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EU Parliament's Spokesman Duch to EuroFora: All EU Citizens' Initiatives due to be heard by MEPs ?!

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
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It's next week that is due to be decided whether one of the Historic Innovations of EU's Lisbon Treaty : EU Citizens' Initiative proposing New Measures to become EU Law, which has legally entered into force since the beginning of April 2012, but remains still rather foggy from several practical points of vie  until it's clarified and hammered out in real practice, will never be, at any case, totally blocked and silenced, even if EU Commission's agents might, eventually, decide (rightfuly or irregularly) not to give it any Legislative follow-up and satisfaction in substance, despite the fulfilment of all currently imposed formalities.


This seems to result in substance from the replies of the experienced EU Parliament's Spokesman and Director of Press/AV Service, Jaume Duch, to questions raised by "EuroFora" at the Press Briefing for this week's Plenary session in Strasbourg, which appear to prolonge further the ideas earlier suggested and discussed by "EuroFora" with EU Parliament's initial Rapporteurs Lamassoure, Gurmai and Haefner, as well as the competent EU Commission's vice-President Sefcovic (See relevant previous "EuroFora" NewsReports, f.ex. http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/debatesincitizensinitiatives.html ) :

 

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- "Concerning the EU Citizens' Initiative, which has just entered (Legally) into force, (since April 1st), has EU Parliament scheduled to prepare a kind of Mechanism, as it was normaly foreseen by EU Commission's and EU Parliament's Draft ?", "EuroFora" started to ask EU Parliament's Spokesman from the outset.   

 

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+ "And,  at your knowledge, does EU Parliament agree with the view recently attributed to EU Commissioner Cefcovic, that, even if a Popular Initiative might fullfil all the Conditions set up both by EU Treaty and EU Commission's Rules, nevertheless, EU Commission could, eventually decide not to bring that issue before EU Parliament, or do you think that this point is Open to Debate ?", (f.ex., if need be, also before the European Court of Justice, etc), we went on to add on the main issue at stake. --------------------


- " EU Parliament's Constitutional Committee (AFCO) is normally due to vote, next week (in Brussels) the Internal Rules, according to which the EU Citizens Legislative Initiative is going to be dealt with by the EU Parliament. This is going to be voted, at first, on Committee level, and afterwards by the Plenary", started to reply to "EuroFora"s Questions Duch.

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=> - "What is important for EU Parliament, is that, even if EU Commission is going to eventually say "No" to some (Popular Legislative) Initiatives (which might fulfil all legal criteria), this would be done only after and Explanation with  a crystal-clear Motivation", stressed on the main point at issue, the experienced EU Parliament's Spokesman.     


    -  "Such an Explanation cannot take place but before EU Parliament. So that EU Commission should explain its position in front of EU Parliament, and, moreover, the Parliament will always have the possibility to organize a Hearing with those who organized the Initiative, in order to be better informed", Jaume Duch explained in particular, apparently based on an EU Parliament's Draft.

    - "But, the concrete details are due to be adopted from Next Week", he underlined in conclusion cautiously, for the time being...


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   Renew Europe's Historic Legend with Parthenon's pure white marble at the eve of crucial 2009 EU Elections, was the ambition of an interesting Art Exhibition, with more topical Symbols than expected, organized by EU Parliament's 1st vice-President Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou and MEP Marie Panayotopoulos- Cassiotou, Chair of the Inter-group on Family policy, during March A session in Strasbourg.     

According to the Ancient Legend, God Zeus, charmed by young Girl Europe, was trasformed into a strong Bull with Wings, and when she tamed him with Human affection, they flew over the Sea to live together in a New Land with large, fertile landscapes.  


- "There, they saw the Continent with a "Large Front" ("Eureia -opse" in Greek => Eur-opse => Europe)", reminded the Sculptor, Mary Papaconstantinou, of the European Women Association, honored by awards in Paris, Athens and Strasbourg.

    Thus, Europe's Legend combines Symbols of Energy and Strength, with caring Human personality, to bring towards New, large Horizons :

    - "Modern Art for this Ancient Greek Legend here in Strasbourg reminds that Europe, placing Human dignity at its heart, always finds the strength to overcome any Crisis towards New achievements. And EU Parliament offers Citizens a chance to artfully interact", said MEP Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou.

 

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    Structured like some Rembrand's pictural sequences, Europe's sculptural exhibition forms a series of many statutes, sized and flat as a PC screen, representing many scenes inspired from the original Legend, "according to Moschos' text, a Writer of the 2nd century B.C.", said Sculptor Mary to "EuroFora".  

    Made by sparkling pure white Marble full of Symbols, they incite to think but also to act, as in front of a Book with half of its pages full of written text, but another half, free to write on white paper..

    While several EU politicians think that one of the most important characteristics of the 2009 EU Elections is that from their outcome may depend Europe's Identity and Future, Culture Minister of Greece, Antonis Samaras (a former MEP) send the message that, precisely, such modern Art linked to Historic legends may help "EU Citizens search the origins of Europe's Identity".

     - "The Legend says that they founded a New City, Thebes, and that reminds us that Europe is always a project of Invention and Creation", added EU Parliament's vice-President, Rodi Kratsa - Tsagaropoulou.

    Sculptor Mary Papaconstantinou said that she "tried for years to find the same White Marble from Penteli Mountain that was used by Praxitelis and all those who created Parthenon", symbol of Democracy and one of the 7 wonders of the World.

    - "By shaping this millenary Greek Marble to revive Europe's Ancien Legend with Modern Art, it reminds that Europe is a Hope for a better Future after Crisis, combining Energy for Development, with care for the Human person", said the sculptor's compatriot from Chios island, famous from French artist Delacroix's historic painting, MEP Panayotopoulos - Cassiotou.
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    She now lives with her Family close to Rhine river, at EU's heart, near Bonn, where had started to work for the first time on European issues the new EU Parliament's Secretary General, Klaus Welle :

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    By a symbolic coincidence, Europe's legend built anew with Parthenon's marble, marked for ever the beginning of young and energetic Welle's duties as new head of EU Parliament's administration, since he saluted the retiring, out-going S.G., the experienced Harold Rohmer, shortly afterwards, at another gathering on the same floor of Louise Weiss' superb building in Strasbourg...

    Organisers of both events said that it was a pure coincidence. People are free to believe them, or hope otherwise...


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    They disagree in almost everything, except from one thing :

- EU Parliament's Art unites even opposed politicians in a common belief for Europe : Cyprus' example...


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Rarely united together, but posing for "EuroFora" with the statute of Europe and Zeus flying over the Sea, ChristianDemocrat/EPP's MEP Yannis Kasulides, a frontrunner Presidential candidate in 2008, former Foreign Minister and Government Spokesman, and EuroLeft's MEP Kyriakos Triantafylides, Chairman of EU - Palestinian Council delegation, from the governing party AKEL (new Left) of the elected President, disagree on almost everything, except from their common claim that Europe of the Ancient Legend, when she flew with God Zeus from Ancient Phynecia to the West, must have crossed the island of Cyprus !

Hard to prove the contrary, 3.000 years later...

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