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EU-China Talks in Paris open Space H-T. Coop as EUParliament Votes on Space in STB eve of BRX Summit

Ecrit par ACM
Tuesday, 26 March 2019

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*Paris+Strasbourg+Brussels/Angelo Marcopolo/- Stronger than expected Announcements on emblematic Space High-Tech Cooperation with China, anchored on a larger Will for a Multilateral Global Governance, with Europe and China firmly involved, Marked the Spring 2019 Visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to French President Emmanuel Macron, flanked by German Chancellor Angie Merkel, and EU Commission's President Jean-Claude Juncker, these days in Paris,

while, almost at the Same Time, EU Parliament in Strasbourg was Voting on an Inter-Institutional Agreement about EU's Future Space Policy and even the Creation of a specific EU Agency,

shortly before the forthcoming EU - China Summit on April 9, in Brussels.

Both Moves come shortly after a premonitory "Eurofora"'s Question/Reply Topical exchange with EU Commission's vice-President Jurki Katainen, Earlier this Month in Strasbourg, about current Prospects for EU - China Cooperation on Space, on the occasion of the adoption, then, of a wider Draft EU "Strategy" on China in general, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eucommissionvpresidentonchinaandspace.html).

But, how "Deep" will really be EU - China Cooperation, at least, on the most "Burning" Global Issues, when, in addition to "Peace", and "World" Trade or other matters, are Added also key References to "Humanity", particularly at a moment when even basic BioEthical values are at stake ? (See Infra)... 

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- "Our two Countries have Decided to Develop their Cooperation on Space, in the areas (not only) of Satellites" (as until recently), (but also) and "of Outer Space Exploration", announced Chinese President Xi Jinping, at a Press-point after a key bilateral France-China Summit, Yesterday in Paris' Elysée Palace, (on the Anniversary of 55 Years since De Gaulle recognized officially China, starting Diplomatic Relations).

- Since "our (Beijing's) Satellites have landed at the Hidden Side of the Moon" recently, "and we are preparing a Space Station" asap, therefore, "we are Ready to cooperate with France in these areas", Xi added in concreto.        

+ He was reacting positively to a Deal and a Proposal announced Earlier by French President Macron in this direction :

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- "On Space, after having Launched, on October 2018, our 1st Joint Observation Satellite (for Oceans+), We (China and France) have Concluded, Today, a Strategic Partnership on Astro-Physics, Environment Monitoring, Climate, and Space Exploration", had ambitiously revealed Macron.                                                         

- In this regard, the French President "Congratulated" China for its "Succesfull Landing at the Hidden Side of the Moon", recently, and stressed France's Will to Develop Partnership not only on Earth, but also around all other Celestial Bodies" too, as he characteristically highlighted.

This Macron's formula obviously opens towards Wider Perspectives, i.e. not only at the Moon (Comp. Supra), and/or at Planet Mars (where the EU has already a Project with Russia soon), as well as accross various other Space Objects flying inside and/or Beyond our Solar System, (as, f.ex., that Key big Asteroid that USA's NASA has recently crossed and observed in detail, for the 1st Time in History, before Flying Further across our Galaxy, making the Big Headline News Globally at New Year's Eve)...

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+ The Next Day, speaking at an Exceptional Joint, wider, Multilateral Event, including the Conclusions of a Conference on "Global Governance", Together with French and German Leaders, President Macron and Chancellor Merkel, as well as EU Commission's President Juncker, the Chinese President, significantly, expressed anew his Will to Advance EU - China Cooperation in the Key area of Space too :         

- "In the New Context" of "Major Challenges", with "Deficit(s) in (Global) Governance", "Trust", and "Peace" (including "protracted Coflicts", Islamist "Terrorism", "even against Women and Children", etc), as he denounced, Xi pleaded for "a concept of Common Security, cooperative and sustainable", where "Globalisation and (High-Tech) Innovations should  Benefit All Peoples of the World", hy "adopting a Higher View and  working to Strengthen our (EU - China) Cooperation", particularly by "Deepening" it in "areas such as ...Air-Space" etc., (as well as "accelerating" in "Digital, Artificial Intelligence", etc).

- Space's traditionally Emblematic prominent Worldwide Image, High-Tech innovative content, and notorious offspring Utilities Both for Security-Defense and Civil Economy boost, Fitted particularly Well in the Wider Strategic Context of China's declared Wish to Stand by an even Stronger Europe, in the middle of a "Multi-Polar World", as he stressed earlier, vowing that "China will resolutely Support the European Integration".

