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Strasbourg Health Chief Feltz to EF: 2020 EuroFair = Test for 1st EU Parliament Plenary since Virus

Written by ACM
Thursday, 27 August 2020
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Replying to an "Eurofora" Question at a Press Conference, the New Strasbourg City's Head of Health and Environment service, Dr. Alexander Feltz, stressed that the 1st InComing Large-Public Collective Mega-Event of the 88th "Euro-Fair", usually attracting Tens of Thousands of People, and scheduled for 4 to 14 September 2020, would be a real-life "Test" for EU Parlament's 1st Full Plenary Session in Strasbourg, since the Virus' Crisis, due immediately Afterwards, between 14 and 17 September, Despite a Europe-Wide recent ReBouncing of Infections towards the End of this Summer 2020, amidst a "Bumpy" DeConfinement (See, f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/hastydecofinementflop.html, etc), right at the Eve of this Year's Risky Entry of Classes at the Beginning of Autumn. 

                                                                                                                                 While France Reached Today +6.711 New Cases of Infections, (Approaching the Level of March), Nevertheless, the New Mayor of Strasbourg, "Green" Franco-Armenian Jeanne Barsheghian, hershelf a Succesful recent Survivant of the Virus, from which she had Just Recovered Before Winning, fespite a Hard Political Competition, at the June 2020 Municipal Elections, recently Stressed that, "Instead of Opposing" various Apparently Conflicting Issues, on the Contrary, she Prefers to Decisively Address them, Taken All Together, Finding a Way to Both Solve, f.ex., "Economic Development", and "Public Health", as well as "Environment Protection" Imperatifs, in Real Practice, almost at the Same Time, (Comp.  various other Topical Replies by Barsheghian to "Eurofora"s Questions, at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/strasbourgvotesarmeniangreenmayor.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/greencandidatemayorokseuroforaproject.html, etc).

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 - Thus, f.ex., inter alia, Dr. Feltz, after Expressing a Wish for Strasbourg to Become, in the foreseable Future, Able to "ReCycle (Protective) Masks", as he Initially said at the Press Conference, appeared Eager to Urge to "Bring that also Here", Later-on, at a brief Bilateral Encounter, "Thanking" "Eurofora" for having Informed him that, Already, at least an Inventor at USA's Ohio, has reportedly Found Recently a Way to Safely Wash about 30 Times a Piece, even the Best Protective Gear of "N95" (Equivalent to French "FPP2") Filter Masks, making them quite Resilient, thanks to a Special Machine, Instead of People having to Throw Each one Away, after Only 1 Day, or Even some Hours' Use...

Meanwhile, EU Parliament's superb, Impessive Building in Strasbourg, including a Tower in the Middle of a Rivers' Crossroads, near Green Areas with Beautiful Family Homes and Traditional Gardens, Facing Brand-New High-Rise Modern Buildings, had been Used, During the "Peak" of the Deadly Virus' Crisis, as a HeadQuarters for the French "Great East" Region's Sanitary Services ("ARS"), Mainly for Massive Diagnostic Tests Helping to Fight the Virus, (as, in Brussels, its Restaurants and Taxi-Drivers had reportedly been Offered, by the President of EU Parliament, Italian MEP David Sassoli, in order to Prepare and Dispatch Food for Poor People, Hardly Hit by the Pandemic in the Middle of Europe).

After having, Suddenly, Faced an abrupt Lock-Down, Cancelling all its Full Plenary Sessions, (Traditionaly taking place Each Month in Strasbourg), since March 2020, EU Parliament Strived to Work in Brussels, Initially through Various, more or less Brief, "Video-Conferences", Before being Obliged to Hazard a Make-Shift But Restricted "Plenary" Session there on July, at the Eve of an Exceptionally Crucial EU Heads of State/Government Brussels' Summit for the Creation of a European ReVival Fund, (See relevant "Eurofora"s NewsReports, f.ex. at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euhardbutbigdealneedsmore.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euuturnforlongerbalanceddeal.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eurevivalsummitneedseuropeanvision.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/merkel5pointsforeurevival.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/nonorchestrateddialoguewitheucitizens.html, etc), Finally re-Scheduling a Possibly Fully-Fledged Big Plenary Session anew in Strasbourg for the Middle of September 2020.

