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EUHead Slovenia PM Jansa: Nothing stops Dialogue as EU Changes =>Bridge Difference by Common Ground

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 06 July 2021

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- A Dynamic Plaidoyerie for Pluralist Dialogue in a Democratic Europe, between All Different Political Views, particularly via the Conference on Europe's Future, But Also a Firm Commitment to Bridge Differencies by Finding Common Grounds, was Highlighted at the Press Conference of the InComing EU President-in-office, Slovenia's Prime Minister Janez Jansa, following his Speech on the Priorities of the Sloveninian Presidency's Programme for July - December 2021, earlier at the Plenary of EU Parliament in Strasbourg, in a Debate with MEPs Together with EU Parliament's and EU Commission's Presidents David Sassoli and Ursula Von der Leyen, respectively.

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 Jansa has Already met with "Eurofora"'s co-Founder as Early as since the 1st Slovenian Presidency of the EU,  back on 2008, together with then Foreign Minister Janez Lenarcic, (Nowadays EU Commissioner on Crisis 2019-2024), and, Afterwards, Many Times during EU Brussels' Summits, (See, f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eustrategyongreeceshengenmediterranean.html, etc), as well as in the 2018 EU Summit in Salzburg, Austria (See relevant Photo, Infra), etc. Moreover, Jansa's former Communications' Director, and later Head Spokesman for that 1st EU Slovenian Presidency, Anje Logar, gave Exclusive Statements to "Eurofora" Published on 1/2008, before becoming the Current Slovenia's Foreign Minister for its 2021 EU Presidency nowadays. (See 2 Publications, then at "The Cyprus Weekly", attached herewith). Both had Spoken, then, about Turkey's long due Obligations to Respect EU Basic Principles on Cyprus, which is, Also Nowadays, a Topical Issue during this 2021 Summer, Still Pending more than 13 Years Later !...                 

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- "All Political Views", expressed by Various Groups and MEPs, "are Legitimate and Equal", Because "they are Part of a Democratic Process through which MEPs were Elected to EU Parliament", Jansa stressed from the outset in the Plenary.

- Indeed, "Everything you (MEPs) have said here, is Part of a Debate that is Necessary for me, Even if we doN't Agree" on several points, he realisticaly added.

=> Therefore, "we want All Voices to be heard in the debate on the Future of Europe", Because it's "only on this basis will we be able to find Common Ground Ahead", Jansa pointed out.

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- "Differencies between the East and the West" (as a collegue Journalist had evoked, in the Press Conference), "are Objective and Clear Issues here", he Acknowledged.

- In Fact, "there was Not enough Respect for Cultural Differencies, and this Resulted in Lack of Political Consensus", the Incoming EU President-in-office observed. (Apparently pointing Mainly at some BioEthical Issues, such as, f.ex., Homosexual Propaganda vis a vis UnderAge Children, etc., Obviously Exploited Recently by certain Shady Technocratic Lobbies in order to Push Towards Artificial Fabrications of Babies in Labos, at a Moment When Genetic Manipulation Technologies, including those Heritable to All Future Generations, have provoked Serious Dangers for all Humankind, as, f.ex. in Hungary, Supported by Poland and Slovenia, but also in Russia, etc.By the way, Hungary is Currently President-in-office of CoE's PanEuropean Organisation for Human Rights, Rule of Law, and Democracy, from May to November 2021)...

+ At one of such cases, f.ex. in a Recent Meeting of the "Libe. Committee" of EU Parliament, "I Participated" personaly, "Together with the (Slovenian) Minister of Culture", Jansa described. - "Unfortunately, it was Only a Video-Conference, and there were some Technical Problems which let No Debate to Start", and "I Protested". But, "the Chair Switched Off my Microphone !", he Denounced, (on a Committee whose Chair is Juan López  Aguilar, a Spanish "Socialist")...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     - However, "All Political Parties in the EU Parliament are Equaly Legitimate, and Represent the People", he admitted, Despite "Great and Clear Differencies in Opinion".

+ Meanwhile, "Now, with the Conference on the Future of Europe" (See, f.ex. : ..., etc), "We (EU) have to Open Spaces for Different Opinions, and, at the End, Find Common Grounds", Jansa urged. Because, "If we Exclude, from the Beginning, it will Not lead to Positive Results", he Warned.

=> So, "on Early September, at least one Panel will have Discussions on Different Ideas. This will be the Beginning of a very Frank Dialogue between Various Political Forces" , Jansa announced Today.

>>> And "this Will Continue in the Future", because "Progress canNot be stoped !", he Vowed.

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[Jansa with EPP SG Isturiz, pose for "Eurofora" at Salzburg (Austria) 2018 Summit]

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- Meanwhile, he Skiped another Question, about his Party's continued Participation to mainstream "EPP", Mainstream ChristianDemocrat Party, of the Center-Right : -"Today, we are Not Dealing with Memberships in Political Parties", he avoided to discuss now. -"There is an EPP Congress on Autumn" 2021. But, "Now we are Focused on Priorities/Challenges that we have just Highlighted" for the Slovenian EU Presidency : I.e. : Resilience and Economic ReVival, as well as the Conference on Europe's Future, added to 2 Summits on Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership.

++ Moreover, "the EU Political Arena is Changing". So that, "the Next Term of EU Parliament Will be Different !", the Experienced, 3 Times Prime Minister, and 2 Times EU President-in-office, Prognosticated in fine.(Jansa, normaly, should have been Also a 4rth Time Prime Minister, after he Won the 2018 Election [See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/jansawinssloveniaelection.html, etc], But Slander from Opposants Scandalously Went Against People's Democratic Choice, then !)

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 => But, "Slovenia Joined a United Europe in order to Be Part of it, Not to Split !", he Also stressed.


- "For the Rest, according Lisbon Treaty, We (All EU Member States) have Same Values, and there is an Independent Body where, those who wish, can initiate Proceedings, and it can find who is right and who is wrong. That's how I understand Rule of Law".


>>> At any case, "Slovenia is a Connecting entity : We are located at the Borders Between the East and the West, a Crossing Point between the Mediterranean and the Center-North, and shall do our best to Bridge Differencies by Finding Common Denominators", Jansa vowed.

 

 

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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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