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EUParliament Secretary General Welle to EF: Citizens-MEPs Debates before Decisions, on Study 1.2017+

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Pioneer Ideas for EU Citizens - MEPs' interaction thanks to New Information/Communication Technologies are due to be Reviewed by EU Parliament from the Beginning of Next Year (2017), in the run up towards the crucial Next European Elections of 2019, said in substance its Secretary General, Klaus Welle from Germany to "Eurofora" yesterday here.


"Eurofora" reminded to Welle an interesting relevant Official Report that he has produced some years ago on such matters, which we had evoked together on the occasion of an Earlier Meeting in Strasbourg (Comp.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euparliamentsecretarygeneralonmayelection.html), in relation also to our Initial 1997-2006/7  published Project for Public Debates with EU Citizens Before Final EU Institutions' Decisions which Affect their Lives and/or Society at large.


It was partly Combined with a Previous University original Research on Comparative Law in European Countries, Published as early as elready since 1980, main points of which are Recently gaining Momentum at Both en EU-Wide and even PanEuropean, CoE Legal developments' level, after some Steps during the 1990ies, particularly between 2010-2016, after the Entry into Force of EU "Lisbon Treaty", closely following Europe's ReUnification, with EU/CoE Enlargements, and ECHR case-law subsequent strengthening, etc., (Comp. f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eucoeabdcitizensinpublicdecisionmaking.html).


- Klaus Welle "welcomed" now Eurofora's Interest on that matter, and Confirmed that he is Aware of its "Importance", especially at this Crucial Period for EU's Present and Future.


- Moreover, he Anounced his Intention for EU Parliament to relaunch a more thorough "Examination" of these Issues, "from January 2017", as he told us now, speaking on the sidelines of EU Parliament's Plenary Session in Strasbourg this week.

 

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- The Move would be done Both for its Own Value per se, but also in view of the forthcoming, 2019 EU Elections, just 2 Years later, which have obviously to be Prepared on Time, carefuly, adequately and efficiently.

 

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Significantly, Welle emerged, Smiling, from EU Parliament's Presidential Reception Room, walking on the side where stands a Picture of the Longest-Serving former MEP and f. President of EU Parliament (2007-2009), currently Head of the prestigious "Adenauer" Foundation headquartered in Berlin, Hans Gert Poettering, present at almost All European Elections in History, right from the Start, (i.e. when EU Citizens' Participation used to be much Higher than After 1999), all the way between 1979-2014, with whom he had a rare Chance to Work closely together .
 

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"Eurofora" had already Raised the question of EU Citizens' debates with MEPs before Final Decisions, via New Technologies, with the EU Commissioner in charge of Communication policy and EU Parliament's vice-President in charge of Media, as Early as since a Press Conference held back on 2006 in Strasbourg, and, subsequently, with the former President of EU Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, from Poland, back on 2009, at 2 successive occasions, (an Interview and a Press Conference : See http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/irish/buzekeurofora.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/buzekcitizens.html ). Buzek (a former EU Rapporteur on Scientific Research and Technology Development pluri-Annual Programs) had initialy reacted Positively, as far as the main Principle is concerned, and had been incited, then, to take the Initiative to make a First Step towards a Necessary for that, Timely "Tranparency" during the EU Decision-Making Process, by Starting to Regularly Publish all EU Parliament Committees' Meetings, with Debates and Votes, etc., at the Internet, so that interested People could, at least, be Informed about the Preparation of forthcoming Final Decisions.


But such "an Old Question, in New Circumstances" appeared Ready to Gain a long overdue, Fresh and Further Momentum, after the Recent Political Developments, following the June 2016 "BREXIT" Referendum in the UK, amidst a notoriously Rising "Euro-Scepticism" among many European People throughout several EU Countries nowadays, as a Fresh, in Principle Positive, Reply by the current EU President, Martin Schulz from Germany, to another such Question raised by "Eurofora" during his Press Conference during the 1st EU-27 Heads of State/Government Summit in Bratislava, on September 2016, clearly revealed, (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euparliamentpresidentoncitizensandbratislavasummit.html).