Germany Recently Issued a Travel Warning on Brussels' area, But Not yet Strasbourg's area, (Even if Paris and Marseille's French areas were Also Targetted), which means that Returnees have to pass a Health Check, or face Quarantine.

Euro-Fair and EU Parliament's September 2020 Dates in Strasbourg interlap Only on Monday 14, Sharing Mostly the Same Public Transport Network, Except from MEPs' exclusive Taxis and Staff's Special Bus.

 

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 - "Currently, we are in a Mode of Risk Reduction", and "Since the Virus is Staying, we have to Learn how to Live With it", Stressed from the outset Dr. Feltz, who is a Professional Medical Doctor himself. In this regard, "in order to Be Healthy, there are Many things to Invent", "in Practical terms of our Sanitary Policy", he urged.

    -  Inter alia, f.ex., this Euro-Fair 2020, in Addition to "Compulsory Protective Face Masks", available "Desinfectants", and "Social Distancing" precepts, "DesInfections After each Manipulation" at the Stands, "Boosted Ventilation", as well as a Considerable "Reinforcement of Sanitary Help Teams", it will also "completely De-Materialize Payments" (including with "E-Tickets") and "Even Press Badges" (Downloaded), etc., using "a Digital App. [for all Digitalisation Measures See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/2eurofairsphysicaldigital.html] for the Map and List" of Compagnies which are present and their Products, the "Time-table" of various Cultural Events, etc, Regular "Informations" about "Measures Protecting from the Virus", including "Proposals of Health Checks", (but "Not Compulsory"), while "Everybody will Give his Personal Coordinates" so that he/she "can be Contacted, if necessary, at any time" during his/her Stay. It will constantly "Count the Number of Visitors who Enter or Leave", in order "to Ensure that a Maximum Level of 5.000 at the Same Time has Not been Reached" inside a well "Protected Area", will let Visitors "Pass through a special Portal of DesInfection by Ionisation" (a Local Company's "Innovation", reportedly Checked as Safe), in order to help ensure that things are "Clean", will Organize the "Flows" of Visitors and their main "Pathways" in an "One Way Mode", and "Separating Entries from Departures", to "Prevent Bottlenecks" with a Smooth Transition, will make "Special Arrangements" for an "Obligatory Road-Map" and "Enough Space" for Distancing in Each Compartment of the Exhibitions, while a Wider Guarded "Protected Zone" is (already) Exceptionaly established "Around" the Event's area, (etc.).,.

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    - Indeed, as the CEO of "Strasbourg-Events" Administration, (responsible for Mega-Gatherings at the City's premisses Near EU Parliament, at the ReNovated "Congress and Music Palace" /"PMC", as well as for the "PE 3" New, ForthComing, Huge Excibition Hall), Miss Albane Pillaire, replied to a Relevant "Eurofora"s Question, Currently, Most Fairs are Still Prohibited because of the Virus, (Both in France and Most EU Countries), Unless they Receive a special "Derogation", Based on "Solid Measures of Public Health Protection", as in this case.

    => In Consequence, as the Present 88th Strasbourg's"Euro-Fair" seems to be a "Pioneer" and, perhaps, a kind of "Symbol", towards a possible Resumption of Collective Activities, in a Safe Way, (Both InDoor and OutDoor) in France and the rest of Europe, Since Last Autumn 2020's General "Lock-Down", "Eurofora" Asked Feltz whether it could be, concretely, a Useful "Test" in view of the Forthcoming 1st EU Parliament's Full Plenary Session in Strasbourg Since the Virus' Crisis (Comp. Supra), and, by the way, How the Preparations, of Also that Subsequent and Obviously very Important European Event, are going, until now.

