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EUParliament President Sassoli to EF on EU Future Conference 2020-2022: Need Strong Citizens Voices!

Written by ACM
Thursday, 12 December 2019

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*Brussels/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- In Exclusive Statemens to "Eurofora" on the sidelines of his Press Conference at EU Heads of State/Governments' Summit in Brussels, New EU Parliament's President David Sassoli from Italy, Urged for "Strong (EU) Citizens' Voices" !    

 

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He had just presented to -and Discussed with-  the Summit the Outcome of EU Parliament's Constitutional Committee's Votes on MEPs' Amendments, Earlier this Week in Brussels, to a Draft Resolution on how to Shape concretely the forthcoming Conference for Europe's Future.

 

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- But "Eurofora" had noticed that the Initial Landmark References to EU Citizens' input had, apparently, paled away, almost vanished, or were, comparatively, marginalized in the Latest relevant Official Documents...

 

+Therefore, we also asked French President Emmauel Macron's Counselor on European affairs, Clement Beaune, whether Macron really persisted in his Original Ambitious Vision, (Highlighted initialy at his landmark Speech at Acropolis' Historic Pnyx Rock, back on September 2017), or had, eventually, marked any relevant Last-Minute Change, perhaps towards relativizing it, in one way or another.

 

Beaune's immediate reaction to "Eurofora"s query was to Stress that Macron maintained his Original Vision and proposals, without any doubt.

 

=> Therefore, President Sassoli's Reply to our above-mentioned Question, by ricochet, gets another, even more Topical Meaning :

- "We (EU) Need Strong Citizens' Voices, in order to Hear what they have to Say !", told "Eurofora" the President of EU Parliament, (who has worked also as a Journalist himself, for a Long Time), Smiling...

>>> In other words, it's up to EU Citizens to Strive to really Earn and deserve their place inside the EU Decision-Making process for the foreseable Future !...:

 

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 In EU Summit's Conclusions, published later today, EU Heads of States/Governments, after having discussed this issue with EU Parliament's President Sassoli from the Beginning of their Brussels' meeting of this December 2019, decided to "Define a Council Position", not only "on the Content" and "Scope", but also on the "Composition and Functioning" of "a Conference on the Future of Europe", which "should contribute to the Development of our (EU) Policies in the Medium and Long Term, so that we can Better Tackle current and future Challenges".

- It  "should Build on the succesful holding on Citizens' Dialogue, over the Past 2 Years (2018+  See, f.ex., inter alia, also "Eurofora"s NewsReports from the Inauguration of EU Citizens' Consultations by Frech President Macron at nearby Vosges Mountains, etc., at : ..., ..., etc), "and Foresee Broad Consultation of Citizens, in the course of the Process", for which there is a wider "Need to be Inclusive", this Brussels' EU Summit officially "underlined" further on.

 

 


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ECHR's President to "EuroFora" on Journalists Gongadze and Adali murders : Principles must apply to all States, without discrimination.


+ ECHR's Statistics on Freedom of Expression (See below).


 European Court of Human Rights' President, Jean-Paul Costa, questioned by "EuroFora" on Journalists' murders, as in Gongadze and Adali's cases etc., strongly stressed all CoE Member States' obligation to make efficient Investigations to find and punish those responsible, and underlined that ECHR's case-law's principles must apply to all without any discrimination.

His call was clearly supported by various Top MEPs who denounced a risk of "Double Standards" if some Journalists' murders are investigated, while others don't.

To avoid such risks, CoE's Parliamentary Assembly adopted a Resolution, on the occasion of Ukranian Journalist Gongadze's murder, "stressing", as a matter of general Principle, "the importance it attaches to the safety of Journalists and political activists, especially those linked to opposition groups, in ALL member states of the CoE". All "crimes against journalists and political activists must be investigated ... as a matter of priority, without political interference".

