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Eco-Fin. Minister Sapin (France) to Eurofora : Hopes for €uroArea Treaty Boost ?!

Written by ACM
Friday, 21 October 2016
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*Strasbourg/Congres + Exhibition Centre PMC/Angelo Marcopolo/- While uncertainties due to BREXIT would, hopefuly, become lesser, after Today's EU Summit in Brussels with new British Prime Minister Theresa May reportedly expected to Highlight her intentions on how to proceed and towards which Horizon for an After-BREXIT era, but through a Longer than initialy expected process (f.ex. 2017-2020, etc), on the Contrary, the Speedy EU core Integration Advances made Possible by the latest €roArea Treaty (already since 2011-2012+) don't seem to let indifferent the embattled French super-Minister of Economy and Finance, Michel Sapin, as it results from his Replies to a relevant "Eurofora" Question this Afternoon :

 

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-  After Carefully asking to clarify the precise meaning of our Query, Sapin reacted spontaneously in a clearly Positive way, by explicitly Confirming his Wish, - "If it's that, Yes, Certainly" strive to "Develop Further the €uro-Area Treaty's Potential" for a core European Integration, (naturaly Spearheaded mainly by its Franco-German core, as well as several other EU +€uro Countries, willing and able to join such moves, sooner or later).            


- In particular, when "Eurofora" explicitly mentioned, for that purpose, a Key Article in that €uroArea Treaty, which, in substance, provides a Strategic Opportunity for the 18 €uroArea Member Countries' Heads of State/Government to discuss also, at their specific Summits, (due to become More Frequent than those of the Wider EU 28 or 27 Member States), almost Any Issue which may Concern their Countries, the French Minister went as far as to immediately react by stressing that : - "Oh, I really Hope so !", with a Smile.


+ "Now, we must examine well the concrete Facts", the key Eco-Fin. Minister added, shortly Afterwards.      


- Today, key French Eco-Fin. Minister Sapin was, indeed, in the Right general Mood of someone who Focuses, precisely, on several "Ideas for the Future", pointing at certain Possible Moves which "canNot be Excluded", and Calling for People to be "Inventive" and even "Ambitious", (See also Infra).


Initialy conveived and Drafted by the Franco-German couple of German Chancelor Angie Merkel, with former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, as they had Anounced in an Exceptional Summit in Paris' "Elysée Palace" as Early as, already since August 16, 2011, (See relevant "Eurofora"s NewsReport from that "Elysée" event then, at : ....), Afterwards Collectively Endorsed, in its Final Legal Format, by all the concerned EU Member States' Heads of State/Government on December 2011 in Brussels, and Signed at the occasion of a subsequent EU/€uroZone Summit in Brussels at the Beginning of 2012, (Comp. "Eurofora"s NewsReports from Both these EU BRX Summits, at : ... + ...), that 1st in History "€uroArea Treaty" was, Later-on, Finaly Endorsed also by the Next French President, Francois Hollande, (who had initialy Stressed that the "Changes" that he Wished to make Focused mainly into "Bringing in some reference to Economic Growth", as Hollande had Replied to a relevant "Eurofora" Question, at a Press point in Strasbourg on 2012, shortly Before his subsequent Election : Comp., inter alia, f.ex. aussi another "Eurofora"s NewsReport from that encounter, Published then at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/hollandeoneuturkey.html), Despite some Previous Hesitations particularly from the Director of his Electoral Campain, Pierre Moscovici, former EU affairs Minister and EU Parliament's vice-President, who had initialy Strongly Critcized that "€uroArea Treaty", asking f.ex. in Strasbourg its Abolition, (Comp. relevant Moscovici Statements also to "Eurofora", f.e. at : ...), before, Finaly, Accepting its Existence, particularly since he was appointed as New EU Commissioner in chage of Economic and Financial Issues. Indeed, a June 2012 EU Summit in Brussels, gave an Opportunity for Hollande to Claim that he would have Agreed with Merkel a kind of Economic Growth stimulus, as he had wished and promissed, f.ex. in terms of EIB Loans, etc. (While, in fact, the Principle of that Idea about EIB Loans had been, already, Highlighted and even Scheduled for June 2012, at the Previous EU Summits, as Early as already from the Beginning of 2012, leaving just its actual and final Shape to be hammered out and Legaly Decided in view of June that year).