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    - Strasbourg City's Public Health Chief, Replying to "Eurofora"s Question, agreed, in principle, that "Certainly", this 2020 Euro-Fair "Will be, partly, a Test for ForthComing Events, as those of EU Parliament, But Also various Other Collective Events currently Planned", as he Added. ("Strasbourg-Events"' CEO, Pillaire, f.ex. told, Later, "Eurofora", that she is Expecting to Host, during the Next Few Months, Also, f.ex., an Annual Mega-Event on "Contemporary Art", a "Salon" for Collector's items in Cars/Motos, as well as "an International Competition on Wines", (But with a "Lesser Public") etc, inter alia.

    - However, Feltz kindly but Carefully Declined, at This Moment, to "Advance" in concrete "Predictions" about EU Parliament's forthcoming Plenary, Diplomaticaly Observing that "it Depends, Also, on MEPs' own Wishes", "Because we are Living in a Democracy", and, in general, "We (the Public Authorities of Strasbourg City) are mainly Accompagnying, Preventing, Co-Organizing, Supervising, and Helping such important Events to take place" here, since relevant Key Activities "Must Continue to be Able to Work properly", as he Vowed.

    + At any case, "What we will do Now here, (with this Exceptional "Euro-Fair"), Will be, immediately Afterwards, Evaluated, in order to Reach practically Useful Conclusions for Other such Collective Events, Both Throughout France and elsewhere in Europe", Feltz also said earlier, in this regard.

    ++ Concenring an Eventual, Last-Minute Obstacle, "We canNot Exclude it a priori, If there is, f.ex., an "Explosion" of the Virus", as Pillaire realisticaly observes, (special Insurances seem Ready for such a Hazard), while Hoping that Strasbourg would Manage to Cope, finally, with that Challenge, given also the Socio-Economic Importance of EuroFair even as a Symbolic "Flagship" of much Needed ReVival, as well as many People's Expectations.

    +++ As for Which Political Personality might be Chosen this time, in order to Officially "Inaugurate" this 2020 "Euro-Fair", according to a well-Established Practice, "Strasbourg-Events"' CEO Pillaire said, in Reply to anOther "Eurofora" Question at the Press Conference, that, Even if some have already spoken about a "Possible" Venue of French Economy (and former EU Affairs) Minister Bruno Le Maire (Comp. various Le Maire Replies to "Eurofora"s Questions, including at the Previous, 2019 "EuroFair", among others, f.ex. at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frencheconomyministerlemaireoneu.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frencheconomyministerandbrexitagrideal.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/taxgafaandbuildeudigitaltech.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/macrontoprotectcyprusisraelenergyforeurope.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/internationalpressdebateongermanelection.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchministerlemaireonagriculturalpotential.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/shipgas.html, http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/irish/2009_2010.html, etc), Nevertheless, Nothing hasn't been Definitively Decided, Until Now, (inter alia, Also Because of some ImPrevisibility in Various Activities, directly or indirectly related with the Evolution of the Virus, and other, Still On-Going Developments : F.ex., probably even a Last-Minute Postponement, for 1 Week Later, of France's National Plan for EU's "Revival" Fund, etc), so that, in the Mean-Time, Strasbourg City's New Leadership (See: ..., etc) and the French Government are Continuing relevant Consultations, whose Result would be "Announced Later-on".