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- German Chancellor Angie Merkel, inter alia, after pointing to the "EU Presidency by Germany on 2021", during which she announced a new "EU - China Summit", she pleaded also for a "ReinForced Multilateralism", particularly at forthcoming "Reforms of UNO, WTO, etc", and including the "Triangle EU - China - USA", (since the success or failure of the current "USA-China" Trade "Talks" may Affect also Europe, as she warned).

+ In this context, Merkel added that, in her view, peaceful International "Competition" per se, may have also "Positive" aspects, since it Stimulates all players to "prove their Capacities", mainly through High-Tech "Innovations", (where Space would naturally be ideal for such a purpose).

(By the way, the current Political Will for an even Stronger Franco-German Integration, from EU up to UN matters, seems undeniable, as, inter alia, it results also by the Fact that French Foreign Minister Minister Drian, after this Elysée's Conference on "Global Governance", is due to go straight to Berlin, in order to participate in Tomorrow's Meeting of the German Government, before Flying to New York, where France and Germany are due to Start, for the 1st Time, a Joint 2 Months-long Presidency at UNO's Security Council, according to the recent Treaty of Aachen).

++ Experienced EU Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker, timely went on to add, at this juncture, his feeling that "China and Europe should Do something Big Together", nowadays, as he Stressed from the Outset, (even if most of the rest of his intervention focused mainly on Economy and Business' cooperation aspects).

+++ Meanwhile, by another again Timely "Coincidence", USA's new President, Don Trump, as if he seized the ball set flying by Merkel on the Positive aspects of Competition via High-Tech Innovations, in the Wider Context of the MultiPolar World ambiance Nowadays in Paris, (Comp. Supra), reportedly Extended recently even Further his declared Wish for NASA to Boost "Space Exploration", with an Exceptionally Big Budget, and Urged, inter alia, for a Prompt realisation of his Aim to put "Men on the Moon" Sooner than some had earlier scheduled (2024)...

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++++ Almost in Parallel, at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, by one more Coincidence, its Committee on Industry, Energy and Research (ITRE), chaired by the Polish Scientist, former EUP's President, Jerzy Buzek, Voted on Monday Evening to Adopt a "partial Agreement, resulting from Inter-Institutional Negotiations", between MEPs, EU Heads of State/Government, and EU Commissioners, for the Establishment of EU's "Space Program", as well as the Creation, for the 1st Time, of an "EU Agency for Space programs", (due to go well Beyond the pre-existing ESA, which always was, in principle, Independent from the EU).

This was done on the base of a relevant Report, drafted by mainstream Italian MEP Massimiliano Salini, from the same Political Group of ChristianDemocrats/EPP as also his compatriot, the current President of EU Parliament, Antonio Tajani, (himself a former EU Commissioner also ...on Space : Comp. f.ex., relevant Tajani's reply to "Eurofora"'s Question, f.ex., at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/tajaniindustrygalileo.html, etc). Italy was (by a series of converging "Coincidences"...), this time, the 1st EU Country that Xi Visited in his 2019 European Trip, before Concluding in Paris' Multilateral meetings.

=> Boost EU's capacities for an "Autonomous Access to Space", and "Strengthen EU's Space Diplomacy, encourage International Cooperation to raise awareness of Space, promote EU Technology and Industry", as well as "foster ...reciprocity and fair competition at International level", were among the Amendments Voted and Adopted by MEPs in the ITRE Committee of EU Parliament in Strasbourg Yesterday (Monday) evening, (Comp. Supra).

+++++ The Next Step : EU - China Summit in Brussels, may Attract a Wider Interest, up to Top Level, on April 9, since, almost at the Same Time, EU Council has decided to hold also an Exceptional Heads of State/Government's Summit just 1 Day Earlier there, on "BREXIT", (on Monday, April 8).

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+ "Humanity"...

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>>> Moreover, Significantly, China's President Xi Jinping, during the above-mentioned Paris' events (Comp. Supra), also added, in his Concluding Statements, a stern Warning about the Fact that, Nowadays, "Humanity faces Major Challenges".

=> Therefore, plearing for "a New Form of International Relations", Xi, characteristically, Advanced even Further than his favorite (de Gaulle's) "Multi-polar World" issues, and vowed that the "Final Aim" should be an "Harmonious Cooperation of All Humanity".

