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MEP Sander+Region V.President Schalck to EF: Concertation+Visitors+Press'Mix = Boost to EUParliament

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 09 May 2017
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Giving a Fresh "New Look" to a Basic Idea in "Eurofora"s 1997-2017 Wider Project, MEP Anne Sander and Strasbourg's "Great East" Region's vice-President, Elsa Schalck, agreed Today with us, in substance, that an adequate Combined use of EU Citizens' Concertation, together with a Brand New Form of EU Parliament's "Visitors" mechanism, efficiently associated with the Médias, might provide a Timely Boost to all MEPs' Debates, Votes, and other Parliamentary Work's visibility, notoriously Needed in order to Tackle ambient Euro-Scepticism, particularly in the run up to the forthcoming EU Elections of May 2019, of Crucial importance for Europe's Future.


The move came on the occasion of a Public Debate on Strasbourg's potential Contribution to the European Integration nowadays, organized by Elsa Schalck, who is, currently, also a Candidate at the imminent French Legislative Elections of June 11 and 18, 2017, for the National Assembly in Paris, to which participated also a Leader of the "Young Europeans" Movement, Jerome Quere, in the framework of that New series of Collective Events, established by Elsa each Tuesday Afternoon, symbolicaly nick-named "the Tuesdays of the Future", and Voluntaristicaly placed under Famous Writer Francois Blondel's moto : "It's not about Predicting the Future, but about Preparing it"....

 
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Young Lawyer Elsa Schalck, (a Rising Star in France's mainstream Opposition "Republican" Party of the Center-Right ChristianDemocrats/EPP), at first reminded her Interesting initial Promise, (that she had presented just a Month ago, at the Inauguration of her Team's Office, located between Strasbourg's Historic Cathedral, and Gutemberg's statute), to Systematicaly Consult the concerned Citizens before deciding how to Vote and/or Table Amendments, Speak, etc, on any New Legislative Bill due to be soon adopted by the Parliament, if she is elected there. (I.e. something at least partly moving along "Eurofora"s wider project, about MEPs' Public Debates with concerned Citizens just before EU Parliament's Final Decisions, and due to Start really Applying that, at First on the level of France's National Assembly).


But, Questioned by "Eurofora" if she found that a Similar Practice would be Good also in view of EU Parliament's own Debates and Votes, (which often touch upon the Same Topical Issues as those of EU Member's National Assemblies, f.ex. on Mass Migration, Islamist Terrorism, European Security and Defense, Protection of EU's External Borders, Economic Growth and Employment, Education and Innovation, etc), Elsa, smiling, appeared naturaly and clearly Positive for that, (just after having observed, by the way, the relevant Fact that, as a matter of Principle, all Strasbourg's MPs automaticaly get, in Paris, a seat at the National Assembly's influent Committee for European issues).


+ In parallel, MEP Ann Sanders, who had just Noted also the Fact that EU Parliament's Vistors are usually much "More Numerous" in Strasbourg, as she said, also reacted Positively, (after giving a Brief but Careful Thinking), to the Idea -advanced by "Eurofora"- that an adequately organized, Massive Welcome of even a Bigger Number of EU Citizens as Visitors to EU Parliament, not only passively, but offering them, for the 1st Time, also a possibility to play an "Active" role, in Concertation with Key MEPs, in order to Debate the most Important "Hot" Points in the Draft Bills that will be officialy Discussed and Voted by MEPs later-on that same week, during EU Parliament's Plenary Sessions here.


Obviously, If such kind of moves were systematicaly and adequately organized, in an Imaginative and Efficient way, Finding practical ways to include or associate all those EU Citizens who feel Concerned by imminent EU Decisions debated and voted by the European Parliament, then, this could also Help overcome the notorious Problem of a so-called "Indiference" or "Lack of sufficient Interest" by Mainsream Press in EU Paliament's main activities, (which was strongly Reminded Today, f.ex., by the Head of the European Movement's Youth, young Jerome Quere, who naturaly Deplored such an abnormal Problem), since it would be able to Generate a lot of various and Interesting "News", precisely during such interactions between the Competent MEPs and concerned EU Citizens, on imminent EU Decisions due to Affect their Lives and Society as a whole.