    At any case, However, "Eurofora" noticed that the "Press Club Strasbourg-Europe" has, Exceptionaly, Reserved the Early Morning of September 4, (i.e. the Date of "Euro-Fair"'s Inauguration), for a probable Press-point with our New Prefect, of Strasbourg's Wider "Great-East" Region, (Extended until it Exceptionaly Neighbours with 4 Other European Countries : Germany's 2 Lânder, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Even Belgium, See, f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/strasbourgregionpresidentrottneronhightech.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/regionpresidentoneuropeantransportlinks.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/firsteuuniversityleadersonhorizon.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/strasbourgpregionprefectontransborderlinks.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchregionschiefrichertquits.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/francogermancoreregionleaderseyescienceandethics.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/prefetfrataccistrasbourgasgebevanyorshanghai.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchprimeministervallsonhightechfunding.html http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchregionspresidentricherttoeurofora.html http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/strasbourgregionpresidentrichertandfrencheconomyministermacrononhighspeedinternet.html  + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/newbigfrenchregionheadricherton5eustatesandchina.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/newstrasbourgbigregionprefect.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/alsacepresidentrichertonacaleuropeanprojects.html, etc), Miss Chevallier (means "Knight"). A quite Experienced Top Senior Officer, who served, Recently, also ... at the Other Side of France : as Prefect of the Far Southern Island of Corsica, in the Mediterranean Sea. There where, by a Coincidence, President Macron reportedly Prepares, currently, an Important "MED-7" Heads of State/Government Summit, also for September: See ..., etc)...

 
 

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3 EU Parliament votes to boost EuroGroup !

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After EuroZone Paris Summit's succes, Sarkozy calls to "think anew how to re-construct Europe !

"EuroZone and EU Institutional debates pave the way to 2009 discussions on EU Future, including Enlargment, Turkey etc. ?


23 October 2008

After EU Parliament strongly suppported in 3 successive Votes this week in Strasbourg French EU Chairmanship's move to boost Euro-Group at EU's core, while ideas on EU Institutional problems are awaited on December, "it's an open Question now" if this may lead to a debate on EU's Future, or not, told us French President, Nicolas Sarkozy''s Spokesman, Pierre-Jerome Henin.

MEPs voted on Thursday fresh Funds to support EuroGroup, after adopting on Wednesday a Resolution asking a "further Evolution" to "the 1st ever meeting of Heads of State and of Government of the Euro-Zone, taking decisions in that capacity", while earlier this week a Report asked "a stronger Institutional setting" for "EuroGroup", extended from "competitiveness/industry" to "environment, employment and education", with "increased powers for Political decision-making", according to a text drafted by French MEP Francoise Beres and German MEP Werner Langen, "10 Years after the creation of Euro" (1999 - 2009).

- Brussels' subsequent "EU Council ..(simply)..ratified the measures decided by EuroGroup on October 12" in Paris, which "were necessary to contain the current Financial Crisis", Resolution observes, expressing also support to the new process succesfully initiated by Sarkozy and due to be completed by agreements with USA and other countries at a Global level.

From now on, it's between two differend but parallel moves : EU's delay, and EuroZone's acceleration, that Enlargement and particularly Turkey's controversial EU bid, will have to search its way :

Indeed, EU's 27 expect a "Roadmap on how to deal with the Irish problem" on Lisbon Treaty ratification after December, risking to pass even 2009 Elections and next Commission with the old Nice Treaty of 2000, out-dated and unfit even for 2004's Enlargement...

On the contrary, EU's core launches a real "Economic Governance for EuroZone at the highest level of Heads of State/Government" of the 15, which started in Paris on October 12 and was strongly supported this week in Strasbourg by Sarkozy and EU Parliament.
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- "It's a good idea, to launch such a debate ("on EU's Future") in EU Parliament in view of 2009 Euro-Election : Perhaps some MEPs will seize an opportunity", told us mainstream French MEP Alain Lamassoure, former EU Minister and EU Spokesman for France's governing party UMP.

- "All MEPs' debates on such EU Councils are also part of the larger debate on Europe's future : Now with EuroZone, and even more when, on December, Irish Prime Minister is due to table proposals in Strasbourg on how to deal with EU Treaty's ratification", replied earlier to our question EU Parliament's Press Director and Spokesman, Jaume Duch.
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Sarkozy has formally anounced his intention to open EU Debates on Economy, Identity/Enlargement (i.e. mainly Turkey), etc. both linked to a popular Political view of Europe, since his Historic speeches on EU in Strasbourg, on February and July 2007, when he stressed that "Europe needs a New Renaissance". At the beginning of the French EU Presidency, on July 2008, replying to a MEP, he suggested that EU Parliament takes an active part in Debates on EU's Future.

