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CoE Report+ECHR back EU Parliament Spokesman Duch reply to EuroFora Q. on Torture Impunity in Turkey

Scritto da ACM
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
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Findings just revealed by the long-awaited and Unanimously adopted CoE's new Report on ECHR judgements' implementation, published today, confirm and strengthen considerably the impact of EU Parliament's Spokesman Jaume Duch's recent reply to the question raised by "EuroFora"s question on the strange fact that a 11/2010 Draft Resolution on Turkey, as it was initially, curiously omitted even to mention persisting, scandalous and dangerous, Impunity of Torturers in Turkey, as it results from recent ECHR condemnations of Ankara's Authorities for persisting until the end of 2010 to practically cover up Torturers even of a small Child aged only 12 and of a young Girl who committed suicide after serious ill-treatment by Turkish State's agents, etc., prolonging until now a more than 15 years-long ECHR case-law (1995-2010), as if nothing hadn't changed in substance on this core-issue of elementary Human Dignity and Rights, despite a Decade of controversial, impopular and increasingly expensive Turkey's EU bid (1999-2010).

- ECHR "has already found Many Times, in cases raising Similar Issues, ...that ..Art. 6" of the PanEuropean Convention vainly asking for an "Efficient Remedy" against Torture and Inhuman/Degrading Treatemnts, "is violated" in Turkey,  continuing to block any sanction against those responsible, denounced recently EuroJudges (See infra).

Even Identified Torturers' Impunity persists in Turkey until now, revealed recent ECHR's judgements issued at the end of 2010 in Strasbourg, on grave cases of Torture against a Child aged only 12 and a Young Girl, condemning Ankara for such atrocities committed both at the Massacre-stricken City of Izmir, (the over-Millenary Smyrne),  making even more doubtful a controversial Turkey's insistance to oblige the CoE to hold a May 2011 Conference on Human Rights' Court's Future in such a place marked by unpunished Crimes of the Past (1922) and apparently full now even of unpunished Torturers, among Turkish "Security" Agents, even of Young Girls and small Children aged only 12, as ECHR has just found on December 2010.  (See infra):

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 - "EuroFora" had asked EU Parliament's Spokesman and Press Director, Jaume Duch, among other questions, also if, at his knowledge, EU really took into account today CoE's findings on Human Rights, (the core business of the PanEuropean Organization particularly since the 2004 Warsaw CoE Heads of State/Government Summit), as it had been advised also by a landmark Report of €uroZone's President, Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker, on EU - CoE cooperation.


Because, apparently, one would say that this wasn't, no more, the case for an initial Draft 2010 Resolution on Turkey,  which, despite its overall balanced stance (including, f.ex. strong Criticism on Freedom of Speech problems), astonishingly ...didn't even contain this year the word "Torture" and/or "Inhuman-Degrading Treatments", while, on the contrary, in addition to some CoE's Reports denouncing the persistance of such problems in Turkey, ECHR repeatedly condemned the Turkish Authorities for persisting Impunity of Torturers, including these last Days (of December 2010), even for serious Torture of a Young Girl and a Child aged 12 !...


Therefore, "EuroFora" asked Duch if there was, according to his experience, any chance to update, at least on such a  key point of core Human Rights, that initial Draft 2010 Resolution on Turkey.

- "The European Parliament takes always seriously CoE's Reports, and (this goes even) much more seriously the ECHR's Judgements", the experienced Duch stressed in reply to "EuroFora"s question, as a matter of general principle.

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-  "However, at the same time, EP fixes his position on Turkey at least 1 time each year, but probably more" times, he reminded, speaking during the introductory Press Briefing of the December 2010 Plenary Session.


- "So", if it isn't done right now, then, "it might be necessary to wait, perhaps, a Next Opportunity for the EU Parliament to determine its stance on Turkey, in order to examine the impact of this CoE's (and ECHR's) stance", Duch carefully advised in conclusion.


