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EUC Officer to "EF" on BRX Summit: Digital Sovereignity = Key. But, is the EU Ambitious Enough ?

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Among the Manifold, Surprizing, Last-Minute "Metamorphosis" of the forthcoming EU Brussels' Summit's Agenda, for October 1 and 2, (See: ..., etc), Finally, EU Council President Michel's Idea to give a Part of its Initial "Turkish Problem" Focus, to Wider Topical Foreign Policy Issues, and, Afterwards, to Even Add anOther, considerable, Part on EU's Economy Advances, (going from the "Common Market" to "Industry" and "Digital Transformation"), by Arguying that "a Strong Europe in the World, Needs also to have a Resilient Economy", after all, wasN't so Bad at all, and had, indeed, some Basic Logic.  

Already, the Recent Developments on Foreign Policy Issues, Revealed that, in Fact, ... Turkey's Trouble-Making was, in Real Practice, Spreading almost Everywhere around Europe !

F.ex., it, Notoriously, almost "Freezed" any Sanctions on Belarus', Post-Electoral Internal UnRest, at least for the Time Being, When someone Suddenly Insisted to practicaly Block even the Slightest Sanctions on Akara's persisting Provocations, Bullying and illegal Drilling Ships, ('"Barbaros" and "Yavuz"), escorted by Turkish Gun-Boats, inside EU Member Cyprus' EEZ, (i.e. there where the Huge Potential of European Natural Resources at South-Eastern Mediterranean has Already Started to be Confirmed, as in Greece's Aegean and/or Mediterranean EEZ, it stil Remains to be Clearly done), thereby Breaking a so-called EU Foreign Affairs' "Berlin Agreement", Earlier on September, to Advance "Together", in "Parallel", on Both Belarus and Turkey, (as Also, inter alia, France, Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Slovakia, and Malta, etc. Supported), in Consequence Pushing Cyprus and Greece to Ask to Synchronize those 2 Parallel Processes, in order to Avoid "Double Standards".

+ Moreover, in Addition, Turkey clearly Emerged, these Days, as Trouble-Maker Also at an absolutely Different, Topical Foreign Polic Issue, that of the Deadly and Dangerously Escalating Conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, via Ankara's Warmongering Rhetorics, Lethal Weapons' providing to Azeris, Dangerous Islamist Extremist Armed Gangs' Imports to Caucasus from Syria, Libya or Iraq, even alleged Direct Involvement of Turkish Military Officers in Nagorno-Karabackh Clashes, (f.ex. a Turkisg F16 WarPlane bringing Down an Armenian Suhkoi, and Killing its Pilot, as Erevan just Denounced, etc)...

 >>> But, Feeling (rightfuly or wrogly, more or less) a Lack of a Strong-enough Europe at its Neighborhood,

in Substance, is Not so Far Away from a quite Equivalent Feeling, of a Lack of an Ambitious-enough yet Europe in Strategic High-Tech Modern Technologies, particularly on Digitalisation, where a Big, Innovative and Popular "FlagShip" EU Project, apparently, is still Absent,

 as "Eurofora" has Recently, already Asked an EU Commission's vice-President, at a Press Conference in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, (See : ..., etc), and/or Wondered on the occasion of EU Brussels' Summit Last July 2020, when a Landmark Economic ReVival Post-Virus Fund was Created, (See: ..., etc), as well as Today, when we Questioned a Senior EU Council's Officer, speaking "Off the Record", on Condition of Anonymity, about the Agenda for the 2nd Day of the forthcoming EU ExtraOrdinary Summit, October 2, dedicated to such Strategic Economy Issues (Comp. Supra) :

- "On Digital + Industry : Isn't there Any Ambitious EU Project at the Horizon ?", "Eurofora" asked, in Substance.  

 - "F.ex. on SmartPhone Technology, Europe was Historicaly a Pioneer, with Nokia, and,  Recently, China offered Even to Pay EU Compagnies if they Helped Beijing (via its Flagship Enterprise "Huawei") by Creating a New "Operating System", Independent from USA Google's "Android", (because of a current US - China Different)", we observed, in concreto.

=> Shall we (EU) Seize, at last, some Rare Opportunities, like this ?", "Eurofora" wondered, in substance.

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    -  Replying in Wider terms, +"... The Notion of <<Digital Sovereignity>> is Key for the EU, and this is Related also to Networks' Security and SmartPhones", confirmed that EU Coucil's Senior Officer, on this occasion.

