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EU Leaders Highlight Citizens role in foreseeable Future (10 Years)

Written by ACM
Saturday, 25 March 2017
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*Rome/Campidoglio Hill/Angelo Marcopolo/- Developing Further, and Projecting at the Future, a Shift which had Emerged at Bratislava Summit (9/2016 - See relevant "Eurofora"s NewsReports from the spot : ...+..,etc), the 27 Heads of State/Governments of the EU, (i.e. - UK), clearly Marked a Series of Promises to EU Citizens role in European Policies which Affect their Lives:

 

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- "We will promote a democratic, effective and transparent Decision-Making process", Stressed EU Leaders in Conclusion of their Official Political Declaration signed and Published Today in Rome.


+ In this regard, "We pledge to Listen and Respond to the Concerns Expressed by our Citizens", the 27 EU Heads of State/Governent promised officialy.


Meanwhile about 6 various Popular Demonstrations (both Pro-EU and Counter-EU, etc), Rocking Rome, almost Surrounded the Historic Campidoglio Hill, (from which stems also Washington DC' s "Capitol Hill"), on Top of which took place the Ceremonies for the 60th Anniversary since the Signing of the EU Treaties.

 

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 - "In these times of change", we are "Aware of the Concerns of our Citizens", they acknowledged.


- That's one reason more, for which, Rome Declaration concludes by a : - "We want a Union where Citizens have New Opportunities", EU Leaders Highlighted.


 -  Indeed, "Together, we are Determined to address the challenges of a rapidly changing world, and to offer to our citizens both security and new opportunities", the 27 EU Leaders said "United".


 + This Includes, among others, also "a (European) Union where all citizens feel Safe, and can Move freely", they Added in particular, among a Long Wish-List of targetted Aims.


All this goes from Safety, to Growth and Jobs, as well as Social Cohesion, but also a Stronger EU role in the World, etc.


- "We ... will Ensure that today's Agenda is Implemented, so as to become Tomorrow's Reality", on this and other serious Topical Isses, EU Heads of State/Governments Committed.


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The "Unity or Divide" problematic inside the EU, is, in Fact, much more Important Between EU Institutions and Citizens, than a merely Geo-Political aspect, too often highlighted by Critics, (which naturaly has also its own importance).

 

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("Die Welt"s Frontpage)


The Latter was apparently adressed by a Compromise between those EU Countries who want to resolutely Advance towards Further European Integration, and those who wish that to remain an "Open" possibility for All in the Future, added to "Solidarity", etc.


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+ Paadoxically, despite its obvious, at least Symbolic Importance, this was perhaps the Shortest ever EU Summit of all :

 
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Less than a Morning, and with a Press Conference exceptionaly Restricted into 14 Minutes only (Introductory Speech included), without National Press points, and even Facing a strange "Strike" (on Questions) by several Brussels' a.o. Journalists, as an Experienced  College told us .
Apparently, such moves gave enough Time, f.ex., to the Greek and Belgian Prime Ministers, Tripras and Michel, to jointly attend a ... Football Match between Teams from their Countries, whlle staying at Rome...

On the Contrary, some Others Worked until Late Evening, these Days in Rome, as, f.ex. certain experienced French a.o. Journalists, pictured in an original "Eurofora" Photo inside a Campidoglio Hill Palace's PressRoom :

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        Due to face a large spectrum of Crises : from Humanitarian (f.ex. Natural Catastrophes, evacuation of Civilians or rapatriation of expats, populations exposed to Hunger and/or risky Sanitary conditions, etc), to various consequencies of Terrorist threats, Armed conflicts, or of Peace-keeping operations, etc, and joining Geopolitics with Diplomacy, CMC is able to deal with urgencies in real time anywhere in the world, by concentrating qualified Experts and impressive High-Tech equipment (i.e. Giant Computer Screens working in parallel, Visio-conferences, Satellite connections, etc).

 

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