Something which, normally, should be rather Easy to do even before the final adoption of the above-mentioned 2010 Draft Resolution on Turkey's controversial EU Negotiations, since it had not been yet voted not even in Committee, so that both its own Rapporteur, the experienced Dutch ChristianDemocrat MEP Ria Oomens-Ruijten, and/or any other MEPs, might eventually table some relevant Amendments to be discussed, voted and hopefully adopted, later-on, by the Foreign Affairs and Human Rights Committee, and/or at least by EU Parliament's  Plenary Session which is due to debate, vote and definitively adopt MEPs' 2011 stance on Turkey soon.

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CoE, 2011 : "IMPUNITY CONTINUES TO REIGN" in TURKEY for Torture, Killings+ !
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- "Impunity continues to reign" in Turkey, particularly on serious violations of Human Rights, such as Torture, Murders, Arbitrary Deprivation of Liberty, etc, "by Turkish) Security Forces", mainly due to "the absence of effective investigations", as many cases prove, until now, denounces CoE's Report published on 2011, after being adopted at the end of 2010 by CoE Assembly's Legal and Human Rights Committee on a Draft presented by its Chairman, the experienced Cyprus' ChristianDemocrat MEP Christos Pourgourides, which was Unanimously endorsed at the end of December 2010 by all present MEPs.


- "A Significant Problem remains outstanding in the series of Shortcomings still apparent in investigating Abuses by (Turkish) Security Forces", mainly Torture, Killings, abritrary deprivation of Personal Liberty, the Report adopted by CoE Assembly's Legal/Human Rights Committee, denounces from the outset on Turkey, before final Public Debate, Vote and definite adoption due by CoE Assembly's Plenary in Strasbourg on January 26, 2011.


A particularly numerous "Group of cases" of ECHR condemnations vis a vis Turkey, still pending for execution, "highlights the fact that, despite the passing of many Years, Impunity continues to reign, in the absence of an effective investigation", denouced CoE's  Report, which was published after the end of CoE Assembly's Legal Committee's Chairman, MEP Purgurides' delayed visit to Turkey, at the beginning of 2011.

+ Moreover, regarding the issue of "MISSING Persons" in Cyprus after the 1974 Turkish Military Invasion/Occupation,  "additional Measures are required to ensure effective Investigations into the Fate of missing persons", C. That said, no answer has been given so far by the Turkish authorities to the Committee of Ministers’ request for information on the concrete measures envisaged in the continuity of the work of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus with a view to the effective investigations required by the judgment
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ECHR : Turkey condemned for Impunity of Torturers, even of Child aged 12, Young Woman, etc, until now (12/2010)
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After a Child tortured when aged only 12, it was more recently the turn of a Young Girl in her 20ies, who attempted to commit suicide in Turkish Prisons after being arrested on mere suspicions of political affiliation, and reportedly humiliated, tortured and raped, by Turkish State's Agents who scandalously remain all Unpunished until 2010, that led ECHR to twice condemn Turkey recently for the persisting Impunity of Torturers.


In both cases, during a long "period" starting from around 2003/2004 up to 2010, i.e. "which durates more than Seven (7) Years", as ECHR noted,  denouncing also the fact that it "has already found Many Times, in cases raising Similar Issues as in this case, that ..Art. 6" of the PanEuropean Convention vainly asking for an "Efficient Remedy" against Torture, "is violated" in Turkey.


The moves were anounced by ECHR after a Human Rights session of CoE's Committee of Ministers, whose rotating Chair, currently Turkey, (as a Cold War-aged Member of the PanEuropean Organisation, which has 47 Members, fom Iceland to Russia and Azerbaidjan, and Special Status-holders USA, Canada, Japan and Mexico, etc), apparently escaped without strong criticism for the Longest and most Numerous backlog of Non-implemented ECHR judgements which repeatedly condemn the Turkish State for particularly serious cases of Torture already since 1996 up to 2010, i.e. more than 15 Years : I.e. since the famous "Aksoy" case, of a young boy who became Handicaped after being tortured in jail and was shot and Killed when he insisted to bring the 1st-ever Turkish Torture case at the ECHR  as early as since 1995. Continued by his Father, asking "one €" in "the Memory of his (tortured, handicaped and murdered) Son", Aksoy case has given rise to a long series of similar cases, since then, which multiply in Strasbourg because Ankara apparently doesn't really implement ECHR's case-law, not even after getting a controversial and notoriously impopular EU negotiations' bid, resulting in more than 800 Millions € of grants paid by the EU each year to Turkey, even during the present period of Global Financial Crisis...

