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After EU Parliament's Call to Drop Accession Nightmare, EU Summit eyes Cooperative Link with Turkey

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24. 06. 2021.

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- Just 1 Month After an Exceptional Quasi-Unanimity of MEPs Voted earlier, in EU Parliament on May, in favor of Droping Turkey's Controversial and UnPopular EU bid, in order to Explore anOther Kind of possible Relationship, but Not an Accession, Unless there was soon a Big Positive Change in its Negative Behavior (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/mepsagainstturkisheubid.html, etc), the subsequent EU Heads of State/Government Summit in Brussels, ToNight, Adopted Official Conclusions on Turkey Focusing on a Possible and Conditional "Cooperative Relationship".

For that purpose, the June 2021 EU Summit simply Reminded Today its March 2021 Decision to be 'Ready to Engage with Turkey... in Cooperation, in a number of Areas of Common Interest".    

But this is "subject to ...Conditionalities", "established" and "set out in March" 2021 "and  in Previous" EU Summits. Most Important, it will be done "in a Phased, Proportionate and Reversible manner", EU Leaders Warned Turkey...

"in line with this Framework", the EU Summit "Noted", inter alia, also "the Modernisation of the EU-Turkey Customs Union", for which "Work at Technical level" has "Started". But it "Needs to Affress current Diofficulties", particularly by "Ensuring its effective Application to All (EU) Member States", i.e. Including Cyprus. Moreover, it also needs "such a Mandate" that "May be Adopted by the (EU) Council", (i.e. the competent Ministers), "subject to Additional Guidance by the European Council", (i.e. the Heads of State/Government").

+ "Also", "for High Level Dialogues with Turkey, on Issues of Mutual Interest, such as Migration, Public Health, Climate, Counter-Terrorim, and Regional Issues (?)", a "Preparatory Work" is simply noted.

++ The EU Summit, also accepted anew "the Financing for Syrian Refugees and Host Communities". But, for that purpose,  the EU "Commission" needs "to put forward, withOut Delay, formal Proposals for (its) continuation". Moreover, this Concerns Not Only "Turkey", But Also "Jordan, Lebanon, and Other Parts of the Region", ...withIn the Context of the EU's Overall Migration Policy", the Heads of State/Government stress, ...(withOut even Mentioning at all the infamous Turkish "Blackmail" of 2016, i.e. When Europe was Strangled by a "Tsunami" of 1,5 Million of Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants Tresspassing into the EU via Turkish Smugglers, and Deadly Islamist Terrorism by Cowards Targetting Innocent Civilian People).

>>> On the persisting Turkish Military Invasion/Occupation of EU Member Cyprus' Northern Territories, and recent Warships' Bullying against its Energy Resources, the EU Summit practicaly Slams Ankara's Recent (April 2021) Rejection of Many UN SC Resolutions for the ReUnification of Cyprus, and its Provocative Demand for "2 sovereign States", Dangerously Fuelling Secessionism inside the EU, by Stressing that "it (EU) Remains Fully Committed to the Comprehensive Settlement of the Cyprus' Problem, on the Basis of a BiCommunal, BiZonal Federation, with Political Equality, in Accordance with the relevant UNSC Resolutions". It Also Ensures that "the EU will lContinue to Play a Role in Supporting the Process" for a Peaceful ReUnification of Cyprus "Under the Auspices of the UN", and "Regrets that the informal Meeting in Geneva (on April 2021) did Not pave the Way for a Resumption of formal Negotiations". Meanwhile, the EU Leaders Also "Underline the Importance of the Status of Varosha (Famagusta : the Occupied City-"Phantom", Emptied from its Lawfull Inhabitants, mainly Greec Cypriots, Maronites, Armenians, etc, Since the Turkish Invasion), and Calls for full Respect of UN SC Resolutions, in particular Resolutions 550, 789, and 1251", as a Stern Reply to various Turkish Provocations there Lately.

=> Moreover, the EU Leaders Denounce, as "Major SetBacks for Human Rights", "Run(ning) Counter to Turkey's Obligations to Respect Democracy, the Rule of Law, and Womens' Rights", particularly "the Targeting of Political Parties, Human Rights' Defenders, and Medias" there. "Such Issues remain ... an Integral Part of the EU - Turkey Relationship", via relevant "Dialogue", they Remind.     

+++ Last, bnut not least, the EU Summit "Expects Turkey and all actors, to Contribute Positively to the ReSolution of Regional Crises", since  there is a "Shared Interest of the EU and Turkey" for  "Regional Peace and Stability".