+ This appeared to Join also French President Emmanuel Macron's initiative, to Invite the Chinese President, earlier this week, "at a Monument inspired by Ancient Greece", as he noted, "for a European ReNaissance" (Heading of his Recent public Call for the forthcoming EU Elections of May 2019 : See, f.ex. ...), because "I believe in the force of Symbols !", as he indicated :

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>>> Macron pointed by that at an Emblematic Historic Monument in South-Eastern France's Mediterranean Coast, known as "Villa Kerylos", built at the Begining of the 19th Century by Franco-Germano-Swiss Archeologist, Lawyer and Politician Theodor Reinach, who Designed it according to "what represented" for him "the very Essence of a Civilisation with an essentially Human face, like that of the (Ancient) Greeks" :

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- "A Model ... and a set of ...Values that ancient Greece has passed on to us (Modern Europe). The Greek Spirit was for him both Dream and Reality", stressed, later-on, his GrandSon, Fabrice Reinach.

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    Indeed, "Villa Kerylos", (nowadays a Museum managed by "Institut de France"), a Superbe 3 Floors' big Home with Garden at the Mediterranean Seaside, was thoroughly Designed and Furnished according to Plans reportedly found at "Delos", an Historic Island in the Middle of the Aegean Sea, which had notoriously served, during the Best Century of the Ancient Greek Civilisation, as the HeadQuarters of ...the 1st International Organisation  (a kind of ONU's precursor !) for Peace, Trade,  etc., throughout Many Nation-Cities, among the Eastern and Western Coasts of the Aegean, as well as its Islands, starting from shortly after the Ancient Greeks, United all Together, had just Succeeded to Defend Europe's External Borders at the East, towards Asia, (where Turkey is located nowadays).

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=> But Xi's above-mentioned, crucial References to "Humanity", (and Not Only to nowadays "World"), added to Macron's Initiative with a "Symbol" for the "Renaissance" of a "Civilisation with a Human face", (Comp. Supra), added to Merkel's "ChristianDemocrat/CDU" background, and, perhaps, even to Juncker's (another "ChristianSocial/EPP" politician), wish to do "Something Big Together", (Ibid), given Today's Context, may also Point at a probable Joint Concern, (which was Not Yet explicitated in these Top Talks, ahead of the forthcoming EU-China summit in Brussels, on April 8), about a much Needed common Action to SafeGuard the Humankind also from some UnPrecedented and Serious Threats currently Threatening, for the 1st Time in History, even its own Biological and BioEthical Existence as a Species :

- I.e., particularly after the Recent Birth of 2 Genetically Manipulated Babies in China, whose DNA had Scandalously undergone a Heritable "Gene Editing" affecting even their Next Generations by Artificial Interventions, from a Technocrat of Chinese Origin, but Educated, Guided and Publicized by some USA''s Networks mainly from the Former President Barack Hussein Obama's "Socialist/Liberal"("Democrat") Lobbies, (See, Facts mainly, at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/heritablegenemaniptrumpxihumanity.html , + ..., etc).

>>> Given the Serious Risks against Health, and even More to provoke, by Altering the GermLine, an irreversible and dangerous Division among Humans, across Different and/or Diverging Races, possibly Fabricated Artificially by some Technocrats in the foreseable Future, which could lead even to an Extinction of the Human Race as such, progressively Downgraded to a level Similar, more or less, to a kind of Animals, as many World-Famous Writers or Film Directors have already Warned since long,

=> the Chinese Government reportedly Condemned such a Dangerous practice, which is also OutLawed by the PanEuropean Convention on BioEthics (Biology, Medicine and Human Rights), known as "Oviedo Treaty" of the CoE, while New USA's President, Don Trump, (a Conservative), recently felt a need to Stress that Human Embryos ("the UnBorn Children") are "Created at the Image of God", for Christians, (See, f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/usachinaontradeandbioethics.html, etc), as EU Parliament was holding, earlier this year in Strasbourg, a Plenary's Public Debate, with the participation of EU Commission, where MEPs asked for a "Global Ban" of such abhorrent practices, (See: ..., etc), in Parallel with a relevant Motion for a Resolution reportedly pushed mainly by the Biggest Political Group in EU Parliament, that of ChristianDemocrats/EPP, as its vice-President Pons told "Eurofora", (See, f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eppvpresidentandmepsongermlinemanipban.html, etc).

 - Will all this Alert also EU Council's Leadership, timely and adequately before the forthcoming EU - China Summit of April 8 in Brussels, so that such Crucial Nowadays' Issues affecting all "Humanity", (according to President Xi's Words : Comp. Supra), can be seriously Discussed and Efficiently settled, (before it becomes too late) ?

