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

Ecrit par 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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("DraftNews", as already send to "Eurofora" Subscribers/Donors, earlier. A more accurate, full Final Verion, might be published asap).

 

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    The recent paradox of freezing EU Talks with front-runner Croatia, while continuing controversial EU - Turkey talks, despite Zagreb's acceptance of Refugees' Human Rights to return, that Ankara refuses fex. in Cyprus, while both have "Good Neighborhood" problems vis a vis Slovenia, or Greece, Cyprus and Armenia respectively, can it be justified by the non-fullfilment of EU criteria, as Slovenia says, or, is it "Double Standards" ?    

The question became unavoidable after statements by Presidents of Slovenia and Croatia, Tuerk and Mesic, respectively, to "EuroFora", exclusively or among Strasbourg's journalists this week at the CoE, on the sidelines of its 2009 Summer University for Political Schools, which topically brought them together as successive key-note speakers.


    Comming only a few Months before EU checks Turkey's compliance to its commitments on Cyprus, etc., scheduled for December 2009, this obviously has a special importance for the coherence of EU Enlargement's principles.

     Suspension of EU Negotiations is a normal consequence in case of a Candidate Country's failure to fullfil EU Conditions, such as "Good Neighborhood relations", stressed at first Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk, current CoE's chair.

    But, regarding EU's Criteria,  there shouldn't be any "Double Standards",  reacted Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, commenting the fact that Turkey's controversial EU negotiations continue, while they were recently "freezed" in the case of Croatia, an "unquestionably European Country", which oficially accepts to respect Refugees Human Rights, contrary to Ankara's notorious refusals or reluctance.                                       

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - "EU itself has set as a Criterium (for EU Enlargement) the "Good Neighborhood relations",  and their absence justifies the "Suspension" EU Negotiations, (f.ex. with Croatia), because of a Border dispute affecting the territorial integrity of an EU Member Country, stressed Slovenian President, Danilo Tuerk, CoE's Chairman in office (May - November 2009), speaking to Journalists in Strasbourg including "EuroFora".    

Questioned earlier what "consequences on EU's Enlargement policy" can have the "Ban on EU Membership Negotiations", imposed to Croatia, Tuerk replied that "this question comes down to the fulfillement of (EU) Criteria for membership. One has to look at each Candidate Country ., from the point of view whether it fullfils the Criteria that EU has set. One of them are Good Neighborhood Relations, I'd like to remind. And also, there are other factors, such as Justice, Home affairs, Rule of Law, and others".


    - "Now, ..Candidate Countries are at Different Levels of fulfillement of Criteria", he observed.

    - " Croatia is obviously the closest to that. I'm rather optimistic : I think that in the coming Months we'll have an opportunity to look at all these issues constructively and hopefully we'll be able to make progress". "My main concern, at this point, is the situation in Bosnia : We haven't seen enough progres domesticaly. We haven't seen enough during ..political parties within their country.We need a New Energy, a new energetic move towards the Candidature for EU membership. "Other (Western Balkan) Countries (Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM, Albania) have been making soaring Progress, and I think that they should be ready, in a few Years, for the Candidate status".

    - "As far as the Western Balkans are concerned, .. nobody should be left outside" the EU, Slovenian's President concluded, ommitting to mention Turkey's controversial EU bid.

    - "This process may be seen as Slow, but..  Slovenia has also has also been exposed to various "Booms of Slowness" in our accession period. But now we can say that the process was relatively quick, because changes which occur after becoming EU member, are quite large, and they require proper Preparations before the (EU) membership becomes a new factor, an impacting line for a new (EU) member country".
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Slovenian statements made some participants from certain 3rd Countries as FYROM, etc. claim that "the Principle of EU Solidarity" would "produce a.. rising European Union Nationalism (sic !), against Non-EU Countries", as they said, asking unhappy foreign countries to form a "bloc" to exert pressure on the EU...    

But Croatian President Stjepan Mesic dismissed that, supporting "EU Integration", "after the Economy also in Political" issues, as "the achievement" of our times. In EU there is "diversity, but it's United", he stressed, "EU has to be United so that it can become a central factor of Peace" also at the surrounding areas, he replied.

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Speaking later exclusively to "EuroFora", the experienced twice President of Croatia, former President of the International "Non-Aligned" movement, denounced "Double Standards" in the way EU treats recently Croatia compared to Turkey :   

 - "I think that there shouldn't be Double Standards", stressed the Croatian President, in reply to a Question comparing the freeze of EU - Croatia talks, with the continuation of EU - Turkey talks, despite the fact that Croatia is an "unquestionably European country", while Turkey's EU bid is notoriously controversial.


    Mesic was reacting to the observation that, even if he confirmed his "respect of Refugees' Human Rights to return, etc. (See infra), nevertheless, EU talks are suspended with Croatia.. While for oher, controversial candidates, who refuse to respect Refugees' Rights to return, etc., as fex. Turkey does in occupied Cyprus and elsewhere, EU negotiations continue".

    - "I believe that Croatia's accession will confirm that all European Countries who fulfill all of the Conditions and achieve European Standards, have to join the EU. There shouldn't be any Double Standards", went on to add in reply President Mesic.

    In this relation, Croatia's President found "of paramount importance", CoE's "mechanisms enforcing ECHR's judgements"
    
    - "On Refugees and Displaced persons, the process will be completed only after the last person demanding to return will be allowed to do so !", President Mesic Croatia stressed earlier, setting a general standard of obvious importance also for otherr candidates, as f.ex. Turkey, often accused to exclude or heavily restrict Greek Cypriot Displaced persons' return to their Family Homes and ancestral land, provoke difficulties to Turkish-Kurd IDPs return to their home regions at the South-East, etc.

    Some "2.000 People are still reported Missing" in former Yugoslavia, for some Years, (as in Cyprus, modern Europe's oldest case, for 3 Decades. Nagorno-Karabach, Tcecnya in Russia, etc, more recently), and Investigations "will only be completed after establishing the fate of the last one of them", he added.
    
    Speaking earlier on "War Crimes", President Mesic stressed that "Leaders are responsible for (the) Wars (of the Past), not the People", and called against Impunity :  "Individuals have to be held Responsible for Crimes. International Penal Tribunals have to persecute those individuals", perpetrators of War Crimes, he underlined.

    Such statements naturally made Mesic rather popular at ECHR, whose President, French EuroJudge, Professor Jean-Paul Costa, looked particularly smiling when he welcomed him later on Wednesday afternoon, after Slovenian President Daniko Tuerk earlier this week.
           

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