Thus, even if he had Rightfully underlined, Together with his German counterpart, the Experienced Federal Minister of Finances, Wolfgang Schaüble, (Comp. various Schauble's Statements to "Eurofora", f.ex. at : ... + ... +..., etc), in a jointly written Booklet on Europe nowadays, (whose local presentation was scandalously Sabotaged by a few incompetent, ignorant, oppressive and irresponsible local intermediaries, more relevant to Medieval Tibuktu or Uagadugu, than Modern -or even less : Future - Europe...), last week-end in Strasbourg, the well-known currently Moto that EU should nowadays be Built more from a Grassroots, EU Citizen-Friendly level and relevant Issues of concern for the People, instead from the "Top" of EU Institutions, it's obvious that, in real Practice, Nothing Important could be Created or Move in Europe nowadays, withOut at least a Frank and Deep Debate, followed by Strategic Decisions, by the Directly and Democraticaly Elected Heads of State/Government of EU Countries, represented at the EU and €uroArea Summits, who are now the only ones to have enough Power and Legitimity to do so.

 Moreover, such a Move as that which was suggested by "Eurofora", after having been Made Legaly Possible by that "€uroArea" Treaty, (Comp. Supra), would also offer the rare Advantage to Need Not any cumbersome New Institutional Reform at all, but just pure, resolute Political Will (Comp. Supra)... 

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- But, as far as the also Necessary Interaction with various "Grassroots - level" Economic-Social Realities are concerned, Sapin, f.ex., speaking, Earlier this Afternoon, at the Conclusion of the 2016 Quadri-Annual Congress of Cooperative Societies' Movement, at Strasbourg's brand New Congress and Exhibition Centre, part of the Recently completely ReNovated "Palace for Music and Congresses", at the "Pierre Pflimlin" Mega-Building, (named after the Historic former EU Parliament and CoE Assembly's President, as well as Long-Time Mayor of Strasbourg, and former Prime Minister of France, notoriously succeeded by De Gaulle's new Presidential regime of the current "5th Republic" in France : 1969-2016+), he Urged, inter alia, to resolutely Advance much Further-on, in order to decisively Augment a recent "Progression" in the Total Number of Businesses adopting a "Coop" Legal Format, particularly able to hopefuly Boost Employment, (See Infra).

 

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Indeed, withOut Limiting itself only to some Old Industries or just some Tiny SMEs, this has already Begun to include also Companies having between 2 to several Thousands of Workers, and, particularly,  in a Growing portion of "High-Tech" and "Innovative" sector of activities, where it could even eye towards the "Creation of Start-Up" Businesses in a format of "Cooperative Companies", where "Economy and Humanistic Values" could meet each other, "Proud" of making possible some "Projects which couldn't even Exist withOut a Legal Format of a Cooperative Society", where "Independence and Wage Earners" play a Primordial role, as Sapin stressed, Widely Applauded particularly at that last, key point, by a lot of Convinced participants of the so-called larger "Social Economy" movement, kicking and alive also in several Other European Countries, including nearby Germany and/or Schwizerland, but even the ...UK, both in History and Nowadays.


(F.ex., British Pre-Tony Blair former Leader of the Socialist Group of MEPs in EU Parliament, then the Biggest one, afterwards succeeded by that of the ChristianDemocrats/EPP, until Today, Mrs Pauline Green, who personaly came from UK's Cooperative Movement, was, Later-on, elected President of the World-wide International Coop. Movement, Headquartered at Nearby Geneva).

 
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Thus, inter alia, the New Elected President of the French movement for Coop. Businesses, (currently strong of 2.700 Companies, with 2 up to Many Thousands of Workers Each, employing a Total of More than 51.000 Workers, and Growing at an average of +250 more New Societies Created each Year), has just declared his Intention to largely Strengthen and "Develop" the Figures it represents in the Economy, before its Next Quadri-Annual Congress scheduled for 2019, ("perhaps at Nantes", i.e. the Historic City of World-Famous Inventor and popular Science Fiction Writer Jules Verne !), "not just in terms of the Number of Companies, but mainly in the Number of Employed People", as it was Clearly indicated Today to "Eurofora".


Having already "impressed" several participants "by the Number of Companies" that it represents Today, as they told us, Nevertheless, it's Obiously by Developing Now its Potential in terms of the Total Number of Employed People, that the Recently ReNovated, by several New Legal Reforms (including a New Possibility for Public Sector's Entities to enter in Cooperatives' Capital), "Coop" Movement could Play an Important Role, not only in History, but also in the forseable Future, given also the particular Importance that its Legal Formats give to Wage Earning Workers, (f.ex. among Associates, in the Status of its CEO, in the Distribution of Benefits, etc).

