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

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Donnerstag, 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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Facing a 70% Abstention threat in 2009 Election, EU endorses EuroFora's idea for Citizens' debates on crucial EU decisions !

- Different views on "Europe's Future", should be debated among Citizens at June 2009 EU Elections, thanks to political Parties' "Manifestos", says EU Parliament's Report


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
A main idea, initiated and promoted by EuroFora's founders since 1997: the vital need to develop European Citizens' democratic right to actively participate in multilingual debates on EU decisions, is formally endorsed by the EU from 2009 !

The move is a key attempt to overcome "catastrophic" Polls which warn that only ...30% of Citizens are ready to vote in the forthcoming June 2009 EU Election !  This was revealed by EU Commission's vice-president, in charge of Communication policy, Margot Wallstrom, during a "hot" meeting of EU Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education, during the December 2008 Strasbourg session.

Wallstrom faced criticism, but also suggestions from various MEPs, naturally worried by Abstention threats which herself found even "worse" than in 1999 or 2004...

A Report on "Active Dialogue with Citizens",examined at the same time, presented some useful practical tips, on "facilitating Interviews"; etc., but also a  potentialy important call to "incorporate the conclusions of ...debates...into (EU) policies, and take into consideration the expectations that Citizens have of the EU when deciding". An amendment even implies that Citizens' participation in debates on EU decisions is a democratic "Right".

More importantly, it finds that  a Debate "on the Future of Europe", (as French President Nicolas Sarkozy has asked since 2007), would be a good idea " for the 2009 European parliamentary Elections", because "clarifying the political differences between the EU political parties would help citizens to identify themselves with, and choose between various concepts", for which "all parties (should) present their Manifesto".

A "Joint political declaration on Communicating Europe in Partnership", co-signed by "the European Parliament, Council and ... Commission", confirms that they "attach the utmost importance to improving communication on EU issues", by "enabling European citizens to exercise their right to participate in the democratic life of the Union, in which decisions are taken as openly as possible and as closely as possible to the citizens, observing the principles of pluralism, participation, openness and transparency".

This should "enable Citizens to exercise their right to express their views and to participate actively in the public Debate on European Union issues", while also "promoting the respect of multilingualism". In this regard, EU confirms its "wish to develop synergies with national, regional and local authorities as well as with representatives of Civil Society".

    It's since 1997 that a group of EuroFora's founders have officially presented a pioneer Project (then called "EIW", for "Europe in the World"), which aimed to develop Strasbourg's "Polyphonic music", by providing "Interactive information", on "main issues ... during the Decision-making process of European Organizations which engage in Transparent and Public Democratic Debates"

    This should be done, inter alia, by "exploring the potential of New Communication Tools (mainly Internet)", as well as classic-form debates, the 1997 EIW pioneer project's anounced in its "Synopsis". It was formally "accepted for evaluation" by EU Commission in Brussels in order to be examined for a grant in the framework of the "Research/Technology/Development (RTD) Programme in the field of Information Technologies", then called "ESPRIT", as a "Best Practice Pilot Project".

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        But the vital, urgent Political need for EU to search new, efficient ways to reach the People and interact with European Citizens, was really felt in Brussels and elsewhere only after the unprecedented in History 1999 and 2004 Majority Abstention in EU Elections, followed by 3 "NO" in Referenda in France, the Netherlands and Ireland, on 2005 and 2008...
    In this New Political Landscape, we prepared a new, actualised and more developed version of our initial idea, in a simplified and more efficient form, thanks also to a large Experience accumulated during many years of EU/CoE/UNO Press work and Multi-lingual debates, with the New project "EuroFora" :

    On 2006 we presented in Public its main lines during Questions/Replies that we raised at two Press Conferences by EU Commission President, Jose Baroso, and mainly EU Commission's vice-President, in charge of Communication policy, Margot Wallstrom, together with EU Parliament's vice-president, Alejo Vidal-Quadras, in Strasbourg, (Videos available), and we reminded it at various brief contacts with Commissioner Wallstrom in 2007 and 2008.

    Meanwhile, a new Text was also presented for "EuroFora" Project mainly to certain Political and other personalities, at European, National or Regional/Local level, mainly in 2007, but also in 2008..

    Now, after the unexpected 2008 Irish "NO", and before the 2009 EU Elections, which are due to be of exceptionally crucial importance for Europe's Future, the moment has obviously come to launch that project, progressively, but in real practice.

    Whoever really cares for Europe and its Citizens is welcome to join, in one way or another. Only anti-European, anti-democratic, obscure or ignorant groups might oppose or attempt to "steal" and deviate the main idea.

    But European Citizens, incited by enlightened political leaders, are those who will finally write the real History.

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