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EU JHA Commissioner Avramopoulos to EF on Peuple Demo Urging FRONTEX to Protect EU Borders to Turkey

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 22 October 2019

 

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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Replying to an "Eurofora"s Topical Question on EU Citizens' recent Protests about the way to Face Irregular Migration/Mass Asylum Seekers, particularly from "Hotspots" as Turkey, etc., Experienced EU Commissionzer on JHA, MIgration and EU Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, a former Minister of Defense, Foreign affairs, and Mayor of Capital City Athens, etc., Strongly Backed the Value of EU's External Borders' management Agency "FRONTEX", as well as its Potential, But, with Tact, Care and Diplomacy, he Also Highlighted some Veiled Criticism, about "Principles" that it was "Supposed" to practice, a lot of EU Funds and Means consecrated on its activities for a General Interest purpose, Need to Equally and Harmoniously Serve All its Main Tasks and Not Only Some Among them, the Fact that it wasn't yet Fully what it could and should "Become" in the foreseable Future, Crucial New Competences and/or Policies Added/Stressed only Recently, etc, (See Infra).

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The move is of great Topical Interest Nowadays, particularly as Recent Inflows of Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants Augment at the Eastern Mediterranean road, as "FRONTEX" itself Warns, while Turkish President Erdogan notoriously Multiplies even Explicit Threats to Abuse of "3,5 Millions of Refugees" in order to Blackmail Europe for Even More Money and/or for his Aims for Military Invasion/Occupation inside Syria's Kurdish Region.


=> The Main Picture Emerging from all that, appears to Advise that FRONTEX should Support ALL EU Member Countries, all accross various Mediterranean Roads, with the Same Zeal ; Act Efficiently Both for "Rescue" and in order to Fight "Smuggling" ;  fully Prove that it Really Deserved the Important Money, Means and Staff the EU has Invested in it ; rapidly Evolve in order to "Become a Genuine EU External Borders Police" ; Do "a Good Job" also on "Return" Policy, particularly Nowadays ; (Etc. : See Infra).                                  

The Fact that this was Highlighted also in Reply to an "Eurofora" Question on a Topical Event, at the Official "Readout" Press Conference in EU Parliament, of what was meant to be the Last Collective Meeting of the Experienced, Stock-taking Juncker's EU Commission (2014-2019) in Strasbourg, and even at the Same Time that EU linked "Shenghen" area conditions with EU "External Borders Protection", (as, f.ex., in the case of Croatia, a.o.), while EU Parliament's Plenary Session for this Month has Mainly Consecrated its Principal Political Debate, Tomorrow, Wednesday Morning, precisely to Turkey's controversial, illegal and Deadly Military Invasion and Occupation of the Syrian Kurdish Region, that EU Heads of State/Government's latest Summit in Brussels has just Clearly "Condemned", asking Ankara to immediately put an "End" to it, and "Withdraw" all is troops and proxies, (See : ..., etc), Obviously Augments the Interest of such Critical but Useful, Topical concrete Observations.                                                                      

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 - Raising "a Question (also) about the Relations between Schengen and EU's External Borders, as you (the EU Commissioner + the EU Spokeswoman) said" before, "Eurofora" had observed that Recently,"some Facts are Critical, but make it precious to have your views and advise on such Topical Issues" :

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- "Recently, in Greece, as Before in Italy (Comp. f.ex. Beppe Grillo's notorious Remarks about some NGOs and/or even EU's "FRONTEX" allegedly Behaving "as a TAXI" for Mass Irregular Migrants, etc), at the (EU External) Borders, People were Demonstrating - f.ex. (in Greek Island, bordering Turkey) Samos - asking the EU to Help, through FRONTEX, which is Present there, as you Know well, (i.e. on Turkey's Borders to EU Member Greece, which is most Delicate Now, because Also of the Syrian Issue), But, they Felt that it was Not Doing what was Necessary. So, they Asked, in English : "FRONTEX, Please, Do Your Job : Protect EU's External Borders !" ".

 

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- Indeed, "the point is that we (Journalists) have been Receiving many Official Press Releases, until recently, speaking Only about Rescue". "Rescue is Human, it's also a Legal Obligation, so, it's very well that it's being done. But, it's Not the Only Aspect" of FRONTEX's Mission, as percieved by the People. Indeed, at least "when FRONTEX had Started operating there - and you were working on that - they had Tried Also to Fight against Smugglers" (mainly Turkish, there), initially". (At the Beginning, even, a Polish FRONTEX Agent had to Face with a Gun an Armed Turkish Smuggler, and managed to immobilize and arrest him, by an Exchange of Fire... Unfortunately he was Criticized then, instead of being Congatulated...). But, Afterwards, "apparently, we don't see almost Nothing about that, in Press Releases recently : We Only See about "Rescue" and Nothing else", most of the times, "Eurofora" critically observed.

