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

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21. 10. 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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The official presentation of a "Program" respecting People's choices voted in the June 7, 2009 EU Elections, to be debated in EU Council and EU Parliament during its 1st Session on July in Strasbourg, is the No 1 Priority, according to Democratic principles, for the Franco-German axis, said the main winners at the ballot box, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel.

They stressed  that the New EU Commission's President must have a "Program" in favor of an EU which "protects" its Citizens, regulates financial markets and aims at a "Political" Europe" : a wording they have used as incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid.

They also declared ready for a "political" endorsment of "Mr. Barroso's candidacy" in June's EU Council, considering that an official decision would have to be made after EU Parliament's debates and votes, possibly from next month (July), with the legally necessary final acceptance shortly after Lisbon Treaty's entry into force, hoped for September or October.


- "A Program, and Mr. Barroso" : This resumes, in substance, the anouncements made by Sarkozy and Merkel, on the question of current EU Commission's President, Barroso's declared wish to succeed to himself for a second mandate, to be extended during the following 5 years.

 In their 1st meeting after EU Elections, they observed that "the Franco-German axis counted in European Elections' campaign... But, we both keep a realistic view : We saw the number of those who abstained, and we must absolutely give them an answer. We also see the disilusionment of an important number of Europeans vis a vis Europe, and we are aware of the responsibilities we have".

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 - The "Duty" of the new EU Commission's President, after June 7, 2009 EU Elections' result, "is to act for a Europe which protects the Europeans, to commit himself into working for a better Regulation of Financial transactions, ... and to have a Political will for Europe", underlined Sarkozy.

Therefore, "we have asked M. Barroso... to clarify, to officialy present the intentions he has", he anounced.

- "We want to speak also about the Programme", explained Merkel.

- "It's important that for the next EU Parliament's mandate (2009-2014) we take the right Decisions for Europe.  Obviously on Persons, but mainly Decisions on Issues", she stressed.

- "It's not simply a question of a Person, it's also a question of a Programme". We are "really asking Mr. Barroso to commit himself on a Program, and on Principles, on Values", Sarkozy added.

EU President-in-office, Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer, accepted the Franco-German stance :

- "Barroso must present his Programme. The Czech Presidency agrees with that", Fischer reportedly said later, after meeting Sarkozy.

But Press reports from Brussels claimed that Barroso had preferred to be officially appointed by EU Council since June, (i.e. next week), "because this was implied by the current Treaty of Nice, according to him", and considered any delay until the possible ratification of the new, Lisbon Treaty on September/October, as "undemocratic".

- "At any case, independently of what Germany and France ask, it's also EU Parliament's wish". "We shall propose Mr Barroso's candidacy... But even in the framework of Nice Treaty, EU Parliament has to be associated in this Decision", the French President observed.

If this is correctly done, then "we support Mr. Barroso's candidature", and "if the (EU) Parliament agrees, we might ratify this decision since July", (i.e. next month), they both said.

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- "France and Germany support Baroso's candidacy, But we want to speak also on the Program. We believe that this Program should be established in close cooperation with EU Parliament, and that's why we have followed an appropriate way", said Merkel.  - If EU Parliament wants, this election can take place on July,  but this must be done in full agreement.

- "We shall support Mr. Barroso's candidacy, without doubt", said Sarkozy. "But we have asked from Mr. Barroso, as I told him yesterday, to put into detail.. his intentions, at the eve of his 2nd mandate, if the situation avails itself.


    France and Germany "don't want to take an Official Legal Decision by writting" during "the next (EU) Council" (on June 18-19), declared Sarkozy.  Because they prefer, at this stage, only "a Political decision" on June, "so that we (EU Council) can work together with EU Parliament", which starts to meet only Next Month, since July in Srasbourg, "leaving a Legal decision by writting for later".

    - "If the Conditions are fuillfiled in EU Parliament, we (EU Council) are ready to give the agreement and make it offficial", said Merkel

    - "But, now we are working in the base of Nice Treaty. If tommorow we want to work in the spirit of Lisbon Treaty, we have to find a proper way", she added.

