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EU Ombudsman O'Reilly to "EF" a.o. Journalists : Transparency Problems Worsen during Virus Epidemic

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Tuesday, 18 May 2021

 

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking to "Eurofora" and other Journalists Invited to her 2021 Annual Video-Press Conference, the European Defensor of Citizens, alias "Ombudsman", Emily O'Reilly, a 3 Times re-Elected, experienced former Mainstream Medias' actor from Ireland, strongly Denounced what she called a recent "Worsening" of EU's Problems against Transparency, particularly during the current Virus' Epidemic (2020-2021).

- After presenting her Annual Report for 2020, O'Reilly extended Further Nowadays (+2021) on "Transparency" throughout EU's Commission, Parliament, Council, and/or various Other Bodies, by Criticaly Observing the existence of "a Lot of Lack of Transparency".

 - Indeed, this has Become clearly "Worse" during the current "Pandemic" of COVIT-19 Virus (2020-2021), she strongly Denounced.

- Such Problems affect, particularly, EU's "Decision-Making" process, pointed out O'Reilly, thus Focusing on the Main Area of "Eurofora"s Project for Dialogue between EU-Citizens and Political Leaders Before Decisions affecting their Lives and/or Society at large are taken, that she has partly Backed, by her relevant Replies to Our Questions, Earlier, at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, (See :http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euombudsmanoneurofforaproject.html,  Comp.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euombudsmandecisionandeuroforaproject.html, + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euparliamentonombudsmanandeurofora.html, etc).

The move obviously comes in an Exceptionaly Delicate Period, while, inter alia, f.ex., EU Commission is reportedly due to Examine and Decide on much More than a Billion € to Controversial "ANR" Genome Tool presented as "Vaccine" by Turkish "BNTech" SME, Exploited by Ugur Sahin, from Iskinderum, (near Idlib), which had been Funded by Bill Gates since 2019, in a Commercial Deal with USA's "Pfizer", managed by a Greek-origin CEO, linked to pro-"Socialist" Millionaires who had asked Political Asylum ...in Turkry (sic !) in the Past. Despite its "Hot" Cost, added to a Heavy ... -70 F. Degrees' Icy Temperature making its Handling Nasty, that "Vaccine"'s Managers notoriously Refuse USA and EU's alleged Ideas to Skip "Owner"'s Exclusive Rights on such Drugs, in order to Boost People's Access, in Europe and Worldwide. Meanwhile, it has practicaly enured, Currently, a quasi-Monopole in the EU, since the >EU Commission drags its feet, apparently Reluctant, until now, to Athorize any Other Vaccine, among Various Candidates from Many Other Countries, as Europe, (Historic Inventor Pasteur's Fatherland), Curiously, has Not Yet discovered Any Vaccine against this Deadly Virus...

    - However, O'Reilly's Criticism targeted mainly "the (EU) Council".   There where, f.ex., if a Small-Medium EU Member State, desperely strives to Defend a Key National Issue of Public Interest, amidst Others' total Indifference, this might find, perhaps, some kind of Sympathy. But Not if it's one or more Big States and/or Lobies eager to Impose a GeoPolitical and/or SocioPolitical Appartheid-like Division accross the EU, merely seeking one or another kind of selfish Dominance...


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Speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", the New EU Parliament's President, former Polish Prime Minister, ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Jerzy Busek, welcomed proposals by EuroFora about innovative ways for EU Citizens to attend EU debates before important final decisions which affect people's lives.

- "We (EU Parliament) must be transparent", Buzek stressed from the outset.  "We must have clear answers also for delicate questions. If we don't touch a problem, you must know why, and when shall we decide in the nearest future".. "Because "we (EU) must think about Europeans, first of all : They don't understand well what is going on in the EU. So, it's our duty to inform them, to make discussions here more interesting".

"EuroFora" congratulated President Buzek for the anouncement he made, from the 1st day of his election in Strasbourg (on Tuesday, 14 July 2009), on his intention to make  transparent debates, exchanges of views, etc. before the final adoption of decisions in EU Parliament's Plenary, when issues are evolving inside Committees, (See earlier publication).

And we reminded, in this regard, that "EuroFora" has been advocating a project for EU Citizens' active involvement in pluralist EU debates before important EU decisions, since more than a Decade : 1997-2007+

- "Thank you. We (EU Parliament), indeed, have exciting debates", Buzek replied. But, in practice, "without a possibility for our Citizens to see them, not even by the Press, the Radio or TV, etc., because it is in Committees", he regreted.

- "But, they (i.e. Media, Citizens, etc) might interact with you, with MEPs, etc, May be we can imagine something", "EuroFora" proposed.

- "Yes, (but) it needs, a quite new idea", Buzed observed.

- "Why not through some innovations ?", "EuroFora" suggested.

- "Innovation ? That's it. Fantastic  New Information Technologies !", Buzek realized.

- "Precisely, "EuroFora" has such a project, since more than a Decade (1997-2009), to use new technologies for public debates before major EU decisions are taken", we reminded.

- "If you have such proposals, please come to us, come to us. We must" do something, agreed the new EU Parliamen's President.

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    This fits with Buzek's main stance, expressed at EU Parliament's plenary earlier this week in Strasbourg, that the European Union must succeed to overcome a "Crisis of Trust" vis a vis EU Citizens. (See previous EuroFora publication).

    For that purpose, obviously information and debates are valuable, but purely instrumental, procedural means which can help focus on, and highlight a substantial content, attractive to EU Citizens, which needs to be determined by other, political, and not mediatic factors.  

    Buzek spoke about the urgent need to overcome the Global Economic Crisis,  the struggle for Human and Civic Rights, Democracy, etc., the Eastern Partnership, links with Russia, strategic partnership with USA and emerging countries, etc.

    But he also used (while speaking both to "EuroFora" and other Media) the expression : "The Europeans", for EU Citizens. This points right towards what several important EU leaders (including French President Sarkozy, German Chancellor Merkel, etc) have started to highlight particularly during the recent years : That there is a vital need, and an historic opportunity, for the development of a European Conscience, to stimulate e renaissance of a European Identity able to attract Popular support, for the EU to become a strong player in a Multopolar World : In other words, the revitalisation of a project for a "Political Europe".

    By a coincidence, this was indirectly but surely reminded, earlier in Strasbourg, by another ... Busek (this time with a "s") : 

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    Speaking to more than 650 participants from CoE's member countries, at the conclusion of the 2009 Summer University of its Political Schools, Erhard Busek, (with an "s"), former vice-Chancellor of Austria and EU Coordinator for South-Eastern Europe, pointed at the current need to revitalize Europe's "Identity", forged by Greek philosophy and Roman Law, Christian values and Enlightment's ideas, etc. through the ages.     

- "We have almost the same name with Jerzy Buzek (EU Parliament's new President, who is a former Polish Prime Minister), because both our Families come ...from  the same village, located at the Heart of Europe, which was often shared between Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic. But my family emmigrated a long time ago to Austria, while Jerzy Buzek's family remained in Poland", explained f. vice-Chancellor Erhard Busek to "EuroFora".   

 An astonishingly concrete and simple example of European Integration from the grassroots : Starting by EU Citizens, i.e. those "Europeans", that EU Parliament's new President, Jerzy Buzek (this time with a "z"), wants to bring alongside MEP's decision-making proces, (according to "EuroFora"'s main idea : Comp. supra)...

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