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 -"According to your Experience, what do you think that should be done, there ?", we simply Asked the competent EU Commissioner, (urged to sum up briefly).

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- "Well, You Know, the EU Coast-Guards, as All (EU) Agencies, are Supposed (sic) to be Supporting, in the Same way, All EU Member States", EU Commissioner Avramopoulos Started, in his Reply to the above-mentioned "Eurofora"'s Question, as a matter of Gereral Principle.

 

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- "And, through Your ("Eurofora"s) Question, I realize that You Know very Well what is the Main Task of FRONTEX. You described its Mandate, and its Tasks", he Kindly told us.

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-  "So, This is what they have been Doing", EU Commissioner Avramopoulos believed. "And, on the Borders between Turkey and Greece, they do a Phantastic Job : They Save Lives. They Fight, in an Effective way, Smugglers", Avramopoulos praised. "They do the Same in the so-called Central Mediterranean Road", (i.e. Facing mainly Italy), "but alo on the Other Side of the Mediterranean" Sea", he claimed, (Despite the Well Known Criticism by Various Top Italian Political Leaders : Comp., f.ex., the Famous "TAXI" Criticism, Supra).

- "Frontex, given the Fact that, during our Days, it was UpGraded, Beefed up, ReinForced, (i.e. Financially supported, with More Staff, etc. -and that's, indeed, True), is Becoming a Genuine EU Exteral Borders' Police", he Optimistically expressed the Hope for the Future.  

-  "I'm Happy to see that our (EU's) Decision to do it, is ground by Successes Everywhere", he estimated, at least as far as the Initial FRONTEX's Work is concerned.

+ "And, I am Sure, that Also in the area of Returns, they (FRONTEX) Will Do a very Good Job, too", EU Commissionaire Avramopoulos, Timely pointed out, Adding a Crucial Point, according to the Latest EU' and National Government's Expectations, in that matter, Including, naturally, those of the New, ChristianDemocrat/EPP Government in Greece, led by New Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who had Already told "Eurofora", Replying to a Similar Question, that his Priority would be to "Accelerate" the Examination of Mass Asylum Seekers' pending Cases, and the More rapid "Return" of those found to be mere Irregular Migrants, as he had told us, Earlier, during the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Party's Summit, on the sidelines of EU's 2018 Council in Salzbug, Austria (Comp. various "Eurofora"s NewsReports from Salzburg, then : F.ex., ..., etc) : A Stance which was Confirmed, Recently, when he Won the Latest Elections and became the New Prime Minister.

- "Thank you, (EU) Commissioner Avramopoulos, with a longer Agenda, I hope that we could Cover All the Angles", Wished the Experienced EU Commission's Head Spokeswoman, indirectly pointing at a Lack of Time to Develop Further, at least Certain Key Points, which, indeed, apparently Deserved that, (in such a Complex Issue)...

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Curiously, however, he didn't speak so much, explicitly enough, about EU's margin for European "Coast-Guards" per se, i.e. EU's More Recently Acquired Competence, mainly After 2016's UK Referendum on "BREXIT", Following what, an Exceptional EU Summit at Bratislava (Slovakia) solemnly Promissed to all EU Citizens, particularly a much Better "Protection of EU's External Borders", (See "Eurofora"s NewsReports from that Bratislava EU Summit, f.ex. at: ... + ..., etc). Naturally, it's Not Only ... 1 EU CoastGuard for Each 66 Kms of European SeaCoasts (sic !), according to an Initial Calculation, (See: ..., etc), which could really be Sufficient in order to Make a Big Difference, (even if that meant Not a Permanent Deployment all along EU Coasts, But rather a Specific, Punctual Collective Expedition of More EU CoastGuards Only at a Concrete "Hotspot", at a Precise Moment, Needing Urgent Action).

 - At least until Now, "EU Border CoastGuards are Not Deployed" yet there, (at the currently again "Hot" EU External Borders between EU Member Greece's SeaCoasts and Turkey's Asiatic MainLand), the competent EU Commissioner Avramopoulos observed, in spontaneous reaction, right from the Start of "Eurofora"s above-mentioned Question, (Comp. Supra).