- Now, in 2008, "Crisis are an opportunity to re-think how to re-construct Europe", Sarkozy stressed. At any case, the Historic 1st EuroZone Summit of Heads of State/Government, which started replying to the Financial crisis,"is a Turning Point : After that, Europe cannot be governed as before, but differently" : People "like a Europe with Strong Will".

- "We must make the System move !", "Europe needs Innovation" and free political debates. EU "Elections are in a few Months", Sarkozy warned.

He invited EU Parliament to fully play its role as "the Democratic Heart of the Europe we want : United, Independent and Voluntarist, because the World needs Europe's voice".

- "It's no more possible for Euro-Zone to continue without an Economic Government" at the Highest Level of Heads of State/Government, who provide "Democratic Legitimity" and can take important decisions, he announced, strongly supported by EU Parliament's Economic Committee which just voted to boost the "Institutional" aspects of "EuroGroup".

Plasticity offered by the current absence of a special Treaty on EuroZone's Institutions "made it easy to adapt the organization of the 1st Summit with imagination, to efficiently meet urgent needs", he observed, on the occasion of Brittish Prime Minister's exceptionnal presence at the greatest part of EuroGroup's Paris Summit.

- "In EuroZone we have the same Bank, the same Money, and, thus, a same duty for Unity" : "By bringing together EuroGroup's 15 members States we suceeded to find a solution and prepare a Giant Plan of 1.800 Billion euros", Sarkozy reminded of Paris' 1st Historic EuroZone's Summit.

Afterwards, Brussels' EU Council followed the move, and USA's Paulson II Plan was inspired from that. "Europe must promote the idea of Global Economy's Refoundation", he stressed.

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- "I was frankly astonished when I found, at the EU, a rigid system, where any New Idea was seen from the outset as a sacrilege, while, on the contrary, Europe needs Innovation !", he described.

F.ex. ,"'When we first spoke about the "Union for the Mediterranean", it was misunderstood as something extraordinary.. When later we had the Russia -Georgia crisis, it seemed against EU's custom to act "in the middle of August", instead of staying a passive spectator ! And when, in front of the Financial ciris, we gathered the 1st EuroZone Summit of the "15", some thought of it as a lese-majesté", he denounced.
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On Geo-Political Principles :
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- But, by moving resolutely, "EU obtained the ...withdrawal of Occupation Troops in 2 Months !", reminded Sarkozy, observing that Russia "fulfilled its commitments", in the Georgian crisis, where a "disroportionate reaction" from Moscow followed a "totally inappropriate action" from Tbilisi's troops. "It would be crazy to reply by military means : EU should not become accomplice of another Cold War, imposed by lack of cool heads".. as he said.

In future, "the creation of a common European Economic Area with EU and Russia, would also obtain a raprochment on our Human Rights and Democratic Values", added Sarkozy, in a statement which should logically be applied, a fortiori, to controversial EU "candidate" Turkey..

Particularly when, the same week that EU Parliament voted 2009 EU Funds for Turkey's controversial EU bid, ECHR took a series of judgements condemning Turkey for grave Violations of Human Rights, such as : Torture, death of a political prisoner in unclear circumstances followed by failure to conduct a proper Investigation, "enforced Disappearance" of a youngster aged 17, Killing of a sepherd with Tank Shells, persecuting Journalists for articles on "Missing" People, even a former President of Human Rights' Association, (etc)

- "We (EU) can defend our ideas on respect of Sovereignity and territorial Integrity, on Human Rights and other differences ... without confrontation", Sarkozy stressed, on the occasion of Russian/Georgian conflict, reminding that : "we were only 2 steps from catastroph", when a Peace agreement brokered in Moscow prevented, at the last minute, Russian troops' advance towards Tbilisi.