At least, on the occasion of both China's recent Landing at the Dark Side of the Moon, and EU's New Space Program, coinciding with Xi's nowadays Visit to Italy and France, including the Symbolic Ancient Greek Civilisation Monument of "Villa Kerylos", eve of a Franco-German + EU Commission meeting in Paris on Global Governance, where "Humanity" was a Key Word more that Twice, (Comp. Supra),

- People can only Hope that such a North Mediterranean Wind might Help also incite the forthcoming EU - China Summit of April 8 in Brussels, to Inspire itself from the Introductory Words of World Famous American Rock Group "Pink Floyd"'s most Popular Long Play Disk, precisely titled :

..."At the Dark Side of the Moon", and Starting by the Call :  - "... DoN't be Afraid to Care !"...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLOth-BuCNY

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I.e., as EU Council's President Donald Tusk from Poland, certainly Remembers : Similar to a Key Phrase by former Long-Time Pope John-Paul II, also from Poland, who Fought up to his Last Days in Life to Safeguard some elementary Human Values in BioEthics, including against Genetic Manipulations of Human Embryos, at an International Level, mainly via UNO+...

+ An Interesting point also for the Forthcoming Debate and Vote, in CoE's PanEuropean Parliamentary Assembly in Strasbourg, of a new Report on CoE - UNO Cooperation betweeen UNO and the 47 Member Countries-strong (including Russia+) PanEuropean Organisation for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, during its Plenary Session of this Spring, Later on Mid-April 2019.

 

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The official presentation of a "Program" respecting People's choices voted in the June 7, 2009 EU Elections, to be debated in EU Council and EU Parliament during its 1st Session on July in Strasbourg, is the No 1 Priority, according to Democratic principles, for the Franco-German axis, said the main winners at the ballot box, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel.

They stressed  that the New EU Commission's President must have a "Program" in favor of an EU which "protects" its Citizens, regulates financial markets and aims at a "Political" Europe" : a wording they have used as incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid.

They also declared ready for a "political" endorsment of "Mr. Barroso's candidacy" in June's EU Council, considering that an official decision would have to be made after EU Parliament's debates and votes, possibly from next month (July), with the legally necessary final acceptance shortly after Lisbon Treaty's entry into force, hoped for September or October.


- "A Program, and Mr. Barroso" : This resumes, in substance, the anouncements made by Sarkozy and Merkel, on the question of current EU Commission's President, Barroso's declared wish to succeed to himself for a second mandate, to be extended during the following 5 years.

 In their 1st meeting after EU Elections, they observed that "the Franco-German axis counted in European Elections' campaign... But, we both keep a realistic view : We saw the number of those who abstained, and we must absolutely give them an answer. We also see the disilusionment of an important number of Europeans vis a vis Europe, and we are aware of the responsibilities we have".

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 - The "Duty" of the new EU Commission's President, after June 7, 2009 EU Elections' result, "is to act for a Europe which protects the Europeans, to commit himself into working for a better Regulation of Financial transactions, ... and to have a Political will for Europe", underlined Sarkozy.

Therefore, "we have asked M. Barroso... to clarify, to officialy present the intentions he has", he anounced.

- "We want to speak also about the Programme", explained Merkel.

- "It's important that for the next EU Parliament's mandate (2009-2014) we take the right Decisions for Europe.  Obviously on Persons, but mainly Decisions on Issues", she stressed.

- "It's not simply a question of a Person, it's also a question of a Programme". We are "really asking Mr. Barroso to commit himself on a Program, and on Principles, on Values", Sarkozy added.

EU President-in-office, Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer, accepted the Franco-German stance :

- "Barroso must present his Programme. The Czech Presidency agrees with that", Fischer reportedly said later, after meeting Sarkozy.

But Press reports from Brussels claimed that Barroso had preferred to be officially appointed by EU Council since June, (i.e. next week), "because this was implied by the current Treaty of Nice, according to him", and considered any delay until the possible ratification of the new, Lisbon Treaty on September/October, as "undemocratic".

- "At any case, independently of what Germany and France ask, it's also EU Parliament's wish". "We shall propose Mr Barroso's candidacy... But even in the framework of Nice Treaty, EU Parliament has to be associated in this Decision", the French President observed.

If this is correctly done, then "we support Mr. Barroso's candidature", and "if the (EU) Parliament agrees, we might ratify this decision since July", (i.e. next month), they both said.

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- "France and Germany support Baroso's candidacy, But we want to speak also on the Program. We believe that this Program should be established in close cooperation with EU Parliament, and that's why we have followed an appropriate way", said Merkel.  - If EU Parliament wants, this election can take place on July,  but this must be done in full agreement.

- "We shall support Mr. Barroso's candidacy, without doubt", said Sarkozy. "But we have asked from Mr. Barroso, as I told him yesterday, to put into detail.. his intentions, at the eve of his 2nd mandate, if the situation avails itself.