    => That's why, f.ex., "in the Conclusions that We (EU Summit) are going to Adopt, ...we Task the (EU) Commission to come with a Strategy, Next Year (2021), on Digital", he HighLighted.

    -  As "You know, we (EU) have a Key Objective on 2050 for Climate". => "It's Time that we do Also", something alike, 'for Digital" too, "and that's what we are Asking the (EU) Commission" to do, (Obviously speaking for something of Strategic Importance, But, Still, ...Far Away).

+ Moreover, "Also (EU) Member States are Working on Alliances". F.ex., "We (Europe) have a <<Baterry Alliance>>, etc. In Fact, "there are Many Initiatives we Should Talk More about", he suggested.

++ "And", in General, "if we wanted to have this Special (EU Summit's 2nd Day) it's Also in order to Tackle these Topics. Because We (EUC) Believe that they are Really <<Key>>, as You said", EU Council's Senior Official concluded, in his Reply to "Eurofora"s above-mentioned Question.

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    >>> All that is Naturaly Good. But, is it, really, Enough and Timely ?

- To Judge from at least some Key Heads of State/Government's Stance, particularly for the Day After Tomorrow, (i.e. October 2), scheduled for Economy Issues, things are Not Easy : F.ex. French President Macron has assumed some Obligations Elsewhere, already at the Morning, and, therefore, canNot be Present at this EU Summit in Brussels !  Chancelor Merkel might, exceptionaly, Represent France... Similar move between Sweden and Finland : Helsinki might Represent Stockholm, (Partly UPATED), and so on....

During the Exceptionaly Long EU Summit of July 2020 on EU's Economic ReVival, "Eurofora", for the reasons that we explained then, Imagined, inter alia, also a Possible New and Concret Digital Tech EU Project, nicknamed, then, "European Green Phone" (See : ..., etc). You can Bet that, Nowadays, If it was, f.ex, about Chosing the Best Digital Tech. Cooperation Big Projects accross the EU, Everybody would be, here, Busy to Seek and/or Promote Ideas, Partnerships, New Technological Possibilities, Seek the Appropriate Funding, Discuss Potential, Explore New Horizons, etc...

Also Back on October 2013, when Angie Merkel was at her Apogee, having just Won September's Elections with a Landmark 40% approaching Political Autonomy, after Passionate Speaches to Boost Strong Families for European Natality and a Strong Europe, as f.ex. near Historic Chancelor Helmut Kohl's (Father of PanEuropean ReUnification) Home at Ludwigshafen, (etc), she was Exceptionaly Radiant at the subsequent EU Brussels' Summit, where Recent Revelations by American Whistle-Blower Eduard Snowden about Mass Spying on People Worldwide, (Even on Merkel's own 2 SmartPhones !), had just Launched a Strong, Active and Creative Wider Movement in Europe to Urgently Seek Digital Sovereignity, Examining All existing or Emerging Technological Possibilities, Projects, Ideas, throughout all its Member States, with an incredibly Energetic Creative Fever Rising, then, all accross Europe...

=> Having seen the Danger, and Felt the Potential, Europeans, then, did Not Feel at all ... "Horizonless and Shallow" (sic !) as Turkish President Erdogan has Notoriously just Slandered the EU to be, according to Ankara's views...

- All the Contrary !

=> Why Not, even much Better,  Now ? 

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Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, speaking  to "EuroFora", denied rumors on Turkey's attempts to avoid an EU check of its obligations on Cyprus on December 2009 by blackmailing Nicosia to either accept any deal with intransigeant Turkish claims contrary to EU values on the island's political issue, or face threats against the territorial integriy of the EU island, semi-occupied by Ankara's army.

On the contrary, the incoming EU President-in-office, speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", promissed that he will act for EU Council's decisions on December 2009 assessment of Turkey's commitments on Cyprus to be kept.


    Bildt was asked to react to Cyprus' President Christofias' denunciation, earlier this week, that some want to exert "pressure" on Cyprus in order for Turkey to escape from its obligations.

    Avoiding to mention any precise Deadline, Bildt, however, warned about "Consequences" in case of "failure" to reunite Cyprus, but without saying whose responsibility an eventual deadlock might be.  