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CoE's own recent Graphics clearly revealed in early 2010 the fact that Turkey holds an uncontested PanEuropean Record, bypassing by far all others among CoE's 47 Member States, in Non-implemented yet, serious cases where ECHR's judgements have vainly (?) condemned Ankara many times, particularly for serious, grave Violations of the Human Rights to Life, Freedom, and respect of Human Dignity (which protects against Torture and Inhuman/Degrading Treatments). In consequence, Ankara somes largely on Top in the percentage of important ECHR judgements still "Pending" for Execution at CoE's Committe of Ministers for many years, until now.

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    (a) In the 1st of these recent Torture cases, the scandalously persisting Impunity of Torturers in Turkey, even of a Child aged only 12, was strongly condemned by the European Court of Human Rights at the end of November 2010 in Strasbourg :


- ECHR strongly denounced the "quasi-Impunity" attributed to the presumed Torturer among Turkish State's Agents, mainly by several "lacunas", and "absence of prompt reply and diligence" by the competent Turkish Authorities.


- Even if the suspected Torturers had been identified, several among the denunciations made by the Victims, a Poor Family,  had been also rejected by the Turkish Courts under pretext that they didn't pay an amount of money (too big for their Poor Family) for a bureaucratic procedure.


- Victim's Mother denounced that Turkish Policemen, abusing of various pretexts, repeatedly arrested and ill-treated her Child aged only 12, probably because they wanted take revenge after she had sued them herself for Rape !  She said that the Child aged 12 "was arrested by (Turkish) Policemen while it was in School", and, after being "insulted", hit at the Head several times by Turkish Policemen while in Custody, who also pressed his kneck with their hands, and (afterwards) ..seized him by his Hair", the Child was "thrown ... at an Isolated cell, and afterwards "Beaten" by them, until "her son came back Home full of Blood and with a red eye".  A Medical Report found echymoses and hematomas at the Child's thigh and right eye, that ECHR found that "they had been provoked by the (Turkish) Police during Custody". By being "Beaten after put into Custody", the Child aged only 12, was submitted to "physical Pains and mental Suffering", which "can inspire feelings of Fear, Anxiety and Inferiority able to Humiliate and Degrade" his person.


- In consequence, EuroJudges concluded that "there was no normally available, nor sufficient (Legal) remedy" against Torture, "at Izmir".


- Observing that the identified Torturers were either entirely acquitted or all sanctions against them were suspended, ECHR found that Turkish Authorities "used, in fact, all national (Turkish) rules.. in order to Avoid any effective Condemnation of the prosecuted (Turkish) Policeman", (i.e. searched for Torturers' Impunity).


- In particular, "ECHR recalled that such a Failure ("Lack") of rigour in the application of the Penal and Disciplinary Law System, as in this case, doesn't dissuade (Turkish) Security Forces from commiting illegal acts, as such which are denounced by the applicant".


- ECHR reminded Turkey that Torturers cannot be legally covered up by Impunity through Time "Prescription", "Amnesty" or "Pardon", and Sanctions against them cannot be legally "suspended", etc., because of the particular Gravity and Seriousness of this kind of violation of Human Rights.


  +The Victim's Father also "denounced (excessive) Procedural Delays in Penal Law cases against (Turkish) Policemen". ECHR observed that, "in this case, the procedure started on .. 2003, .... and is still Pending" on 2010, i.e. for "a period" which "durates more than Seven (7) Years" (2003-2010) !..


In conclusion, ECHR "reminded" that it "has already found Many Times, in cases raising Similar Issues as in this case, that ..Art. 6" of the PanEuropean Convention vainly asking for an "Efficient Remedy" against Torture, "is violated" in Turkey.

