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

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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 incoming Swedish EU Presidency (July-December 2009) may still remain in favour of Turkey's controversial EU bid, despite June 2009 EU Elections' results, but it has "very strong demands on Turkey"'s obligation to respect EU Rules, said the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, to "EuroFora", reacting to critical Press reports.

    - "I know (that) the link is often made also to Sweden's position on Turkey"'s controversial EU bid. Indeed, "we (Swedish EU Presidency) are very much engaged in the future membership of Turkey, but not without fullfiling all the Criteria".

    - "It's very clear that we (Swedish EU Presidecny) have very Strong Demands on Turkey, in a sort of concept for Future membership of the Union, ...which will be a Long Process...", she stressed.

    This means, in particular, "the Copenhagen Criteria (on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law), and also the adaptation to the Acquis of the European Union".

     - "If you listen to what Mr. Bildt (the Swedish Foreign Minister) says on Turkey at different occasions, it's very clear : We want Turkey to become part of the Union, in the Future. But we want it to fullfil all the Criteria : The Acquis of the European Union. That's very clear", she concluded.

    The Senior Official of the Swedish Foreign Ministry was reacting to critical Press Reports, from Brussels' Journalists invited by EU Commission's secretariat to Stockholm, who claimed that Bildt was abusing of a ..."Whip" (sic !) against Cyprus, by "threatening" the presence of UNO's Peace-keeping force at the "Green line" which separates the island's Government-controlled areas from the territories occupied by Ankara's army, if Nicosia didn't accept any political solution, regardless of Turkey's demands, before the end of 2009.

        Governing AKEL Party's new Secretary General, Andros Kyprianou, reacted by declaring that no-one can threat the People of Cyprus : -"We shall decide for our Future, and nobody else",  he reportedly said, asking to "keep calm". "In order to find a Solution soon, certain basic Principles must be respected", he stressed, calling those who feel an urgency to use their influence on Turkey. Other Political Parties were more critical.

    This was a reference to recently reported statements by Turkish Minister Bagis, Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan and Turkey's National Security Council (a Military-Political body), accused to push towards a partitionist "2 States" solution, contrary to UNO SC Resolutions for Cyprus' reunification.

    December 2009 is a crucial moment for EU's appraisal of Turkey's controversial EU bid, because EU Council has decided to review then Ankara's compliance with the European position on the recognition of Cyprus' Government, which was clearly set out by an EU reply of 21 September 2005 to Turkish Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan's claims, refusing to recognize even the existence of EU Member Cyprus, in controversial statements he made to London (former EU chair) on July 29, 2005.

    EU Parliament's latest Resolution on Turkey, adopted on March 2009 in Strasbourg, warned Ankara that "the non-fulfillment of Turkey's commitments... by December 2009, may further seriously affect the process of Negotiations" with the EU.

    In practice, the issue boils down to Ankara's "embargo" against Ships and Airplanes using Cyprus' seaports or airports at the strategic EU island, which traditionaly hosts one of the World's biggest Shipping flags. EU has already "freezed" 6 relevant Chapters in EU - Turkey Negotiations since December 2006, after Ankara refused to fullfil a commitment it had undertaken when EU had decided to open controversial "accession" negotiations with Turkey, back on December 2005.

    - "As far as EU - Turkey relations are concerned, it's clear that Turkey needs to fullfil its obligation of full, non-discriminatory implementation of the additional Protocol (to "EC-Turkey Association Agreement"),  This is an important issue....and should be addresseed as soon as possible as it clearly affects the pace of the accession negotiations.Issues covered by the Declaration of September 2005 will continue to be followed up, and progress is urgently awaited", warned earlier in Strasbourg the out-going Czech EU Presidency (former vice-Prime Minister Alexander Vodra).

    But the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, dismissed "interpretations" by "some" that Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was reportedly "threatening" Cyprus with consequences on the UNFICYP, if it doesn't accept any solution until December 2009, while Turkey is reportedly delaying in an attempt to impose a partitionist "2 States" solution.

