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EUROCORPS German Presidency (2017-19) Spokesman to EF on Drones use: Not scheduled, but Nor Excluded

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Thursday, 07 September 2017
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- During the incoming German Presidency of EUROCORPS for 2 Years (9/2017 - 8/2019), the use of Drones, announced Earlier this week by the New French Defense Minister Florence Parly, is Not yet Scheduled, but Neither Excluded, replied, in substance, to an "Eurofora" Question that European Army's Press Spokesman, Lieutenant-Colonel Kirchenbauer.


He spoke shortly after a Change of Command, from the out-going Spanish Lieutenant-General Alfredo Ramirez to the in-coming German Lieutenant-General Jürgen Weigt, Earlier this Morning, but before the forthcoming German Election of September 24.

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Meanwhile, Parly, concluding French Army's Summer 2017 meetings, had Announced that France intends to Start using Drones Both for Surveillance and for Armed Operations, but always under Human and not Robotic control for the respect of Rules of Engagement.


The move is due to Start, at Short Term, by using USA-Bought "REAPERS" Military Drones, (particularly for Wide Areas such as around Sahara, etc), but is due to unfold, Later-on, with the Creation of European Drones, as she said a few Months after a Franco-German Inter-Governemental Summit in Paris, chaired by President Macron and Chancellor Merkel, who Highighted various Decisions and prospects also on Joint Projects for New Defence Equipments.

 

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The New EUROCORPS' Commander, General Weigt, took over his duties at a ceremony symbolically held in EU Parliament's Headquarters in Strasbourg, as a Senior Officer had Warned "Eurofora" during a Press Conference by Top MEP Arnauld Danjean, EU's Rapporteur on Security /Defence Policy, and Experienced former President of EU Parliament's relevant Committee, now Heading its Delegation for NATO, (who had, then, Replied to other Topical Questions raised by "Eurofora" : Comp. http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/topmepdanjeanonsecuritydefenseandbrexit.html).

 

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EU Parlament has repeatedly and Strongly supported EUROCORPS' prospects at the Core of EU's Defence Policy, which is notoriously due to be Boosted Nowadays soon, particularly after the recent developments about UK's "BREXIT" and in accordance with the Strategic Decisions just taken by the Latest EU Heads of State/Government Summit on June 2017 in Brussels, (Comp. "Eurofora"s NewsReport from the spot).


EUROCORPS, Headquartered in Strasbourg, has as "Framework" Nations France, Germany, Spain, Belgium and Luxembourg, but also Poland as a New, evolving Member, while Many Other EU Countries have posted "Liaison Officers" here, and more are expected to join, sooner or later, in one way or another. It has also been used for Cooperation with NATO, and Headed Operations in Kosovo and Afghanistan (International Missions), Mali and Central Africa (EU Missions), etc. More Recently, it has started to Lead also EU's Battle Group, as on 2016.

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As a Multi-National but also Multi-Modal Force, destinated to Lead the Staff of Thousands of Soldiers from several Countries, EUROCORPS has been recently trained to Monitor Both Land, Sea and Air Military Operations in an organized whole. Therefore, it appears Logical to expect that, sooner of later, it would also Include the New Technologies of Drones inside its overall Activities' Know-how.


- However, at least as things stand, "Nothing is Scheduled" yet for Drones, Replied EUROCORPS' Press Spokesman, L-C. Kirchenbauer to a relavant Question by "Eurofora".


- But this goes only "For the Moment", he specified, i.e. withOut Excluding a priori eventual developments, in this direction, Later-on during the Incoming 24-Months-Long Period of the German rotating Presidency.


- Simply, "we canNot Speculate" about that Today, EUROCORPS' Press Spokesman carefully explained.


  - "Eurofora"s Co-Founder has often covered "EUROCORPS"' main developments, already from its Creation, back on 1993, until now, on 2017, Publishing initially at "TCWeekly" and afterwards on "Eurofora", (Comp. various relevant Articles/Interviews searchable in this Newsite, etc).

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    An "Eugenic" loophole Amendment, which might expose to Dangers reminiscent of "3rd Reich's" notorious Genetic Abuses, hidden at the last minute inside an otherwise Good, larger Health policy Package scheduled to be voted on Thursday, was strongly denounced by a coalition of MEPs from various Political Groups and Countries, in a Press Conference held this afternoon at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    Mainly calling to "Select Human Embryos", via "Genetic Counselling" and "pre-implantation" Techniques including "Genetic Tests", in order to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", it might open ways to Dangerous Practices in Future, they denounced in substance.

    But they also made it clear that a much larger Report inside which this Controversial Amendment "No 15" was added in dubious circumstances, officialy destinated to struggle against "Rare Diseases", and drafted by Professor Antonios Trakatellis, was otherwise "an Excellent Report", aiming at a "completely Uncontroversial target" of Health policy on which "all MEPs and Experts are united, believing that Europe should act" to protect People's Health (See "EuroFora"'s earlier News).

    The controversy came at a particularly delicate moment for the EU in relation to Citizens, at the eve of June 2009 EU Elections, and shortly before Ireland re-votes for "Lisbon Treaty"..    

- Denouncing risks of "an Eugenic demand, very similar to what we had during the 3rd Reich in Germany, but now coming from some Scientisists themselves", German ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Dr. Peter Liese stressed that critical MEPs were against "Eugenic" engineering with "Selection of Human Embryos", and anything which might ultimately lead up to to a "Selection of Human Race". It doesn't help to "eradicate" Human Lives, he added.


    Several Experts and NGOs expressed "Deep Concern", as f;ex. DR M.C. Cornel of the "European Society of Human Genetics", which stressed, on this occasion, that "the importance of Non-Directiveness in Reproductive issues is a Central characteristic of Human Genetics, after the Atrocities committed in the name of Genetics in the first half or the 20th Century".