Costa was replying to "EuroFora"s question on the fact that, after CoE's Committee of Ministers, also CoE's Assembly had just adopted a Resolution on Gongadze murder case, based on an ECHR's judgement of 2005, asking a full Investigation from Ukraine, who has found and condemned  in 10 years of jail 2 executants, but not yet the instigators.

While nothing similar was yet done for dissident Turkish Cypriot Kutlu Adali's murder, with 5 bullets shot at his head out of his Family's home in the territories of Cyprus occupied by Ankara's army, despite another ECHR's judgement of the same year 2005, and despite Turkey's claim that nobody was found among those responsible for the murder, and that there was nothing more to do..

In order to be credible and efficient, CoE's mechanisms shouldn't find a way to at least ask for full investigations of all Journalists' murders anywhere they might be committed, without exceptions ?

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- "On the larger question that you raised, I'd like to say, since we are in a period of stock-taking on ECHR's 50 Years, that the Court's case-law developed certain concepts ....such as the Positive obligations of States, part of which are also the procedural obligations", started to reply ECHR's President.

 - "Whenever Journalists, Lawyers, Defenders of Human Rights, or even simple Citizens are murdered, the States are held responsible, not only if its their own security forces' agents who committed these murders, but also if they didn't make sufficiently substantial and efficient Investigations", he stressed.

- "I want to strongly underline that we (ECHR) have found in many cases numerous violations of Articles 2 and 3 against States, ....(about) murders or torture, ...because they didn't make enough Investigations in order to try to find and punish those responsible".

- "We (ECHR) do that vis-a-vis all 47 (CoE) Member States, without any discrimination".

"Naturally, the circumstances in each particular case may be differend, and we can't ommit to apply the rules of proof, or the rules of criminal procedure".

"But we try, by all means, to apply these principles of our case-law, to all States", he concluded.

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      Costa's call was strongly supported by several Top CoE MEPs, from various Political areas


- "To investigate the murder of one Journalist, and not of another, looks like Double Standards", denounced the President of EuroLeft Group in CoE's Assembly, Dutch MEP Tiny Cox.  

- "What is the reason ? Politics or specificity of a case ? Of course, if Cyprus and Turkey are involved, it's always a Political case"..

- "Murders of Journalists should always be fully investigated, because killing Journalists is not only killing persons, but also killing Free Press".  "We (CoE's Assembly) should do our outmost to help People who are working on Free Press and they are under threat or murdered".

Because for Free Politics, Free Press is a pre-requisitive : Parliamentarians  cannot  function without a Free Press. Not investigating, is not protecting ourselves".

So we should investigate all Journalists' murders : We are talking about Gongadze, about the Cypriot man (Adali), about the Journalist murdered in Moscow one week ago, etc", Cox concluded

- "CoE can' look at these cases differently. CoE can't wear Blinckers  !".
- "If the one is investigated, so has to be also the other. Why there wasn't full investigation ? Why's that ?", wondered British  Socialist MEP, Alan Meale.

- "A good idea" would be to "make a Motion for Resolution", and "join all Journalists' murders. Adali and Gongadze etc", said to "EuroFora" EU Parliament Political affairs Committee's President, Goran Lindbland, ChristianDemocrat MEP from Sweden.


(See also earlier News at "EuroFora" on similar issues).
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ECHR's Statistics on Freedom of Expression :


    Almost Half of condemnations by ECHR for violations of Freedom of Expression in 2008, concern Turkey : 20 out of a total of 48 for all CoE's Member States.

    Russia, Poland, France and Moldova were condemned only 3 times. Romania, Greece, Portugal, 2 times, and the other CoE Member States only 1 time, or none.
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    During the last Decade : 1998 - 2008, Turkey was condemned for violating Freedom of Expression in ..169 cases, while Austria only in 24.

    France and Moldova in 14 and 13, respectively, closely followed by Russia and Poland with 11 and 10, respectively. The rest of CoE Member States had less than ten condemnations.    
    

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