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EUCommission V.President Dombrovskis to EF: Citizens Dialogue + Alternat. SmartPhone OS not excluded

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mardi, 17 décembre 2019

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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Experienced vice-President of EU Commission and former Long-Time Prime Minister, Valdis Dombrovskis from Latvia, replying to "Eurofora"s Questions in a Press Conference at EU Parliament in Strasbourg on the conclusions of the 1st Meeting of the New EU Commission (2019-2014) here, did Not Exclude, a priori, in view of the forthcoming "Conference on the Future of Europe", the possibility to eventually launch "Regular Dialogues" with EU Citizens before EU "Acts" affecting them, by activating Lisbon Treaty's Article 11 (See Infra), and, concerning EU's Wider "Digitalisation" Plans, he Agreed that, "Probably", EU would "have to Look at" the notorious China Offer for Cooperation with Europe for the eventual Creation of an Alternative SmartPhone Operation System, (able to Face the currently Global Dominance of Google's Android and/or Apple, which raises Questions even inside the USA), as part of the key "Topics" that these larger processes have just Started to explore.

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- In "Eurofora"s 1st Question, we observed that "President Dombrovski informed about EU Commission's First Discussion on the "Conference on Europe's Future", Today in Strasbourg, after relevant moves also by EU Heads of State/Governments latest Summit and EU Parliament's Constitutional Committee, last week in Brussels", (See, f.ex. : .., etc).

 - "Concerning the OPEN Question how to associate Citizens,  which might become one of the most innovative Socio-Political aspects, don't you think that, Nowadays, when we celebrate 10 Years of Lisbon Treaty, the Time has come to Activate one of its Articles : Number 11, which speaks about "Regular Dialogue", "Consultation" and "Exchanges", etc., with Civil Society and Citizens,  on "Acts" to be made by any among the 3 EU Institutions : Council, Commission or Parliament ?", "Eurofora" asked vice-President Dombrovskis.

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- "On the Conference for the Future of Europe", as You Know, right Now Discussions are Currently still On-Going, on What Exactly are the Best Forms of Engagement, both Inter-Institutionally, and with Citizens", he replied.

- "So, what we (EU Commission) had Today was an "Orientation Debate", introduced by vice-President Suica, and it's clear that it will follow 2 Distinct Strands :"

- "One is an Inter-Institutional Strand, where (EU) Commission will act as a Honest Broker, between EU Parliament and Council".

+ "And, the 2nd Strand, that You ("Eurofora") mentioned, is, indeed, to ensure a Broader Outreach, and to have a Debate with (EU) Citizens", (i.e. Not a mere Consultation).

- The later will be "Structured around (EU) Commission's 6 Priorities, and the (EU) Council's Strategic Agenda", he announced.

- "So, on the Exact Modalities of those strands, Work is Still On-Going. This was (just) the 1st Orientation Debate that we had in College", Dombrovskis stressed Carefully, but, also, withOut Excluding a priori what "Eurofora" had suggested around Lisbon Treaty's Article 11.

=> In consequence, "it will be Advancing in the Comming Weeks and Months", he foresaw, (while, this Same Day in Strasbourg, in parallel, EU Parliament Presidential Committee's "Working Group" on the CFE has Scheduled another special Meeting, Later this Afternoon, held "in camera").

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+ in the 2nd "Eurofora"s Question, we observed that EU Comission's vice-President "spoke about Digitalisation, and stressed that it's very Important, but, nowadays, when Citizens and Companies see what's happening in the Global Dimension, unfortunately, we are sometimes Sadened, because we do Not yet see the EU Present in certain Flagship Areas :"

- F.ex., considering Even the Demand of our Chinese Competitors but also Partners, about the Possibility for the EU to Help have (World-wide) an Alternative Operating System for SmartPhones (Comp. the Recent "Huawei" - "Google/Android" row) :

- "A Sector in which We (EU) already have some elements, while Europe was a Pioneer in SmartPhones, thanks to our Finnish friends, who (by a Timely Coincidence) hold the EU Presidency now", so that we (EU) might, eventually, be able to do something", "Eurofora" suggested.