     - "This is completely Unacceptable", stressed Italian Liberal MEP Vittorio Prodi, on the Controversial Amendment, also because pushes to "eliminate early Human Life", as he noted.

     - "This opens a Dangerous Road, rather a Motorway", denounced Danish MEP Mrs Margrette Auken, from the "Greens", observing that various similar attempts were made in the Past "not only in Germany, but also in several other Countries, "even at the 1970ies", "f.ex. on forced Sterilisation of Roma" People, and other criticisable situations f.ex. in the UK, in Sweden, etc. as she said.

    + Other NGOs, as f.ex. "LebenHilfe" from Berlin, added that, among various other Risks, could also be that, by exploiting the pre-implantation Genetic Diagnostics and the Selection of "healthy" Embryos, some may "propagate" several "Eugenic" aims, starting f.ex. by pushing to eradicate Human Livies which might "Cost too much" to preserve, ultimately exposing to dangers reminiscent of the "3rd Reich"'s atrocious abuses.

    In consequence, ChristianDemocrats/EPP and "Green" MEPs "decided by Majority to vote against" this Controversial Amendment, anounced to Journalists the 5 MEPs who participated in the Press Conference, representing a wide spectrum, from Liberals to "Greens" and ChristianDemocrats, and from Hungary, Italy, Germany and Danemark up to Ireland (Gay Mitchell), etc.
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    Hungarian ChristianDemocrat MEP Laszlo Surjan said "that it was "Suddenly, at the End of the Procedure" in Committee, that "appeared this (Controversial) Amendment, which has nothing to do" with the main purpose of the Report, on which all agreed.

    He denounced an "Unhonest" move, and called to "avoid this kind of unacceptable situations". Nobody should "Select People", Surjan stressed.

    - "We (MEPs) had No Chance to Discuss" this last-minute Amendment earlier added at a Committee's level, said German MEP Peter Liese

    Speaking to "EuroFora", Dr. Liese, the Spokesman of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group in EU Parliament, said that MEPs didn't oppose other references of the Report f.ex. on "Genetic Tests", because they were "no proposals" to impose them, while, on the contrary, there was "a Problem" if anyone attempted to "impose" f.ex. this or that Genetic Technique and "Genetic Counselling", etc. to the People on human reproduction.
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    Controversial parts of Amendment No 15 ask mainly "to lead finally to the Eradication" of "Hereditary" "rare diseases", "through Genetic Counselling .., and ..pre-Implantation Selection of healthy Embryos".

    But  EU Rapporteur Professor Trakatellis, said to "EuroFora" that fears should be alleviated by Guarantees that all this should be done only "where appropriate", when it's "not contrary to existing National Law", and "always on a Voluntary basis", according to other Parts of the Amendment.

    He stressed that the main aim was to allow "a free and informed choice of persons involved", without imposing them anything :  - "It's not an obligatory, but advisary" text, he said.

    To make that point clear, he was ready, in agreement with many MEPs, to eventually drop at least that part of the controversial Amendment which initially called for "efforts to ..lead finally to the Eradication of those rare diseases" "which are Hereditary".

    But, until late Wednesday evening, reportedly together with many other MEPs, he stood by all the rest of the controversial Amendment, (fex. on the "Genetic Counselling" and the "pre-implantation Selection of healthy Embryos"), so that critical MEPs, going from ChristianDemocrats as Dr. Liese, to "Greens" or "Ind/Dem", observed to "EuroFora" that "this was not enough" to close the dangerous loophole.

    Particularly since, as Professor Trakatellis noted himself, "this is already allowed to the U.K.", and "other National Legislations would probably follow, sooner or later" in a similar direction. As for a general call to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", this "should happen, at any case, in practice, de facto", to protect public Health.

    On the contrary, "our goal should be to help patients suffering from rare diseases, not to eradicate the patients. In case of genetic disease risk, the decision should not be guided by scenarios" made by politicians. "Perents who may decide to accept a child, even if handicapped or with genetic disease, must be respected and supported with solidarity", critical MEPs stated.

    - "Any Pressure" to "a patient or couple (who "should be able to make an informed choice consistent with their own values"),"from health Professionals, Public Health Policies or Governemental Institutions, or Society at large, should be avoided", stresses the "European Society for Human Genetics".

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Each MEP's vote will be registered !

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The Socialist Group requested a "Split vote" on the Amendment 15, first without, and afterwards with the words "lead finally to the Eradication" etc.


    But the first "split vote" leaves intact all the other parts of the Controversial Amendment, (i.e. "Genetic Counselling", "Selection of healthy Embryos", etc).

    That's why, 3 Groups of MEPs : ChristianDemocrats/EPP, "Greens/EFA", and "Ind/Dem", have asked for "Roll Call Votes", on everything regarding the Controversial Amendment No 15, and on the final outcome of the resulting Report as amended, which will register all the individual positions to be taken by each MEP.   

Something which will obviously make each MEP think twice before voting for one or another choice, to be sure that he/she will make the right choice in front of EU Citizens, particularly at these pre-Election times...


    Crucial Votes were scheduled between 12 Noon and 1 p.m. local Strasbourg time, in the middle of a long series of various other Reports, and after a long Public Debate on the larger Health policy package, from 9 to 11.50 am.

    The specific Report inside which was hidden the controversial Amendment is due to be debated between 11 and 12 am.

    So that more last-minute Surprises may not be excluded a priori...

    Particularly at the present Historic moment, when even the Institutional Future of the EU depends on the result of a second Referendum on "Lisbon Treaty", later this year, in ...Ireland, a mainly Catholic country, where People are particularly sensitive in such kind of socio-cultural and values issues...
 

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