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Prime Minister Valls to EF: New Look on Strasbourg High-Tech Projects after Regional Changes ?

Written by ACM
Τετάρτη, 28 Σεπτέμβριος 2016
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*Reims/RoF Annual Congress - Tau Palace/Angelo Marcopolo/- Final Decisions have not yet been taken, on Crucial, Long-Term, Strategic Choices concerning Funds for High-Tech Projects in Strasbourg region's "Competitivity Pole", said, in Substance, the Prime Minister of France, Manuel Valls, in Reply to a relevant "Eurofora"s Question, during an exceptional Gathering, at en extension of the Historic Cathedral of Reims, in Tau Palace, organized this Evening by the New President of the 18 Regions of France's union, Philippe Richert from Strasbourg, (recently Elected President of the New, "Greater East" Region of Alsace, Lorraine and Champagne-Ardennes).

 

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Most Interestingly, Valls, (who spoke to "Eurofora" Tonight, shortly After a Recent Important Collective Meeting with Universitarians and Private sector Big Companies, etc, in Strasbourg's "International Space University" : See our relevant NewsReport at ....),  did Not Exclude at all that, perhaps, a Chance for a Fresh, New Look, might, eventualy, be given on such a Crucial and Long-Term issue, at least on some Controversial aspects of the overall Deal, especially After several, Converging, more Recent Changes and Developments, concerning Both Strasbourg's Local "Euro-Metropole", the latest Regional Reform and Elections, as well as some partialy relevant New Projects also on Trans-Border Cooperation, between certain Important European Countries' neighbouring Regions, among the 5 EU-core States which have Now become closely inter-Linked by Common Borders at the New, "Greater East" Strasbourg's Region, which brings Together France, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Belgium, (See., f.ex. : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/newstrasbourgbigregionprefect.html).


Inded, the French Prime Minister revealed to "Eurofora", first, that Final Decisions on that matter have Not Yet been Taken by the National Government, and, (after Carefuly asking us for more Concrete Details to Clarify the main point at issue), he Concluded by Pointing at a possibility for more relevant Debates, Proposals, Compromises, etc.,  in forthcoming Decisions, on which he appeared ready to Speak and Work, Together also with President Richert, (who was also actively Present at that Earlier Collective Gathering on High-Tech Projects' long-term Funding in Strasbourg : See "Eurofora"s NewsReport from ISU, at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchprimeministeroninnovationprojects.html ), already from "Tomorrow", as he told us, i.e. on Wednesday, September 29, 2016 Annual "Regions of France"'s Convention's Plenary session, here in Reims, where he has been Invited as Key-note Speaker.

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One among those Pending, Controversial Issues, is also the Fact that, by Focusing Only on some Bio-Tech. projects, including, particularly, Genetics, Implants, etc, with an almost Total Exclusion of all Other areas of Science and Modern Technologies, (even some particularly linked to Strasbourg's well-known status as also "a European Capital", since it has the Chance to Host both PanEuropean CoE's HeadQuarters, as well as EU Parliament's full Week-long Plenary Sessions each Month, ECHR, EU-Ombudsman, Shengen area's Secretariat, EUROCORPS, etc), that ISU Meeting discussions appeared Needing at least to Examine also certain other, Partialy Alternative Projects' possible Choices, in order to Strengthen Strasbourg area's "Competitivity Pole", in a more Relevant, Inclusive and Balanced way.


This also Matches the Fact that, Meanwhile, the University of Strasbourg has Decided to Change his President, since its 1st and Long-term Head, Professor Alain Beretz, a Pharmacologist Expert, ended his Mandate, passing the hand to his Collegue (and fomerly 1s Vice-President, in Beretz's Team), Professor Deneken, a Theologian, (Comp. various, old and recent, Beretz and Deneken's Replies to "Eurofora"s Questions at several Press Conferencies, f.ex., also at: ....+ ...).

In Addition, France, Germany and Switzerland have also Launched, Recently in Strasbourg, in the presence of the Competent EU Commissioner in charge of Scientific Research, a Pioneer and comprehensive Project by Creating Together the 1st "Euro-Campus" in History, which aims to Unite the InfraStructures, as well as Open a Way for Joint Research Projects, including all or most of the Universities and other public Research centers, located in the "Superior Rhine" ("OberRhine") Euro-Region, which is Chaired by its President, Hans-Jochen Schiewer, an Internationaly active Professor of Theology at nearby Fribourg, (See President Schiewer's replies to "Eurofora"s Questions, during and after the Press Conference on the Creation of that Pioneer 1st Euro-Campus, f.ex. at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eusciencecomissioneronchinaandeuuniversitiesgroup.html + ...).


