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French Constitutional Court President Debré to EuroFora: German BVG is our model on EU/ECHR cases

Written by ACM
Monday, 15 October 2012
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*Strasbourg/ECAM/Angelo Marcopolo/- After a key-note speech at the inauguration of a brand new, pioneer University for Tri-Lingual (French-German-English) High-Tech Engineers "ECAM-Strasbourg-Europe", focused on the development of Europe-World activities, the experienced President of the Constitutional Court of France, former Parliament's President, Jean-Luis Debré (2007-2016), speaking to "EuroFora", revealed that the Highest and recently strengthened Court, (able to check Laws now not only at 60 MPs' demand, but even whenever any Citizen raises a serious issue of Constitutional Law, including of the PanEuropean Convention on Human Rights, if higher civil or administrative Courts refer it to the CC's judges, who include all former Presidents of the Republic, i.e. Giscard d'Estaing, Chirac and Sarkozy), considers the nearby Karlsruhe'based German BundesVerfassungsGericht (Federal Constitutional Court) as "a Model" from which it can inspire itself, particularly on European Law cases.

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Timely, the move came just after the German Constitutional Court dealt on September 2012 with some High-profile cases concerning the new €uroArea Treaty and the European Stability Mechanism, urgently needed as key tools in current efforts to tackle the Financial and Economic Global Crisis, as well as certain crucial BioEthics' affairs, including on controversial Pre-Natal Genetic Testing, (after EU's own Court of Justice, at nearby Luxembourg has recently outlawed Patents on Human Embryo Genetic Manipulations, as incompatible with the "Human Dignity" value protected by EU's Lisbon Treaty and its Charter of Fundamental Freedoms, etc),

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but also while the New French Government of President Hollande (Socialist) notoriously plans to draft Laws on such controversial issues (quite unpopular both in France and in several other European Countries, even in the USA, etc), as Same Sex "Marriages" including Adoption of Children and even In Vitro Fertilisation (Artificial Births), Genetic "Testing" on Human Embryos, Non-EU residents' right not only to vote but also to be elected in not only Municipal but even Regional Elections -which choose the politicians who can participate also at the procedure of selection of Senators, key for any Constitutional Reform, and even of any new President of the Republic in France, etc.


- In particular, replying to an "EuroFora"s question whether he expects any important cases related to European issues to be referred at the French Constitutional Court, and what he thinks, in this regard, about the nearby Karlsruhe-based German Federal Constitutional Court's strong involvement in various such controversial issues, CC's President Jean-Luis Debré stressed that "we consider the German Constitutional Court as a Model, from which we can be inspired"...

 

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 Both EU-related and ECHR main legal principles have already become, in practice, integral part of the norms applied by the Constitutional Court while checking draft and even adopted Laws' at the demand of 60 MPs/Senators or on a question raised in ordinary Courts and referred to it, according to recent legal developments in France.

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+ French Highest Court's President went on to add, earlier, that, in general, "France's special relation to Germany is of fundamental importance", so that, whatever might happen, at any case, "Europe's Future implies" that France and Germany are closely linked together, since EU's and €uroArea's development is based on the Franco-German friendship.

Debré has already invited CoE's PanEuropean Parliamentary Assembly in Paris, when he served as President of France's National Assembly, which invited him to speak at a Strasbourg's Plenary session, but it was the 1st time that he expressed so clearly his appreciation for a key institution of Germany.


These obviously Timely points are particularly welcome, "a fortiori", when it comes from a personality such as Debré's, (who is also son of De Gaulle's favorite former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Economy, Justice and Defense, as well as Prime Minister, and an active participant in the elaboration of the French Constitution : Michel Debré), whose "Family had been obliged to leave (Strasbourg's Region) Alsace at the end of the 19th Century in order to remain French", as he reminded.

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After pointing at the fact that he is "independent" from any political pressure, as Head of France's Highest, Constitutional Court, where his Presidential mandate has "4 more Years" to run (up to 2016), J-L. Debré, also observed that, today, it's in the General Interest of the Country and of all the EU to find efficient ways to overcome the Global Crisis, and advised all involved to positively examine, for that purpose, any really useful ideas, projects, contributions or suggestions aiming at the general good of the society, without negative political discriminations.


Criticizing those who are sometimes pessimistic over the World Economy and particularly EU's chances to succesfully overcome the current Global Financial Crisis, President Debré's earlier speech at ECAM fustigated "inaction", stressed that we must not "wait" for something to happen, just out of the blue, nor loose precious Time in Pessimism and Nostalgy, but, on the contrary, activate adequate measures, "be Ambitious", even when facing strong Competition, with an open and fighting spirit, developing Competences and Critical/Innovative ways of thinking, with a feeling of Responsibilities inspired by optimistic Voluntarism for Europeans.