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 - "On the 2nd Question, of Digitalisation, I think that it'not a coincidence : this is one of the Main Priorities of the New (EU) Commission (2019-2024): to Ensure that the EU is Fit for Digital Age", stressed Dombrovskis in his Reply.

 - "There, we (EU) have to look at a Number of Aspects : at Competitiveness in the Digital Age, at Companies, how succesfully they are Performing at the Digital Age, how could we Develop our own companies in the Digital Age", (etc).

- "I would not now Go to the Specific Issues for Topics, because there are, actually, Many of them", he warned.

+ However, "Probably, As You ("Eurofora") Mentioned, Operating Systems for SmartPhones, Could be just one of the Topics to look at", vice-President Dombrovskis agreed.

 - But, I would say, the Issue is Much Broader, Both from Competitiveness point of view, and also from the Social point of view : Because we have to adjust our Social and Labour Market Legislation to the Digital Age, to ensure what we already did in a previous Commission : - "Social Protection for All", i.e. regardless of the type of the Contract People are contributing to, and, then, eligible to the benefits of Social Systems, and, currently, also striving to improve the Working Conditions in the Platform economy, which is also relevant to this issue of Digitalisation".    

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It's important to create a synergy between "mutually stimulating" EU Countries' moves in order to overcome an "Unjust" Crisis "imported from USA", stressed new French Minister for Economic Revival, Patrick Devedjian, in Strasbourg, warning also that, while hoping for a vigorous Obama US Plan, nevertheless, "Time" is of essence for Europe...

In fact, it's EU's own interest to act Fast, before June 2009 EU Election, since, with Lisbon Treaty not ratified yet, it cannot face again the risk of a Majority Abstention, as back in 1999 and 2004, nor another "anti-EU" mood among Citizens, as in the 2005 French and Dutch "No", followed by the 2008 Irish "No", without endangering rare Historic opportunities, currently open for the EU, whose future is at stake.

From Social issues up to High-Tech Scientific Research, concrete action for Economic revival started from Strasbourg and its European dimension, for the new super-Minister Patrick Devedjian, who visited a Popular Social Housing and Infrastructure project at nearby Hagenau village, before meeting new leaders of Strasbourg's unified mega-University in a Scientific Labo at the Campus, close to EU Parliament and CoE headquarters.

Devedjian, who met also with all the spectrum of Local Political  deciders of Alsace region, close to FrancoGerman borders, wants for deeds to meet the words, in real practice, whenever politicians speak about Strasbourg and Europe's development.

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Devedjan to "EuroFora" : "European coordination can act as a multiplicator by mutual stimulations"
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Devedjian was questioned by "Euro-Fora" on his expectations for reciprocal effects of coordinated European plans :

- "We are living in a (European and Global) system where borders are transparent : When we take measures in France, they produce effects also in Germany, in Belgium, Italy, Spain, or other EU countries, and vice-versa. "So, we can have mutually stimulating effects between national revival Plans, if they are somehow coordinated", ..."They can augment each other's effects, acting as multiplicators and levers". "As a State stimulates Local authorities and Private business, similarly, each EU country's economic revival plan may multiply the effects of other EU countries' actions", he told us.

- "F.ex., when I visited Strasbourg University's Scientific labos, they told me that part of the renovation, funded by France, is realized by German companies located only a few Kms away from the border. Thus, the French revival plan benefits also the German economy. And vice-versa : when Germany takes certain measures, they can have beneficial effects also for French companies"

In an era of Globalisation, "nobody can close and isolate himself inside a Fish-Bowl !", he concluded.
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Economy's revival starts from Strasbourg and Europe, for new French Minister Devedjian
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This could be one of the reasons for which the new French Minister for Economic Stimulus chose to make his 1st visit to Strasbourg, the headquarters of European and Paneuropean Institutions, in the Franco-German river borders at the heart of Europe.

