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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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*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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