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EUParliament Com Head Duch to EF on Conference on Europe's Future: Waiting for Citizens ! UEF Reacts

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18. 06. 2021.

 

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In fact, the 1st Plenary of EU's landmark Conference on Europe's Future, due to Start Tomorrow in Strasbourg, in scheduled to be withOut the Citizens who will take a Key Active Part in that Novel Process, EU Parliament's Head Spokesman, and Director of Communications, Jaume Duch-Guillot, told "Eurofora", while a Top Representative of engaged NGO "Union of European Federalists" immediately Reacted (See Infra).

- "What's really New in that Conference is (EU) Citizens' Participation. While negociations between Politicians is a Familiar event". So, it's not a surprise that, f.ex., "even after an interesting Press Conference of Verhofstadt (EU Parliament's Head Negociator) in Brussels last Wednesday, we didN't see enough Media Publications...", he regretted."So, they (MEPs) didN't yet ask to prepare Any Press Conference for this Plenary" in Strasbourg on Saturday. 

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=> Because, "in fact, all are Waiting for those (EU) Citizens with which the Conference's proposals and negociations will take place : That's going to be the Real News, and I Expect, from that moment, a Growing Media Interest", the Experienced EU Parliament's Top Official on Communication and Head Press Spokesman told "Eurofora".

    - Indeed, for the Time being, it's just "the Portuguese (rotating) EU Presidency who will Bring some Citizens" in Strasbourg's 1st Plenary, But, for the rest, it's an Independent Experts' Company which is currently on the process of Searching, according to Stict and Complex Criteria, to Find those 108 Citizens from the EU's Group who would be Representative to the Europêan Population's various Characteristics.

    => So that Their Names will be Known only "on July", and "the 1st Plenary" where they could participate might be somewhere "Between the End of September and October" 2021, Because "at First, they Need to Work in the Panels" of that Conference, which are due "to Prepare the Proposals" and relevant work "Before the (Next) Plenary".

    + In Consequence, (EU) Citizens' Participation in the Conference's Plenaries are expected to go on from October (2021) up to around March or April (2022), When the real Political Negociations with EU Parliament, etc. could Start", and, "then, we (MEPs) are going to Enter in the Substance" for the Final Conclusions' Official Report, he approximately highlighted.

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    >>> - But, "We Regret that the (EU) Citizens are Not Yet present in that 1st Plenary", and "that's Not a Good Signal for the European People's Participation, and that's Problematic". + Moreover, as things stand now, "there is Not Enough Time for Citizens, who participate in a Small Number, to really play a role during Only those 3 or 4 Months, if the Conference bas to End on May (2022)", Denounced to "Eurofora" the President of engaged NGO "Union of European Federalists" for France, Lawyer Ophelie Omnes, (who is Nowadays in Strasbourg for various Related Collective EU Events).

    => - "So that the Voice of the European People, either through NGOs and/or Directly as EU Citizens, Risks to Not be really Able to be Heard" sufficiently, she Warned.

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    + "Eurofora"'s Project has Notoriously, Always, bee to Find some Creative but Serious ways to Use the New Tele-Communication Technologies in order to Allow, for the 1st Time in Contemporary History, in principle, for All 500 Millions of EU Citizens to take an active part, in one way or another, according to their Free Involvement, in the Collective Decision-Making Process, mainly by Expressing their Views and Wishes, in order to be Taken into Account,  Before Final EU Decisions affecting their Lives and Soiety at large, Will be Chosen by the competent Elected EUI Politicians.

    But, with Only 108 Citizens from the EU part (i.e. Not Chosen by Member States), among which 1/3 has to be Youngsters, while All of them are due to be "Chosen at Random" by a Company of Experts (sic ! ), such Too Narrow Limitations canNot really Stimulate European People's participatory Action, as it Should do, in order to Boost EU Democray Able to Back the Necessary Changes for Europe to Become a Sovereign and Autonomous World Actor !

    => In Consequence, to put it in a Nutshell, it remains to Seek a way so that, by "Waiting for EU Citizens" to Participate in this Conference on Europe's Future, (Comp. Supra), EU would Avoid an obvious Risl to be, in fact, ..."Waiting for Godot", (according to the World-Famous Tragi-Comedy of Irish Writer Samuel Becket...