 

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Among Various Other Concrete Examples in Nowadays real Practice, one Exhibited Now at the entrance of the Palace of Music and Congresses was that of "Citiz" : A 15 Years old SME which Innovated radicaly at the Management of Private Cars in Cities like Strasbourg and/or Brussels, etc., where all Users become "Associates" of an Entity which Monitors, thanks to an Original "Web-App" and a Series of other, relevant "High-Tech" Innovations, a Big Number of Modern Cars, equiped with a Geo-Localisation and Digital Security system, offered (in Various Formats and Types of Car Makers' products) Free to Use by several potential Customers, whenever and wherever they Like to Drive them for a Short or Long Period of Time, Easily Accessible thanks to a Map consultable and constantly UpDated at the Internet, at Various Locations throughout the City, (almost as Others have already done f.ex. with Bicycles, etc, particularly in some German Cities a.o.), as one of the Co-Founders of that Innovative "Coop" Company described to "Eurofora".

 

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    An "Eugenic" loophole Amendment, which might expose to Dangers reminiscent of "3rd Reich's" notorious Genetic Abuses, hidden at the last minute inside an otherwise Good, larger Health policy Package scheduled to be voted on Thursday, was strongly denounced by a coalition of MEPs from various Political Groups and Countries, in a Press Conference held this afternoon at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    Mainly calling to "Select Human Embryos", via "Genetic Counselling" and "pre-implantation" Techniques including "Genetic Tests", in order to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", it might open ways to Dangerous Practices in Future, they denounced in substance.

    But they also made it clear that a much larger Report inside which this Controversial Amendment "No 15" was added in dubious circumstances, officialy destinated to struggle against "Rare Diseases", and drafted by Professor Antonios Trakatellis, was otherwise "an Excellent Report", aiming at a "completely Uncontroversial target" of Health policy on which "all MEPs and Experts are united, believing that Europe should act" to protect People's Health (See "EuroFora"'s earlier News).

    The controversy came at a particularly delicate moment for the EU in relation to Citizens, at the eve of June 2009 EU Elections, and shortly before Ireland re-votes for "Lisbon Treaty"..    

- Denouncing risks of "an Eugenic demand, very similar to what we had during the 3rd Reich in Germany, but now coming from some Scientisists themselves", German ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Dr. Peter Liese stressed that critical MEPs were against "Eugenic" engineering with "Selection of Human Embryos", and anything which might ultimately lead up to to a "Selection of Human Race". It doesn't help to "eradicate" Human Lives, he added.


    Several Experts and NGOs expressed "Deep Concern", as f;ex. DR M.C. Cornel of the "European Society of Human Genetics", which stressed, on this occasion, that "the importance of Non-Directiveness in Reproductive issues is a Central characteristic of Human Genetics, after the Atrocities committed in the name of Genetics in the first half or the 20th Century".

     - "This is completely Unacceptable", stressed Italian Liberal MEP Vittorio Prodi, on the Controversial Amendment, also because pushes to "eliminate early Human Life", as he noted.

     - "This opens a Dangerous Road, rather a Motorway", denounced Danish MEP Mrs Margrette Auken, from the "Greens", observing that various similar attempts were made in the Past "not only in Germany, but also in several other Countries, "even at the 1970ies", "f.ex. on forced Sterilisation of Roma" People, and other criticisable situations f.ex. in the UK, in Sweden, etc. as she said.

    + Other NGOs, as f.ex. "LebenHilfe" from Berlin, added that, among various other Risks, could also be that, by exploiting the pre-implantation Genetic Diagnostics and the Selection of "healthy" Embryos, some may "propagate" several "Eugenic" aims, starting f.ex. by pushing to eradicate Human Livies which might "Cost too much" to preserve, ultimately exposing to dangers reminiscent of the "3rd Reich"'s atrocious abuses.