- "It was President Sarkozy's idea", he revealed, adding also fresh "support to Strasbourg's European vocation, not only with words, but also with deeds" :F.ex., the completion of a High-Speed Train network, due to stimulate fast links with Germany, Austria, Italy, Hungary and other central EU Countries.

- "This Crisis is Unjust for Europe, because it wasn't its fault". The greatest part of the "Crisis was imported from the USA, where problems are deeper than here'', in the EU. The Crisis "wasn't due to a bad managment by Europe", who was affected by problems which emerged elsewhere. That's why Europe must be united and active enough to face this challenge. said Devedjian, who has just won +5% in popularity...

- "I hope that there will be an "Obama-effect" also on Economy, and that the Plan of the New American President will be substantial enough to face this crisis, which is worse in the USA than in our area", Europe, he added.

"Economic Revival overcomes political divisions : F.ex. Strasbourg's Socialist Mayor "Ries agreed that State actions funded by Public Debt are justified during such exceptional circumstances", noted the Center-Right republican Minister.

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"My problem is Time", stressed Devedjian from the outset, at Strasbourg's University. "I have to engage 75% of funds in 2009, out of a total of 29 Billion euros", he explained later. "Monitoring will be of essence", because we must "avoid bureaucracy or delays. No project should get lost or neglected in complex meanders of adminstrative offices' moving sands", he warned.

- "I must create activities in the middle of the Crisis", he added. Questioned by EuroFora whether he aims to start creating some "hopes before the June 2009 EU Elections", Devedjian, a former leader of the Governing Political Party in France: UMP, did not immediately reply, but revealed, later, that he "hoped to start at least some Projects on May 2009, even if the bulk of Revival Plan's effects are "expected from Autumn 2009".

However, with only 30% of EU Citizens currently aiming to cast a vote at the forthcoming EU Elections on June, (See other NewStory), the  coordinated moves' results are expected to be crucial for Citizens' participation and votes at the forthcoming June 2009 EU Elections throughout all 27 EU Member Countries...Thus, it's vital for all Europe's own Future that coordinated national Economic revival plans start to have concrete results and create hopes for new dynamics before the June 2009 EU Election...

A real challenge, since careful choices are needed : Our aim is to fund projects which "create activities", even "in the middle of the crisis", and have a "lever effect, attracting other investments", Devedjian said. Because the "Stimulus' Plan has 2 aims : A Tactical one : to create New Activities. And a Strategic one : Choose what can become efficient and useful also in the Long-term". 

- "Are you ready ?", he asked Strasbourg University's new President, professor Alain Beretz, with some 700 million euros in his pockets for Education-Research in France. - "We are !", he replied.

- "The Minister's initiative can accelerate funds, and Time is important for us. This concerns the entire renovation of all our buildings", said to "EuroFora" President, Beretz. "I showed some Scientific Research Labos to Mr. Devedjian. But, If we had more time, I could show him also some Education Amphis, whose condition needs to meet Strasbourg's new Mega-University's ambition" to reach the 10 best in the World, as Prime Minister Fillon earlier anounced here.

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(Devedjian kicks off his Economic Revival tour from Strasbourg University, meeting with its new chairman Beretz, at Scientific Institute Le Bel) 

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Regional Prefectures should gather and select projects to be presented for decision before the end of January 2009.

A well-known close friend of President Sarkozy, who succeeded as EU Chairman to launch, in agreement with German chancelor Merkel and even British prime minister Brown, vigorous EU actions against the Financial/Economic Crisis, (starting from the 1st Historic Summit of EuroZone's Heads of State/Government, October 12 at Elysee Palace, followed by Washington G20 Global Summit), Devedjan will have a key role in the realisation of National and EU plans recently agreed in Brussels.

President Sarkozy is expected to arrive himself in Strasbourg, on the occasion of the official inauguration of its brand New Mega-Hospital, on the 9th of January 2009, at the eve of EU Parliament's session here, Elysee confirmed shortly after Devedjian's visit.

EU is due to review its economic revival plans at March 2009 EU Council in Prague, before the April 2 London Global Summit.

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