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EU Parliament Press Director Duch to EF: After Tunisia EU may deal with Food Security+Foreign Policy

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Monday, January 17, 2011
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After recent developments, particularly at Tunisia, Algeria, etc., and Food prices' rises, at the eve of French EU President Sarkozy's speech on Rural issues here next day, EU may deal also with Agricultural Security/Defense and Foreign Policy, replied, in substance, EU Parliament's Spokesman and Press Director, Jaume Duch, to an "EuroFora"s Question at the January 2011 Press Briefing in Strasbourg, shortly before MEPs start debating in Plenary on the Tunesian turmoil, (Comp. forthcoming DraftNews).


EU Commissioner on Enlargement, Fuhle, observed, later-on, that the popular uprising in Tunisia had "started when a Young man set himself on Fire by Despair because a Policeman had seized the Fruits and Vegetables he was selling in order to survive"..

 

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Earlier, informations about a probable rising trend of Food Prices, reminding the 2008 upheavals, had circulated among mainstream Media.


- "EuroFora" observed that the recent events in Tunesia, Algeria, etc., followed previous infos about Food Prices' rise, while French President Sarkozy is also due to speak about "Rural" issues, naturally including Agriculture, Tomorrow morning close to Strasbourg, and Duch had already anounced, last week in Brussels, that, during 2011, EU Parliament is expected to debate and vote also on Agricultural and Cohesion policies, including in view of the PluriAnnual EU Financial Perspectives.
Meanwhile, the incoming 2011 French Chairmanship of G8 - G20 has already anounced President Sarkozy's intention to raise the issue of Agricultural prices' extreme volatility, as well as Energy's, and other raw materials.

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- Therefore, "EuroFora" asked Duch if, according to his experience, he thought that EU Parliament could find a way to examine Agricultural issues not only taken as such, in isolation, but also in the Context of EU's Security/Defence and/or Foreign Policy.


- Replying to "EuroFora"s question, EU Spokesman and Press Director, excluded from the outset that MEPs might be obliged to limit themselves only to the stricto sensu commercial aspect of Agriculture : - "No, not only", he stressed.

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- On the contrary, "I think that there are" also other ways to deal with Agriculture's external aspects, (such as Foreign Policy, EU Security/Defence, etc), "f.ex. through Bilateral Agreements" with certain 3rd Countries, he added.


- "So that, if there are particular Situations in one or more among these Countries, or particular views (among MEPs) about it, then, EU Parliament will certainly find a way to express its views, without any doubt", Jaume Duch concluded.


Obviously, this goes in addition, and in parallel to the purely "Democratic" aspirations of Mediterranean People, but it also leaves still open another part of "EuroFora"s question, on EU's overall Strategy for Security of supply and/or Independence on Agricultural Food products needed by EU Citizens, which are naturally at least as important, if not even more, than Energy merchandises, (for which, such kind of "external context" issues, are currently, hotly debated, both inside and outside the EU)...

 

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(Opinion).

 In Democracy, the forthcoming choices for EU's Top Jobs, as the New EU Parliament's President, new EU Commission's President (+ probably EU Council's President, EU Foreign Minister, etc) should be made according to EU Citizens' Votes in June 7, 2009 European Elections, and main EU Governments' strategic policies.

At the heart of the biggest EU Countries, in France and Germany, EU Citizens clearly voted for a renovated, non-technocratic but Political Europe based on Values, declared explicitly incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid.

This main choice was also supported in several other small or medium EU Countries, such as Austria (cf. promise of a Referendum), Spain (cf. EPP program's reservations vis a vis Enlargment), etc., while EPP Parties won also in Poland, Hungary, Cyprus, etc.

In other Countries, whenever Governing coalitions didn't make these choices or eluded them, continuing to let a Turkish lobby push for its entry into the EU, they paid a high price, and risked to damage Europe, by obliging EU Citizens to massively vote for euro-Sceptics whenever they were the only ones to offer a possibility to promise  real change and oppose Turkey's demand to enter into the EU :

It's for this obvious reason that British UKIP (IndDem) succeeded now (after many statements against Turkey's EU bid) to become Great Britain's 2nd Party, unexpectedly growing bigger even than the Governing Labour Party, as well as the Liberal party  ! Facts prove that it's not an isolated phenomenon : A similar development occured in the Netherlands, where Geert Wilders "Party for Freedom" (PVV) became also the 2nd biggest in the country, (after EPP), boosting the chances of a politician who had withdrawn in 2004 from an older party "because he didn't agree with their position on Turkey". And in several other EU Member Countries, even previously small parties which now focused on a struggle against Turkey's controversial demand to enter in the EU, won much more or even doubled the number of their MEPs (fex. Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece, etc).

On the contrary, whenever Socialist and oher parties were explicitly or implicitly for Turkey's controversial EU bid, they obviously lost Citizens' votes and fell down to an unprecedented low.

In consequence, EU Citizens clearly revealed their main political choices, in one way or another : They voted to change for less Bureaucracy, but more Politics and Values in a Europe really open to EU Citizens, but without Turkey's controversial EU bid.

Recent political developments are obviously different from the old political landscape which existed in the Past of 1999-2004, when Socialists based on Turkish 1% vote governed undisputed not only in Germany, but also in the UK, Greece and elsewhere, France followed old policies decided when it had been divided by "cohabitation", before the 3 "NO" to EU  Referenda since May 2005, before Merkel, before Sarkozy, etc.... before the surprises of 7 June 2009 new EU Elections.

If the current candidates to the Top EU jobs promise and guarantee to respect People's democratic choices, OK.

Otherwise, Europe must find new candidates, really motivated and able to implement these democratic choices of the People.

The beginning of crucial, final Decisions are scheduled for the 1st EU Parliament's plenary session in Strasbourg, in the middle of July, and they could be completed towards the October session, when Lisbon Treaty's fate will have been fixed.


See relevant Facts also at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/2009electionsandturkey.html
http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/daulelections.html
http://www.eurofora.net/brief/brief/euroelectionresult.html

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