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Significantly, a simple but Concrete example was the place and the time where Debré was invited to speak, just after the inauguration of an innovative Higher Education "ECAM-Strasbourg-Europe" brand new establishment at Strasbourg's European Business Area, where Students not only from the surrounding border region Alsace, but also from all-over France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzeland or Germany and Switzerland, (particularly nearby Baden-Wurtemberg and Bale, which are integral parts of the "OberRhein" - "Superior Rhine" EU Tri-National Trans-Border Region, legally established on 2010 : Comp. "EuroFora"s NewsReports from the Franco-Germano-Swiss gathering at nearby Offenburg), even from elsewhere in Europe or in the World, are due to be trained in order to become Engineers for a Wide Spectrum of High Tech Professional careers in Private and/or Public Businesses spreading from Air-Space, Naval and Rail Transports up to Electric Cars' Industry, Information Technologies and Consulting, but also Electronics and Materials, Telecoms, Energy and Buildings, Bio-Medical, Environmental and/or Food industries,  etc.,  (See relevant Graphics), pointed out to "EuroFora" ECAM's Director Sonia Wanner. 

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 Wanner, after welcoming Président Debré, explained to "EuroFora" that ECAM-Strasbourg-Europe's Professors already have, principle, a useful Experience in how work is organized in various productive Enterprises, (herself comming from an organisation active in Environmental issues and Sustainable Development), while ECAM's Students, (educated here up to a Masters' degree), are destinated to work mainly destinated mainly in Real Economy, on innovative Production, (see relevant Graphics), open towards Europe and the whole World.

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+ In a particularly useful addition, Inter-Cultural working relations, European History and Tri-Lingual (French-German-English) courses are systematically taught at all Students of the pioneer new Higher Education School for Engineers, said to "EuroFora" the Head of ECAM-Strasbourg-Europe's International department, Mrs Celine Poloce - Winter.

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Willingly adopting with a smile a suggestion made by "EuroFora"s co-Founder since a long-time ago to various key interlocutors, she found indeed "interesting" to eventually "give a try" to test developin a kind of "Meta-Language", overall simplification in the systematic learning of Thousands of Words in each one among these 3 EU Languages, by organizing a systematic comparison, in a joint Vocabulary which would group Words according to the main idea that, in fact, the English Vocabulary stems, both Historically and Linguistically, partly from the French and partly from the German Languages, thus facilitating their joint learning in trio, (independently of Grammar and Pronunciation aspects, as well as, perhaps, of a few Scandinavian inputs).

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It's important to create a synergy between "mutually stimulating" EU Countries' moves in order to overcome an "Unjust" Crisis "imported from USA", stressed new French Minister for Economic Revival, Patrick Devedjian, in Strasbourg, warning also that, while hoping for a vigorous Obama US Plan, nevertheless, "Time" is of essence for Europe...

In fact, it's EU's own interest to act Fast, before June 2009 EU Election, since, with Lisbon Treaty not ratified yet, it cannot face again the risk of a Majority Abstention, as back in 1999 and 2004, nor another "anti-EU" mood among Citizens, as in the 2005 French and Dutch "No", followed by the 2008 Irish "No", without endangering rare Historic opportunities, currently open for the EU, whose future is at stake.

From Social issues up to High-Tech Scientific Research, concrete action for Economic revival started from Strasbourg and its European dimension, for the new super-Minister Patrick Devedjian, who visited a Popular Social Housing and Infrastructure project at nearby Hagenau village, before meeting new leaders of Strasbourg's unified mega-University in a Scientific Labo at the Campus, close to EU Parliament and CoE headquarters.

Devedjian, who met also with all the spectrum of Local Political  deciders of Alsace region, close to FrancoGerman borders, wants for deeds to meet the words, in real practice, whenever politicians speak about Strasbourg and Europe's development.

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Devedjan to "EuroFora" : "European coordination can act as a multiplicator by mutual stimulations"
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Devedjian was questioned by "Euro-Fora" on his expectations for reciprocal effects of coordinated European plans :

- "We are living in a (European and Global) system where borders are transparent : When we take measures in France, they produce effects also in Germany, in Belgium, Italy, Spain, or other EU countries, and vice-versa. "So, we can have mutually stimulating effects between national revival Plans, if they are somehow coordinated", ..."They can augment each other's effects, acting as multiplicators and levers". "As a State stimulates Local authorities and Private business, similarly, each EU country's economic revival plan may multiply the effects of other EU countries' actions", he told us.