In fact, even Strasbourg's particular characteristics, (as Host of EU Parliament's full week Plenary Sessions, CoE's PanEuropean Assembly's Debates and even ECHR Public Hearings, added to EU Ombudsman's "Good Administration" principles on EU's Decision-Making process after the "Lisbon Treaty", etc), seem to Fit exceptionaly Well something like "Eurofora"s project, in ordet to allow for "EU Citizens' Voice to be Heard" just before "voting Final Decisions here", as New , mainstream MEP Anne Sander spontaneously replied to a relevant Question that we raised Recently, (10/2016, See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/annesanderoneuroforaprojectideas.html).


The main Idea is, indeed, Popular among European Citizens Today, as it was Timely revealed,  inter alia, also by Last Week's (October 2016) astonishing Electoral Results in Iceland, (an undeniably culturaly European, peaceful and developed Country, and CoE Member, most probably due to Decide soon anew about its Accession into the EU), where People just Voted to Multiply by 3 Times (X 300% !), the MPs of a so-called "Pirate" Party, (notoriously present and quite Influential also in Sweden, Germany, etc), at the Same Time with a brand New, Center-Right "ReGeneration" Party, favorable to EU Accession, only a Few Years After the Head of the First one, MP Birgitta Jonsdottir, succeeded to Collectively Build a Program in whose "Core" lies something very Similar to "Eurofora"s main Idea, about Citizens' Right to have a Say on Public Authorities' Decisions which Affect their Lives and/or Society at large, thanks also to New Digital Technologies and Internet, (as she did since 2012, i.e. just 1 Year after Our Meeting and relevant Conversation at a CoE's PanEuropean Conference in Strasbourg, back on 2011 : See, then http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/internetcoejonsdottir.html , and Now : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/iceland2016electionresultsrightbutnew.html).


=> Who might become that Leading EU Politician who, at last, will succeed to harness that "Spirit of the Times", and adequately translate it, into a fully-fledged, live Reality ?

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New Plan revealed during EU Parliament's session and while Strasbourg's Unified University was inaugurated, (biggest in France, aiming at EU links).

 
EuroDistrict Strasbourg-Ortenau's dynamics were boosted by a key Franco-German meeting during EU Parliament's session here, which anounced a swift towards ambitious European aims : To become a showcase for concrete achievements of European Cooperation that benefit Citizens' everyday life and Economy, while also developing a Culture able to serve and stimulate European Organizations' political activities.

With measures to be taken in 2009, Strasbourg-Ortenau's EuroDistrict should become EU's new "Metropolitan area" in the Decade 2010-2020, at the heart of Europe in the performant "OberRhein" region, a Franco-German Expert's Report anounced.

- "Defend European Institutions, and in particular EU Parliament" is a key point of the 2009 Report's threefold focus on "Infrastructures"' economy and quality, "Citizens' everyday life", and "Cultural and Political influence".

According to a Draft Statute, France and Germany agree that "an undeniable element of EuroDistrict's image" should be "Strasbourg's status, as Capital of a Democratic and Parliamentarian Europe".

    After parallel and joint meetings at EU Parliament, French and German Ministers for EU affairs, Bruno LE MAIRE and Gunter GLOSER, started working with representatives of Local and Regional Authorities from both sides at Strasbourg's Historic Town Hall, Place Broglie, for the 2009 Monitoring of EuroDistrict "Strasbourg-Ortenau, during which was published an important Experts' Strategic Study with proposals on how to develop it in the Decade 2010-2020.
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    Introducing the 1st Experts' Report on "EuroDistrict" at a moment when it needs "New Ideas" as food for thought, Strasbourg's Mayor, Senator Roland RIES said that "a special Status" should allow "Citizens to share Infrastructures and a common European project", in agreement with his collegue, Mayor of Kehl and German spokesperson for EuroDisctrict, Dr. Gunther PETRY, who focused mainly on the useful role of "Local" authorities in "concrete" achievements.

    - Together with "facilitating Citizens' everyday life", "our countries have also a Political aim", which needs to find "New Forms of Cooperation", said German Minister for EU affairs, Gunter GLOSER. According to a "Subsidiarity principle", which starts from a smaller level, leaving to a bigger entity what it cannot achieve alone, EuroDistict should be the "1st level" in a "Concentric" schema, he added.

