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EU Chair Kurz points at Egypt solution on Mass Migration + stronger Borders

Written by ACM
Thursday, 20 September 2018

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*Salzburg/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- In a Surprize-move, New EU President-in-office, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, in Addition to More Measures destinated to Strengthen EU's External Borders' Monitoring, as well as Financial Support to 3rd African and other Neighbouring 3rd Countries' Economies, (etc), pointed, in particular, to a kind of Model Role reportedly played by Egypt into acting in order for Ships full of Irregular Mass Migrants, do Not Reach Europe, Neither get Lost somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea, but Return Safely Back to Africa.

 

Significantly, Kurz anounced that during his Joint Press Conference, on the Conclusions of the EU Heads of State/Government's Summit in Salzburg, Together with EU Council's President Donald Tusk and EU Commission's President Jean-Claude Juncker, (them too Former Prime Ministers of Poland and Luxembourg, respectively), due to develop further the next moves at EU Leaders' Agenda on Mass Migration, BREXIT, etc. 

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Even if Egypt is Not Willing to Host Collective "Centers" for such People on its national Territory, on the Contrary, it would be Ready to Offer that Alternative Solution to the recent and manifold Challenge of Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants, since that 2015/2016 Big, sudden "Tsunami" of more than +1,5 Millions People massively Intruding in Europe through Turkey, whose manifold repercussions notoriously were at the Core of the present Salzburg's EU Summit, (Comp., f.ex. : .., etc).


Currently, Egypt is the Only Mediterranean Country from which Not even 1 such Ship, usually Exploited by Traffickers and Smugglers, did Not Reach Europe recently, and it has even Brought Back Home such Smugglers' Ships, while also Preventing eventual Tragedies, Kurz told in substance here Journalists, including Eurofora.

 

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In order to Support and Develop such Activities, a special EU - Egypt Summit is currently Scheduled for November 2018, Sebastian Kurz announced.

 

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(UPDATE: Immediately after Salzburg's Press Conference with Kurz's statements, the Austrian Press followed that EU - Egypt cooperation lead against Mass Irregular Migration)

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But, in Parallel, EU Intends to Boost Similar a.o. Actions also by Many Other South-Mediterranean Countries, inter alia, also in the Framework of various, already existing, as well as new EU - Africa Cooperation Programs. (Comp., among others, also the EU+CoE Programme "SUD" etc., which can include a Fight against Human Trafficking, as well as adequate Migration Policies, etc., f.ex. at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eucoesouthmediterraneanprogram.html, etc).



Egypt has recently developed also frequent Top Level, Key Strategic Regional Summits, Together with EU Member States Cyprus and Greece, concerning both the Fight against Terrorism, and the Use and Transports of New Natural Energy findings at the South-Eastern Mediterranean, (parallel, and in Addition also with those recently Evolving, Israel-Cyprus-Greece, EU-sponsored Plans for Direct Energy Transports to EU's core Industrial Regions.


The Latest such Egypt-Greece-Cyprus Regional Summit has just taken place a few Days ago,
(See also : ...), just before this Salzburg EU Summit on Mass Migration and related BREXIT issues, whose long-term repercussions may prove to be much more important than expected... 

 

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Egypt-model related Developments about Mass/Irregular Migration, (Comp. Supra), were practically Shadowed by parallel, last-minute developments on BREXIT : This, inter alia, f.ex. provoked 2 Changes in the Press Briefings' Timetable : At First by pulling their scheduled Start 1 Hour Earlier, while Afterwards, it went back to its initially foreseen Time, 1 Hour Later. But also by Focusing the bilateral Discussions among Journalists, Diplomats and/or Politicians rather on BREXIT, at the Sidelines of Salzburg's Summit, (including, f.ex., "Eurofora" co-Founder's encounter with a British Diplomat, and even an INTW that we were asked to give to an ...Arab TV Channel, astonishingly more interested on BREXIT than on Mass Migration, etc).

 

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But Both these Events were notoriously Influenced by the Same 2015/2016 initiated exceptional Mass Incidents, triggered through Turkey's Borders to EU Members Greece and Bulgaria, (etc).