On this occasion, "Eurofora"'s 24 Years-Long (and particularly "Dense") Experience on EU/CoE Press News, incited us to be Ready and Willing to clearly Dissipate also anOther, too often repeated Pretext for a so-called "Indifference" of the Médias to European Issues in general, (as, f.ex., Quere deplored, partialy joined also by Sanders, etc), by Observing that, often such a Problem does Not realy Exist, and, that, on the Contrary, Both the People at large, most Médias and Journalists themselves, are Eager to Find and use Interesting and Topical EU/CoE News, but, scandalously, several Times, they are Hindered, in fact, from doing so, by various Counter-Productive and/or Bureaucratic, if not Nepotist Obstacles, (sometimes pushed by real Counter-European Lobbies, hidden under fallacious, hypocritical Masks, abusing of any void Pretext), which Must be urgently Overcome !


But, apparently, the vivid Interest also of Many Other Participants to this European Debate, (and/or, perhaps, a few covertly Anti-European elements, who might have, eventualy, interfered just in order to waste the few Time still available), did Not leave us enough productive Time for that purpose Now... So, RDV taken for a Next round !

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Sarkozy and Merkel : June 2009 solution to May 2005 "NO" ?

 - Will French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel live up from June 2009 to their obvious Historic European mission to revitalize, and re-launch the "European Dream", after the series of 3 "NO" since May 2005 in France, the Netherlands and Ireland, by renewing, and changing the EU with fresh stimulus, big horizons, and values attractive for EU Citizens ?

Whatever views anyone might have, it's a Fact that, recently, EU's political spectrum didn't produce other more charismatic and popular EU leaders than Merkel and Sarkozy, starting from September 2005 and May 2007, respectively.

This trend was confirmed, in one way or another, both during the German EU presidency in 2007 (shared by Merkel with the SPD), and mainly during the French EU Presidency in 2008, (with Sarkozy "free" to move).


The positive 2009 EU Polls are a natural consequence :

- Both with 72% Sarkozy and Merkel are considered by EU Citizens to be "the most Influential" leaders in Europe, by far.

- They are the only EU political leaders to attract a Majority of "Positive" views by EU Citizens, (Merkel over 60%, Sarkozy over 50%, particularly in the continent).

- 60% of EU Citizens find the 2008 French EU Presidency "Good", (and the satisfaction grows up to 67,5% in continental Europe).

The Poll was made by "OpinionWay" in big EU countries as Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, (with the only exception of France), from 26 to 28 May 2009.

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But the most important is that both Franco-German leaders seem willing to, at last, really start serious business on EU's indispensable renovation and Renaissance from 2009 : Year of crucial EU and German Elections.

Therefore, this time, the joint European move by Sarkozy and Merkel, which just published a common Franco-German Manifesto, aims to stimulate aspirations and action not only in their respective countries, but also in many other EU "partners", as they say.

Both on EU economy, social values and scientifico-technologic research, as well as on Turkey's controversial EU bid, obviously incompatible with a popular Political Europe, whose Citizens can find a collective Identity and popular Values, they have already started to magnetize various growing voices accross the European landscape :

"Today, more than ever, it' time for action", they stress from the outset.

Facing "an unprecedented Global financial and economic Crisis", "Europeans must get resolutely involved if they want for the World which is being built to meet their Values of Liberty, Solidarity and Justice".

"That's what we want" and "propose to our Partners" :

* "A strong Europe, able to protect us" :

- "We refuse a Bureaucratic EU, which mecanically applies burdensome rules and is afraid of change. We want a European Union which listens what Citizens have to say, which innovates, stimulates".

- "We want a strong and united EU in the World, while also respecting its Member States' Diversity", which "brings Courageous Replies to the Questions of our Times, ensuring our Prosperity :  

This implies to "favor Research and Innovation", "Economic Coordination", to "develop real Policies on Immigrationn, Energy, Defence, and modernise  common policies, particularly Agriculture".

