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French Minister Bruno Le Maire to EuroFora:Together with Germany, EU Agriculture=big World potential

Written by ACM
Thursday, 09 February 2012


*Pfettisheim-Truchtersheim-Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- France and EU's Agriculture has an important potential both in EU Society and Economy, and particularly in EU's relations with the rest of the World, so that Franco-German cooperation on strategy is crucial, practically agreed with "EuroFora" the experienced Minister of Agriculture and formerly of EU affairs, Bruno le Maire, in the course of multiple visits to meet and debate with productors and their representatives on the spot, around Strasbourg, including the surprising discovery of a model Family - business, both Human, Ecologic and Economically Efficient, created by the President of EU Parliament's biggest Political Group, that of ChristianDemocrats/EPP, Joseph Daul, while MEPs' debates and votes on the 2014-2020 Pluri-Annual Financial Perspectives are still pending.
    - An EU  "Common Agricultural Policy has no meaning unless EU has a clear Vision of its Interests inside the Globalisation and in its Trade Relations vis a vis its major Partners ... French and German Governments, as well as Agricultural organisations of both countries will pursue their dialogue during all European and International Negotiations", stressed a joint Declaration by the Ministers of Agriculture on the on-going CAP Reform, which clearly underlines that "a sustainable, productive and competitive Agriculture is of essential importance for Growth and Jobs in Europe", according to the official documents of the latest Franco-German inter-Governemental Summit, together with President Sarkozy and Chancellor Merkel, earlier this week at Elysee Palace in Paris, which dealt with a large scope of issues, from Scientific Research and Technology (where Agronomy and Plants had an important part) up to Space HighTech and EU Finances, etc.


    - "In Europe nothing  serious can be built without a Franco-German cooperation", stressed later, at another, political meeting in Strasbourg, the German-speaking French Minister, who, however, hadn't hesitated, earlier, speaking "as a well-known Friend of Germany", to reply to Peasants' concerns about largely Differend minimum Labour Costs in either side of the Rhine River, to also warn everyone involved, that "we can't build EU's Common Market on Social Dumping", as he said.

    At the same time, the Franco-German Agriculture Ministers agreed, earlier this week, also on the principle that "Market Instruments (such as Intervention, private Stocks, etc) are part of a Safety net due to protect Agriculture from Major Crisis' effects in Europe. Some can be even better organized and/or simplified", but "it is of Essential importance for such Financial means to be effectively activated on time in case of Crisis", according to the Franco-German Summit.  - "In the Past, some former EU Commissioners didn't even want to touch upon Markets, while, now, we know that, on the contrary, everything must me ready in order to be able to act efficiently, and on time, to Regulate Markets whenever really needed", stressed the French Minister,  in reply to Peasants' observations, revealing an Historic shift at EU's core.


    In this regard, Bruno Le Maire observed that, despite the present times of Global Crisis, Agriculture already started to prove its Economic value in the World, being one of the rare sectors where Expo/Impo surplus was positive +11% on 2011, having even multiplied by X 300% the value of its Exports from France, often with Quality products of World-wide reputation,  while also contributing into taking care of the Landscape, protecting Health, Family and Social Cohesion, so that he "felt Proud" to be an Agriculture Minister. And recent Prices' developments, throughout the World, clearly indicate a huge potential, he added, citting, f.ex. the multiplication of  the Market value of 1 kg. of meat from 1$, five years earlier, without any significant change for more than 15 Years, with that of today, which grew up to + 3,20 €, as President Daul had  already noted earlier (See previous "EuroFora"s NewsReport).


    EU's role in relation with big Partners such as Russia and/or China, (where f.ex. New Zealand peasants establish themselves in order to better export Agricultural Products and Know-how, as Bruno Le Maire noted, while the Chinese Population augments even with huge leaps forwards, as that of a recent census' discovery of 200 Millions more People, cited by President Daul), are due to become crucial key-issues in the foreseaable future, the Minister observed while discussing seriously and factually, on several concrete and well documented issues with representatives of various sectors, from Farmers to Milk and Dairie or Meat producers, Crops, Fruits and Vegetables, etc, particularly in a "dense" debate at nearby Truchtersheim :


    I.e. in the middle of Kochersberg area, the Historic food-producer area for the PanEuropean Strasbourg City, as local Communication agent Lindy Vandon, reminded to "EuroFora", while beautiful, solid structures of Historic Agricultural Architecture, popped up almost everywhere, offering fresh Eggs, meat and bread, salads end fruits, crops and maiz, even Wood, etc., in the middle of superbe Landscapes with an eye-catching Sunset throughout long Hills, at exactly the same village that President Sarkozy had visited earlier for a landmark overview on all aspects of the "Rural World", (see relevant "EuroFora"s NewsReport from the spot).