    - "Of course it's Legally complicated, because we are going to make a Political proposal to the forthcoming Council, for an EU Commission's President, on the basis of Nice Treaty : So, we (EU Council) will not appoint the Commissioners. Only the President.  If EU Parliament agrees, it could endorse this position on July", explained Sarkozy.

    But, on Autumn, "if Ireland ratifies Lisbon Treaty, there will be, at any case, a 2nd Decision, to appoint the Commission's President, this time on the basis of Lisbon treaty, and then, we, the EU Member States, would have to appoint (also) the EU Commissioners", he added.

    As for the precise Timing :  - "Everything is suspended until the Irish vote... Now, we must all make everything possible to help Ireland to say "Yes"" to Lisbon Treaty... The Irish Referendum, ..will take place either on September or on October. It's a Question which depends on the Irish. And,  then, we shall have the Choice of the Candidates for the permanent Institutions of Europe".

    However, "if Ireland says No, we, French and Germans, have to assume our responsibilities, and we'll do so", he concluded.

    But British and Swedish governments were reportedly eager to have a final EU Council decision on Barroso since this month, on June's European Council. While the other EU Member Countries are divided, several of them preferring to wait until EU Parliament pronounces itself, on July, and/or until Lisbon Treaty might be ratified by Ireland at the beginning of the Autumn. Barroso's current mandate ends on November.

    There are also various, contradictory and/or unpredictable reactions inside EU Parliament vis a vis Barroso's wish to continue a 2nd mandate, because many MEPs are openly or secretly opposed, reluctant, or hesitating.

    In the biggest EU Countries, as France and Germany, EU Citizens voted on June 2009 EU Elections for a renovated, non-technocratic but Political Europe which cares for its Citizens, with an Identity, Values and Borders, declared incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid, by mainstream, pro-European Governing Parties. Similar choices were also supported in several other small or medium EU Countries.

    On the contrary, whenever, in other Countries, Governing and other mainstream Parties didn't make these choices or eluded them, EU Citizens massively voted for euro-Sceptics whenever they were the only ones to to promise anti-bureacratic change and oppose Turkey's demand to enter into the EU, (f.ex. in the UK, Netherlands, etc).

    It's seems to be an Open Question whether Sarkozy and Merkel's conditions will be really accepted by Barroso, who was appointed on 2004 in a different political context, (with Socialist Prime Ministers in Germany, France, etc), had rejected in the Past the idea of EU becoming "equal to the USA" as "ridiculous", and pushed for Turkey's contoversial EU bid, trying to "soften" or contain the changes desired by the People who voted for Merkel and Sarkozy with another policy vis a vis Turkey on 2005 in Germany and on 2007 in France, as they did all over Europe on 2009.

    In addition to many EPP Governments, it's 3 remaining Socialist Prime Ministers : Gordon Brown in the UK, Zapatero in Spain, and Socrates in Prortugal, who support Barroso, as well as Liberal Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt. But their Parties lost the June 2009 EU Elections.

    Questioned whether there was still "Time" for "other" possible "Candidates", Sarkozy and Merkel did not deny, nor made any comment on that, but simply said that "it's not for us to make publicity for any candidates. We anounced our choice ("A Program, and Mr. Barroso"). But we respect any other candidate".

    Among various other names cited are former Belgian Prime Minister Verhofstadt, former UNO's Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson of Ireland, Italian former EU Commission's vice-President Monti, etc. Meanwhile, Luxembourg's PM Juncker, (who had been unanimously accepted by EU Council for EU Commission's Presidency on 2004, but refused), announced his intention to resign from "EuroGroup"'s Chair. Thus, he might be available for another Top EU job.

    As "EuroFora"'s "opinion" said (See publication dated 9/6/09) : - "If the current candidates (i.e. Barroso, etc) to the Top EU jobs promise and guarantee to respect People's democratic choices, then, it's OK".

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

    Because, "in Democracy, the forthcoming choices for EU's Top Jobs,...should be made according to EU Citizens' Votes in June 7, 2009 European Elections, and main EU Governments' strategic policies".
        

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