 

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Speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", the New EU Parliament's President, former Polish Prime Minister, ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Jerzy Busek, welcomed proposals by EuroFora about innovative ways for EU Citizens to attend EU debates before important final decisions which affect people's lives.

- "We (EU Parliament) must be transparent", Buzek stressed from the outset.  "We must have clear answers also for delicate questions. If we don't touch a problem, you must know why, and when shall we decide in the nearest future".. "Because "we (EU) must think about Europeans, first of all : They don't understand well what is going on in the EU. So, it's our duty to inform them, to make discussions here more interesting".

"EuroFora" congratulated President Buzek for the anouncement he made, from the 1st day of his election in Strasbourg (on Tuesday, 14 July 2009), on his intention to make  transparent debates, exchanges of views, etc. before the final adoption of decisions in EU Parliament's Plenary, when issues are evolving inside Committees, (See earlier publication).

And we reminded, in this regard, that "EuroFora" has been advocating a project for EU Citizens' active involvement in pluralist EU debates before important EU decisions, since more than a Decade : 1997-2007+

- "Thank you. We (EU Parliament), indeed, have exciting debates", Buzek replied. But, in practice, "without a possibility for our Citizens to see them, not even by the Press, the Radio or TV, etc., because it is in Committees", he regreted.

- "But, they (i.e. Media, Citizens, etc) might interact with you, with MEPs, etc, May be we can imagine something", "EuroFora" proposed.

- "Yes, (but) it needs, a quite new idea", Buzed observed.

- "Why not through some innovations ?", "EuroFora" suggested.

- "Innovation ? That's it. Fantastic  New Information Technologies !", Buzek realized.

- "Precisely, "EuroFora" has such a project, since more than a Decade (1997-2009), to use new technologies for public debates before major EU decisions are taken", we reminded.

- "If you have such proposals, please come to us, come to us. We must" do something, agreed the new EU Parliamen's President.

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    This fits with Buzek's main stance, expressed at EU Parliament's plenary earlier this week in Strasbourg, that the European Union must succeed to overcome a "Crisis of Trust" vis a vis EU Citizens. (See previous EuroFora publication).

    For that purpose, obviously information and debates are valuable, but purely instrumental, procedural means which can help focus on, and highlight a substantial content, attractive to EU Citizens, which needs to be determined by other, political, and not mediatic factors.  

    Buzek spoke about the urgent need to overcome the Global Economic Crisis,  the struggle for Human and Civic Rights, Democracy, etc., the Eastern Partnership, links with Russia, strategic partnership with USA and emerging countries, etc.

    But he also used (while speaking both to "EuroFora" and other Media) the expression : "The Europeans", for EU Citizens. This points right towards what several important EU leaders (including French President Sarkozy, German Chancellor Merkel, etc) have started to highlight particularly during the recent years : That there is a vital need, and an historic opportunity, for the development of a European Conscience, to stimulate e renaissance of a European Identity able to attract Popular support, for the EU to become a strong player in a Multopolar World : In other words, the revitalisation of a project for a "Political Europe".

    By a coincidence, this was indirectly but surely reminded, earlier in Strasbourg, by another ... Busek (this time with a "s") : 

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    Speaking to more than 650 participants from CoE's member countries, at the conclusion of the 2009 Summer University of its Political Schools, Erhard Busek, (with an "s"), former vice-Chancellor of Austria and EU Coordinator for South-Eastern Europe, pointed at the current need to revitalize Europe's "Identity", forged by Greek philosophy and Roman Law, Christian values and Enlightment's ideas, etc. through the ages.     

- "We have almost the same name with Jerzy Buzek (EU Parliament's new President, who is a former Polish Prime Minister), because both our Families come ...from  the same village, located at the Heart of Europe, which was often shared between Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic. But my family emmigrated a long time ago to Austria, while Jerzy Buzek's family remained in Poland", explained f. vice-Chancellor Erhard Busek to "EuroFora".   

 An astonishingly concrete and simple example of European Integration from the grassroots : Starting by EU Citizens, i.e. those "Europeans", that EU Parliament's new President, Jerzy Buzek (this time with a "z"), wants to bring alongside MEP's decision-making proces, (according to "EuroFora"'s main idea : Comp. supra)...

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