    - "Ecology is important, but we must also be careful not to over-multiply Bureaucratic harassment and excessive Resctrictions pushed by some Radicalized Lobbies, which risk to transform Peasants into another Species Threatened with Extinction !", warned a Young Agriculture worker, inevitably reminding to "EuroFora" the regrets expressed  some time ago,  by some British interlocutors for the sad and dangerous fact that more than  a Decade of "Technocratic", as they said, ill-management of UK's Farmers and Peasants, pushed to drop their rural jobs and move into towns, had abandoned the empty Countryside into dangerous .. "Foxes and Wolves", threatening now to aggress even Family Homes...  On the contrary, conscious and intelligent Agriculture helps take care of Landscapes and contributes to  Environment protection, so that we have to establish a "balanced" use of rural space.


    + Moreover, landmark French and EU products, as Milk and Dairy, "need sufficient Land" and space, Sector Reprentative Debes told Le Maire and explained later to "EuroFora", so that if some current territorial Restrictions persist and aggravate, the results risk to be negative,  he warned. France having EU's largest available Land compared to its Population, the threat should logically be even more important in all other EU Member States....

    Bruno Le Maire acknowledged that France's Milk and Dairy products were generally considered as being among the Best, World-wide, and added also, the Fact that there is a kind of "Huge Explosion" in Milk and Dairy products' Consumption currently imported f.ex. in China, (to the point that some New Zeland Farmers extend their production even to Chinese land, as he noted). Therefore, he pointed towards various measures for a better use of precious, productive Land, including with recent decisions taken by President Sarkozy to augment + 30% the Building ratio in Urban areas, so that a higher Density in Cities may preserve more free Land for Agricultural Production, as he said.


    However, a simple anonymous Woman, apparently a grass-roots EU Citizen generally unfamiliar to politics, who exceptionaly intervened at another meeting in Strasbourg, later on this same busy day, questioned Minister Le Maire, inter alia, also on a key point in real practice, which generaly goes unoticed :  - "Some Towns recently need to consume even more and more Land, asking to build even more and more Houses than before, not so much because this would correspond to a suddenly High Augmentation of the Population, but, on the contrary, because recent decades have often undermined and destroyed Familly Values : Thus, now, they ask for one separate Appertment for an Uni-Parental so-called "Family" (i.e. a Woman alone with one Kid, etc), and another, independent Appartment for her former Husband, often even a ... 3rd Appartment for one of their Kids who might have left his/her Parental Home earlier than it was used to be done in the Past,  followed perhaps even by a 2nd or, may be also a 3rd Kid who would prefer to "live independently", i.e. separated from his/her Family, etc. that Lady observed critically. So that, finally, by undermining traditional Family Values, things might go so nasty that we would need, perhaps, even ... 4 or 5 separate Appartments today, just in order to House one (1) Family !", she denounced...

    Bruno Le Maire, a generally considered as Brillant, Young Father of 4 Children already, didn't deny the risk, but it's, perhaps there where he was personally quite well placed in order to find what seems to be the best answer, that he curiously appeared as if he had rather missed the (main) point : Instead of focusing on Family Values, as that Questioning Lady apparently wanted (See supra), he prefered to soberly reply with other Economico/Social measures, may be interesting, but, comparatively non-essential...


    However, if he had a spare moment to look back towards what he had personally seen during all this extremely busy Day (full of more than 4 or 5 differend Meetings at various locations), he would certainly realize very easily the main point, just by remembering the only real Agricultural exploitation that he vistied earlier today :


    F.ex. that of two young Peasants : Dominique Daul and Laurent Boime, the first being President Joseph Daul's son, who took over the Family SME Agricultural Business initially created by his Father and Mother for Cows and Tobacco, when his father was elected MEP, and started to develop and transform it into an apparently succesful, growing meat business, obliged to take a Partner after 2008, when his father was elected President of EU Parliament's biggest Political Group, without any Time left to help his son, who works, since then, in the astonishing format of an SME with just two Chiefs of exploitation, (the young partners - friends Dominique and Laurent), simply helped, "occasionaly", only by the ... Mother of Dominique and the White-haired Father of Laurent, as the presentation of the Farm says...