- "F.ex., when I visited Strasbourg University's Scientific labos, they told me that part of the renovation, funded by France, is realized by German companies located only a few Kms away from the border. Thus, the French revival plan benefits also the German economy. And vice-versa : when Germany takes certain measures, they can have beneficial effects also for French companies"

In an era of Globalisation, "nobody can close and isolate himself inside a Fish-Bowl !", he concluded.
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Economy's revival starts from Strasbourg and Europe, for new French Minister Devedjian
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This could be one of the reasons for which the new French Minister for Economic Stimulus chose to make his 1st visit to Strasbourg, the headquarters of European and Paneuropean Institutions, in the Franco-German river borders at the heart of Europe.

- "It was President Sarkozy's idea", he revealed, adding also fresh "support to Strasbourg's European vocation, not only with words, but also with deeds" :F.ex., the completion of a High-Speed Train network, due to stimulate fast links with Germany, Austria, Italy, Hungary and other central EU Countries.

- "This Crisis is Unjust for Europe, because it wasn't its fault". The greatest part of the "Crisis was imported from the USA, where problems are deeper than here'', in the EU. The Crisis "wasn't due to a bad managment by Europe", who was affected by problems which emerged elsewhere. That's why Europe must be united and active enough to face this challenge. said Devedjian, who has just won +5% in popularity...

- "I hope that there will be an "Obama-effect" also on Economy, and that the Plan of the New American President will be substantial enough to face this crisis, which is worse in the USA than in our area", Europe, he added.

"Economic Revival overcomes political divisions : F.ex. Strasbourg's Socialist Mayor "Ries agreed that State actions funded by Public Debt are justified during such exceptional circumstances", noted the Center-Right republican Minister.

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"Zeitnot" for 2009 EU Elections ?

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"My problem is Time", stressed Devedjian from the outset, at Strasbourg's University. "I have to engage 75% of funds in 2009, out of a total of 29 Billion euros", he explained later. "Monitoring will be of essence", because we must "avoid bureaucracy or delays. No project should get lost or neglected in complex meanders of adminstrative offices' moving sands", he warned.

- "I must create activities in the middle of the Crisis", he added. Questioned by EuroFora whether he aims to start creating some "hopes before the June 2009 EU Elections", Devedjian, a former leader of the Governing Political Party in France: UMP, did not immediately reply, but revealed, later, that he "hoped to start at least some Projects on May 2009, even if the bulk of Revival Plan's effects are "expected from Autumn 2009".

However, with only 30% of EU Citizens currently aiming to cast a vote at the forthcoming EU Elections on June, (See other NewStory), the  coordinated moves' results are expected to be crucial for Citizens' participation and votes at the forthcoming June 2009 EU Elections throughout all 27 EU Member Countries...Thus, it's vital for all Europe's own Future that coordinated national Economic revival plans start to have concrete results and create hopes for new dynamics before the June 2009 EU Election...

A real challenge, since careful choices are needed : Our aim is to fund projects which "create activities", even "in the middle of the crisis", and have a "lever effect, attracting other investments", Devedjian said. Because the "Stimulus' Plan has 2 aims : A Tactical one : to create New Activities. And a Strategic one : Choose what can become efficient and useful also in the Long-term". 

- "Are you ready ?", he asked Strasbourg University's new President, professor Alain Beretz, with some 700 million euros in his pockets for Education-Research in France. - "We are !", he replied.

- "The Minister's initiative can accelerate funds, and Time is important for us. This concerns the entire renovation of all our buildings", said to "EuroFora" President, Beretz. "I showed some Scientific Research Labos to Mr. Devedjian. But, If we had more time, I could show him also some Education Amphis, whose condition needs to meet Strasbourg's new Mega-University's ambition" to reach the 10 best in the World, as Prime Minister Fillon earlier anounced here.

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(Devedjian kicks off his Economic Revival tour from Strasbourg University, meeting with its new chairman Beretz, at Scientific Institute Le Bel) 

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Regional Prefectures should gather and select projects to be presented for decision before the end of January 2009.

A well-known close friend of President Sarkozy, who succeeded as EU Chairman to launch, in agreement with German chancelor Merkel and even British prime minister Brown, vigorous EU actions against the Financial/Economic Crisis, (starting from the 1st Historic Summit of EuroZone's Heads of State/Government, October 12 at Elysee Palace, followed by Washington G20 Global Summit), Devedjan will have a key role in the realisation of National and EU plans recently agreed in Brussels.

President Sarkozy is expected to arrive himself in Strasbourg, on the occasion of the official inauguration of its brand New Mega-Hospital, on the 9th of January 2009, at the eve of EU Parliament's session here, Elysee confirmed shortly after Devedjian's visit.

EU is due to review its economic revival plans at March 2009 EU Council in Prague, before the April 2 London Global Summit.

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