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

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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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The official presentation of a "Program" respecting People's choices voted in the June 7, 2009 EU Elections, to be debated in EU Council and EU Parliament during its 1st Session on July in Strasbourg, is the No 1 Priority, according to Democratic principles, for the Franco-German axis, said the main winners at the ballot box, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel.

They stressed  that the New EU Commission's President must have a "Program" in favor of an EU which "protects" its Citizens, regulates financial markets and aims at a "Political" Europe" : a wording they have used as incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid.

They also declared ready for a "political" endorsment of "Mr. Barroso's candidacy" in June's EU Council, considering that an official decision would have to be made after EU Parliament's debates and votes, possibly from next month (July), with the legally necessary final acceptance shortly after Lisbon Treaty's entry into force, hoped for September or October.


- "A Program, and Mr. Barroso" : This resumes, in substance, the anouncements made by Sarkozy and Merkel, on the question of current EU Commission's President, Barroso's declared wish to succeed to himself for a second mandate, to be extended during the following 5 years.

 In their 1st meeting after EU Elections, they observed that "the Franco-German axis counted in European Elections' campaign... But, we both keep a realistic view : We saw the number of those who abstained, and we must absolutely give them an answer. We also see the disilusionment of an important number of Europeans vis a vis Europe, and we are aware of the responsibilities we have".

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 - The "Duty" of the new EU Commission's President, after June 7, 2009 EU Elections' result, "is to act for a Europe which protects the Europeans, to commit himself into working for a better Regulation of Financial transactions, ... and to have a Political will for Europe", underlined Sarkozy.

Therefore, "we have asked M. Barroso... to clarify, to officialy present the intentions he has", he anounced.

- "We want to speak also about the Programme", explained Merkel.

- "It's important that for the next EU Parliament's mandate (2009-2014) we take the right Decisions for Europe.  Obviously on Persons, but mainly Decisions on Issues", she stressed.

- "It's not simply a question of a Person, it's also a question of a Programme". We are "really asking Mr. Barroso to commit himself on a Program, and on Principles, on Values", Sarkozy added.

EU President-in-office, Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer, accepted the Franco-German stance :

- "Barroso must present his Programme. The Czech Presidency agrees with that", Fischer reportedly said later, after meeting Sarkozy.

But Press reports from Brussels claimed that Barroso had preferred to be officially appointed by EU Council since June, (i.e. next week), "because this was implied by the current Treaty of Nice, according to him", and considered any delay until the possible ratification of the new, Lisbon Treaty on September/October, as "undemocratic".

- "At any case, independently of what Germany and France ask, it's also EU Parliament's wish". "We shall propose Mr Barroso's candidacy... But even in the framework of Nice Treaty, EU Parliament has to be associated in this Decision", the French President observed.

If this is correctly done, then "we support Mr. Barroso's candidature", and "if the (EU) Parliament agrees, we might ratify this decision since July", (i.e. next month), they both said.

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- "France and Germany support Baroso's candidacy, But we want to speak also on the Program. We believe that this Program should be established in close cooperation with EU Parliament, and that's why we have followed an appropriate way", said Merkel.  - If EU Parliament wants, this election can take place on July,  but this must be done in full agreement.

- "We shall support Mr. Barroso's candidacy, without doubt", said Sarkozy. "But we have asked from Mr. Barroso, as I told him yesterday, to put into detail.. his intentions, at the eve of his 2nd mandate, if the situation avails itself.


    France and Germany "don't want to take an Official Legal Decision by writting" during "the next (EU) Council" (on June 18-19), declared Sarkozy.  Because they prefer, at this stage, only "a Political decision" on June, "so that we (EU Council) can work together with EU Parliament", which starts to meet only Next Month, since July in Srasbourg, "leaving a Legal decision by writting for later".

    - "If the Conditions are fuillfiled in EU Parliament, we (EU Council) are ready to give the agreement and make it offficial", said Merkel

    - "But, now we are working in the base of Nice Treaty. If tommorow we want to work in the spirit of Lisbon Treaty, we have to find a proper way", she added.