Moreover, it exists an "EU's Strategic Interest in a Stable and Secure Environment in the Eastern Mediterranean", where the EU "Welcomes the De-Escalation" during Recent Months, (i.e. a Short and Precarious Withdrawal of Turkish WarShips' Provocations and Threats, Against EU Members' Cyprus and Greece's Energy Resources' potential, just at the Eve of this June 2021 EU Summit). But Stresses that this "Needs to be Sustained" much Further...

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>>> However, the First Turkey's Reaction, Immediately After this EU Summit, was for its Puppet in Cyprus' Territories Occupied by Ankara's Army, Turkish Cypriot Community Chief, Mr. Tartar, to Provocatively Announce his Intention to Go to Brussels Tomorrow, Friday, 25 June 2021, (i.e. 2nd Day of the European Council), in order to Slam UN Secretary General's Criticism of Turkey's recent Demand for "2 Sovereign States in Cyprus", which Blocked the Geneva Talks, Throwing to the Waste Basket many UN Security Council's relevant Resolutions for the ReUnification of the Island, and Contrary to the Crystal-clear and Stable Position of Europe (Comp. Supra), by Claiming that he would "Show him How to Square the Circle" (Sic !)....

Such a Move, Added to the recently Announced Erdogan's trip to the Occupied Territories of Cyprus, reportedly due to Deal also with Ghost-City Famagusta (Varosha), Mentioned at EU Council's Conclusions (Comp. Supra),

=> All this, Obviously, might Not Help, so much, for a Summer-Time Spirit of "DesEscalation", as the European Leaders stressed that they wish (Comp. Supra)...

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+ But UE Leaders, once again, Immediately After Discussing on Turkey, chose to continue Dealing with anOther Neighbouring Country : Russia, where they Used anew Terms such as : "Selective Engagement with", "Dialogue with", "Partnership", "Association", "Cooperation with", etc.
This "Includes" Both "Conditionalities and Leverages". EU Council is due to "Explore" the adequate "Formats".


Relevant "Topics" could be, for Russia, f.ex. "Climate, Environment, Health, Selective Issues of Foreign and Security Policy, Multilateral Issues such as the ICPoA, Syria and Libya", added to "People to People Contacts", Support to Civil Society, Human Righs Organisations and Independent Media", etc. (Curiously, Space Tech. was Absent)...   
But, Russia is Accused for "Malin, Illegal, and Disruptive activity",  as well as for "Actions against the EU" or "Third Countries", (withOut Specifying), while the EU Council also "Condemns Limitations on Fundemental Freedoms... and the Shrinking Space for Civil Society", etc.    
=> This motivates EUC's Intention for "a Coordinated Response"... "Making Full use of All Instruments at the EU's Disposal", which should seek "Options for Additional Restrictive Measures, Including Economic Sanctions", again... (A Language sometimes seen Against Turkey's Warships' Bullying etc, But which ...Evaporated Afterwards).


In conseqhence, "EU Council Expects the Russian Leadership to Demonstrate a more Constructive engagement and Political Commitment", while also it "Calls on Russia to Fully assume its Responsibilities in ensuring a Full Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, as The Key Condition for a Change in the EU's Stance", (consisting mainly of Numerous Economic Sanctions).


However, it's well known that it was, Recently, Kiev's Ukranian Authorities, who, reportedly, Asked to Bypass those Minsk Agreements, (a Hasty Compromise, set up in Urgency in the Past, mainly in order to Stop a 2nd Victorious Counter-Attack in the Dobass by the Pro-Autonomy, Russian-Speaking Regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, which risked to Take over Even the Strategic City of Mariupol).


In Fact, whoever has seriously Examined what Realy Happened, knows that the Ukranian Conflict of 2014, was Provoked by a Non-European, Exernal Interference, (as even the Chinese observed), in order to Divide and Weaken De Gaule's "Great Europe", (particularly, Through those infamous Deadly "Snipers" who, Curiously, Shot against Both Demonstrators and Policemen at Kiev's Maidan square, in order to Provoke a Violent Conflict and Tople, via a "Putch"-like Brutal Reaction, a Peace Agreement, that had just been reached Between the then Ukranian President Janukovic and All the Opposition's Leaders, under the Auspices of 3 EU Foreign Ministers from Germany, France and Poland, for a Truce, with General Amnesty, a National Unity Government, and Presidential Elections before the End of that Year).


=> Apparently, to put it Mildly, some currently in the EU Top Jobs ...doN't Want for Europe to Reach Planet Mars ! (Contrary to what had been Agreed and Scheduled, in Coopertation with Russia, Already Since 2010, for the 2020ies, i.e. Now... On the Contrary, it's just China who Succeeded to do so, Nowadays - May 2021, and Now They reportedly Prepare, in Cooperation with Russia, even a Joint Lunar Base !)...


