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Frontrunner for Strasbourg New Mayor, Fontanel, to EF: For Dialogue with Citizens in EU Decisions

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 26 February 2020

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- As EU prepares its "Future of Europe" Conference, (2020-2021), the Time has come to Help Bring EU Citizens closer to the EU Decision-making process, and the occasions offered by the sessions of EU Parliament's plenaries, as well as relevant CoE's activities in Strasbourg could and should usefuly Contribute in that direction, replied in substance the Frontrunner in the forthcoming Elections for the New Mayor of the City, Alain Fontanel, to a Question raised by "Eurofora", in line with our long-time Project for EU Citizens-European Politicians Debates before Decisions affecting their Lives and/or Society at large.

- The Main Point is that Everything should be done in order to Bridge the Gap which recently Divides Citizens from Political Decision-Makers, he stressed, as a matter of principle. Strasbourg's European quarter's reputation (including Both EU Parliament, EU Ombudsperson, Shenghen, and CoE's Assembly, ECHR, CLRAE, INGOS, etc), to favour more Citizens than Technocracy, should help, he added, pleading also for a

- "Eurofora" observed that the forthcoming EU's Conference on the Future of Europe was notoriously due to deal also with EU Citizens' role in the Public Decision-Making. Meanwhile, even the preexisting EU's "Lisbon Treaty" had an untaped yet Potential there, particularly, when it spoke about "Regular Dialogue", with "Citizens" and "Civil Society", on all "EU Institutions' Acts". Isn't that a Good Occasion to Meet the Need for Dialogue between EU Citizens and Political Decision-Makers before they take Measures Affecting their Lives and/or Society ?, we asked Fontanel.

- The currently Leading Top Candidate to March 2020 Municipal Elections in Strasbourg, replied to the above-mentioned "Eurofora"'s Question with a Sober and Brief, but Open and Positive manner :

- First of all, Fontanel agreed with the basic observation that the Conference on Europe's Future was going to discuss and decide also on EU Citizens' role.

=> In consequence, We shall try to use this opportunity in order to Contribute into Helping UpGrade Citizens' participation in topical European Issues, the probable New Strasbourg's Mayor promised in substance.

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Symbolicaly, this Meeting was organized by the "Circle of the Cathedral", animated by Henri Mathian, inside the cosy "Cathedral Hotel", historically favored by several Politicians, Intellectuals, etc, and with a Charming Couple of Managers faithfully participating to "Strasbourg's Press Club-Europe"'s activities for Decades, Facing directly Strasbourg's impressive, Huge "Notre Dame" Cathedral Church, (in the Presence of its "Archi-Pretre" now), a rare and inspiring, UnFinished Religious Monument, (with just 1 Higher Tower and an Empty yet Ceiling at its Holiest part), where People might still Dream of various new "Miracles"...

 

 

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*Paris/ACM/12 October 2008/-

When Europeans really feel a vital need to urgently launch common replies to challenging World Crisis, as the present Financial turmoil of Global Markets, they forge new decision-making tools and new dynamics :

The 1st in History EuroZone Heads of State and Government Summit, organized in Paris at the invitation of French President, and current EU chair, Nicolas Sarkozy, with the participation of 15 national leaders and EU institutions' chairmen, partly enlarged to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, after a highly symbolic duo with German Chancelor Angie Merkel, at General De Gaulle's birth-village, 50 Years after he welcomed there former German chancellor Adenauer (1958-2008), may have not one, but two results :

- The first, and more urgent, was to launch an "ambitious", "coherent", and "efficient" common European movement, able to stimulate "solutions" to the World Economic Crisis, as Sarkozy anounced from the outset : State Garantees (to new Bank debts up to 5 years), fresh Capital input (f.ex. by buying shares), support to distressed banks, (while also restructuring them), incite the European Central Bank to facilitate commerial bills europe-wide, etc.

"Acting swiftly", from tomorrow, national measures will quantify all these targets, with coordinated actions from all EuroZone's Governments : France, Germany, Italy and others, decided to anounce, at the same time, such concrete measures, according to agreements that we have already made all together, revealed Sarkozy at the final Press Conference, flanked by EuroZone's chairmen : EuroGroup's Jean-Claude Juncker, and Central European Bank's Jean-Claude Truchet, as well as EU Commission's Jose Baroso, to solemnly stress the will to find common European solutions.

- "United and Determined, all EuroZone's Countries will act to prove that Citizens can Trust" the Economy, Sarkozy concluded. If we attract also all EU's 27 countries, Wednesday in Brussels, then we can coordinate action with our American Friends at a Global level, he anounced.

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- "With this new Toolbox, we do not want to serve Bankers, but to work for Europe and its Citizens' interests", added Juncker.

- "For the moment, we want to act urgently to regulate the Crisis. But the time will come when those responsible for this, will have to account for their actions. Yes to real Capitalism, No to Speculators. Those who abused, will face sanctions, Sarkozy warned.


Need stimulates activities which create new organs, say biologists, and Gordon Brown, compatriot of Spencer, the famous bio-Historian, would certainly not deny that, after his surprise visit to EuroZone's Summit in Paris, which attracted him one hour more than scheduled...

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Decisions include also the creation of a Crisis-management European mechanism, which "requires constant Monitoring", as well as strengthening Economic policy cooperation between EuroZone's countries.

Sarkozy will be judged by History not just by the immediate Economic results, expected at the end of this week's decision-making proces at National and EU level, but also by the more far-reaching consequences at the aftermath of this Historic EuroZone 1st Summit : Will it succeed to become a precursor forging a New era in European institution's revitalization ?

Significantly, the French President sat, during discussions, between German Chancelor Merkel, and British Prime Minister Brown, facing the chairmen of EuroGroup, Juncker, ECB : Truchet, and EU Commission, Baroso, with Prime Ministers of Spain, Zapatero (a hot partisan of EuroZone's Summit) at his right side, and Italy's Berlusconi, at his left, surrounded by Austrian, Belgian, Cyprus', Finland's, Greece's, and Ireland's leaders, as well as Slovakia's, Slovenia's, Portugal's, Netherlands', Malta's and Luxembourg's leaders.

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Meanwhile, those who tabled for a rift between French and German positions were faced with a smiling Merkel at De Gaulle-Adenauer's meeting place, a sunny Saturday morning, and a particularly active-looking Merkel inside the French Presidential Palace at Elysee's gardens on Sunday, (as happy few photographers discovered)..

- "De Gaulle's hilltop, at Colombey-les-2-Eglises, gave an astonishing overview to a huge landscape, entirely surrounded by splendid Nature, as far as eyes could see", said to EuroFora an obviously charmed German Journalist.

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She was describing Saturday's inauguration of a High-Tech Memorial close to the Historic Giant Double Lorraine's Cross, built by famous Novelist Andre Malraux, to perpetuate the Memory of his famous call for "Resistance" to NAZI, and his vision for the creation of New Institutions and Franco-German reconciliation, to foster Europe's role in the World, also for the Future.

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Children playing at Elysee's gardens before the Historic 1st EuroZone's Summit : What Europe's Future will look like ?


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