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French President Hollande PressCom Head Ripert-Landler to EF: Berlin Summit =Step 1 after Bratislava

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 27 September 2016

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Tomorrow, Wednesday 28 September 2016's exceptional Berlin Summit, hosted by German Chancelor Angie Merkel, with French President Francois Hollande and EU Commission's President Jean-Claude Juncker, together with European Industry representatives, is a 1st Step on the Road-Map decided by the recent, landmark EU-27 Heads of State/Government Summit at Bratislava, (Slovakia : current EU Council rotating Chair : See "Eurofora"s NewsReports from that crucial EU Bratislava Summit, f.ex. : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/bratislavasummitoutcome.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/victororbanoneuropeanandnationalreferenda.html +http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euparliamentpresidentoncitizensandbratislavasummit.html , etc.), stressed to "Eurofora" the Experienced Head of Press relations EU policy at "Elysée" French Presidential Palace in Paris, Claudine Ripert-Landler, who accompagnies President Hollande as Press Spokesperson in European and various other Franco-German-EU Summits (f.ex. in Brussels, Strasbourg, Berlin, etc).

 

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(French President Hollande, speaking with Journalists, including "Eurofora",
at the latest EU Summit in Brussels, 6.2016)

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On another, key "Hot" Issue of the EU-27 Bratislava Summit's official Conclusions, that of the recent 2015-2016 Crisis of Mass Migrants/Asylum Seekers, Unprecedented, more than 1,5 Million tresspassings in the EU through Turkey, a previous Summit of several EU Heads of State/Government has, meanwhile, already taken place, just a few Days earlier, at Wien (Austria).


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    The French Presidency's Spokeswoman confirmed to "Eurofora" that the main expected Focus of that Berlin's Summit with EU's 2 Biggest Economies, plus EU Commission's economicaly and financialy Experienced new Head, is due to turn mostly around "Digital" New Technologies. (See also Infra, and relevant NewsReport on Europe's Digital Potential, from a recent Question/Reply interaction between "Eurofora" and Experienced, former CEO of mainstream Newspapers + "France-Televisions" Big AV conglomerate, Rémy Pflimlin, nephew of Historic former Prime Minister, and f. President of EU Parliament + CoE's Assembly, Pierre Pflmlin, long-time Mayor of Strasbourg, in a Press-lunch organized by Strasbourg-Europe Press Club, at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/pflimlinonwebnewsdebatesandeudigitalpotentiall.html ).

 

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Ripert-Landler with President Hollande, earlier at an EU BRX Summit ("Eurofora" Photo)
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      - This "Berlin" Top Franco-German Meeting, takes place "in a European Framework", she Stressed, including "a Cooperation with Industrialists, which has been going-on for years" now, so that "it has Become almost Usual".


      - I.e., "it includes Exchanges with a Group of 20 European Business Leaders, who are Familiar with such kind of (Economic-Political) Meetings, since they have been regularly organized, Each Year, during a Recent Period, together with the (German) Chancellor" Angie Merkel, French President Hollande's competent Spokeswoman reminded.


    - "Indeed, this Year (2016), it includes Topical Issues such as the Digitalisation of Enterprises, etc", Ripert-Landler clearly reiterated.


     >>> - However, Now, "it's, Absolutely, in Line with the Priorities that the EU" of 27 Heads of State/Government, meeting Recently "at Bratislava", (for a 1st Summit without the UK, shortly After the June 2016 "BREXIT" Vote in Great Britain),s "have just Fixed for themselves", including also <<a Deepening of the European Integration, thanks, particularly, to its Franco-German core>>, as "Elysée"'s Spokeswoman agreed, on this Last, Key point, with "Eurofora".


    - Among "the Issues that are due to be Discussed Tomorrow" in Berlin, "can also be EU's Energy Independency, as well as the Energy Swift, on which we are Working for Years", she Added.


    - "But it is expected to be rather More Focused on New, Modern Technologies, and Not so much on the Transport Routes of Oil/Gas", neither on relevant with that  last point, 3rd Countries, Neighbouring the EU, since "it's a Really Intra-European" event, she Clarified.