    France and Germany "don't want to take an Official Legal Decision by writting" during "the next (EU) Council" (on June 18-19), declared Sarkozy.  Because they prefer, at this stage, only "a Political decision" on June, "so that we (EU Council) can work together with EU Parliament", which starts to meet only Next Month, since July in Srasbourg, "leaving a Legal decision by writting for later".

    - "If the Conditions are fuillfiled in EU Parliament, we (EU Council) are ready to give the agreement and make it offficial", said Merkel

    - "But, now we are working in the base of Nice Treaty. If tommorow we want to work in the spirit of Lisbon Treaty, we have to find a proper way", she added.

    - "Of course it's Legally complicated, because we are going to make a Political proposal to the forthcoming Council, for an EU Commission's President, on the basis of Nice Treaty : So, we (EU Council) will not appoint the Commissioners. Only the President.  If EU Parliament agrees, it could endorse this position on July", explained Sarkozy.

    But, on Autumn, "if Ireland ratifies Lisbon Treaty, there will be, at any case, a 2nd Decision, to appoint the Commission's President, this time on the basis of Lisbon treaty, and then, we, the EU Member States, would have to appoint (also) the EU Commissioners", he added.

    As for the precise Timing :  - "Everything is suspended until the Irish vote... Now, we must all make everything possible to help Ireland to say "Yes"" to Lisbon Treaty... The Irish Referendum, ..will take place either on September or on October. It's a Question which depends on the Irish. And,  then, we shall have the Choice of the Candidates for the permanent Institutions of Europe".

    However, "if Ireland says No, we, French and Germans, have to assume our responsibilities, and we'll do so", he concluded.

    But British and Swedish governments were reportedly eager to have a final EU Council decision on Barroso since this month, on June's European Council. While the other EU Member Countries are divided, several of them preferring to wait until EU Parliament pronounces itself, on July, and/or until Lisbon Treaty might be ratified by Ireland at the beginning of the Autumn. Barroso's current mandate ends on November.

    There are also various, contradictory and/or unpredictable reactions inside EU Parliament vis a vis Barroso's wish to continue a 2nd mandate, because many MEPs are openly or secretly opposed, reluctant, or hesitating.

    In the biggest EU Countries, as France and Germany, EU Citizens voted on June 2009 EU Elections for a renovated, non-technocratic but Political Europe which cares for its Citizens, with an Identity, Values and Borders, declared incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid, by mainstream, pro-European Governing Parties. Similar choices were also supported in several other small or medium EU Countries.

    On the contrary, whenever, in other Countries, Governing and other mainstream Parties didn't make these choices or eluded them, EU Citizens massively voted for euro-Sceptics whenever they were the only ones to to promise anti-bureacratic change and oppose Turkey's demand to enter into the EU, (f.ex. in the UK, Netherlands, etc).

    It's seems to be an Open Question whether Sarkozy and Merkel's conditions will be really accepted by Barroso, who was appointed on 2004 in a different political context, (with Socialist Prime Ministers in Germany, France, etc), had rejected in the Past the idea of EU becoming "equal to the USA" as "ridiculous", and pushed for Turkey's contoversial EU bid, trying to "soften" or contain the changes desired by the People who voted for Merkel and Sarkozy with another policy vis a vis Turkey on 2005 in Germany and on 2007 in France, as they did all over Europe on 2009.

    In addition to many EPP Governments, it's 3 remaining Socialist Prime Ministers : Gordon Brown in the UK, Zapatero in Spain, and Socrates in Prortugal, who support Barroso, as well as Liberal Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt. But their Parties lost the June 2009 EU Elections.

    Questioned whether there was still "Time" for "other" possible "Candidates", Sarkozy and Merkel did not deny, nor made any comment on that, but simply said that "it's not for us to make publicity for any candidates. We anounced our choice ("A Program, and Mr. Barroso"). But we respect any other candidate".

    Among various other names cited are former Belgian Prime Minister Verhofstadt, former UNO's Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson of Ireland, Italian former EU Commission's vice-President Monti, etc. Meanwhile, Luxembourg's PM Juncker, (who had been unanimously accepted by EU Council for EU Commission's Presidency on 2004, but refused), announced his intention to resign from "EuroGroup"'s Chair. Thus, he might be available for another Top EU job.

    As "EuroFora"'s "opinion" said (See publication dated 9/6/09) : - "If the current candidates (i.e. Barroso, etc) to the Top EU jobs promise and guarantee to respect People's democratic choices, then, it's OK".

"Otherwise, Europe must find new candidates, really motivated and able to implement these democratic choices of the People."

    Because, "in Democracy, the forthcoming choices for EU's Top Jobs,...should be made according to EU Citizens' Votes in June 7, 2009 European Elections, and main EU Governments' strategic policies".
        

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