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EUOmbudsmen Conference 2022: Digital Gaps affect People's Trust threaten EF Project on EU Future ?

Ecrit par ACM
Thursday, 28 April 2022


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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Invited to the Hybrid Annual Video-Conference of EU Ombudsmen's Network for the Year 2022, "Eurofora" (who has covered for the Press such key events since their Original Inception by Söderman, from Finland, a former Human Rights Activist, on 1996 : See, inter alia, also : .... + ..., etc), Experienced in vivo such a real Issue during Nowadays Events, as Warned by O'Reilly, from Ireland, a former Journalist, on the occasion of the presentation of Our Project on Europe's Future, ("4G", alias : Digital Dialogue before Democratic Decisions), whose works at EU Parliament are due to Conclude Next Week :

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    -"Digitalisation of Public services' ...  importance lies ...to that Vital connection between those who Govern, and those who are Governed. A public Administration that Risks being Separated  from its Citizens by a Badly thought out approach to the very Technologies that are supposed to Connect", has "gone Wrong" and "will Inevitably Lessen Trust – a Key element of a functioning Democracy. Technological advances can ... bring huge benefits... but, ...we have to be Alert to potential Harms", stresed Emily O'Reilly from the outset.

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    Earlier, O'Reilly had Told "Eurofora" that Our Prjpject (2019) was "a Big Issue", and a Matter of Political Will", that she Felt "it May be Open", (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euombudsmanoneurofforaproject). As for French President Macron, he had Told Us that he "Yes, Certainly", looked forward into Continung Debates with the People Before Decisions, and, Questioned by "Eurofora" on Relevant "Lisbon Treaty"'s Articles, he Positively Replied that "at least, "I Wish to Do so'", (See:  http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/macronforcitizensdebatesalsoafter2019.html).  Meanwhile, EUOMbudswoùan's Experienced Press Director, Gundi.Gadesmann, heard "Eurofora's analysis of Lisbon Treaties' Articles about EU Citizens' Dialogue before Decisions,and Kindly suggested that, as an Interested Citizen, Journalist and Legal Researcher, we might even Lodge an application to the EUCourt, as it has already happened in similar cases... ( http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euombudsmandecisionandeuroforaproject.html).

 

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Elisa Ferreira, EU Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, introduced to the Session about Digitalisation of Public Administrations", by wondering "how the (EU)Citizens’ Access to Rights have been Affected" until Now, particularly when "the System is Not yet Ready",  considering that it's Not Only about Plans and Intents", as she Characteristicaly pointed out.

 

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    ++ Indeed, in the EU Country with the Notoriously Biggest Developments in Digitalisation, Estonia, Ombudswoman Ülle Madise, after Brandishing an EU Citizen's Digital Card, she Warned : - "If Anything Happens, you Must be Ready to Talk to the People", and this means also "Extra Money, and More People, in order To Do It !"...

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    +++ Sigificant of the Importance that the current French EU-Presidency-in-office attributes to Digitalisation in this field, is the Fact that it had Also associated to 2022 Conference the French Ombudswoman Claire Hédon, as well as the Dutch and an Italian Ombudsmen (Reinier van Zutphen and Marino Fardelli - Lazio), in Addition to 3 French Experts (Marine Boudeau: Inclusion/Ministry, Clara Deville: Sociologist/INRAE, Thomas Lecourt: Regional/Emmaüs).

 

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    * "Eurofora", Invited to Participate, also by Raising Quastions, Tabled a Topical one, Both to the Participant's "Chat" (i.e. "Greek" Origin Koullepis, an UnKnown "Moderator"FreeLance Journaliste"), and to the EU Obmudsman's Head of Press relations, (i.e. Gundi Gadesmann, by "SMS/Texto" to her Mobile Phone).

 

    Our Brief Text resumed "Eurofora"'s Proposal "4G" for Digital Dialogue among EU Citizens and EU Deciders in Modern Democracy, Before Decisions Affecting People's Lives or Society at large, under Judges' and/or Ombudsmen's Control, as it was Officialy Tabled at the Conference on Europe's Future, and at the Public Law of some EU Member States, (See: ... + ..., etc., as well as Hereby Attached Screenshot Document). Noting the Fact that EU Citizens Panels had reportedly Endorsed many Key Points of that Idea, we asked how they thought that it Might be Advanced Further.

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    => But, Surprisingly, those Digital Connections were ...UnExpectedly Blocked, under a Hollow Pretext, mecanicaly Claiming that those 4 Short Lines would have ..."Too Many Characters" (sic !), Hindering the "Send" Button to be used by the Invited Participant Journalist !

