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

Pisac ACM
06. 07. 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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ECHR's President to "EuroFora" on Journalists Gongadze and Adali murders : Principles must apply to all States, without discrimination.


+ ECHR's Statistics on Freedom of Expression (See below).


 European Court of Human Rights' President, Jean-Paul Costa, questioned by "EuroFora" on Journalists' murders, as in Gongadze and Adali's cases etc., strongly stressed all CoE Member States' obligation to make efficient Investigations to find and punish those responsible, and underlined that ECHR's case-law's principles must apply to all without any discrimination.

His call was clearly supported by various Top MEPs who denounced a risk of "Double Standards" if some Journalists' murders are investigated, while others don't.

To avoid such risks, CoE's Parliamentary Assembly adopted a Resolution, on the occasion of Ukranian Journalist Gongadze's murder, "stressing", as a matter of general Principle, "the importance it attaches to the safety of Journalists and political activists, especially those linked to opposition groups, in ALL member states of the CoE". All "crimes against journalists and political activists must be investigated ... as a matter of priority, without political interference".

Costa was replying to "EuroFora"s question on the fact that, after CoE's Committee of Ministers, also CoE's Assembly had just adopted a Resolution on Gongadze murder case, based on an ECHR's judgement of 2005, asking a full Investigation from Ukraine, who has found and condemned  in 10 years of jail 2 executants, but not yet the instigators.

While nothing similar was yet done for dissident Turkish Cypriot Kutlu Adali's murder, with 5 bullets shot at his head out of his Family's home in the territories of Cyprus occupied by Ankara's army, despite another ECHR's judgement of the same year 2005, and despite Turkey's claim that nobody was found among those responsible for the murder, and that there was nothing more to do..

In order to be credible and efficient, CoE's mechanisms shouldn't find a way to at least ask for full investigations of all Journalists' murders anywhere they might be committed, without exceptions ?

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- "On the larger question that you raised, I'd like to say, since we are in a period of stock-taking on ECHR's 50 Years, that the Court's case-law developed certain concepts ....such as the Positive obligations of States, part of which are also the procedural obligations", started to reply ECHR's President.

 - "Whenever Journalists, Lawyers, Defenders of Human Rights, or even simple Citizens are murdered, the States are held responsible, not only if its their own security forces' agents who committed these murders, but also if they didn't make sufficiently substantial and efficient Investigations", he stressed.

- "I want to strongly underline that we (ECHR) have found in many cases numerous violations of Articles 2 and 3 against States, ....(about) murders or torture, ...because they didn't make enough Investigations in order to try to find and punish those responsible".

- "We (ECHR) do that vis-a-vis all 47 (CoE) Member States, without any discrimination".

"Naturally, the circumstances in each particular case may be differend, and we can't ommit to apply the rules of proof, or the rules of criminal procedure".

"But we try, by all means, to apply these principles of our case-law, to all States", he concluded.

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      Costa's call was strongly supported by several Top CoE MEPs, from various Political areas


- "To investigate the murder of one Journalist, and not of another, looks like Double Standards", denounced the President of EuroLeft Group in CoE's Assembly, Dutch MEP Tiny Cox.  

- "What is the reason ? Politics or specificity of a case ? Of course, if Cyprus and Turkey are involved, it's always a Political case"..

- "Murders of Journalists should always be fully investigated, because killing Journalists is not only killing persons, but also killing Free Press".  "We (CoE's Assembly) should do our outmost to help People who are working on Free Press and they are under threat or murdered".

Because for Free Politics, Free Press is a pre-requisitive : Parliamentarians  cannot  function without a Free Press. Not investigating, is not protecting ourselves".

So we should investigate all Journalists' murders : We are talking about Gongadze, about the Cypriot man (Adali), about the Journalist murdered in Moscow one week ago, etc", Cox concluded

- "CoE can' look at these cases differently. CoE can't wear Blinckers  !".
- "If the one is investigated, so has to be also the other. Why there wasn't full investigation ? Why's that ?", wondered British  Socialist MEP, Alan Meale.

- "A good idea" would be to "make a Motion for Resolution", and "join all Journalists' murders. Adali and Gongadze etc", said to "EuroFora" EU Parliament Political affairs Committee's President, Goran Lindbland, ChristianDemocrat MEP from Sweden.


(See also earlier News at "EuroFora" on similar issues).
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ECHR's Statistics on Freedom of Expression :


    Almost Half of condemnations by ECHR for violations of Freedom of Expression in 2008, concern Turkey : 20 out of a total of 48 for all CoE's Member States.

    Russia, Poland, France and Moldova were condemned only 3 times. Romania, Greece, Portugal, 2 times, and the other CoE Member States only 1 time, or none.
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    During the last Decade : 1998 - 2008, Turkey was condemned for violating Freedom of Expression in ..169 cases, while Austria only in 24.

    France and Moldova in 14 and 13, respectively, closely followed by Russia and Poland with 11 and 10, respectively. The rest of CoE Member States had less than ten condemnations.    
    

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