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       (b) In the 2nd of these cases, ECHR condemned anew Turkey for a persisting until now, total Impunity of Torturers, even against a Young Girl in her Twenties, again on December 14, 2010 :


- The Victim denounced that she had been "beatten by the (Turkish) Policemen when they arrested her", afterwards "she tried to throw herself out of the (Turkish) Police car which brought her to a Hospital", and,just one day later, "she tried to commit Suicide inside her Jail", because "she was haunted by the Memory of the Torture that the (Turkish) Police Agents inflicted to her", including by "Stripping her Naked, Insulting her, hunging her by her arms, tying her with ropes to a turning Wheel", "throwing icy water" to her body, "submitting her legs, fingers and Genital organs to Electrochocs" and "burning cigarettes" on her, "penetrating her Vagin with a Club", etc, at 2 differend Turkish "Police interrogations" both "at Diyarbakir" and "at Izmir", and "Raping her". Moreover, "at Izmir", Turkish Policmen "Photographed her Naked and Threatened to send the Photos to her Husband if she denounced the inflicted Torture".  That's why the victim,  "tried to Protect herself against more Torture by committing Suicide", as she denounced at various occasions later, ECHR noted.

- After some Medical Doctors used by the Turkish Police hastily claimed that they "didn't find any trace" of Torture, on the contrary, an Independent, Collective Report by the Order of Medical practitioners at Izmir, which checked the victim "15 times", from various "converging" points of view,  revealed that they "arrived at a Definitive Medical Conclusion that, during the period she was kept in custody, the victim had faced Tortures, and was Raped during these sessions of Torture".

- But, the Turkish Courts repeatedly droped any prosecution against the identified Turkish Policemen accused of Torture and Rape having provoked even Suicide attempts, claiming that they didn't see enough "proof", mainly because the Victim had "delayed" to act efficiently against her torturers, and rejected her complaint, already from 2004. This was also the claim of the Turkish "Government" itself, all these Years, until 2010 included, ECHR noted. But the Victim denounced that "she had faced Threats by the (Turkish) Policemen during the Mecical Examinations made under Custody", and that "those (Medical) Doctors (chosen by the Turkish Authorities) refused to note her complaints in their Reports", so that "they were not credible". Moreover, the victim "was a Mother who felt so Ashamed for having been submitted to Rape, that Speaking about that had pushed her to commit Suicide", and, despite being "an Analphabet, she had done whatever she could be expected from her" to alert the competent Authorities which had failed at their Duty to find, investigate and punish her Torturers. In parallel, "in order to make her drop her complaint for ill-treatment", "during all that Procedure before the Courts", the Turkish "Police Agents harassed herself and her Family", she denounced.

- ECHR observed that the Turkish "Attorney, despite an early Medical Report attesting of physical traces on the victim's body and her own denunciation that she had been sublitted to Rape during her Detention in prison", nevertheless, "hadn't deemed necessary to.order an examination.. neither to open immediately a Penal Investigation", as he should."This Delay (by the Turkish Authorities) to start a due enquiry, constituted a Serious Obstacle in the establishement of the Facts and provoked Difficulties into observing eventual traces of Violence on her body", ECHR criticized. Moreover, the Turkish Authorities didn't bring the Victim to a Hospital for a Medical Examination but only ..."5 Months Later (!) after she denounced" Torture and Rape, ECHR noted, while, in addition, "the Judicial Procedure" before the Turkish Courts "had a duration of more than 5 Years" more, "without any convincing explanation" for this supplementary gros delay, in blatant "Contradiction to the Celerity required in cases of Ill-treatment" complaints, ECHR found. Therefore, the Turkish State had Failed vis a vis its Duty to give "a Fast Reply from (its) Authorities" despite the fact that this "is Essential in order to preserve the Public's Trust in the Rule of Law", Failing also to "avoid any apparent Complicity or tolerance regarding illegal acts committed by Public Agents", ECHR stressed in conclusion, Unanimously Condemning Turkey for Violating the Article 3 of the European Convention of Human Rights which strictly prohibits Torture.