    On the contrary, Julin, stressed that "Sweden has strong demands on Turkey'"s respect of "Copenhagen Criteria and EU Acquis".

    Meanwhile, Sweden  is "concerned" about the risk of "Stalemate" in Cyprus' Talks, but is well aware that "the main responsibilities lie with the two leaders and the UNO", Europe playing only a role of "facilitator".

    After carefully verifying, the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, stressed to "EuroFora" that Bildt's reference to UNFICYP "was not linked to a Threat", and dismissed those who "interpreted" it so.

    On the contrary, the Swedish EU Presidency acknowledged the fact that Peace Talks are mainly for the UN and the leaders of the Cypriot communities, EU's role being limited into that of a "facilitator".

    As for Turkey's reported attempts to impose a "2 States' solution", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service sharply replied by stressing that Turkey must respect the "EU Acquis" rules.

    In particular :

    - "Basically he (Bildt) underlined that it's the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus and the UN that have the main responsibilities for solving the problem", started to say the Swedish Senior Official to "EuroFora", referring to the above-mentioned "briefing".

    - "But the EU had a role in sort of pointing out the benefits and facilitating a little bit the outcome for the settlement of the whole Cyprus' issue", she added.

    - "And he did state the Fact, that the rest of the World (i.e. USA, etc) will, of course, look at the differend issues which are at the table, and the future of the UN Peace keeping force is part of what is at the table", she admitted.

    - "I understand that some have interpreted that as a Threat, by the Swedish Minister" "But", in reality, "it's a statement of a Fact, that, when we'll look at the differend issues, one of the issues on which we shall have to take a stand on, is the future of the UN Peace keeping force in Cyprus".

    Indeed, one of the questions usually raised for a Solution of Cyprus' issue is what International and/or European or other Guarantees, by a Peace-keeping force, might be needed afterwards, eventually for a transitory period.

    Questioned anew by "EuroFora" whether (according to critical Press Reports) this could be taken as a veiled warning that, if Cyprus didn't accept any Turkish demand for any solution whatever, it might be left alone to face Ankara's Military Invasion/Occupation, she denied :

    - "He (Bildt) didn't say it in that way"... "It was not linked to a threat, or anything like that", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service stressed.

    On the contrary, "he (Bildt) underlined that the main responsibility lies with the parties concerned on the island". "The EU can try to facilitate and show the benefits of reaching a settlement. But also, when the EU and the rest of the World (i.e. USA) will have to look at it, they will look at all the Facts on the table, and the presence of the UN Peace-keeping force is one".

    And "he (Bildt) didn't speak about that at all", she replied to "EuroFora" question on Turkey's reported attemps to impose, in one way of another, a partitionist "2 States solution".

    Asked whether Bildt's aim was to incite both parties to move forward efficiently, she agreed :

    - In fact, "the EU is really very concerned with the Stalemate in the situation. Yes !", the Head of Sweden's Foreign Ministry's Press Service anounced. That's why Bildt "was hoping for the two parties (i.e. for Turkey's also) to engage and break, a little-bit, the present stalemate, come to a solution of the issue" of Cyprus.

    But, replying  to a "EuroFora"s question on the risk, denounced by several politicians in case of strict Time Deadlines, for Turkey to provoke a stalemate and wait for the time to come to impose a partitionist "2 States' solution", she reacted by pointing at Turkey's obligation to respect "EU Acquis" :

    - "Turkey must fullfil the EU Acquis : That's clear !", the Swedish Senior Official stressed.

    More details are expected when Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt will debate his Programme with new MEPs at EU Parliament's plenary mid-July in Strasbourg, that he has visited already in 2008.

    Foreign Minister Carl Bildt became familiar with Strasbourg's CoE last year, when Sweden chaired the PanEuropean organization of Human Rights. As EU chairman-in-office, he will also chair the 27-member States strong EU Group inside the 47-member States strong CoE.

    Minister for EU affairs, Cecilia Malmstrom is well known at EU Parliament, where she has been an active MEP of the Liberal Group for many years, following also Press Freedom issues.

    Both have already made various statements at "EuroFora", on differend topical matters.

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