 

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They voted to "freeze" UK Government's draft to put People in jail for 42 Days on "anti-terrorist" suspicion without charge, or they abstained. Don't they look suspect ?
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CoE's debate on UK controversy stirs PanEuropean check of anti-terror suspects' imprisonment

Former Leftists of the Sixties would boil in hot water if they heard PACE's debate on the controversial 42 days detention without charge, currently drafted by the British Government :

A "Socialist" Government, a Socialist PACE Rapporteur and a Socialist Chair of PACE's Legal Committee, opposed a .. "Conservative" amendment (supported by .. Liberals, Democrats, etc), to freeze the measure, in order to protect Citizens' Freedom, by "waiting" until CoE's Venice Committee checks its conformity with Human Rights' principles.

"Left"'s support to Conservative-Lib.Dem's criticism, wasn't enough to obtain a majority, nor to make things as they were back in the good old days, when "Left" and "Right" had a clear meaning, as "liberty" and "restrictions"...

Conservatives and most Democrats were joined by the Left in voting for the "freeze", as well as Liberal Paul Rowen, while Socialist MEP Ivan Popescu, an experienced MEP from Ukraine (PACE Member since 1996-2008) abstained. But most Socialists, added to a few Liberals and EPP's Right, voted against.

Fortunately, someone inside PACE had the wise idea to shorten the Debate for less than 1 Hour, and put it on the Agenda only at the end of an exceptionally busy day, towards the end of the Evening, when most MEPs had already gone to taste wins and foods at various Receptions all around Strasbourg's "European" area : As a result, not even 42 MEPs weren't present..

Socialist Lord Tomlinson accused the leaders of the PanEuropean Assembly, in its highest body : the "Bureau", to "lack wisdom" by deciding to hold a Debate on an issue that neither the Socialist Chair of the Legal Committee, nor its Socialist "reluctant Rapporteur", did "not want to do", ...

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Finally, everybody (critics and supporters alike) was happy to agree, in substance, that the controversial measure "may" gravely violate Human Rights, and therefore, PACE asked Legal Experts of Venice Commission to check UK Government''s plans.

But this might take more than .. 42 Days to do, since PACE's Rapporteur asked the Experts to enlarge their study in a PanEuropean comparison of all that is happening on "anti-terrorism" legislation in 47 CoE Member Countries, including Russia, Turkey and Azerbaidjan..

Bad lack : "The existing 28 days’ detention without charge in the UK is, in comparison with other CoE member countries, one of the most extreme : In Turkey, the period is 7,5 days, in France 6 days, in Russia 5 days, and in .. the U.S. and Canada just 2 and 1 days respectively", denounced Democrat MEP Ms WOLDSETH from Norway..

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"Numerous respected human rights organisations, including Liberty and Human Rights Watch, have expressed serious concern" "The proposed legislation ...could easily lead to extensive abuses. ...Detention for 42 days means six weeks in which one is taken away from one’s family, friends, home and livelihood only to be let off without being charged. That will destroy lives and isolate communities", she added.

- "3 years ago, the UK Government sought to increase the period of pre-charge detention from 14 days to 90 days. Not long before that, it had been only 7 days. There was a vigorous debate ...and a ...compromise was reached of 28 days. We have to ask whether there are proper safeguards in place to extend the period to 42 days. I suggest that there are fatal flaws", reminded British Conservative Clappison.

- "What sort of society holds someone in detention for 42 days and does not have to tell the person who is in prison why they are there, or explain the suspicions that arose and led to their detention? What sort of society believes that that is the way to treat its citizens? That is an appalling injustice, ...A 42-day detention period will not make the UK safer. Instead, it will be the first step to giving in to terrorists; it is saying that we are prepared to sacrifice our democratic rights and the principles for which we have stood for centuries", criticized British Liberal Michael Hanckock

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"Comments made ...by Norwegian delegates are unfortunate", replied British Socialist MEP Ms.Curtis-Thomas, accusing them to "besmirch the reputation of our police force, which is one of the Best in the World", as she said, believing that "there are significant safeguards ...to ensure that individuals are not subjected to unlawful detention"

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PACE "has serious doubts whether ...the draft legislation are in conformity with the ...case-law of the European Court of Human Rights. A lack of ..safeguards may lead to arbitrariness, resulting in breaches of ... liberty and ...right to a fair trial". PACE "is particularly concerned that: ..the judge ..may not be in a position to examine whether there exist reasonable grounds for suspecting that the arrested person has committed an offence;"; that "... representation by a lawyer may be inappropriately restricted or delayed;" that "information on the grounds for suspicion of a person ...may be unduly withheld.. ;" that this "may give rise to arrests without the intention to charge;", and; in general, that "prolonged detention without proper information on the grounds for arrest may constitute inhuman treatment", says Klaus De Vries' Report, adopted with 29 votes against zero.

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