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

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venerdì, 21 ottobre 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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Recent developments proved that Europe can suceed to overcome challenges by aiming at great objectives, and this is needed also in 2009, said EU chairman, French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

    - "It's in the name of Great Ideas, Projects, Ambition and Ideals, that EU can overcome" challenges, stressed Sarkozy at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, in conclusion of a dense 7 months EU Chairmanship. "It's even easier for Europe to have Great projects, able to overcome national egoism, instead of limiting itself only to small projects" (unable to do alike), he observed.     

- "Europe must remain Ambitious and understand that the World needs her to take Decisions". "The World needs a Strong Europe", which "thinks on its own, has convictions, its own responses, its imagination" : "A Europe which does not limit itself into following" others, (as it did in the Past, when it followed USA, f.ex. on Bosnia). On the contrary, "Europe should undertake its own responsibilities", he said, after a series of succes in stopping the War between Russia and Georgia, and organizing the 1st EuroZone's Summit in Paris, which incited the Washington DC G-20 Summit to extend similar decisions World-wide.  


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French EU Presidency faced 4 unexpected Crisis :

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- "The better way to deal with the recent problems of EU institutions (as the "3 NO" by France, the Netherlands and Ireland) is to take them as a "Test" in order to find solutions closer to Citizens' concerns", said later in Strasbourg Sarkozy's new choice as Ministe for EU affairs, Bruno Le Maire.

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