Compared to that, (and Much More, in Fact), it Obviously is Not at all Worthwhile, (Neither Glorious for a Realy Developed, Conscious, and Rightfuly Proud Europe), to eventualy Expect some Low Profits from a Part in Selling Low-Tech. Merchandises fabricated by Over-Exploited Syrian, Iraqi or Afgan etc. Refugees, Paid by the EU, to the Benefit of Turkey, which Notoriously gets from EU Commission 3 Billions € Each Year, as Full Grants 100%, (while Ankara has Both Provoked such Displacements of Populations, by Notoriously Helping Deadly Islamist Terrorists to Attack Neighbouring Syria and Iraq, before Openly Invading these Countries even by its own Troops, and has Already ill-treated, initialy in Prison-like "Camps", etc., many such Refugees, as well as Over-Exploited them, to Serve its Selfish Interests, Afterwards, in a Manifold way : First as Low-Salary Workers, when they arrive; Later as Political Threat to Massively Tresspass into the EU ; and Afterwards as Pretext to get EU Funds in full Grants}...


As for Even More EU "Sanctions" on Rusia, (Comp. Supra), while Turkey Stil Escapes with  None, (ibid), it Certainly isN't a Short, Precarious, and InComplete Interruption of Turkish WarShip's Bullying that might Justify such a Big Difference of Treatment by the EU, since Turkey's threat obviously Persists to Block the Peaceful Exploitation and Development of EU Members Cyprus and Greece's Energy Resources Potential, (Together with Friendly and Cooperating Neigbour Countries Egypt, Israel, etc), while, in Addition, the Huge Problems of Human Rights' and Democracy Violations inside Turkey, added to Ankara's even Greater Recent Provocations Against a Peaceful Resolution of Cyprus' problem according to UNSC Resolutions asking for the Island's reUnification, and the Boost given by Turkey to a Secessionism, Obviously Dangerous for All Europe itself, naturaly Deserve, at last, some real EU Sanctions there, as longtimes promised...


=> Otherwise, such an InEquality of Treatment between Russia and Turkey, will inevitably Raise Questions on Who really Influences the Government of the EU Nowadays, and in order to Serve Which real Interests ?

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    Scientific innovation joined to Faith for Human Rights, Eastern Partnership and fight against the Crisis, but above all, the need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" from EU Citizens, are the main priorities for new EU Parliament's President, Polish Jerzy Buzek, that a 555-votes-strong majority of MEPs on July 14,  Strasbourg made a living symbol of the fact that, 20 years after the fall of Berlin Wall (1989 - 2009) there is no more an Eastern or Western Europe, but only one Europe, as the head of the largest group of MEPs, ChristianDemocrats/EPP, Joseph Daul, stressed after the event.

    Speaking later to a group of Strasbourg's Journalists, including "EuroFora", the new EU Parliament's President clarified his stance on concrete topical issues, as f.ex. that of Turkey's controversial EU bid, which was one of the main issues of the June 2009 Electoral campain, clearly won by his party of ChristianDemocrats/EPP :  - "At present, Turkey does not fullfil none of EU conditions", he stressed, (See infra).

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    Buzek is well known in Strasbourg and to "EuroFora" as EU Rapporteur for the Framework Program of Scientific Research and Development of Technologies. A Natural Science Professor from the Historic and Religious landmark Polish City of Częstochowa, active in the famous Solidarnosk grass-roots social movement, he served 4 years as Prime Minister (1997-2001), before being elected as MEP in 2004 and 2009, after he brillantly won the latest EU Election at the head of his party (EPP) almost doubling the number of its MEPs from 15 to 28 !

    - "Innovation" and "Energy safety", as well as fight against the "Cimat change", but also "Eastern Partnership", the "Mediterranean", "Strategic partnerships" with Russia, the USA, etc, and the search for "solutions to the Economic Crisis" that EU Citizens "expect" from us, will be his "priorities", announced from the outset the new EU Parliament's President, reminding also that the quest for "Human and Civic Rights" played an important role in his experience with the Solidarnosc grass-roots social movement in Poland's History

    But, the most important of all, is the urgent need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" between EU Institutions and the People he stressed : - EU "Citizens often don't understand us", denounced Buzek, launcing a call to "do anything for EU Citizens to understand our work" in EU Parliament : "We (MEPs) need to make EU Citizens involved" in "what we are doing every week, in Strasbourg and Brussels", he proposed. Pointing f.ex. to the hot "Debates" with "strong arguments" exchanged between MEPs during the preparation of their Legislative Decisions, in Committees, delivering often hard struggles between initially opposed points of view, long before forging a majority at the final vote, sometimes more than a year..

    Therefore, EU Parliament will be "open to your criticism, for discussion and exchange of views", he promissed to Journalists in Strasbourg.

