced persons, the process will be completed only after the last person demanding to return will be allowed to do so !", President Mesic Croatia stressed earlier, setting a general standard of obvious importance also for otherr candidates, as f.ex. Turkey, often accused to exclude or heavily restrict Greek Cypriot Displaced persons' return to their Family Homes and ancestral land, provoke difficulties to Turkish-Kurd IDPs return to their home regions at the South-East, etc.

    Some "2.000 People are still reported Missing" in former Yugoslavia, for some Years, (as in Cyprus, modern Europe's oldest case, for 3 Decades. Nagorno-Karabach, Tcecnya in Russia, etc, more recently), and Investigations "will only be completed after establishing the fate of the last one of them", he added.
    
    Speaking earlier on "War Crimes", President Mesic stressed that "Leaders are responsible for (the) Wars (of the Past), not the People", and called against Impunity :  "Individuals have to be held Responsible for Crimes. International Penal Tribunals have to persecute those individuals", perpetrators of War Crimes, he underlined.

    Such statements naturally made Mesic rather popular at ECHR, whose President, French EuroJudge, Professor Jean-Paul Costa, looked particularly smiling when he welcomed him later on Wednesday afternoon, after Slovenian President Daniko Tuerk earlier this week.
           

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