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(Cyprus President Nicos Anastassiades with New UK Prime Minister Theresa May, earlier Today in London
- Photo communicated by Cyprus' Spokesman, Nicos Christodoulides)

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+ This was said by "Elysée"s main Spokesperson to "Eurofora" on the occasion of a previous, brief but Topical meeting between French President Hollande and Cyprus' President Nicos Anastassiades, (who has just concluded a Longer official visit to the New UK Prime Minister Theresa May in London, 26-27 September 2016, on his way Back from the UN General Assembly in New York : Comp. relevant Cyprus' Government Spokesman, Nicos Christodoulides' Statements to "Eurofora", at the Bratislava Castle, on the sidelines of the latest EU Summit there : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/cypruspresidentforcitizenssaybeforechairingcoe.html), that Same Day, at Noon, in Paris, which, according to more recent, well informed, sources from the Cypriot Presidency, in addition to main Political Issues, is also due to Include certain Currently Unfolding Developments around an Important, forthcoming Tripartite Greece-Cyprus-Egypt Summit, between Prime Minister  Tsipras and Presidents Anastassiades and Al-Sisi, at Cairo, on October 11-12, where Both "Security" Regional matters and, particularly, some Strategic, Energy policy Options on Oil/Gas Transport Routes to the rest of Europe.

F.ex. either through a "Trans-MED" Pipeline from Cyprus+ to Greece, Italy, etc, as Israel has also suggested previously, considering that its recent Oil/Gas Findings are closely interwoven with those of neighbouring Egypt and Cyprus, and/or via High-Tech Liquefied Gas Ship Transports, including through a planned Alexandroupolis Off Shore Platform in Greece, to Bulgaria/Romania and, f.ex.through the Danube River into Strasbourg-crossing Rhine river at the Franco-German Industrial core of the EU, after also a Recent Meeting between Cyprus and Bulgaria Energy Ministers, Lakotrypis and Petkova, Yesterday in Nicosia. In a Parallel Move, Flying Today to Athens, the Cyprus' Energy Ministers is due to meet there his Greek and Israeli counterparts, at anOther Tripartite encounter, Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 28, (i.e. almost at the Same Moment with the Ananstassiades - Hollande meeting in Paris).


Hollande's former Economy Minister, popular Emmanuel Macron, (a current atypical, new kind of Candidate to the fothcoming French Presidential Election of April-Mary 2017), Replying to an "Eurofora" Question during a Press-point in Strasbourg, just before a very Busy Visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority on September 2015, (where he Added, at the Last Minute, shortly After Speaking on such Topical Issues with us, also an Exceptional Meeting with Israel's Minister of Energy Yuval Steinitz), that a Recent Finding, by Italian Giant "ENI", of even More Gas UnderSea Resources at the Egyptian SeaCoasts, facing Cyprus and Israel, was an Important, Positive Development, for All Involved, (i.e. EU included. See "Eurofora"'s NewsReport at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frencheconomyministermacronegyptisraelcyprusgaspipelinebigchance.html , as well as Other Minister Macron's declarations, more Recently, on 2016, also in Strasbourg, but this time on Digital Networks, at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/strasbourgregionpresidentrichertandfrencheconomyministermacrononhighspeedinternet.html ).

 

- "This can, naturaly, be Important for EU's Energy Independency through a Diversification of Oil/Gas Supply Routes", she acknowledged, but in the forthcoming "Berlin Summit, the Focus will rather be much More on EU's Energy Independency mainly through High-Tech Innovation and various Modern Technologies", the French Presidential Palace "Elysée"s Press Spokesperson told "Eurofora".


A Press Statement from President Anastassiades is due around Noon in Paris, but withOut a joint Press Conference with President Hollande this time, other Cypriot and French sources told "Eurofora" Today.


That Bilateral Top Meeting, which is expected to include also the Internationaly Famous, Political "Cyprus' Issue", as, f.ex., Problems reportedly provoked by Turkey's stuborn insistance to Keep a part of its Invasion/Occupation Military Troops in Cyprus' Territories, illegaly Occupied by Ankara's Army, imported from the Anatolia plateau, Back on 1974, more than 42 Years ago, and still remaining at Cyprus' Northern Territories, (from which almost All Lawful Inhabitants have been Obliged to Flee, becoming Refugees or Displaced Persons inside their own Country, whre the Turkish Government seeks to Keep them even much Longer, if not always, in an Endless process, by practicaly Re-Naming them as so-called "Security Guarantees" of an evenual Political Agreemnt for the ReUnification of the Island, while a Timely "Defense Council" Meeting will be taking place at Elysée Palace, Earlier Tomorrow Morning, with French Minister or Defence, Jean-Yves Drian, (Comp. Minister Drian's various Statements to "Eurofora", made Earlier at various Other occasions, f.ex. at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchdefenseministerdrianonisis.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchdefenceministerondualpolicy.html , etc).


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(German Spokesman Seibert with Chancellor Merkel
at the latest EU Brussels' Summit, 6.2016 - Original Photo by "Eurofora")

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- Meanwhile, the German counterpart of Ripert-Landler, Government Spokesman Steffen Seibert, had, Earlier, last Weekend, officialy anounced, in a written Press Statement communicated to Registered Journalists, including "Eurofora", that "the Main Focus of the Debates (Tomorrow afternoon at Berlin), for this Year (2016), is placed on EU-level Decisions for Innovation and Competitiveness", stressing also, particularly, "the Importance of the Digitalisation of All Sectors of the Economy".


In this regard, the competent EU Commissioner on Digital Economy and Society, Gunther Oettering, a ChristianDemocrat Political Leader from the  Baden-Wurttenberg Region, near Strasbourg, has just made, inter alia, also a relevant Topical Press Conference, Yesterday in Berlin, on "the current Proposals of EU Commission, from (Digital) CopyRight up to Roaming".


Seibert has anounced, for Wednesday Afternon in Berlin, a Joint "Press Statement of the German Chancellor, the French President, the President of EU Commission and the Chairman of the European Round Table of Industrialists, Benoît Potier" (from France), shortly before a series of "Exchanges" between Angie Merkel, Francois Hollande, Jean-Claude Juncker, "as well as 20 Chairmen of the Board of leading European Companies, members of the "European Round Table of Industrialists" (ERTI), "in the framework of a working Diner, at the Federal Chancellery", later-on, Tomorrow, Wednesday Evening.

 

 

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    Scientific innovation joined to Faith for Human Rights, Eastern Partnership and fight against the Crisis, but above all, the need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" from EU Citizens, are the main priorities for new EU Parliament's President, Polish Jerzy Buzek, that a 555-votes-strong majority of MEPs on July 14,  Strasbourg made a living symbol of the fact that, 20 years after the fall of Berlin Wall (1989 - 2009) there is no more an Eastern or Western Europe, but only one Europe, as the head of the largest group of MEPs, ChristianDemocrats/EPP, Joseph Daul, stressed after the event.

    Speaking later to a group of Strasbourg's Journalists, including "EuroFora", the new EU Parliament's President clarified his stance on concrete topical issues, as f.ex. that of Turkey's controversial EU bid, which was one of the main issues of the June 2009 Electoral campain, clearly won by his party of ChristianDemocrats/EPP :  - "At present, Turkey does not fullfil none of EU conditions", he stressed, (See infra).

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    Buzek is well known in Strasbourg and to "EuroFora" as EU Rapporteur for the Framework Program of Scientific Research and Development of Technologies. A Natural Science Professor from the Historic and Religious landmark Polish City of Częstochowa, active in the famous Solidarnosk grass-roots social movement, he served 4 years as Prime Minister (1997-2001), before being elected as MEP in 2004 and 2009, after he brillantly won the latest EU Election at the head of his party (EPP) almost doubling the number of its MEPs from 15 to 28 !

    - "Innovation" and "Energy safety", as well as fight against the "Cimat change", but also "Eastern Partnership", the "Mediterranean", "Strategic partnerships" with Russia, the USA, etc, and the search for "solutions to the Economic Crisis" that EU Citizens "expect" from us, will be his "priorities", announced from the outset the new EU Parliament's President, reminding also that the quest for "Human and Civic Rights" played an important role in his experience with the Solidarnosc grass-roots social movement in Poland's History

    But, the most important of all, is the urgent need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" between EU Institutions and the People he stressed : - EU "Citizens often don't understand us", denounced Buzek, launcing a call to "do anything for EU Citizens to understand our work" in EU Parliament : "We (MEPs) need to make EU Citizens involved" in "what we are doing every week, in Strasbourg and Brussels", he proposed. Pointing f.ex. to the hot "Debates" with "strong arguments" exchanged between MEPs during the preparation of their Legislative Decisions, in Committees, delivering often hard struggles between initially opposed points of view, long before forging a majority at the final vote, sometimes more than a year..

    Therefore, EU Parliament will be "open to your criticism, for discussion and exchange of views", he promissed to Journalists in Strasbourg.