    - In fact, "it's a question of Europe's credibility : EuroDistrict must prove that Franco-German cooperation gives results", with "concrete achievements", said the new French Minister for EU affairs, Bruno LE MAIRE. Now, we "must advance further" : There is both "Local and National support" to make of Strasbourg-Ortenau's EuroDistrict "an example on what Europe must do in the Future if it wants to be credible in Citizens' eyes".

    - "Our Mission was to find the region's Potential of the region, "and search adequate Measures to use and develop it"; said German Expert Dr. Erwin VETTER. A main proposal is to "create a New Center for EU Competences", where everything should be concentrated : EuroDistrict, EuroCorps, EuroBest, etc : All in one area, while also linking Airports and other means of Transport, Culture, Education, Science and Research, etc. in order "to create 1 Metropolitan area" before 2020, he anounced.

    - With imagination and organisation "we tried to marry the French and German spirit", added French Expert Bernard COTTIN. He underlined "two points" :  - "In their Everyday Life, Citizens should feel that they are living in One Common Area", (fex. on Phones, Hospitals, Retirement, etc). But EuroDistrict should have also a "Cultural Dimension" : "Strasbourg, had been a little-bit left behind by both countries in the past, but must now find a New dynamic Momentum, at the Heart of Europe, strengthening its Cultural atous and becoming Multi-Cultural, in order to attain a European Dimension and develop the European Institutions", he concluded.

    Symbolically, both Mayors of Strasbourg and Kehl, Ries and Petry, gave to Ministers Gloser and Le Maire as a Gift two Books on Rhine River : Stylicised by both Logos chosen for "EuroDistrict" (as body of a flower), and for Strasbourg's new, Unified University, "UniStra", (as a long "S"), Rhine river came at the focus this week in Strasbourg, headquarters also of the oldest European Organisation : The Committee on Rhine's Navigation.. Meanwhile, Le Maire switched over from German (that he speaks fluently) to French, echoed, the other way round, by Gloser, who also understands French...
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The 2009 REPORT :
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Experts' proposals for EuroDistrict's Legal status is to start in 2009 with a "European Group for Transborder Cooperation", and "replace it, when possible, .. with an Original Form" of a new legal entity.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Citizens' oriented measures include to facilitate "acces to Health", "Mobile Phones", "Transborder Workers"', "School exchanges", etc., and other measures interesting Citizens, as f.ex. the creation of "Common Hospitals or Rescue centers", etc. Already, an agreement on "Urgent Medical Care" will be signed on February 10.

As "Economic Capital" of one of EU's most performant areas, known as "Ober-Rhein Metropolitan Region" ("superior Rhine" area), Strasbourg-Ortenau's EuroDistrict "should also develop its role of European Cultural and Political Capital, Symbol of Franco-German entente and of a Democratic Europe", Experts' Report concludes.

This goes well beyond developping Bi-linguism, transbrorder Training and "systematic" rapprochment of both Cultures (in Cinema, Theater, Music, etc).

It adds a progressive transfert in EuroDistrict of "elements of the Franco-German Brigade", close to "EuroCorps" Headquarters, and culminates with the promotion of European institutions (see above).

The Report also proposes to launch an "initiative" for "EU Parliament's unique Headquarters", developing Strasbourg's attractiveness vis-a-vis MEPs and staff.

It also includes the development of "a Research and Higher Education pole", among French, German and Swiss partners, "linked with Strabourg's new; Unified University" and "Ortenau's HochSchulen"

It's not a coincidence that this same week was inaugurated Strasbourg's Unified University : - "UniStra" becomes the Biggest in France, (with more than 42.000 students, 5.200 staff, a brand new "European Doctoral College", some 100 Research centers, and a Capital of more than 400 million €  from the State), aiming to create closer links with nearby German and Swiss Universities, fex. Karlsruhe, Fribourg, Stutgard, Bale, etc, as French Minister for Scientific Research and Higher Education, Valerie PECRESSE advised.

(See other, related News, already sent to interested "EuroFora"s subscribers and donors, which will be also posted at the Website asap).

Last but not least :  Non-believers should meditate on the fact that all this was symbolically made in the same Strasbourg Historic Town Hall's room where even the establishement of Council of Europe was decided, 60 years back in 1949...

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