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EU Parliament, Commission + Council point at Federal Integration after Sarkozy-Merkel call

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 14 September 2011


In a rare joint, dynamic move, most Top EU Personalities from the European Parliament, Commission and Council urged to  resolutely advance towards a Federal type Integration at Top Political level, during today's landmark debate in Strasbourg's Plenary session on €uroZone's Economy, shortly after French President Sarkozy's and German Chancellor Merkel's recent call to boost €uroZone's Political Leadership and core Integration, (See "EuroFora"s NewsReport from the Franco-German Summit of 16/8/2011) :

- "Europe needs a "Bing-Bang", call it "Federation of the United States of Europe" or "Integration", stressed from the outset the Chairman of the Greatest Group of MEPs, ChristianDemocrats/EPP, French MEP Joseph Daul.

+ "We must prepare now a Unity and a Vision for the next 4 or 5 Years", i.e. 2012-2017. "Meanwhile, EU Countries should deal with the proble of Debts", and "€uroZone must be reinforced, as the Heart which stimulates creation and development in Europe", Daul added.

Yesterday, Daul had stressed his Trust to EU's Strategy out of the Global Crisis, which was focused on Investing for Innovation due to augment Competitivness, contrary to the USA, which prefered to fund Consumption, even by aggravating its Debt : Something which wouldn't work if People lost their trust to the existing Economic system, restricting expenses... (+Meanwhile, the publication of Statistics revealing  that the number of Poor People in the USA had reached proportions seen only in a remote Past, appeared to stress further the seriousness of that warning for the current trends in the American economy).

But also EU needs now strongly Unified Policies on Budgets, Fiscal and even Social Rules, etc, as Daul had underlined.


 - The move was supported by the Chairman of the Liberal Group, former Prime Minister of Belgium, Guy Verhofstadt, who went even further, asking a "Federal" structure, €uroZone Heads of State/Governments' Summits "not only twice per Year" (as the Sarkozy - Merkel proposal), "but twice a Week", as he characteristically said, with "EuroBonds", a "Growth Pact", and the "Stability Pact" recently prepared, but with "Automatic Sanctions" and EU Commission in charge, not EU Member States, as he said.

+ Verhofstadt denounced what he called "the (Historic) Mistake to make a Single Currency wih 27 Different Economic and Fiscal policies" in €uroZone, (apparently forgetting the fact that, even those EU Politicians who had created the €uro Common Currency, had already Warned from the Start that the move was due to provoke reactions from the People, pushing them to Ask for an EU Economic Government, as MEPs had anounced as early as since 1995, during a landmark Debate on EU's Future in the World in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, that "EuroFora"s co-founder had covered for the Press)...

- Even if at variance, mainly concerning current EU Economy's current chances, the Chairman of the Socialist Group, German MEP Martin Schultz, also asked for much "more Unity".
- "It's clear hat we (EU) need a Deeper Integration of our Economic and Budgetary policies", anounced also from the start EU Commission's President, Jose Barroso, reiterating, f.ex. "Proposals to introduce EuroBonds", etc., and asking "futher Economic and Political Integration".

- "This Crisis is the consequence of Competitiveness problems", Barroso found, while also asking from MEPs, for the moment, also to "deal with the Debt problem" and to "Buid a Strong Economy,without need for Fiscal or other Stimulus", as he said.
+ "The curent Institutional Structures are not enough : We need a New "Federative moment"", stressed also EU Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Policy, Oli Rehn from Finland.

- In view of "more Economic and Political Integration", and while "the main thing is Monitoring of Fiscal Policies", etc., "EU Parliament is to play a particularly "useful role", thanks to its interface vis a vis EU Citizens', found Rehn.



+ The main thrust of the move was apparently supported rather strongly also from EU Council's collective side of 27 Heads of State:Government, since Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski, the current rotating EU Chairman, also launched, yesterday afternoon, a vibrant call to face the Crisis by resolutely heading towards more EU Integration, in the same way as European People used to "build huge Cathedrals" in History : "They started to build them, even before they might have a definitive idea about what they might look like when the overall Building will be completed in the future", as Komorowski characteristically and wisely said, attracting large applause from MEPs.. 


However, the 1st Key EU Politician to start launching a crystal-clear call for a "Federal" Europe in the present period, was, many Months earlier, the experienced Italian Minister of Economy, Tremonti, at the conclusion of an International Conference on "New World, New Global Governance", organized on January 2011 in Paris (See "EuroFora"s NewsReport from that event) :  - "The Global Financial movements have passed over the current National structures, and, therefore, we need to advance today towards a Federal Europe, which will be able to face them efficiently", had stressed then Tremonti in reply to an "EuroFora"s question on the "main substance" of his message to the Annual Conference, attended also by several Nobel Prize Winners Economists from all over the World... 

    - Meanwhile, Chairman Daul had warned to pay due attention to Financial "Marksts" who "are volatile, Sensitive to the slightest Rumours", as he said.


    In this regard, after meeting, yesterday Night in Strasbourg with Itialian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, (who spoke also with EU Commission's President Barroso, and EU Parliamnet's President Buzek), Daul stressed to Journalists including "EuroFora", that he found oisitive the fact that Berlusconi had reportedly prepared a set of strong measures to be adopted by the National Parliament in Rome, and had no reasons to doubt that he will, indeed, monitor also their implementation.

    - Berlusconi, reportedly stressed to Italian Journalists, that the only problems that Italy's Economy had faced were, in fact, "inherited" from the Past, when some Socialist Governments were responsible, but that "the Fundamentals" of Italy's Economy were "Positive", and it had a "Solid" structure, needing just to "Modernize" by legislative Reforms the "Tools" used to govern it.