(NDLR : Fast Translations from the Original full ECHR Judgements, available only in French).

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=> Controversial Izmit (over-Millenary Smyrne)..
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+ The Fact that both these 2 cases in which ECHR condemned Turkey for a particularly scandalous total Impunity of Torturers, even of a Child aged only 12 and of a Young Woman, took place at Izmit (originally Smyrne), raises also a more Topical question :


Obviously because the over-Millenary Smyrne, is the City where even old Religious Priests were notoriously burned alive, many People brutally killed, Family Homes burned down, and all its over-Millenary Greek lawful Population chassed away by Turkish troops, becoming Refugees, their Homes and properties looted and usurpated, obliged to flee their Ancestral land by a massive "Ethnic Cleansing" imposed by Terrorist Massacers committed against unarmed Innocent People, without anyone among their Criminal Perpetrators ever being brought to Justice : The above mentioned New (See ECHR's 11 + 12/2010 Judgements on Torture cases, cited supra), and old (1922) Facts, obviously render that place even more inappropriate for a .. Human Rights PanEuropean Conference, that Turkey tries to oblige the CoE to organize at Izmir (Smyrne) on May 2011 for the Future reform of the ECHR itself, risking to discredit Strasbourg's Court by linking its Future with an unpunished Massacre and massive "Ethnic Cleansing" of innocent People.

It would, indeed, be an obviously Dangerous Paradox if CoE conceded to Turkey's pressure to impose  to EuroJudges, CoE's Experts, European Politicians, etc. to ...debate Human Rightswhile risking to be "welcomed", monitored, sorrounded, met and escorted by Torturers, including some of those Turkish Police Agents who committed such horrible Tortures, even of a Child aged 12 and/or a Young Girl, etc. in a  City notoriously marked by an unpunished Massacre and Ethnic Cleansing, (while many People personally affected by the unpunished Massacers, as, f.ex. Children of Refugees, etc., are still alive today)..


A place marked by unpunished, Massive Brutal Atrocities of a recent Past, and where horrible Torture, even of Children or helpless Young Women, etc. remains totally Unpunished until now ( 2010), as ECHR proved, is certainly not an appropriate place from which anyone might ever thing to make Credible Promisses to Europeans for a bright Human Rights Future...


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+ Verheugen or Hamilton ?
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Meanwhile,  Former EU Commissioner on Enlargement, Verheugen (Soc) who had notoriously claimed that .. "Torture in Turkey is not Systematic" (sic !), in the framework of his well known attempt to impose, at any price, Turkey's impopular EU bid, has just got a .. systematic Job, openly hired, paid and directed by Turkey, as Commercial Expert of the Turkish Foreign Trade office. !..  
The astonishing, and extremely unusual, if not shocking fact, (given also Verheugen's former EU Commission's portofolio on EU's Enlargement, during crucial years for Turkey's controversial, impopular and expensive EU bid), was strongly denounced by a MEP of the same Political Group as Mr. Verheugen : Socialist MEP Antigoni Pericleous-Papadopoulou from Cyprus, who raised issues of Incompatibility and possible Conflict of Interests in a written Question tabled on 2010 to EU Commission's President José Barroso.


Barroso's written reply, communicated by MEP Pericleous to "EuroFora", reveals that a competent EU body examined, indeed, recently, this controversial aspect of former Commissioner Verheugen's job at a Turkish Exports lobbyist, but, reportedly, didn't manage to find it, at that moment, irregular.


- "That's not good !". But "I understand that he (Verheugen) has opened a Consultant's business at Potsdam", reacted another German, ChristianDemocrat MEP, the experienced, long-time


- "What is the most important of all, is that Human Dignity must be respected !", laconically, but substantially, reacted also the President of Germany's Konrad Adenauer Foundation, experienced former EU Parliament's President, Hans Gert Poettering, to an "EuroFora"s relevant question.