 

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=> What should, then, exasperated EU Citizens do, (particularly when they See too Much of Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants from Non-European Countries re-Start to Flow Inside Europe, with a Recent Augmentation of More +14% on September 2019 there, through Turkey, Contrary to a ...Diminution of -19% Anywhere Else accross all the rest of Europe, as FRONTEX itself, currently, Denounces at the FrontPage of its own WebSite) ?

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=> Perhaps, mutatis-mutandis, be Inspired by some well known recen Developments Elsewhere, and, f.ex., ...Ask EUROCORPS (as Turkey now does wih 15.000 Soldiers and/or proxy Islamist Armed Gangs, according to US Defense Chief Mar to impose a "Security Zone", 450 km Long, 32km Wide, inside Turkey, (as Ankara now Claims to do inside Syria's Kurdish Region) ?        

After all, (and Given, particularly, even the Fact that, Already, the previous 2015-2016 Big "Tsunami" of more than 1,5 Millions of such Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants, Suddenly coming through Turkey, inside Europe, notoriously Brought also an Awful lot of Bloody ISIS' Islamist Terrorism Brutal Attacks, Cowardly Targetting Civilian People throughout almost all Europe, Obviously provoking Legitimate "Security" Concerns), Why Not ?...

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Le spectaculaire succès du Président français, Nicolas Sarkozy, (en tête de l'UE jusqu'a décembre), à obtenir de suite un cessez le feu inattendu entre la Russie et la Georgie, immédiatement après sa visite aux Présidents Medvedev et Saakashvili, au pire moment de tensions et heurts violents meurtieurs, qui avaient tué plusieurs innocents et provoqué le deplacement forcé de réfugiés par milliers, lui donne incontestablement une stature vraiment européenne :

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Apres avoir réussi à debloquer la situation au Liban, (pays avec liens culturels historiques en Europe), lors du Sommet pour la Méditerranée à Paris, juillet dernier, (comme atteste maintenant le prémier accord d'echange d'Ambassadeurs avec la Syrie), Sarkozy activa maintenant une présidence française de l'EU bien entreprenante, à l'autre bout de l'Europe, à Moscou, où, contrairement à Napoléon, il a été reçu avec soulagement par le nouveau président russe, ami de l'experimenté Vladimir Poutine.

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En 2007, il a réussi à faire monter spectaculairement la participation citoyenne aux élections présidentielles en France, obtenant des récords historiques :

N'est-ce pas, justement ce que l' Europe a bésoin, apres 2 abstentions majoritaires sans précedent aux Elections de 1999 et 2004, et 3 "Non" aux réferenda pour ses institutions en 2005 et 2008, pendant une décennie trouble 1999-2008, (marquée surtout par la demande controversée de la Turquie d'entrer dans l'UE eclipsant les avancées de la Monnaie unique et de la liberté de circulation à l'espace Shengen, avec consequences mal-ressenties par la majorité des citoyens, bien au-délà des clivages du passé), qui a failli stopper l'integration européenne ?

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Alors, que certains de nos amis à la Commission en Bruxelles, lui laissent au moins un peu d'espace de mouvement, et qu'ils l'aident à tenter d'insufler de l' oxygène frais et vivifiant aux rapports entre les citoyens et une Europe qui a manifestement bésoin et mérite de retrouver d'urgence un nouveau dynamisme populaire, avec un souci de réalisme mais aussi une vision passionante pour son avenir !

Après tout, les Etats Unis d' Amérique ne se sont pas faits à coups de bureaucratie, nécessaire et utile, mais manifestement insuffisante : Sans l'impulsion d'hommes politiques originaux, d'intellectuels vraiment engagés, et, surtout, sans l'enorme énergie émanant de la conscience d'enjeux à la fois pratiques et grandioses, bien resentis par des millions de citoyens, stimulant leur adhésion active comme pioniers d'un nouveau avenir commun à construire, ils seraient encore une ex-colonie périphérique, affaiblie par stériles divisions, passif et impuissant spectateur des convulsions tragiques d'un Monde à la dérive...

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Peut-etre revelera-t-il plus, en ce sens, lors de ses 2 discours-debats prochains avec les eurodeputés, prévus lors des sessions plenières du Parlement Européen a Strasbourg en octobre et décembre 2008... 

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Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner had already unveiled President Sarkozy's intentions, during a particularly "hot" Press Conference in Paris, where he faced some's insistance for "sanctions", with a call for "a common EU stance". In the meanwhile, he was consulting "all these days" most of his EU, Russia and Georgia counterparts, (as Sarkozy's Spokesman, P-J. Henin confirmed to "EuroFora"). This allowed him to obtained the desired result, as EU Chairman, at a short, exceptional EU Summit in Brussels, afterwards.

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