An EU Parliament Resolution adopted Wednesday in Strasbourg on the occasion of Russia - Georgia conflict, outlines a set of Principle which apply elsewhere too, (particularly when EU Rapporteur for Russia and Turkey is one and same person ; Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijtanen !)

Clearly rejecting any "military solution to the conflicts", MEPs "condemn ..all those who resorted to force and violence". They denounce a "disproportionate military action", "as well as (an) unilateral decision to recognise the independence" of brekaway regions, "calling.. to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of the concerned country, "and the inviolability of its borders recognised by all EU Member States". They warn that "EU must review its policy towards" a 3rd Country, "should .(it)...not comply with its commitments", and "stress that the withdrawal of.... troops from the areas ....is an essential additional step".

EU Parliament "calls for the safe and quick return of refugees, (accepted by Russian President Medvedev) accompanied by the deployment of EU observers on the ground", and "regrets ...that ..EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) is not allowed to enter the ...breakaway regions". Moreover, "It's important to ensure that persons and NGOs ..engaged in defending human and civil rights can operate". "Until ...all remaining issues (are) resolved..., and notably the continuing ...Military presence", "relations with the EU ..cannot be fully normalised", MEPS warned.

As nobody likes to be accused to practice "Double Standards", this should be regarded as "Principles" applicable to any Third Country at EU's Neighborhood.. No ?

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On Economy :

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- "When Financial crisis shook US and EU's Banks, without result from the 1st (American) Paulsen plan, it was the common reply of the 1st EuroZone's Summit, involving some 1800 Billion euros, which started a positive move in the markets, soon strengthened by the follow-up of the US Paulson 2 Plan, noted Sarkozy.

- "Europe should not be only on the defensive, but, if necessary, know also how to take an offensive", he said, brushing away hesitationsto act on Economy: - "I'm for a refondation of Capitaliism, but against Speculators, who betray its values" : "Lack of Rules was profitable to speculators, Not to businessmen !" We must make sure to prevent any such crisis in future". "We, the rest of the World, cannot continue to bear the deficits of the 1st World power without saying anything !", the French President said, applauded by EU Parliament. All this needs "a New Global Governance", on which EU Parliament must debate. That's why "we proposed together with USA, several Summits from mid-November", to which G-8, enlarged to China, India a.o. countries, should participate. UNO's SG; Ban Ki Moon, the IMF, etc.

Financial crisis lowered shares' prices even for healthy companies, sometimes to 1/3 of their initial price, so that strangers might buy EU industries for only a portion of their real value, and Europeans may wake up one day with their main industries sold out to foreigners !

That's one of the reasons for which EU should debate about creating "Golden Shares" for States to jointly take Strategic participations to help European Industries until the end of the Crisis, particularly against distording competition, he suggested, pointing at USA's 35 billion $ plan for American Car Industry."We shall struggle for Europe to be able to build Airplanes, Ships, Trains, Cars, because we need a strong Industry", he concluded.

"F.ex. as we did back in 2004, when as Finance Minister, we bought Alsthom's shares for 800.000 euros, and, after restructuring, we sold them for 2 Millions : Help a company and make money is not so bad"...

As for the UK, "when Ireland announced that it would guarantee only Irish Banks, London City emptied from liquidities in 24 hours : It's the EU which helped to restore the situation, Not the UK alone !", reminded Sarkozy to nationalist British MEP Nigel Farage.

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On the contrary, in a last-minute attempt for the EU to catch-up with its Institutional delay "before the European Elections" of June 2009, MEPs simply voted a call for a "set of proposals" to be made for the "Irish public opinion" at the end of the year...

- "As long as Lisbon Treaty is not ratified by all 27 EU Member States, there is an unanimous decision to stop Enlargement, reminded Wednesday in Strasbourg the French Minister for EU affairs, Jean-Pierre Jouyet..

Added to an indirect but clear warning that, without Lisbon Treaty, all 27 EU Member Countries may not have a Commissioner in the 2009 resuffle, MEPS in the Constitutional/Foreign affairs Committees applauded hoping that this might motivate their Irish friends..

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