    Despite that, the "Family business" "Daul/Boime", located at the Top of a Superbe Hill with eye-catching views towards surounding Landscapes including full Sunset and Sunrise, (all Buildings looking in the direction of the Sunrise, as Laurent told "EuroFora"), plenty of revitalizing Oxygen and fresh, Natural Wind, surrounded only by a Field of Maize, but accessible through a tiny, pittoresque village path, as well as from the main road, really looks (even from Satellite photos available at the Internet) as if it was a High-Tech, super-luxe Hotel of 5 stars..., even if, in fact, it's just a two-main buildings Farm, recently extended for a nursery, etc., inhabited only by a couple of Cats, (who protect crops from rats), including a tiny, white-and-black kitten, that Minister Bruno Le Maire suddenly grasped, while speaking with "EuroFora", and brought it smiling in front of Joseph Daul, who exceptionaly droped his otherwise serious look, just for a few seconds to play a while with the tiny kitten, while speaking with the Minister...


    But with more than 650 animals rather confortably housed inside 3 Giant Hangars,  surrounded by Fields totalling some 80 hectares (about 200 acres) growing mainly Maize and Sugar Beets, but also Lucern and etc., at the top of a superbe Hill, this Farm, traditionaly kept as a Small Family Business, is probably the Biggest existing so close to EU/CoE "Capital" city of Strasbourg, that "EuroFora" could normally travel there just with a City Bicycle !


    Comparatively, Daul's Family Home inside the Village, apparently looks rather tiny, .. as if he only slept inside, preferring to spend all day-long by Working (hard) initially to the huge Farm, and afterwards in EU Parliament...  


So that the artificially provoked, Urban problem denounced by the above mentioned critical Lady's intervention against Family values' destruction, would be rather unknown in such a village, (Comp. supra)..


    Probably advancing even further, in Family and Work cohesion, the Wife of one of the two Young Farmers has reportedly realized the good and practical idea to create a Food distribution business inside a neighboring village, where she sells Fresh and Healthy Fruits, Salades, Steaks, Milk and Cheese, etc. coming directly from her Husband's nearby Farm, as well as from the rest of her Parents' family...


    A good opportunity to inspire Minister Bruno Le Maire to propose the idea to create "Regional" commercial distribution of Agricultural products, and mainly fresh foodstuff, so that the production of a region serves, at first, to satisfy the needs of its own inhabitants and their neighbors, before being "exported" further away, through a notoriously crticized "Big Trade circuit".

    However, last but not least, in fact, Agriculture's best byproduct, might not be only Peasants' contribution into taking care of huge Landscapes, (Comp. supra), but, even more important, (adding also a comparatively better Schooling, Home, privacy, calm, Nature proximity, and other real, practical facilities), its contribution into safeguarding a real basis for Family life and values.... (Comp. supra).





(NDLR : "DraftNews", as already sent earlier to "EuroFora"s Subscribers/Donors. A more accurate, full, Final Version is due to be published asap).


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Benedict's "Source" to revitalize Europe : - "The World needs Hope", Pope says, calling to relaunch E.U. via Human Rights !

Paris - Lourdes - Strasbourg : 12 - 17 September 2008.

The vital need to re-launch Europe can be succesfully met by defending fundamental Human Rights of the People, said Pope Benedict XVI in his 1st speech in France, at his meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, who currently chairs the EU.

Sarkozy replied by welcoming Christian and other religions' contribution to indispensable Public Debates on crucial issues which affect Human Dignity, Europe, even Humankind, as BioGenetics.

- "When Europeans will see and personally experience that the inalienable Rights of the Human Person .., those of their free Education, their Family life, their Work, ..their Religious Rights, ..are respected and promoted, then, these Europeans will fully understand the greatness of the European construction and will be actively involved in it", Benedict XVI stressed.

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- "It's important that during France's EU Presidency, there is, indeed, a desire for the Church to contribute to protect Human Person's integrity, and I think that there is also a growing Conscience, beyond any polemics, to defend Human Rights, and, thus, contribute to ensure respect for Human Dignity", added to "EuroFora" the Pope's Spokesman, Vatican's Press Director Federico Lombardi.

- "Nobody really told us here that Lisbon Treaty was good for this or that reason to the People. They only told us that we "had" to ratify it, and tried to scare us, but failed", said 2 Irish pilgrims to "EuroFora", after 2 Majority Abstentions in 1999 and 2004 EU Elections and 3 "NO" to Referenda in France and the Netherlands in 2005, followed by the Irish "No" in 2008, during a Decade of EU Crisis since the controversial Turkey EU- bid (1999-2008).

More than .."224 cases of Murders, Torture, "Disappearancies" or Destructions" by "agents of Turkish Security forces", where all those responsible for so heavy Crimes still remain scandalously unpunished, despite regular condemnations of Ankara by Strasbourg''s European Court of Human Rights from 1996 to 2008, were examined the same week by CoE's Ministers, who decided to launch a fresh call "urging" the Turkish Authorities to end this dangerous "virtual Impunity" of criminals, without comparison to European countries.