(NDLR : "DraftNews", as already sent earlier to "EuroFora"s Subscribers/Donors. A Complete and more Accurate,  Final Version is due asap).


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  Ten Years of ECHR : 1998 - 2008 show need of Revival in 2009-2010 coinciding with 2009 EU Election

A threefold, coordinated move by new Top French Political actors in the 2009 EU Parliament Elections, expressed in Strasbourg a will to boost Europe's Political dimension close to Citizens' concerns, going from protection of Economy to defence of Human Rights.    

The move met an exceptional ECHR's call for a "revival" of Human Rights' protection mechanism', in a Mega-Conference, early 2010.   

Obviously focusing on June 2009 Elections to EU Parliament, it involved from the outset the recently nominated "dual" Head of French Governing Party (UMP)  Michel BARNIER and Rachida DATI :


     - "As President Sarkozy has clearly said, we (France) are in favor of a Strong, Sovereign and Independent, Political Europe, which protects its Citizens, and not for a large Super-Market, nor for a Europe under influence",

    "This goes for everything, including Energy", added to "EuroFora" the experienced former EU Commissioner, Minister of Foreign affairs, currently of Agriculture and Sarkozy's new pick as Leader of the Governing party UMP to EU 2009 Election, Michel BARNIER                                              .                             

  - Human Rights are important because they are at the Heart of the Political Europe that we aspire for : I.e. a Europe able to act and protect its Citizens, stressed also the New French Minister for European affairs, Bruno LE MAIRE, while meeting Strasbourg's Journalists at his first visit to the CoE.   


This is one of the main interests for CoE, which is also a natural place for cooperation between EU countries and Russia or Turkey, which was recently helpful at the Middle East crisis, he added.

The move gained momentum with French Minister of Justice, Rachida Dati's main observations at ECHR's 5Oth Anniversary :   

- "While we are seeking Europe's Borders and Identity, you (ECHR) remind us also of its Values", Human Rights, Dati noted.   

Citizens seek more and more often ECHR's help, and the tempo accelerates, Europa awaits a symbol, while national legal orders are not freezed   

And she expressed "support" to ECHR President Jean-Paul Costa's call to satisfy the vital need to revigorate the PanEuropean Court by deciding big changes at a High-Level Conference open to a large audience, a kind of "Etats Generaux" of Human Rights, at the beginning of 2010.       


It's not so much the recently growing number of applications for Russia or Ukraine etc, which seems to be Costa's main concern : In fact, the cases declared "admissible" are much fewer...    

But rather the persistent violations of Human Rights, sometimes very grave (ie. murders, torture, abritrary deprivation of liberty, oppression of freedom of speech, destructions of homes/properties, etc), despite numerous, repeated condemnations by ECHR. So that CoE's Ministers, due to "supervise execution" of ECHR's judgements, are overloaded.   

F.ex. most Media noted that Turkey still remains, even in 2008, the 1st among 47 CoE member States in the number of condemnations by ECHR :  257, compared to 233 for Russia, with a population more than the double..    

The problem is that it's not the 1st time at all : During all the last Decade 1998-2008, Turkey was condemned by ECHR much more than any other State, and for particularly grave violations :   

- 1.652 condemnations, compared to 605 for Russia, 548 for Poland, 494 for France, 476 for Ukraine, etc.   

Italy's second place with 1.394 condemnations is a misleading false appearance : In fact, most of them (999) concern mere "procedural delays" in national courts. Same for France.   

On the contrary, Turkey was condemned 180 times for Killings, 192 times for Torture or Inhuman/Degrading treatments, 340 times for arbitrary deprivation of Liberty, 528 times for "Unfair trial", and 169 times for oppression of Freedom of speech, (etc). And the latest, 2008 numbers, indicate no change in this trend, (See supra).   

The current Spanish CoE Presidency (November 2008 - May 2009) has made of the implementation of ECHR's judgements its 1st Priority.   

ECHR's President, Jean-Paul Costa, stressed in its 2009 Annual Press Conference, CoE Member States' obligation to implement the judgements, according to Article 46 of the European Convention on Human Rights.   

Moreover, if CoE's Committee of Ministers delays to ensure implementation, then, the repetition of violations in similar cases provokes a multiplication of complaints tabled to the Court, which overload the mecanism for the protection of Human Rights, denounced Costa.          

A series of Debates on "the situation of Human Rights in Europe", focusing on the "need to fight against Impunity" of perpetrators of grave crimes, is  currently prepared by CoE's Parliamentary Assembly for the session of June 2009.  

The final Timing comes shortly AFTER the EU Elections, but the main Reports should have been adopted before.

Meanwhile, French President Sarkozy and German Chancelor Merkel's recent call "for a Political Europe" in 2009 EU Elections (See earlier "correspondence from Paris, Elysee Palace), seems more and more endorsed also by other EU Countries' Top MEPs :

Thus, f.ex., EU Parliament's 1st vice-President, Greek MEP Mrs Rodi KRATSA, speaking to "EuroFora", agreed that 2009 EU Election would be a "naturally good" opportunity to debate what really interests EU Citizens : "The Future of a Political Europe, able to face the Economic Crisis, with a Culture and identity which attracts the People"

(Photo taken earlier during Sarkozy's 1st visit at EU Parliament, in 2007 : Sarkozy and Merkel's Ideas for a Political Europe inspire also other EU politicians accross the continent)..


2009 EU Elections were won by Parties against Technocracy and Turkey's controversial EU bid, while the 1999-2004 Majority Abstention trend decelerated. What should be done in 2009-2014 ?


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