    - "Of course it's Legally complicated, because we are going to make a Political proposal to the forthcoming Council, for an EU Commission's President, on the basis of Nice Treaty : So, we (EU Council) will not appoint the Commissioners. Only the President.  If EU Parliament agrees, it could endorse this position on July", explained Sarkozy.

    But, on Autumn, "if Ireland ratifies Lisbon Treaty, there will be, at any case, a 2nd Decision, to appoint the Commission's President, this time on the basis of Lisbon treaty, and then, we, the EU Member States, would have to appoint (also) the EU Commissioners", he added.

    As for the precise Timing :  - "Everything is suspended until the Irish vote... Now, we must all make everything possible to help Ireland to say "Yes"" to Lisbon Treaty... The Irish Referendum, ..will take place either on September or on October. It's a Question which depends on the Irish. And,  then, we shall have the Choice of the Candidates for the permanent Institutions of Europe".

    However, "if Ireland says No, we, French and Germans, have to assume our responsibilities, and we'll do so", he concluded.

    But British and Swedish governments were reportedly eager to have a final EU Council decision on Barroso since this month, on June's European Council. While the other EU Member Countries are divided, several of them preferring to wait until EU Parliament pronounces itself, on July, and/or until Lisbon Treaty might be ratified by Ireland at the beginning of the Autumn. Barroso's current mandate ends on November.

    There are also various, contradictory and/or unpredictable reactions inside EU Parliament vis a vis Barroso's wish to continue a 2nd mandate, because many MEPs are openly or secretly opposed, reluctant, or hesitating.

    In the biggest EU Countries, as France and Germany, EU Citizens voted on June 2009 EU Elections for a renovated, non-technocratic but Political Europe which cares for its Citizens, with an Identity, Values and Borders, declared incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid, by mainstream, pro-European Governing Parties. Similar choices were also supported in several other small or medium EU Countries.

    On the contrary, whenever, in other Countries, Governing and other mainstream Parties didn't make these choices or eluded them, EU Citizens massively voted for euro-Sceptics whenever they were the only ones to to promise anti-bureacratic change and oppose Turkey's demand to enter into the EU, (f.ex. in the UK, Netherlands, etc).

    It's seems to be an Open Question whether Sarkozy and Merkel's conditions will be really accepted by Barroso, who was appointed on 2004 in a different political context, (with Socialist Prime Ministers in Germany, France, etc), had rejected in the Past the idea of EU becoming "equal to the USA" as "ridiculous", and pushed for Turkey's contoversial EU bid, trying to "soften" or contain the changes desired by the People who voted for Merkel and Sarkozy with another policy vis a vis Turkey on 2005 in Germany and on 2007 in France, as they did all over Europe on 2009.

    In addition to many EPP Governments, it's 3 remaining Socialist Prime Ministers : Gordon Brown in the UK, Zapatero in Spain, and Socrates in Prortugal, who support Barroso, as well as Liberal Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt. But their Parties lost the June 2009 EU Elections.

    Questioned whether there was still "Time" for "other" possible "Candidates", Sarkozy and Merkel did not deny, nor made any comment on that, but simply said that "it's not for us to make publicity for any candidates. We anounced our choice ("A Program, and Mr. Barroso"). But we respect any other candidate".

    Among various other names cited are former Belgian Prime Minister Verhofstadt, former UNO's Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson of Ireland, Italian former EU Commission's vice-President Monti, etc. Meanwhile, Luxembourg's PM Juncker, (who had been unanimously accepted by EU Council for EU Commission's Presidency on 2004, but refused), announced his intention to resign from "EuroGroup"'s Chair. Thus, he might be available for another Top EU job.

    As "EuroFora"'s "opinion" said (See publication dated 9/6/09) : - "If the current candidates (i.e. Barroso, etc) to the Top EU jobs promise and guarantee to respect People's democratic choices, then, it's OK".

"Otherwise, Europe must find new candidates, really motivated and able to implement these democratic choices of the People."

    Because, "in Democracy, the forthcoming choices for EU's Top Jobs,...should be made according to EU Citizens' Votes in June 7, 2009 European Elections, and main EU Governments' strategic policies".
        

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