+ MEP Pericleous' reaction also reminded that Verheugen's notorious wish to push Turkey's controversial, impopular and expensive EU bid, also had led him to hastily claim, back on 2004, that a controversial 5th version of a UN Secretariat's Draft, prepared by a Brittish former UN Official (who even spoke Turkish, but not Greek at all ..), would have been .. perfectly in conformity with EU's Values, despite many controversial exceptions and heavy derogations against Human Rights, f.ex. of Refugees, "Missing" persons, etc., as well as clear Risks, instead of, at last, succeeding to guarantee a real Peaceful reUnification of the Country, (f.ex. by creating Common Interests to all its Citizens), on the Contrary, to lead to a dangerous slippery slope towards generating Separate, Dissending, Conflicting Interests (even Economic), usually pushing to Conflicts, particularly if they are cynically exploited by neighbouring 3rd Countries, as in Cyprus' past history..

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Something that the famous American Constitutionalist, Alexander Hamilton, had strongly denounced, and warned against, in his Historic "Federalist" Papers, launching a call to save USA's Future from a repetition of similar bloody Crisis as the former Civil War, by building a really Unified Country, in a way based into generating Common Interests, to be dealt with by one efficient Federal State.  Hamilton's ideas and active contributions were, notoriously, decisive in order to help North America pass from a mere, shaky and unstable Con-Federation, to a stable and functional Federal State : the USA.

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3 EU Parliament votes to boost EuroGroup !

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After EuroZone Paris Summit's succes, Sarkozy calls to "think anew how to re-construct Europe !

"EuroZone and EU Institutional debates pave the way to 2009 discussions on EU Future, including Enlargment, Turkey etc. ?


23 October 2008

After EU Parliament strongly suppported in 3 successive Votes this week in Strasbourg French EU Chairmanship's move to boost Euro-Group at EU's core, while ideas on EU Institutional problems are awaited on December, "it's an open Question now" if this may lead to a debate on EU's Future, or not, told us French President, Nicolas Sarkozy''s Spokesman, Pierre-Jerome Henin.

MEPs voted on Thursday fresh Funds to support EuroGroup, after adopting on Wednesday a Resolution asking a "further Evolution" to "the 1st ever meeting of Heads of State and of Government of the Euro-Zone, taking decisions in that capacity", while earlier this week a Report asked "a stronger Institutional setting" for "EuroGroup", extended from "competitiveness/industry" to "environment, employment and education", with "increased powers for Political decision-making", according to a text drafted by French MEP Francoise Beres and German MEP Werner Langen, "10 Years after the creation of Euro" (1999 - 2009).

- Brussels' subsequent "EU Council ..(simply)..ratified the measures decided by EuroGroup on October 12" in Paris, which "were necessary to contain the current Financial Crisis", Resolution observes, expressing also support to the new process succesfully initiated by Sarkozy and due to be completed by agreements with USA and other countries at a Global level.

From now on, it's between two differend but parallel moves : EU's delay, and EuroZone's acceleration, that Enlargement and particularly Turkey's controversial EU bid, will have to search its way :

Indeed, EU's 27 expect a "Roadmap on how to deal with the Irish problem" on Lisbon Treaty ratification after December, risking to pass even 2009 Elections and next Commission with the old Nice Treaty of 2000, out-dated and unfit even for 2004's Enlargement...

On the contrary, EU's core launches a real "Economic Governance for EuroZone at the highest level of Heads of State/Government" of the 15, which started in Paris on October 12 and was strongly supported this week in Strasbourg by Sarkozy and EU Parliament.
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- "It's a good idea, to launch such a debate ("on EU's Future") in EU Parliament in view of 2009 Euro-Election : Perhaps some MEPs will seize an opportunity", told us mainstream French MEP Alain Lamassoure, former EU Minister and EU Spokesman for France's governing party UMP.

- "All MEPs' debates on such EU Councils are also part of the larger debate on Europe's future : Now with EuroZone, and even more when, on December, Irish Prime Minister is due to table proposals in Strasbourg on how to deal with EU Treaty's ratification", replied earlier to our question EU Parliament's Press Director and Spokesman, Jaume Duch.
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Sarkozy has formally anounced his intention to open EU Debates on Economy, Identity/Enlargement (i.e. mainly Turkey), etc. both linked to a popular Political view of Europe, since his Historic speeches on EU in Strasbourg, on February and July 2007, when he stressed that "Europe needs a New Renaissance". At the beginning of the French EU Presidency, on July 2008, replying to a MEP, he suggested that EU Parliament takes an active part in Debates on EU's Future.

