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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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Speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", the New EU Parliament's President, former Polish Prime Minister, ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Jerzy Busek, welcomed proposals by EuroFora about innovative ways for EU Citizens to attend EU debates before important final decisions which affect people's lives.

- "We (EU Parliament) must be transparent", Buzek stressed from the outset.  "We must have clear answers also for delicate questions. If we don't touch a problem, you must know why, and when shall we decide in the nearest future".. "Because "we (EU) must think about Europeans, first of all : They don't understand well what is going on in the EU. So, it's our duty to inform them, to make discussions here more interesting".

"EuroFora" congratulated President Buzek for the anouncement he made, from the 1st day of his election in Strasbourg (on Tuesday, 14 July 2009), on his intention to make  transparent debates, exchanges of views, etc. before the final adoption of decisions in EU Parliament's Plenary, when issues are evolving inside Committees, (See earlier publication).

And we reminded, in this regard, that "EuroFora" has been advocating a project for EU Citizens' active involvement in pluralist EU debates before important EU decisions, since more than a Decade : 1997-2007+

- "Thank you. We (EU Parliament), indeed, have exciting debates", Buzek replied. But, in practice, "without a possibility for our Citizens to see them, not even by the Press, the Radio or TV, etc., because it is in Committees", he regreted.

- "But, they (i.e. Media, Citizens, etc) might interact with you, with MEPs, etc, May be we can imagine something", "EuroFora" proposed.

- "Yes, (but) it needs, a quite new idea", Buzed observed.

- "Why not through some innovations ?", "EuroFora" suggested.

- "Innovation ? That's it. Fantastic  New Information Technologies !", Buzek realized.

- "Precisely, "EuroFora" has such a project, since more than a Decade (1997-2009), to use new technologies for public debates before major EU decisions are taken", we reminded.

- "If you have such proposals, please come to us, come to us. We must" do something, agreed the new EU Parliamen's President.

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    This fits with Buzek's main stance, expressed at EU Parliament's plenary earlier this week in Strasbourg, that the European Union must succeed to overcome a "Crisis of Trust" vis a vis EU Citizens. (See previous EuroFora publication).

    For that purpose, obviously information and debates are valuable, but purely instrumental, procedural means which can help focus on, and highlight a substantial content, attractive to EU Citizens, which needs to be determined by other, political, and not mediatic factors.  

    Buzek spoke about the urgent need to overcome the Global Economic Crisis,  the struggle for Human and Civic Rights, Democracy, etc., the Eastern Partnership, links with Russia, strategic partnership with USA and emerging countries, etc.

    But he also used (while speaking both to "EuroFora" and other Media) the expression : "The Europeans", for EU Citizens. This points right towards what several important EU leaders (including French President Sarkozy, German Chancellor Merkel, etc) have started to highlight particularly during the recent years : That there is a vital need, and an historic opportunity, for the development of a European Conscience, to stimulate e renaissance of a European Identity able to attract Popular support, for the EU to become a strong player in a Multopolar World : In other words, the revitalisation of a project for a "Political Europe".

    By a coincidence, this was indirectly but surely reminded, earlier in Strasbourg, by another ... Busek (this time with a "s") : 

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    Speaking to more than 650 participants from CoE's member countries, at the conclusion of the 2009 Summer University of its Political Schools, Erhard Busek, (with an "s"), former vice-Chancellor of Austria and EU Coordinator for South-Eastern Europe, pointed at the current need to revitalize Europe's "Identity", forged by Greek philosophy and Roman Law, Christian values and Enlightment's ideas, etc. through the ages.     

- "We have almost the same name with Jerzy Buzek (EU Parliament's new President, who is a former Polish Prime Minister), because both our Families come ...from  the same village, located at the Heart of Europe, which was often shared between Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic. But my family emmigrated a long time ago to Austria, while Jerzy Buzek's family remained in Poland", explained f. vice-Chancellor Erhard Busek to "EuroFora".   

 An astonishingly concrete and simple example of European Integration from the grassroots : Starting by EU Citizens, i.e. those "Europeans", that EU Parliament's new President, Jerzy Buzek (this time with a "z"), wants to bring alongside MEP's decision-making proces, (according to "EuroFora"'s main idea : Comp. supra)...

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