    In this way, Buzek, in fact, highlighted "EuroFora"s main idea, that we strongly advocate since 1997-2007, to systematicaly and actively involve EU Citizens in public debates during the decision-making process of important EU measures, which affect their lives and the society in which they live, (and not only just a few weeks each 4 or 5 Years at the eve of EU Elections)...
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    This is related also to the symbolic gift that Buzek chose to give to the out-going former EU Parliament's President, Hans Gert Poettering, (2007-2009), his collegue in the ChristianDemocrats/EPP, who brillantly won 2009 EU Elections in Germany : A genuine statute of sainte Barbara crafted in Silesia's black Coal by Polish Miners : Those simple but strong people who fought for social change against some technocrats and bureaucrats disguissed into so-called "real-socialists" of old times. (PHOTO).

    It's enough to have seen a popular open air mass, at Warsaw's center, with many thousands of people, old and young, simple workers and intellectuals mixed together, with references to Poland's history and struggles for survival and liberty, through various ages, (as fex. that organized at the eve of CoE's 2005 panEuropean Heads of State and Government for the beatification of late Pope John-Paul II), in order to understand what such symbols mean..

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    But, overcoming the "Crisis of Trust" with EU Citizens obviously implies also to rectify any errors done in the past, fex. on Turkey's controversial EU bid, with controversial decisions taken in 1999 and 2004 to give a "candidate" status and to start EU negotiations, provoking an unprecedented series of 3 "No" to EuroReferenda and 3 Majoriy Abstentions in EU Parliament Elections : 1999, 2005 and 2009, (even if the latest one succeeded to decelerate and almost stop the drop of participation rates, opening hopes for vote's revival after an electoral campaign clearly critical to Turkey's claims in several mainstream EU countries)
    
    Therefore, Buzek was faced with manifold critical Questions on EU Enlargement, most of them citting concrete examples of certain political problems  :  But his replies were almost always given as a matter of general principle :

    F.ex. Questioned on the suspension of EU - Croatia talks because of a Border conflict with EU Member Slovenia, Buzek prefered to speak about principles :

- "We know that during Enlargement, the process can be blocked by failure to resolve this kind of issues",  This concerns also other enlargments' cases", and "these rules are always in force" he warned.


But Buzek avoided to directly reply to a queston on "French and German EPP' calls to define the Borders of Europe", as a German journalist asked him by making a reference to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and German Chancellor Angie Merkel's, critical statements on Turkey at the June 2009 Electoral campain.    

- "Concerning Enlargement, there's always the same rules : There have to be Criteria, which have to be respected if a Country wants to join the EU", he started to simply reply.

- "For my country (Poland) it took us 15 Years to fullfil these Criteria", Buzek reminded, indicating, if proportions are kept, that Turkey, fex. would have to spend some 25 years before eventually joining the EU..

- "Countries wishing to join the EU need to Change their Systems", as we (Poland and other former Eastern European Countries) did, he stressed.

- "'For me, meeting the condition of Human Rights is one of the Key conditions for membership in the EU", preferring again to speak from the point of view of General Principles, on the occasion of an untimely question on Serbia (which is not even a candidate yet)...

- "Turkey" has, "first of all", to fullfil (EU) Copenhagen criteria". Bevause, currently, none of them is fullfiled by Turkey", New EU Parliament's President, denounced, speaking later to a group of Journalists, including "EuroFora".

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In particular, on Human Rights :  - "We (EU) can never forget Human Rights", because "this is at the very Foundations of the EU", Buzek added.

On the contrary, when he referred to EU Enlargment for the  "Western Balkans Countries ", Buzek appeared upbeat, finding "promising situations", despite "difficulties" in the Past, since "Countries are queuing to become EU members", and this "generated changes", as he said.

As for Russia, Buzek observed that it was a "very important" country, located "in the same Continent", Europe,  "close to our borders", and "we need eachother". "But Russia' has 'differend poblems : "They claim that their system is Democratic, but rules are differend", and we must be "aware of such differencies", fex. "on Human Rights", that we can't ignore, as he said;

Concerning China, where a journalist observed that the recipient of EU Parliament's latest "Sakharov prize" for freedom of thought is "still in prison", Buzek found that since the 1999 events in Tien Amin square, "we see differencies on Human Rights still today", and expressed his "support" for those who try to ameliorate the situation.

On the contrary, speaking recently to "EuroFora" he strongly supported the idea for an EU - Ukraine cooperation, fex. between Airbus and Antonov, in order to build a  less costly but more performant than the old and problematic A400M, new Military Transport Airplane : - "They (Ukranian Antonov Company) can certainly do it. I'm sure they can. It's a good Idea, and I'd be glad if it was done", he told us. (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/airbusantonov.html )


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