- "Why not Ukraine, instead of Turkey ?", asked EuroFora a Journalist from "Kiev : the city where it's enough to cross the streets in order to realize that it's a European town", as Sarkozy recently said, before solemnly declaring this week, together with Ukranian President Jushenko and EU Commission's chair Baroso, EU's "recognition that Ukraine is a fully European Country, linked to Europe by culture and History".


Europe's "Christian roots" and Values, with "openess and mutual respect" to other cultures and beliefs, were highlighted by Sarkozy in harmony with Benedict XVI.

The Human person should be protected "from his inception until his natural death", added the Pope, faithful to BioEthic principles defended by his predecessor and collaborator, John Paul II, of topical importance in France, Europe and the World today, as Sarkozy announced :

- "Fast and important progres in Genetic Science and procreation raise delicate BioEthical Questions to our Democracies", which "involve our view of Humans and Life, and can lead to Social Mutations. That's why they cannot remain only a business of experts", hestressed.

- "It's Politician's responsibility to set a proper framework for such Public Debates", as "France will do on BioEthics in 2009". "Religious and Philosophic traditions must take part, with their ideas and centuries' long experience : A positive Laicity is an open invitation to Dialogue", he said.

- "France engaged in Europe at another Debate on how to make Financial Capitalism more moral", and the "Social doctrine of the Church fits well what is at stake in modern Globalized Economy"

- "But, a "Real Dialogue is not for an elite of a Globalized world : It penetrates deep into the People : That's why Churches should actively participate : .. It's bringing New Oxygen to Public Debates", stressed Sarkozy.

- "Democracy must not be cut off Reason", which is "compatible with Faith", thanks to "the meeting between Christianism and Greek philosophy ", he added, referring to Pope's views. "It means to advance with logic arguments, search what's best and respect common principles of thinking :... It's an everyday need for Public Administration and the Political Debate", he added.
Pope Benedict's 1st visit to France looked like the start of a brillant, manifold demonstration that this was well-founded and could become true in the lives of the People : After its Theoretical foundations unfolded at a "speech to the world of Culture", inaugurating Bernadins' cultural centre, and its dogmatic instrument shaped at an address to the Clergy in the Historic Notre Dame' Cathedral, he started to resolutely reach out to the People :


The move went upwards like Bach's music : Begining with a call to more than fifteen thousand enthousiastic Youngsters gathered at Notre Dame's parvis with overnight celebrations, it gained strength in an impressive open-air Mass at Paris'central Invalides'area facing Alexander III's bridge, attended by more than 150.000 people, French Prime Minister Fillon, many Ministers, Foreign Ambassadors, etc, and culminated in a series of pan-European Mega-meetings at Lourdes 150th anniversary, together with all French Bishops, EU Commission's vice-Chairman Barrot, and some 200.000 enthousiastic People from all over Europe and beyond : After a Sea of Lights astonishingly braved Saturday Night's rain, an open-air mass at riverside fields among Pyrenees' Mountains Sunday Morning, was followed on Monday by a Sea of "Compassion" to those facing Health or Life threats, surrounded by an endless gathering of People, whose gigantic dimensions obviously surprised the organisers..

Meanwhile, Benedict had the occasion to speak to the French Priests at Notre Dame of Paris, and with the Bishops at Lourdes, where they prepare a crucial November plenary meeting, due to take important decisions on imminent EU debates and choices about Europe's identity, BioEthics, etc.
- "A new way of thinking about Laicity has become necessary", agreed the Pope with President Sarkozy at Elysee. While keeping the "distinction between Politics and Religion, to guarantee Citizens' Liberty", "religion is important for shaping Consciousness and contributing, together with others, to create a basic Ethical Consensus in society".

- "Searching Essential realities", (as "God" for christians), needs "Speech : "Logos" in greek, i.e. Reason", "able to shape a Community","with creative work transforming Human History". But "Dialogue" is instrumental for "Reason", because it's the way to "search" for Truth", in "Liberty", according to Greek Platonic Philosophy, with Socrates' dialectics. "Reason" implies "Spirit and Liberty", hence the polyphonic "Music" of "Dialogue", in a responsible, "well balanced" way, to avoid "destruction".

Starting with a "Dialogue between christians and intellectual or artistic movements" highlighted at Bernardins' Cultural Center. with former Presidents Chirac and Giscard d'Estain, UNESCO's chair Anastassopoulos, etc., as well as representatives of Muslim Communities, (including a separate Turkish), after contacts with Jews at Vatican's Embassy, the Pope turned towards the People :

To French Priests : "Church built on the rock" !