    In consequence, ChristianDemocrats/EPP and "Green" MEPs "decided by Majority to vote against" this Controversial Amendment, anounced to Journalists the 5 MEPs who participated in the Press Conference, representing a wide spectrum, from Liberals to "Greens" and ChristianDemocrats, and from Hungary, Italy, Germany and Danemark up to Ireland (Gay Mitchell), etc.
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    Hungarian ChristianDemocrat MEP Laszlo Surjan said "that it was "Suddenly, at the End of the Procedure" in Committee, that "appeared this (Controversial) Amendment, which has nothing to do" with the main purpose of the Report, on which all agreed.

    He denounced an "Unhonest" move, and called to "avoid this kind of unacceptable situations". Nobody should "Select People", Surjan stressed.

    - "We (MEPs) had No Chance to Discuss" this last-minute Amendment earlier added at a Committee's level, said German MEP Peter Liese

    Speaking to "EuroFora", Dr. Liese, the Spokesman of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group in EU Parliament, said that MEPs didn't oppose other references of the Report f.ex. on "Genetic Tests", because they were "no proposals" to impose them, while, on the contrary, there was "a Problem" if anyone attempted to "impose" f.ex. this or that Genetic Technique and "Genetic Counselling", etc. to the People on human reproduction.
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    Controversial parts of Amendment No 15 ask mainly "to lead finally to the Eradication" of "Hereditary" "rare diseases", "through Genetic Counselling .., and ..pre-Implantation Selection of healthy Embryos".

    But  EU Rapporteur Professor Trakatellis, said to "EuroFora" that fears should be alleviated by Guarantees that all this should be done only "where appropriate", when it's "not contrary to existing National Law", and "always on a Voluntary basis", according to other Parts of the Amendment.

    He stressed that the main aim was to allow "a free and informed choice of persons involved", without imposing them anything :  - "It's not an obligatory, but advisary" text, he said.

    To make that point clear, he was ready, in agreement with many MEPs, to eventually drop at least that part of the controversial Amendment which initially called for "efforts to ..lead finally to the Eradication of those rare diseases" "which are Hereditary".

    But, until late Wednesday evening, reportedly together with many other MEPs, he stood by all the rest of the controversial Amendment, (fex. on the "Genetic Counselling" and the "pre-implantation Selection of healthy Embryos"), so that critical MEPs, going from ChristianDemocrats as Dr. Liese, to "Greens" or "Ind/Dem", observed to "EuroFora" that "this was not enough" to close the dangerous loophole.

    Particularly since, as Professor Trakatellis noted himself, "this is already allowed to the U.K.", and "other National Legislations would probably follow, sooner or later" in a similar direction. As for a general call to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", this "should happen, at any case, in practice, de facto", to protect public Health.

    On the contrary, "our goal should be to help patients suffering from rare diseases, not to eradicate the patients. In case of genetic disease risk, the decision should not be guided by scenarios" made by politicians. "Perents who may decide to accept a child, even if handicapped or with genetic disease, must be respected and supported with solidarity", critical MEPs stated.

    - "Any Pressure" to "a patient or couple (who "should be able to make an informed choice consistent with their own values"),"from health Professionals, Public Health Policies or Governemental Institutions, or Society at large, should be avoided", stresses the "European Society for Human Genetics".

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Each MEP's vote will be registered !

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The Socialist Group requested a "Split vote" on the Amendment 15, first without, and afterwards with the words "lead finally to the Eradication" etc.


    But the first "split vote" leaves intact all the other parts of the Controversial Amendment, (i.e. "Genetic Counselling", "Selection of healthy Embryos", etc).

    That's why, 3 Groups of MEPs : ChristianDemocrats/EPP, "Greens/EFA", and "Ind/Dem", have asked for "Roll Call Votes", on everything regarding the Controversial Amendment No 15, and on the final outcome of the resulting Report as amended, which will register all the individual positions to be taken by each MEP.   

Something which will obviously make each MEP think twice before voting for one or another choice, to be sure that he/she will make the right choice in front of EU Citizens, particularly at these pre-Election times...


    Crucial Votes were scheduled between 12 Noon and 1 p.m. local Strasbourg time, in the middle of a long series of various other Reports, and after a long Public Debate on the larger Health policy package, from 9 to 11.50 am.

    The specific Report inside which was hidden the controversial Amendment is due to be debated between 11 and 12 am.

    So that more last-minute Surprises may not be excluded a priori...

    Particularly at the present Historic moment, when even the Institutional Future of the EU depends on the result of a second Referendum on "Lisbon Treaty", later this year, in ...Ireland, a mainly Catholic country, where People are particularly sensitive in such kind of socio-cultural and values issues...
 

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