- Now, in 2008, "Crisis are an opportunity to re-think how to re-construct Europe", Sarkozy stressed. At any case, the Historic 1st EuroZone Summit of Heads of State/Government, which started replying to the Financial crisis,"is a Turning Point : After that, Europe cannot be governed as before, but differently" : People "like a Europe with Strong Will".

- "We must make the System move !", "Europe needs Innovation" and free political debates. EU "Elections are in a few Months", Sarkozy warned.

He invited EU Parliament to fully play its role as "the Democratic Heart of the Europe we want : United, Independent and Voluntarist, because the World needs Europe's voice".

- "It's no more possible for Euro-Zone to continue without an Economic Government" at the Highest Level of Heads of State/Government, who provide "Democratic Legitimity" and can take important decisions, he announced, strongly supported by EU Parliament's Economic Committee which just voted to boost the "Institutional" aspects of "EuroGroup".

Plasticity offered by the current absence of a special Treaty on EuroZone's Institutions "made it easy to adapt the organization of the 1st Summit with imagination, to efficiently meet urgent needs", he observed, on the occasion of Brittish Prime Minister's exceptionnal presence at the greatest part of EuroGroup's Paris Summit.

- "In EuroZone we have the same Bank, the same Money, and, thus, a same duty for Unity" : "By bringing together EuroGroup's 15 members States we suceeded to find a solution and prepare a Giant Plan of 1.800 Billion euros", Sarkozy reminded of Paris' 1st Historic EuroZone's Summit.

Afterwards, Brussels' EU Council followed the move, and USA's Paulson II Plan was inspired from that. "Europe must promote the idea of Global Economy's Refoundation", he stressed.

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- "I was frankly astonished when I found, at the EU, a rigid system, where any New Idea was seen from the outset as a sacrilege, while, on the contrary, Europe needs Innovation !", he described.

F.ex. ,"'When we first spoke about the "Union for the Mediterranean", it was misunderstood as something extraordinary.. When later we had the Russia -Georgia crisis, it seemed against EU's custom to act "in the middle of August", instead of staying a passive spectator ! And when, in front of the Financial ciris, we gathered the 1st EuroZone Summit of the "15", some thought of it as a lese-majesté", he denounced.
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- But, by moving resolutely, "EU obtained the ...withdrawal of Occupation Troops in 2 Months !", reminded Sarkozy, observing that Russia "fulfilled its commitments", in the Georgian crisis, where a "disroportionate reaction" from Moscow followed a "totally inappropriate action" from Tbilisi's troops. "It would be crazy to reply by military means : EU should not become accomplice of another Cold War, imposed by lack of cool heads".. as he said.

In future, "the creation of a common European Economic Area with EU and Russia, would also obtain a raprochment on our Human Rights and Democratic Values", added Sarkozy, in a statement which should logically be applied, a fortiori, to controversial EU "candidate" Turkey..

Particularly when, the same week that EU Parliament voted 2009 EU Funds for Turkey's controversial EU bid, ECHR took a series of judgements condemning Turkey for grave Violations of Human Rights, such as : Torture, death of a political prisoner in unclear circumstances followed by failure to conduct a proper Investigation, "enforced Disappearance" of a youngster aged 17, Killing of a sepherd with Tank Shells, persecuting Journalists for articles on "Missing" People, even a former President of Human Rights' Association, (etc)

- "We (EU) can defend our ideas on respect of Sovereignity and territorial Integrity, on Human Rights and other differences ... without confrontation", Sarkozy stressed, on the occasion of Russian/Georgian conflict, reminding that : "we were only 2 steps from catastroph", when a Peace agreement brokered in Moscow prevented, at the last minute, Russian troops' advance towards Tbilisi.