    Such a blatant Exclusion persisted All the Way from the Beginning of that Conference, almost up to its Last Tens of Minutes... (When, After Many Desperate Attempts to Shorten that -already Brief- Question into Only ...3 Lignes, at last, the Blockade was Lifted, But with a Dilatory Mention : Still 'WAITING for Review"....

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    + (Moreover, in Addition, it seems that there were Even somt Silly "Games" or Fraud, since an Initialy Uppward mention "(by) par Angelo Marcopolo", afterwards Became Invisible, leaving as Only Possibility for a mention of a Name "(to) A Angelo Marcopolo", at a Lower Case, (i.e. as if a Participant would be Sending Questions only to ...Himself)  !


 
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    So that the chosen "Moderator", Despite his own Observation, that Some Questions still Remained to be Answered, Nevertheless, found an Opportunity to Stop everything wthOut seeking Any Answer Even to serious Topical Questions by Invited and Registered Participant Journalists (having +29 Years of Experience in European News 1993-2022, and Authors of Ideas officialy Proposed in the Conference of Europe's Future, with more than 900 Followers registered, and a Solid background in relevant Public Law of EU Member States, just a few Days before COFOE's Final Conclusions)...

    => Therefore, EU Ombudswoman Emily O'Reilly's above-mentioned Warning that a Hastily-made and Clumsy Digitalisation of Public Administration may have Hasardous, Negative, or Catastrophic Consequences to the Detriment of Human Rights and Democracy, indeed, appears fully Justified !


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    The incoming Swedish EU Presidency (July-December 2009) may still remain in favour of Turkey's controversial EU bid, despite June 2009 EU Elections' results, but it has "very strong demands on Turkey"'s obligation to respect EU Rules, said the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, to "EuroFora", reacting to critical Press reports.

    - "I know (that) the link is often made also to Sweden's position on Turkey"'s controversial EU bid. Indeed, "we (Swedish EU Presidency) are very much engaged in the future membership of Turkey, but not without fullfiling all the Criteria".

    - "It's very clear that we (Swedish EU Presidecny) have very Strong Demands on Turkey, in a sort of concept for Future membership of the Union, ...which will be a Long Process...", she stressed.

    This means, in particular, "the Copenhagen Criteria (on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law), and also the adaptation to the Acquis of the European Union".

     - "If you listen to what Mr. Bildt (the Swedish Foreign Minister) says on Turkey at different occasions, it's very clear : We want Turkey to become part of the Union, in the Future. But we want it to fullfil all the Criteria : The Acquis of the European Union. That's very clear", she concluded.

    The Senior Official of the Swedish Foreign Ministry was reacting to critical Press Reports, from Brussels' Journalists invited by EU Commission's secretariat to Stockholm, who claimed that Bildt was abusing of a ..."Whip" (sic !) against Cyprus, by "threatening" the presence of UNO's Peace-keeping force at the "Green line" which separates the island's Government-controlled areas from the territories occupied by Ankara's army, if Nicosia didn't accept any political solution, regardless of Turkey's demands, before the end of 2009.

        Governing AKEL Party's new Secretary General, Andros Kyprianou, reacted by declaring that no-one can threat the People of Cyprus : -"We shall decide for our Future, and nobody else",  he reportedly said, asking to "keep calm". "In order to find a Solution soon, certain basic Principles must be respected", he stressed, calling those who feel an urgency to use their influence on Turkey. Other Political Parties were more critical.

    This was a reference to recently reported statements by Turkish Minister Bagis, Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan and Turkey's National Security Council (a Military-Political body), accused to push towards a partitionist "2 States" solution, contrary to UNO SC Resolutions for Cyprus' reunification.

    December 2009 is a crucial moment for EU's appraisal of Turkey's controversial EU bid, because EU Council has decided to review then Ankara's compliance with the European position on the recognition of Cyprus' Government, which was clearly set out by an EU reply of 21 September 2005 to Turkish Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan's claims, refusing to recognize even the existence of EU Member Cyprus, in controversial statements he made to London (former EU chair) on July 29, 2005.

    EU Parliament's latest Resolution on Turkey, adopted on March 2009 in Strasbourg, warned Ankara that "the non-fulfillment of Turkey's commitments... by December 2009, may further seriously affect the process of Negotiations" with the EU.

    In practice, the issue boils down to Ankara's "embargo" against Ships and Airplanes using Cyprus' seaports or airports at the strategic EU island, which traditionaly hosts one of the World's biggest Shipping flags. EU has already "freezed" 6 relevant Chapters in EU - Turkey Negotiations since December 2006, after Ankara refused to fullfil a commitment it had undertaken when EU had decided to open controversial "accession" negotiations with Turkey, back on December 2005.