    In this way, Buzek, in fact, highlighted "EuroFora"s main idea, that we strongly advocate since 1997-2007, to systematicaly and actively involve EU Citizens in public debates during the decision-making process of important EU measures, which affect their lives and the society in which they live, (and not only just a few weeks each 4 or 5 Years at the eve of EU Elections)...
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    This is related also to the symbolic gift that Buzek chose to give to the out-going former EU Parliament's President, Hans Gert Poettering, (2007-2009), his collegue in the ChristianDemocrats/EPP, who brillantly won 2009 EU Elections in Germany : A genuine statute of sainte Barbara crafted in Silesia's black Coal by Polish Miners : Those simple but strong people who fought for social change against some technocrats and bureaucrats disguissed into so-called "real-socialists" of old times. (PHOTO).

    It's enough to have seen a popular open air mass, at Warsaw's center, with many thousands of people, old and young, simple workers and intellectuals mixed together, with references to Poland's history and struggles for survival and liberty, through various ages, (as fex. that organized at the eve of CoE's 2005 panEuropean Heads of State and Government for the beatification of late Pope John-Paul II), in order to understand what such symbols mean..

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    But, overcoming the "Crisis of Trust" with EU Citizens obviously implies also to rectify any errors done in the past, fex. on Turkey's controversial EU bid, with controversial decisions taken in 1999 and 2004 to give a "candidate" status and to start EU negotiations, provoking an unprecedented series of 3 "No" to EuroReferenda and 3 Majoriy Abstentions in EU Parliament Elections : 1999, 2005 and 2009, (even if the latest one succeeded to decelerate and almost stop the drop of participation rates, opening hopes for vote's revival after an electoral campaign clearly critical to Turkey's claims in several mainstream EU countries)
    
    Therefore, Buzek was faced with manifold critical Questions on EU Enlargement, most of them citting concrete examples of certain political problems  :  But his replies were almost always given as a matter of general principle :

    F.ex. Questioned on the suspension of EU - Croatia talks because of a Border conflict with EU Member Slovenia, Buzek prefered to speak about principles :

- "We know that during Enlargement, the process can be blocked by failure to resolve this kind of issues",  This concerns also other enlargments' cases", and "these rules are always in force" he warned.


But Buzek avoided to directly reply to a queston on "French and German EPP' calls to define the Borders of Europe", as a German journalist asked him by making a reference to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and German Chancellor Angie Merkel's, critical statements on Turkey at the June 2009 Electoral campain.    

- "Concerning Enlargement, there's always the same rules : There have to be Criteria, which have to be respected if a Country wants to join the EU", he started to simply reply.

- "For my country (Poland) it took us 15 Years to fullfil these Criteria", Buzek reminded, indicating, if proportions are kept, that Turkey, fex. would have to spend some 25 years before eventually joining the EU..

- "Countries wishing to join the EU need to Change their Systems", as we (Poland and other former Eastern European Countries) did, he stressed.

- "'For me, meeting the condition of Human Rights is one of the Key conditions for membership in the EU", preferring again to speak from the point of view of General Principles, on the occasion of an untimely question on Serbia (which is not even a candidate yet)...

- "Turkey" has, "first of all", to fullfil (EU) Copenhagen criteria". Bevause, currently, none of them is fullfiled by Turkey", New EU Parliament's President, denounced, speaking later to a group of Journalists, including "EuroFora".

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In particular, on Human Rights :  - "We (EU) can never forget Human Rights", because "this is at the very Foundations of the EU", Buzek added.

On the contrary, when he referred to EU Enlargment for the  "Western Balkans Countries ", Buzek appeared upbeat, finding "promising situations", despite "difficulties" in the Past, since "Countries are queuing to become EU members", and this "generated changes", as he said.

As for Russia, Buzek observed that it was a "very important" country, located "in the same Continent", Europe,  "close to our borders", and "we need eachother". "But Russia' has 'differend poblems : "They claim that their system is Democratic, but rules are differend", and we must be "aware of such differencies", fex. "on Human Rights", that we can't ignore, as he said;

Concerning China, where a journalist observed that the recipient of EU Parliament's latest "Sakharov prize" for freedom of thought is "still in prison", Buzek found that since the 1999 events in Tien Amin square, "we see differencies on Human Rights still today", and expressed his "support" for those who try to ameliorate the situation.

On the contrary, speaking recently to "EuroFora" he strongly supported the idea for an EU - Ukraine cooperation, fex. between Airbus and Antonov, in order to build a  less costly but more performant than the old and problematic A400M, new Military Transport Airplane : - "They (Ukranian Antonov Company) can certainly do it. I'm sure they can. It's a good Idea, and I'd be glad if it was done", he told us. (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/airbusantonov.html )


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