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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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(Opinion).

 In Democracy, the forthcoming choices for EU's Top Jobs, as the New EU Parliament's President, new EU Commission's President (+ probably EU Council's President, EU Foreign Minister, etc) should be made according to EU Citizens' Votes in June 7, 2009 European Elections, and main EU Governments' strategic policies.

At the heart of the biggest EU Countries, in France and Germany, EU Citizens clearly voted for a renovated, non-technocratic but Political Europe based on Values, declared explicitly incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid.

This main choice was also supported in several other small or medium EU Countries, such as Austria (cf. promise of a Referendum), Spain (cf. EPP program's reservations vis a vis Enlargment), etc., while EPP Parties won also in Poland, Hungary, Cyprus, etc.

In other Countries, whenever Governing coalitions didn't make these choices or eluded them, continuing to let a Turkish lobby push for its entry into the EU, they paid a high price, and risked to damage Europe, by obliging EU Citizens to massively vote for euro-Sceptics whenever they were the only ones to offer a possibility to promise  real change and oppose Turkey's demand to enter into the EU :

It's for this obvious reason that British UKIP (IndDem) succeeded now (after many statements against Turkey's EU bid) to become Great Britain's 2nd Party, unexpectedly growing bigger even than the Governing Labour Party, as well as the Liberal party  ! Facts prove that it's not an isolated phenomenon : A similar development occured in the Netherlands, where Geert Wilders "Party for Freedom" (PVV) became also the 2nd biggest in the country, (after EPP), boosting the chances of a politician who had withdrawn in 2004 from an older party "because he didn't agree with their position on Turkey". And in several other EU Member Countries, even previously small parties which now focused on a struggle against Turkey's controversial demand to enter in the EU, won much more or even doubled the number of their MEPs (fex. Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece, etc).

On the contrary, whenever Socialist and oher parties were explicitly or implicitly for Turkey's controversial EU bid, they obviously lost Citizens' votes and fell down to an unprecedented low.

In consequence, EU Citizens clearly revealed their main political choices, in one way or another : They voted to change for less Bureaucracy, but more Politics and Values in a Europe really open to EU Citizens, but without Turkey's controversial EU bid.

Recent political developments are obviously different from the old political landscape which existed in the Past of 1999-2004, when Socialists based on Turkish 1% vote governed undisputed not only in Germany, but also in the UK, Greece and elsewhere, France followed old policies decided when it had been divided by "cohabitation", before the 3 "NO" to EU  Referenda since May 2005, before Merkel, before Sarkozy, etc.... before the surprises of 7 June 2009 new EU Elections.

If the current candidates to the Top EU jobs promise and guarantee to respect People's democratic choices, OK.

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

The beginning of crucial, final Decisions are scheduled for the 1st EU Parliament's plenary session in Strasbourg, in the middle of July, and they could be completed towards the October session, when Lisbon Treaty's fate will have been fixed.


See relevant Facts also at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/2009electionsandturkey.html
http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/daulelections.html
http://www.eurofora.net/brief/brief/euroelectionresult.html

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