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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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It's important to create a synergy between "mutually stimulating" EU Countries' moves in order to overcome an "Unjust" Crisis "imported from USA", stressed new French Minister for Economic Revival, Patrick Devedjian, in Strasbourg, warning also that, while hoping for a vigorous Obama US Plan, nevertheless, "Time" is of essence for Europe...

In fact, it's EU's own interest to act Fast, before June 2009 EU Election, since, with Lisbon Treaty not ratified yet, it cannot face again the risk of a Majority Abstention, as back in 1999 and 2004, nor another "anti-EU" mood among Citizens, as in the 2005 French and Dutch "No", followed by the 2008 Irish "No", without endangering rare Historic opportunities, currently open for the EU, whose future is at stake.

From Social issues up to High-Tech Scientific Research, concrete action for Economic revival started from Strasbourg and its European dimension, for the new super-Minister Patrick Devedjian, who visited a Popular Social Housing and Infrastructure project at nearby Hagenau village, before meeting new leaders of Strasbourg's unified mega-University in a Scientific Labo at the Campus, close to EU Parliament and CoE headquarters.

Devedjian, who met also with all the spectrum of Local Political  deciders of Alsace region, close to FrancoGerman borders, wants for deeds to meet the words, in real practice, whenever politicians speak about Strasbourg and Europe's development.

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Devedjan to "EuroFora" : "European coordination can act as a multiplicator by mutual stimulations"
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Devedjian was questioned by "Euro-Fora" on his expectations for reciprocal effects of coordinated European plans :

- "We are living in a (European and Global) system where borders are transparent : When we take measures in France, they produce effects also in Germany, in Belgium, Italy, Spain, or other EU countries, and vice-versa. "So, we can have mutually stimulating effects between national revival Plans, if they are somehow coordinated", ..."They can augment each other's effects, acting as multiplicators and levers". "As a State stimulates Local authorities and Private business, similarly, each EU country's economic revival plan may multiply the effects of other EU countries' actions", he told us.

- "F.ex., when I visited Strasbourg University's Scientific labos, they told me that part of the renovation, funded by France, is realized by German companies located only a few Kms away from the border. Thus, the French revival plan benefits also the German economy. And vice-versa : when Germany takes certain measures, they can have beneficial effects also for French companies"

In an era of Globalisation, "nobody can close and isolate himself inside a Fish-Bowl !", he concluded.
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Economy's revival starts from Strasbourg and Europe, for new French Minister Devedjian
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This could be one of the reasons for which the new French Minister for Economic Stimulus chose to make his 1st visit to Strasbourg, the headquarters of European and Paneuropean Institutions, in the Franco-German river borders at the heart of Europe.

- "It was President Sarkozy's idea", he revealed, adding also fresh "support to Strasbourg's European vocation, not only with words, but also with deeds" :F.ex., the completion of a High-Speed Train network, due to stimulate fast links with Germany, Austria, Italy, Hungary and other central EU Countries.

- "This Crisis is Unjust for Europe, because it wasn't its fault". The greatest part of the "Crisis was imported from the USA, where problems are deeper than here'', in the EU. The Crisis "wasn't due to a bad managment by Europe", who was affected by problems which emerged elsewhere. That's why Europe must be united and active enough to face this challenge. said Devedjian, who has just won +5% in popularity...

- "I hope that there will be an "Obama-effect" also on Economy, and that the Plan of the New American President will be substantial enough to face this crisis, which is worse in the USA than in our area", Europe, he added.

"Economic Revival overcomes political divisions : F.ex. Strasbourg's Socialist Mayor "Ries agreed that State actions funded by Public Debt are justified during such exceptional circumstances", noted the Center-Right republican Minister.

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"My problem is Time", stressed Devedjian from the outset, at Strasbourg's University. "I have to engage 75% of funds in 2009, out of a total of 29 Billion euros", he explained later. "Monitoring will be of essence", because we must "avoid bureaucracy or delays. No project should get lost or neglected in complex meanders of adminstrative offices' moving sands", he warned.

- "I must create activities in the middle of the Crisis", he added. Questioned by EuroFora whether he aims to start creating some "hopes before the June 2009 EU Elections", Devedjian, a former leader of the Governing Political Party in France: UMP, did not immediately reply, but revealed, later, that he "hoped to start at least some Projects on May 2009, even if the bulk of Revival Plan's effects are "expected from Autumn 2009".

However, with only 30% of EU Citizens currently aiming to cast a vote at the forthcoming EU Elections on June, (See other NewStory), the  coordinated moves' results are expected to be crucial for Citizens' participation and votes at the forthcoming June 2009 EU Elections throughout all 27 EU Member Countries...Thus, it's vital for all Europe's own Future that coordinated national Economic revival plans start to have concrete results and create hopes for new dynamics before the June 2009 EU Election...

A real challenge, since careful choices are needed : Our aim is to fund projects which "create activities", even "in the middle of the crisis", and have a "lever effect, attracting other investments", Devedjian said. Because the "Stimulus' Plan has 2 aims : A Tactical one : to create New Activities. And a Strategic one : Choose what can become efficient and useful also in the Long-term". 

- "Are you ready ?", he asked Strasbourg University's new President, professor Alain Beretz, with some 700 million euros in his pockets for Education-Research in France. - "We are !", he replied.

- "The Minister's initiative can accelerate funds, and Time is important for us. This concerns the entire renovation of all our buildings", said to "EuroFora" President, Beretz. "I showed some Scientific Research Labos to Mr. Devedjian. But, If we had more time, I could show him also some Education Amphis, whose condition needs to meet Strasbourg's new Mega-University's ambition" to reach the 10 best in the World, as Prime Minister Fillon earlier anounced here.

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(Devedjian kicks off his Economic Revival tour from Strasbourg University, meeting with its new chairman Beretz, at Scientific Institute Le Bel) 

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Regional Prefectures should gather and select projects to be presented for decision before the end of January 2009.

A well-known close friend of President Sarkozy, who succeeded as EU Chairman to launch, in agreement with German chancelor Merkel and even British prime minister Brown, vigorous EU actions against the Financial/Economic Crisis, (starting from the 1st Historic Summit of EuroZone's Heads of State/Government, October 12 at Elysee Palace, followed by Washington G20 Global Summit), Devedjan will have a key role in the realisation of National and EU plans recently agreed in Brussels.

President Sarkozy is expected to arrive himself in Strasbourg, on the occasion of the official inauguration of its brand New Mega-Hospital, on the 9th of January 2009, at the eve of EU Parliament's session here, Elysee confirmed shortly after Devedjian's visit.

EU is due to review its economic revival plans at March 2009 EU Council in Prague, before the April 2 London Global Summit.

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