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French Minister Gourault to EF on Cohesion, Digital, Quality of life in Aachen Treaty + EU Election

Written by ACM
Monday, 11 February 2019
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*Strasbourg/ENA/Angelo Marcopolo/- French Territorial Cohesion Minister, Jacqueline Gourault, Replying to an "Eurofora" Question at a Press-Point after her Lecture in the prestigious "ENA" Top Senior Officers' Higher Education Institution of the National State, Headquartered in Strasbourg, including its International/European Sections, stressed the potential Importance of both Franco-German and Europe-wide Programs for the Development of Rural and other Areas, including by the Spread and Use of Modern Digital Technologies, starting by the forthcoming, May 2019, EU Electoral Issues at stake :

                                                   

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- "Eurofora" had pointed to the Fact that the competent French Minister had just attributed a particular Importance to Digital Networks, while speaking about Territorial Cohesion to a numerous Audience in ENA's fully-packed main Auditorium "Michel Debré", corresponding to EU's current "Big Issue" about Digitalisation Policies, but also to the recent Franco-German Cooperation/Integration "Aachen Treaty", signed by President Macron and Chancellor Merkel, added to "Quality of Life" in France's large and Beautiful Natural Landscapes, the Widest in Europe, (here, near to Germany's landmark "Black Forest" Green Mountainous areas).

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- Minister Gourault had, indeed, mentioned, inter alia, also that a recent "Fusion" between Various pre-existing Public Services, inside a New "Agency for Territorial Cohesion", included from Craftmanship, and Local Authorities, etc, up to Digital Networks, expressing the Wish that, f.ex., the "G4" Network would have Spread all over the entire National Territory, "until 2020".

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- "Certainly", Jacqueline Gourault replied to the above-mentioned "Eurofora"s Question, firmly.


 - "As you noted yourself, in the Aachen Treaty there are relevant Cooperation Projects between the two Countries".


+ "And, this goes, also, even inside the European Union in general".


=> "Thus, it's a valuable Asset, those Sharing Technologies, which are absolutely indispensable, in order to ameliorate, also, the Quality of Life for all Europeans".


>>> "So, I guess that this will be one of the Issues in the forthcoming European (Electoral) Campaign, which will be Soon anounced", the French Miister highlighted in conclusion, at the foreseable Future.       

                 
    Already, French President Emmanuel Macron, had personaly concluded and signed certain Key Agreeents with Strasbourg's Region Alsace, precisely for the Digitalisation of surrounding Rural Areas, at the Countryside, as early as since he was Economy Minister, back on 2016, (See "Eurofora"'s NewsReport from that event at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/strasbourgregionpresidentrichertandfrencheconomyministermacrononhighspeedinternet.html , etc). Macron had evoked, on that occasion, the idea that Broadband in Natural Countryside, helps also develop Human Productivity.


    + Significantly, the French Minister's visit to Strasbourg, (which continued, during the Afternoon, also at the National Institute for Territorial Studies: INET), arrives in the Same Week that EU Pariament's plenary session here (11-14 February 2019) is due to examine, inter aiia, a relevant, important Report on the "2021-2027 European Funds for Regional Development and Cohesion, co-authored by MEPs Constanze Krehl and Andrey Novakov, a Socialdemorat and a ChristanDemocrat, from Germany and Bulgaria, respectively, which has been prepared in the Committee on Regional Development, Chaired by Liberal MEP Iskra Michaylova.

 

 

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    EU Rapporteur on Enlargment Strategy, maistream German MEP Elmar Brok, speaking to "EuroFora", welcomed the proposal made earlier this week by French President Nicolas Sarkozy for the EU to"start Now Talks with Turkey to create a common Economic and Security area", instead of full Accession, at a period when Ankara looks more and more unfit and/or unwilling to respect EU conditions.

    - "For Europe to have strong Political will, it must stop dilutiing itself in an endless Enlargement. It must have borders...Diversities enrich, on the condition that they don't undermine European Cohesion, and don't weaken EU Unity", Sarkozy stressed.
    
    - "Countries like Turkey share a part of common destiny with Europe, with which they have a vocation to build a Privileged Relation, to be closely associated, but not to become Member of the EU"  : "Noone respects his friends by telling them lies. Noone respects his friends by making them promises that will be never kept", he added.

    That's why "we'd better start, from now, negotiating with Turkey to create a common Economic and Security area", Sarkozy proposed.

Significantly, the French President was repeatedly and largely applauded by EU citizens, 3 times, when he made the Turkey point, (strategically placed between Europe's "Political Will" and its cultural heritage, historically open to mutually enriching dialogue with all the World, but never diluted).

    - "We could propose such a great ambition also to Russia, which must not be percieved as an Adversary of Europe, but as a Partner. Thus, we'd create a wide area, of more than 800 Million inhabitants, sharing the same Security, the same Prosperity", he concluded.

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    Sarkozy's move was anounced at the eve of a Franco-German Top meeting with Chancellor Angie Merkel in Berlin on Sunday, to jointly launch the EU Elections campain, after an EU Summit at nearby Prague, to launch a new kind of relations, called "Eastern Partnership", with neighboring countries such as Urkaine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaidjan, etc, (to which Russia, reportedly, is not - and does not want to be - included).

    As for Ukraine, which has already expressed her wish to join the EU in future, "Kiev will have a special place, and a very important role to play", replied earlier this week in Strasbourg, to an "EuroFora" question EU Chairman in office , Czech vice-Prime Minister Alexander Vodra.

    - "This direction is more Realistic for Turkey than Accession negotiations", reacted immediately EU Parliament's Rapporteur for Enlargment Strategy, mainstream German MEP Elmar Brok, commenting Sarkozy's idea for "EuroFora"

     Particularly "as far as it concerns the respect of EU Rules by both sides", he added, hinting at Turkey's now obvious inability and/or unwillingness to abide with EU Acquis, EU Commitments (fex. on Cyprus, etc), and European Democracy/Human Rights rules. (Comp. infra).

    Brok added that, in his view, a similar proposal might be made also to Ukraine and other neighbouring Countries, regardless if they have, or not, a "European vocation". This would not necessarily mean that there couldn't be any accession prospects at all." for all the countries that might be included in this area, according to Brok.  But it's preferable, particularly for Turkey, "because it's a more Realistic approach than full Membership".

    On this point, Sarkozy's proposal, (which he'll share with German Chancellor Merkel), seems more crystal-clear.

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    - "Turkey does not fullfil EU Criteria, and will never fullfil EU Criteria" on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law. "Some have been lying to Ankara, but we must tell the Truth, and have honest and close relations with her", said meanwhile to "EuroFora" on the same issue also the President of EU Parliament's largest Group of MEPs (ChristianDemocrats/EPP), Joseph Daul.
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- "Turkey appears to be at greater Distance away from Copenhagen Criteria after 4 Years of accession Negotiations, than when they started !", denounced on behalf of the Liberal Group, German MEP Alexander Lambsdorf.    

"On the central issue of Press Freedom, Critical Journalists face obstacles for their accreditation, others are prosecuted, condemned, fined and/or jailed, Media blocked or closed", he denounced.   

 - "EU Made 2 grave Mistakes with Turkey : To start accession negotiations, and to continue them", despite everything, criticized Dutch MEP Bastian Belder, on behalf of the Ind/Dem group.

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