*  "EU must bring immediate replies to the Global Crisis".

- "Lawless liberalism failed". "The Model we want is that of a Responsible Market Economy, which favors Enterpreneurs and Workers, above Speculators ;  Long-term Investment, over immediate profiits".

- "We appeal upon the EU to take, from June, the first decisions to ensure a real European Regulation of Financial Markets, based on coordination and cooperation". "On speculative funds, on fiscal heavens, CEO's and financial operators' earnings, EU must give the example".

- "We call to change the rules of accounts, which are important for our Economy's revival : The competent normative authorities must take action". "The issue of a sufficient Credit offer is of central importance for our Economy". "We don't accept that, during this Financial Crisis, the European Banks' capacity to lend money might be unjustly reduced by Capital's requirements and accountant's rules

* "During the German and French Presidencies, EU has resoçlutely prepared itself for the fight against Global Warming... EU is the 1st and only area in the World to have adopted a package of ambitious and legally binding rules to comply with International Aims"

- "We have now to convince our Friends and Partners, to get involved, in order to atteint, next December at Copenhagen, a Global Agreement worthy of whay is at stake. Our closer ally, the US, but also other big industrial countries, must commit themselves with the same force as the Europeans".

"Green Growth is a Chance ... and an opportunity to create jobs turned towards the Future. Europe must be a leader".

- But, at the same time, we must ensure that our companies remain competitive in the World. The ambitious European involvements on Climat must not lead into a position where EU industry might become a Victim of Unfair Competition. Climat protection and Competitvity must go together. If our International partners refuse to associate themselves to our efforts, we are determined to take measures to protect European Industry"

* "Europe must be more ambitious for its Industry" : "It must favor the emergence of strong European enterprises at a Global level".

- "As long as an International mechanism" to "monitor Public Aids at WTO level, and hinder 3rd Countries to give abusive subsidies to their enterprises, provoking unfair competition", is "not yet set up, we must consider Transitory European Solutions".

* "The current Public Debt is too heavy... We must head anew towards sound public finance, as soon as we'd have passed the crucial stage in this crisis".
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* Last, but not least :  "Europe must play a top-level role in the World"

- "For that purpose,  it needs efficient Institutions. That's why we need Lisbon Treaty". "The 27 Member States decided, last December (2008) that the Treaty should enter into force before the end of this year (2009)". To obtain that, June EU Council must agree "on the Guarantees for Ireland".

- But, "to be able to act, EU needs Borders. An Enlargment without Limits is not possible", Sarkozy and Merkel stressed in an obvious reference to Turkey, etc.

- "In order to be strong, Europe must assume its Values and its Identity". "Human Rights .. are at the basis of our commitment for a Peaceful Development accross the World".

- "For that purpose, we shall strengthen our common Defence and Security policy".
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* "We are ready to contribute to activate the EU towards the realisation of these aims, with our EU Partners".

"In order to succeed", Europe  "needs the active involvment of all, starting by Citizens themselves. That's why the June 7 rendez-vous is important", and "we are calling all Europeans to vote".

"We are convinced that, if Europe wants, Europe can", they conclude.
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Precisely : - What can better forge "Europe's Will" than a "European Consciousness" emerging from political, democratic struggles to face Global Challenges, and open big New Horizons, including by crystal-clear Public Debates, with active EU Citizens' involvement, before the most important EU Decisions affecting People's lives ?

Precisely what "EuroFora"s project warns since 1997-2007, and unprecedented Majority Abstentions, since 1999-2004, added to 3 "NO" to EU Referenda in 2005 and 2007, proved meanwhile..

Let's hope that the Time wasted by some scandalous anti-European and anti-Democratic obstacles of the Past, will stimulate faster, simplified but substantial and persistent, efficient action.-

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2009 EU Elections were won by Parties against Technocracy and Turkey's controversial EU bid, while the 1999-2004 Majority Abstention trend decelerated. What should be done in 2009-2014 ?

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