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French Government Spokeswoman Ndiaye to EF: Pension Reform + Able Elder Workers in Modern Society

Written by ACM
Thursday, 07 November 2019
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*Strasbourg/BNU/Angelo Marcopolo/- Invent New Formulas for Able and Willing Elder Workers will be a Key Issue in the foreseable Future, agreed with "Eurofora" the French Government's Spokeswoman, Sibeth Ndiaye, on the occasion of a Public Debate on Pensions' Reform in Strasbourg's National University Library (BNU), where Strasbourg Journalists had been Invited, in the framework of a Wider, Exceptional Visit for CoE related and other Topical European Issues.

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The Young Ndiaye has just arrived in Strasbourg this Evening, at the eve of a Long Series of Various Meetings, Tomorrow, including at the CoE, for a Session of the 2019 "World Forum of Democracy", dedicated to "Press Freedom".

Embattled French President Macron and Prime Minister Philippe, are, currently, entagled in Tight Manouvers over a Controversial but apparently necessary, even if partly unpopular, Reform of Pensions' System, taking into account Both the European Population's Aging process, as well as Financial Balances, but also most Young Citizens' alleged UnWillingness to concede some Social Advantages existing, particularly in certain Corporations' areas, since Long, while others denounce long-standing inequalities.

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However, an "Eurofora"'s Question to Ndiaye, after a collective Press Invitation by the competent French Public Authorities to registered Strasbourg Journalists, prefered to Focus on a, usually Neglected, but, nevertheless, Topical and Novel Question, concerning on how to Harvest the Otherwise Lost Productive Potential of Able and Willing Elder Workers in France and Europe Nowadays, who, Otherwise, would be massively and automaticaly Pushed Out of the Productive System, Only Because of quasi-Automatic, "Blind", Aging Factors, withOut taking into account a Nowadays Growing Potential's Loss for the Contemporary Society.

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- "Often, Nowadays, we are all Losing Many Able, well known and Experienced, Productive Senior Officers and/or Other such Elder Workers at Key Posts, including at the CoE, in the EU, National Universities, Political Life, etc, (who are also Good and Trustworthy Press Contacts) just because of some Automatic, Massive Pension schemes of anOther Period of Time, which mechanically pull them Out of the Production's process, cutting valuable Relations, built with Trust accumulated over Time, and Losing precious Gray Matter Assets for our Society, "Eurofora" Critically observed.

=> Isn't it Preferable to Try to Find some Innovative Formulas, (including, f.ex., Part-Time and/or Flexibly Adapted Work, etc), Able, on the Contrary, to adequately Harvest their Otherwise Lost, but still Big Productive Potential, (at least for some among them : Even Bigger than Before, given their Aquired Experience, Relations, Trust, etc), even if it might be done withOut Forcing them to unwillingly do so, either Exhausting them, but, rather, by Inciting, Facilitating, and, First of all : Allowing them to act accordingly, particularly whenever they are Able and Wiling to continue to Actively participate in operations Usefull for Nowadays Society ?, "Eurofora" asked Ndiaye.

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- The French Government's Spokeswoman reaction, (after having Also heard, earlier Today, some Citizen's spontaneous complaints about the "Drama" that, sometimes, represents, at least for certain Elder Workers, the Fact that, Suddenly they are automatically and mechanically Obliged to be Definitively Cut Out of the Productive Process, only because of Natural Aging), appeared even More Positive than initially expected :

- "I am enclined to Agree very much with You !", the Young Minister Replied, right from the outset, to "Eurofora"s above mentioned Question.

- Moreover, "I think that this would be One of the Leads to be Explored in the foreseable Future", the Government's Spokeswoman highlighted.

- "And that we should Expect some interesting developments in that direction", Sibeth Ndiaye Concluded, pointing at the currently foreseable Horizon.

+ Earlier, she had also Stressed, Today in Strasbourg, the alleged French Government's Willingness and Commitment to thoroughly and decisively "Negociate" any forthcoming Pensions' Reform, even at the eve, during and after possible "Strikes", Together with all Social and/or Political Stakeholders, including Trade Unions, Political Parties, relevant NGOs, Competent Experts, and/or various other People's Representatives, etc.

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++ Forthcoming Reform Moves on Pensions, are due to be, asap, Followed, almost immediately, by relevant Additional Reforms also about how to treat Physical a.o. "Dependency" of at least certain, particularly Elder and/or various Handicaped People, Sibeth Ndiaye announced, further, Today in Strasbourg, pointing at the French Government's declared wish to Boost, in parallel, all Workers' basic Well Being, Health, and Productive Fitness.


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Former "Green-Red" German government's Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's job at the controversial Turkish pipeline "Nabucco" was denounced as "not proper", "very bad", and "incompatible with Democracy", by the new President of EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group, German Lothar Bisky, replying to an "EuroFora" question.

For once, criticism of Joschka Fischer's doings with Turkey affecting Europe, didn't come only from the Center-Right of the political spectrum, but even from his Left side : The experienced Bisky, who has been chairing all over 1993-2009 the PDS - Die Linke party :  

- "Former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer got involved in dealings with oil-gaz business in a foreign country, Turkey, and its controversial Nabucco pipeline. This raises questions about Democracy, also because of the well known problems of Human Rights violations in that country. Do you thing that this might be abused in order to cover up and close EU's eyes on Human Rights violations ?", "EuroFora" asked Bisky.