    - "As far as EU - Turkey relations are concerned, it's clear that Turkey needs to fullfil its obligation of full, non-discriminatory implementation of the additional Protocol (to "EC-Turkey Association Agreement"),  This is an important issue....and should be addresseed as soon as possible as it clearly affects the pace of the accession negotiations.Issues covered by the Declaration of September 2005 will continue to be followed up, and progress is urgently awaited", warned earlier in Strasbourg the out-going Czech EU Presidency (former vice-Prime Minister Alexander Vodra).

    But the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, dismissed "interpretations" by "some" that Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was reportedly "threatening" Cyprus with consequences on the UNFICYP, if it doesn't accept any solution until December 2009, while Turkey is reportedly delaying in an attempt to impose a partitionist "2 States" solution.

    On the contrary, Julin, stressed that "Sweden has strong demands on Turkey'"s respect of "Copenhagen Criteria and EU Acquis".

    Meanwhile, Sweden  is "concerned" about the risk of "Stalemate" in Cyprus' Talks, but is well aware that "the main responsibilities lie with the two leaders and the UNO", Europe playing only a role of "facilitator".

    After carefully verifying, the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, stressed to "EuroFora" that Bildt's reference to UNFICYP "was not linked to a Threat", and dismissed those who "interpreted" it so.

    On the contrary, the Swedish EU Presidency acknowledged the fact that Peace Talks are mainly for the UN and the leaders of the Cypriot communities, EU's role being limited into that of a "facilitator".

    As for Turkey's reported attempts to impose a "2 States' solution", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service sharply replied by stressing that Turkey must respect the "EU Acquis" rules.

    In particular :

    - "Basically he (Bildt) underlined that it's the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus and the UN that have the main responsibilities for solving the problem", started to say the Swedish Senior Official to "EuroFora", referring to the above-mentioned "briefing".

    - "But the EU had a role in sort of pointing out the benefits and facilitating a little bit the outcome for the settlement of the whole Cyprus' issue", she added.

    - "And he did state the Fact, that the rest of the World (i.e. USA, etc) will, of course, look at the differend issues which are at the table, and the future of the UN Peace keeping force is part of what is at the table", she admitted.

    - "I understand that some have interpreted that as a Threat, by the Swedish Minister" "But", in reality, "it's a statement of a Fact, that, when we'll look at the differend issues, one of the issues on which we shall have to take a stand on, is the future of the UN Peace keeping force in Cyprus".

    Indeed, one of the questions usually raised for a Solution of Cyprus' issue is what International and/or European or other Guarantees, by a Peace-keeping force, might be needed afterwards, eventually for a transitory period.

    Questioned anew by "EuroFora" whether (according to critical Press Reports) this could be taken as a veiled warning that, if Cyprus didn't accept any Turkish demand for any solution whatever, it might be left alone to face Ankara's Military Invasion/Occupation, she denied :

    - "He (Bildt) didn't say it in that way"... "It was not linked to a threat, or anything like that", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service stressed.

    On the contrary, "he (Bildt) underlined that the main responsibility lies with the parties concerned on the island". "The EU can try to facilitate and show the benefits of reaching a settlement. But also, when the EU and the rest of the World (i.e. USA) will have to look at it, they will look at all the Facts on the table, and the presence of the UN Peace-keeping force is one".

    And "he (Bildt) didn't speak about that at all", she replied to "EuroFora" question on Turkey's reported attemps to impose, in one way of another, a partitionist "2 States solution".

    Asked whether Bildt's aim was to incite both parties to move forward efficiently, she agreed :

    - In fact, "the EU is really very concerned with the Stalemate in the situation. Yes !", the Head of Sweden's Foreign Ministry's Press Service anounced. That's why Bildt "was hoping for the two parties (i.e. for Turkey's also) to engage and break, a little-bit, the present stalemate, come to a solution of the issue" of Cyprus.

    But, replying  to a "EuroFora"s question on the risk, denounced by several politicians in case of strict Time Deadlines, for Turkey to provoke a stalemate and wait for the time to come to impose a partitionist "2 States' solution", she reacted by pointing at Turkey's obligation to respect "EU Acquis" :

    - "Turkey must fullfil the EU Acquis : That's clear !", the Swedish Senior Official stressed.

    More details are expected when Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt will debate his Programme with new MEPs at EU Parliament's plenary mid-July in Strasbourg, that he has visited already in 2008.

    Foreign Minister Carl Bildt became familiar with Strasbourg's CoE last year, when Sweden chaired the PanEuropean organization of Human Rights. As EU chairman-in-office, he will also chair the 27-member States strong EU Group inside the 47-member States strong CoE.

    Minister for EU affairs, Cecilia Malmstrom is well known at EU Parliament, where she has been an active MEP of the Liberal Group for many years, following also Press Freedom issues.

    Both have already made various statements at "EuroFora", on differend topical matters.

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