- Speaking to thousands of French Priests at Notre Dame's Cathedral, Benedict highlighted a solid "Church built on the Rock" of conscious and active persons, transmitting "a lively, energetic and sharp" "God's Speech, actively working on Human History".


"Praying together" with "representatives of Christian Churches and ecclesiastic communities", (as Orthodoxes, Armenians, Protestants, etc), he called "to reinforce the Unity of the church", against "any form of Division", around Holy Spirit', "the Word","Christ's Justice", and "Love" to fellow- humans : Essentials which "resume all holy scripts", as he said.

To Young People : "New Horizons"
To some 15.000 enthousiastic Young People at Notre Dame's parvis, along Seine's river, Benedict spoke about "the Energy of the Holy Spirit" and "the Mystery of the Cross" : - "The Holy Spirit opens New Horizons to Human Intelligence .. and makes it conscious of the real greatness of Christ's sacrifice, dying and resurecting for World's life".

Some "may slander you as crazy, laugh at you, or even persecute you. But, "the Holy Cross is a symbol of God's love", and "givesmoral strength" : "Witness of People's pains, it's at the same time, a precious, unique expression of their Hopes", he told them at Paris' dawn.

Invalides' plateau : "People chosen to become God's friends"
At the 1st open-air Mass in Paris' center area of Invalides, facing the Grand Palais, along the river Seine, during an impressive gathering of more than 150.000, French Prime Minister Fillon, Ministers Alliot-Marie, Bachelot, Dati, Jouyet, Assembly's President Accoyer, Senate's Chair Poncelet, former 1st Lady Bernadette Chirac, former Prime Minister Raffarin, many foreign Ambassadors, and other political personalities were present. (While earlier, from the Socialist opposition, Paris' Mayor Delanoye, artist Robert Hussein a.o. assisted at the Elysee meeting).





But the "Entry Song" focused on the "People chosen to become God's Friends". The September 11 mass was Dedicated to "Saint Chrysostomus, that great priest of Constantinople", with his "wonderful eloquence and great courage to face challenges", who "made out of despaired and godless people, a people of brothers", opening a possibility to "become all one complete entity", as Pope Benedict reminded.

- "Reason never enters in real contradiction with Faith", stressed Pope Benedict, who prepared his speeches for France during a short Summer rest at Brixen/Bressanone's Seminar, whose Library honors both "Faith and Science".. - "We must use not only our Reason, but also our Faith" : "Get away from Idolatry", "cupidity", "avidity for money, power or even knowledge deviating from essential aims", and other "falses appearances". and "build your Home on the Rock", "with the force that Holy Spirit gives to those who let it act in them", he said to the People of Paris.

Benedict at Lourdes : - "Become Light (even) in the Dark !"
- "Our World needs Hope", stressed Pope Benedict, addressing an impressive TorchLight procession at Lourdes' sanctuaries, where a Sea of Lights held by Hundreds of Thousands of People gathered at Pyrenee's Mountains from all over Europe astonishingly kept their flames despite a heavy Rain at a windy Dark Night...

- "150 years earlier (1858 - 2008), ..here, in the cave, ... a simple young girl, Bernadette .. saw a Light". "The everyday life of her Family was, however, made of Misery, Sadness, Sickness, Misunderstandings, Rejection and Poverty... It was hard to live in Jail". Today, "we think to all Human Beings who suffer : The innocent Victims who face Violence, War, Terrorism, Hunger, Injustices, Catastrophes, Hate and Oppression, Violations of Human Dignity and of their fundamental Rights, of their Liberty to act and think. We also think to those who face Familial problems, sufferings from Unemployment, Sickness, Infirmity, Isolation, or their situation as Immigrants, without forgetting those who suffer and die for the name of Christ", he said.

- "But the Shadows of the Earth, did not hinder Sky's Light to shine : <<The Light shines in the Dark>>" ..."A Way full of Light opens in Human History even in its Darkest moments" : ..."As Night falls, Christ tels us : <<- Keep your Lamps alight !>>."Hold a Light while walking in the Night .. sums up our condition as Christians on their way : "We need light, and we are called to become Light !", Benedict stressed to People setting in motion Lights, Flags and Songs with enthousiasm.


"<<- She looked at me as a Person, who speaks to another Person>>, the poor girl had noted."Light emerges from such a Dialogue", stressed the Pope : "A small Flame called Hope, Compassion and Tenderness dwells inside those who return after being moved by Lourdes' experience". "Christ .. entrusts us with the Mission to let the Light of Charity shine : To make of our Prayers an Act of Love to our brothers and to Fraternal Charity", he concluded.





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