 Asked by "EuroFora" if there is a risk for "Turkey's commitments to "be forgotten or downgraded", "despite crystal-clear EU Council decisions and EU Parliament's latest Resolution on the assessment to make at the end of this year on Turkey's obligations", according to rumours that, instead of pressing Turkey, on the contrary, there might be "pressure on Cyprus", even "blackmail", as Media reported and President Christofias denounced this week, Bildt denied :

- "No ! ", he clearly replied.


- On the contrary, invited by "EuroFora", to "reassure that the Swedish EU Presidency (7-12/2009) will keep a fair stance, based on principles",  Bildt promised that "we (Swedish EU Presidency) will be very clear on all of the decisions taken by the (EU) Council".

He added, however, that "we have very numerous decisions that have been taken" by EU Council, as if he warned, also, on something else.

- "'I am not aware of any sort of statements coming out today''", Bildt started to say, on our reference to Cyprus' President Christofias" denunciation of Turkish lobby's manoeuvers this week, replying earlier to 'another"EuroFora"'s question during a Press Conference at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.


 - '"I know the issues that you' are concerned with'", he added, remembering  the statements he gave us when Sweden was chairing the PanEuropean CoE on 2008.

- "But, obviously, .. I think that Cyprus' Peace negotiations are extremenly important".

- And "'I think that we are at a unique moment in History, in the sens that both (Cyprus') President Christofias and Mr. Talat (the Turkish Cypriot leader), are personally convinced of the need to overcome the division".

 - "It's 20 Years since the fall of Berlin Wal, but we still have a Capital in Europe (Nicosia) that's divided". ,

- 'I don't that we should loose any time in overcoming that"..

 - ''We should be aware of the fact that success will bring great benefits, but failure, will also have major consequences. There will not be Status Quo' " It's a question of seeking a solution, or entering another situation, which is somewhat difficult to see exactly how that could evolve", he warned.

- "That being said, this is a negotiation for Cyprus itself", Bildt admitted.

 - ''We (EU) can support, the (EU) Commission primarily, be technically helpful, and then, of course, there is a specific role for the UN, when it comes to the Cyprus' situation".  

- "At least so far. It might not be for ever'. Certainly not for ever, but for this period of time", Bildt added, skiping now any reference to concrete threats on UNO's Peace keeping force in face of more than 40.000 Ankara's soldiers, contrary to some Press claims, (See previous NewsReports).


     Replying to another "EuroFora"'s Question,  if anyone might attempt to "impose a Deadline for the conclusion" of Cyprus' Talks on December 2009, Bildt avoided to speak of any precise Time-frame, and indirectly evoked the fact that  35 Years of Turkish Invasion/Occupation obviously durated too long :

'- "If I was from Cyprus, I would say that the Deadline was Yesterday ! '",
Bildt concluded.

Cyprus' Government Spokesman, Stephanou, reportedly pointed out that "a settlement is possible on December if Turkey changes its stance", accepting a solution for the reunification of the island based on UNO resolutiona and EU principles.

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Earlier, EU Chair, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeld, highlighted an "historic opportunity" to "re-Unite" Cyprus according to EU's "basic Values"' (i.e. Human Rights) and 'Rules'", in a last-minute change of his draft speech to EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    The initial Draft spoke only about "healing" the island.

    Significantly, Reinfeldt linked Cyprus' reunification with Turkey's obligations to respect EU's "Values" and "follow" EU's "common Rules" :

    - What is "called Membership Negotiations" should lead, "at- the end of the day", into "sharing a set of common Basic Values (i.e. Human Rights, Democracy, etc), and following common Rules", stressed Reinfeld from the outset.
    
    - "This is something that those on the Outside (of the EU), are now  contemplating", up "to Ankara", for "a solution" on "Cyprus", observed the EU Chairman, immediately afterwards..  

    - "Both sides of Cyprus have been granted a historic opportunity to together reach an agreement on a solution to re-Unite the island, that has been divided for far too long", said Reinfeldt, modifying his draft text.


-  "The Swedish Presidency will act ...in accordance with Commitments EU has made, on the basis of Criteria that apply", "as a Honest Broker", he promised.    

- "To those on the inside (of the EU), allowing the membership process to become an opportunity to solve protracted disputes, can be tempting", he added.


    "In such cases, we must find solutions that can benefit both sides, and open up a way forward. Otherwise, it would jeopardize the progress we have made towards EU integration", Reinfeldt said.

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