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- "Nabucco pipeline is (only) at the planning stage". And "there are some difficulties",  he observed from the start. But "'I don't want to get into the details of Nabucco pipeline, because I don't think that there is any point for it at the moment".
 
At any case,  "we  (EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group) strongly believe that Politicians should not get involved in the Energy Business, and all these commercial transactions", President Bisky declared on the Joschka Fiischer's affair.

- "We feel that it's something that shouldn't be done. It's not proper !"           

- "We don't think that it's compatible with Democracy either, and it gets politics into a very Bad track", Bisky went on to denounce.
                                                                                                                                                                        
- "EuroLeft  and "Die Linke" always spoke against that, saying that politicians should not get directly into the arms of private enterprises"

- "It is pretty bad if a former Minister takes a job f.ex. in a major Energy producer. So, it's an issue if a Minister who may have seen excellent opportunities, subsequently gets personally grasp of them, in very serious parts of the economy, once he has given up his (Government) job."

- "It doesn't really make politics in general look any better'", Bisky concluded.

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Earlier, this week in Strasbourg, other Journalists had also raised critical questions on former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's involvement in the conroversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline to the President of his own EuroParty : Kohn-Bendit of the "Greens", who, contrary to Bisky, tried to find excuses for Fischer, while criticizing his long-time partner, Schroeder for having done a similar move :

- "Shroeder was chancellor", and he "negociated" with "Russians", who gave him a job only "3 Months" after he resigned from the Government. While "Joschka Fischer", on the contrary, got a job with the controversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline only "4 Years after" he left the Government. "He didn't negociate Nabucco", so I have "no objection", Kohn Bendit claimed.

But, many Facts indicate the contrary :

Joschka Fischer was Foreign Minister in Germany from 1999 up to 2005 : I.e. from the year that EU took the controversial decision to give Turkey a "Candidate" status, until he year it started controversial "accession negotiations, (later declared "open-ended" after Sarkozy-Merkel's arrival from 2005-2007).

During that period was prepared the controversial so-called "Annan" Plan (in fact, drafted by others and attributed afterwards to the former UN SG) on Cyprus, which failed after a Popular Referendum said "No" on 2004 with a large Majoriy of 3/4 : 75%. Mainly because it was criticized for making too much concessions to the Turkish side :  Particularly by restricting Greek Cypriot Refugees' Human Right to return to their ancestral Land and/or get restitution of their Familiy Homes and private properties, usurpated by Ankara's Army since the 1974 militay invasion and continuing occupation of the northern part of Cyprus. And by weakening the Central Government, leaving to 2 "constituent States" so much powers and separate interests that more conflicts appeared inevitable, provoking the danger of a break-down in the foreseable future, with more crisis, troubles, perhaps bloodshed, etc., instead of creating an harmoniously integrated, really one federal State.

The controversial Plan was finalized on March-April 2004 at Burgenstock (Switzerland), curiously in the presence of an Envoy by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, then governed by Joschka Fischer, but in the absence of a French and not even an European Union's Envoy, contrary to what was usually practiced on similar occasions in Switzerland (fex. in 1997 at Montreux, in 2000 at Geneva, etc).

Turkey notoriously exploited the failure of the "Annan" Plan in order to convince the EU to decide to start accession Negotiations on December 2004. This provoked an unprecedented series of Institutional Crisis inside the EU, shortly afterwards, when French and Dutch People rejected, 2 popular EuroReferenda by a majority "'No" vote to the EU Constitutional Treaty on 2005, aggraveted in 2004 a Majority Abstention to EU Elections, etc., followed by the recent Irish "No", etc.

"Nabucco" Gas pipeline was notoriously planned since ..2002. It follows an even earlier idea, for an Oil pipeline Baku-Ceyhun, which started to be prepared on 1999-2001 and was meanwhile recently completed.  

So, facts indicate that what is now at stake is based on decisions made during Joschka Fischer's term as former Foreign Minister, closely interested in Turkey's controversial EU-bid.

To the point that he now practically ...switched jobs with a poliician from Turkey, (the State which pays today openly Joschka Fischer), Mr. Ozdemir, who came earlier in Germany, got fast the nationality, and became EiuroMP in a few years, continuing now as head of the "Greens" in Germany, i.e. in Joschka's former job !...

Such astonishing facts risk, unfotunately, to give to German politician Lothar Bisky's criticism of  representative Democracy a topical meaning :

 - "We (EuroLeft Group) think that what is really at stake is Democracy. It's not only about Gas Pipelines or Energy sources", President Lothar Bisky went on to add in his reply to "EuroFora"'s question on Joscka Fischer's personal interests in the controversial Turkish "Nabuco" pipeline.

Such facts, "make People get more distance from Politics. ...People had had enough, and they are fed up !".

- "That's why we (EuroParliament's "EuroLeft" Group) want to strengthen Direct Democracy in Europe. Citizens should be involved in the (EU) Decision-making. In the end of the day, it's not going to help anyone if Politicians are always taking decisions, without involving Citizens. We want to give a voice to the People of Europe. They've got to have their say in the decisions that are taken. That's one of our absolutely fixed and steadfast views. We want more Direct Democracy in Europe. That's how it can become more effective and stronger", he concluded.

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