An EU Parliament Resolution adopted Wednesday in Strasbourg on the occasion of Russia - Georgia conflict, outlines a set of Principle which apply elsewhere too, (particularly when EU Rapporteur for Russia and Turkey is one and same person ; Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijtanen !)

Clearly rejecting any "military solution to the conflicts", MEPs "condemn ..all those who resorted to force and violence". They denounce a "disproportionate military action", "as well as (an) unilateral decision to recognise the independence" of brekaway regions, "calling.. to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of the concerned country, "and the inviolability of its borders recognised by all EU Member States". They warn that "EU must review its policy towards" a 3rd Country, "should .(it)...not comply with its commitments", and "stress that the withdrawal of.... troops from the areas ....is an essential additional step".

EU Parliament "calls for the safe and quick return of refugees, (accepted by Russian President Medvedev) accompanied by the deployment of EU observers on the ground", and "regrets ...that ..EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) is not allowed to enter the ...breakaway regions". Moreover, "It's important to ensure that persons and NGOs ..engaged in defending human and civil rights can operate". "Until ...all remaining issues (are) resolved..., and notably the continuing ...Military presence", "relations with the EU ..cannot be fully normalised", MEPS warned.

As nobody likes to be accused to practice "Double Standards", this should be regarded as "Principles" applicable to any Third Country at EU's Neighborhood.. No ?

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On Economy :

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- "When Financial crisis shook US and EU's Banks, without result from the 1st (American) Paulsen plan, it was the common reply of the 1st EuroZone's Summit, involving some 1800 Billion euros, which started a positive move in the markets, soon strengthened by the follow-up of the US Paulson 2 Plan, noted Sarkozy.

- "Europe should not be only on the defensive, but, if necessary, know also how to take an offensive", he said, brushing away hesitationsto act on Economy: - "I'm for a refondation of Capitaliism, but against Speculators, who betray its values" : "Lack of Rules was profitable to speculators, Not to businessmen !" We must make sure to prevent any such crisis in future". "We, the rest of the World, cannot continue to bear the deficits of the 1st World power without saying anything !", the French President said, applauded by EU Parliament. All this needs "a New Global Governance", on which EU Parliament must debate. That's why "we proposed together with USA, several Summits from mid-November", to which G-8, enlarged to China, India a.o. countries, should participate. UNO's SG; Ban Ki Moon, the IMF, etc.

Financial crisis lowered shares' prices even for healthy companies, sometimes to 1/3 of their initial price, so that strangers might buy EU industries for only a portion of their real value, and Europeans may wake up one day with their main industries sold out to foreigners !

That's one of the reasons for which EU should debate about creating "Golden Shares" for States to jointly take Strategic participations to help European Industries until the end of the Crisis, particularly against distording competition, he suggested, pointing at USA's 35 billion $ plan for American Car Industry."We shall struggle for Europe to be able to build Airplanes, Ships, Trains, Cars, because we need a strong Industry", he concluded.

"F.ex. as we did back in 2004, when as Finance Minister, we bought Alsthom's shares for 800.000 euros, and, after restructuring, we sold them for 2 Millions : Help a company and make money is not so bad"...

As for the UK, "when Ireland announced that it would guarantee only Irish Banks, London City emptied from liquidities in 24 hours : It's the EU which helped to restore the situation, Not the UK alone !", reminded Sarkozy to nationalist British MEP Nigel Farage.

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On the contrary, in a last-minute attempt for the EU to catch-up with its Institutional delay "before the European Elections" of June 2009, MEPs simply voted a call for a "set of proposals" to be made for the "Irish public opinion" at the end of the year...

- "As long as Lisbon Treaty is not ratified by all 27 EU Member States, there is an unanimous decision to stop Enlargement, reminded Wednesday in Strasbourg the French Minister for EU affairs, Jean-Pierre Jouyet..

Added to an indirect but clear warning that, without Lisbon Treaty, all 27 EU Member Countries may not have a Commissioner in the 2009 resuffle, MEPS in the Constitutional/Foreign affairs Committees applauded hoping that this might motivate their Irish friends..

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