+ Moreover, (and most Importantly, concerning These Days' "Regions of France"'s Annual 2016 Convention at Reims : Comp. Supra), the Latest Big Reform of Regional DeCentralisation in France, by Creating a brand New "Great East" Region, which Extends Now throughout all 3 Former Regions of Alsace, Lorraine and Champagne-Ardennes, has Recently incited to advance towards also Starting to Build at least some New, Joint Projects, useful to All that, much Wider Area, which, until now, used to have Not one, but .. 6 Differend "Competitivity Poles", that will, logicaly, have, from Now on, to Find an overall Coherence for the forseable Future, (Comp. ibid).

 

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Facing a 70% Abstention threat in 2009 Election, EU endorses EuroFora's idea for Citizens' debates on crucial EU decisions !

- Different views on "Europe's Future", should be debated among Citizens at June 2009 EU Elections, thanks to political Parties' "Manifestos", says EU Parliament's Report


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
A main idea, initiated and promoted by EuroFora's founders since 1997: the vital need to develop European Citizens' democratic right to actively participate in multilingual debates on EU decisions, is formally endorsed by the EU from 2009 !

The move is a key attempt to overcome "catastrophic" Polls which warn that only ...30% of Citizens are ready to vote in the forthcoming June 2009 EU Election !  This was revealed by EU Commission's vice-president, in charge of Communication policy, Margot Wallstrom, during a "hot" meeting of EU Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education, during the December 2008 Strasbourg session.

Wallstrom faced criticism, but also suggestions from various MEPs, naturally worried by Abstention threats which herself found even "worse" than in 1999 or 2004...

A Report on "Active Dialogue with Citizens",examined at the same time, presented some useful practical tips, on "facilitating Interviews"; etc., but also a  potentialy important call to "incorporate the conclusions of ...debates...into (EU) policies, and take into consideration the expectations that Citizens have of the EU when deciding". An amendment even implies that Citizens' participation in debates on EU decisions is a democratic "Right".

More importantly, it finds that  a Debate "on the Future of Europe", (as French President Nicolas Sarkozy has asked since 2007), would be a good idea " for the 2009 European parliamentary Elections", because "clarifying the political differences between the EU political parties would help citizens to identify themselves with, and choose between various concepts", for which "all parties (should) present their Manifesto".

A "Joint political declaration on Communicating Europe in Partnership", co-signed by "the European Parliament, Council and ... Commission", confirms that they "attach the utmost importance to improving communication on EU issues", by "enabling European citizens to exercise their right to participate in the democratic life of the Union, in which decisions are taken as openly as possible and as closely as possible to the citizens, observing the principles of pluralism, participation, openness and transparency".

This should "enable Citizens to exercise their right to express their views and to participate actively in the public Debate on European Union issues", while also "promoting the respect of multilingualism". In this regard, EU confirms its "wish to develop synergies with national, regional and local authorities as well as with representatives of Civil Society".

    It's since 1997 that a group of EuroFora's founders have officially presented a pioneer Project (then called "EIW", for "Europe in the World"), which aimed to develop Strasbourg's "Polyphonic music", by providing "Interactive information", on "main issues ... during the Decision-making process of European Organizations which engage in Transparent and Public Democratic Debates"

    This should be done, inter alia, by "exploring the potential of New Communication Tools (mainly Internet)", as well as classic-form debates, the 1997 EIW pioneer project's anounced in its "Synopsis". It was formally "accepted for evaluation" by EU Commission in Brussels in order to be examined for a grant in the framework of the "Research/Technology/Development (RTD) Programme in the field of Information Technologies", then called "ESPRIT", as a "Best Practice Pilot Project".

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        But the vital, urgent Political need for EU to search new, efficient ways to reach the People and interact with European Citizens, was really felt in Brussels and elsewhere only after the unprecedented in History 1999 and 2004 Majority Abstention in EU Elections, followed by 3 "NO" in Referenda in France, the Netherlands and Ireland, on 2005 and 2008...
    In this New Political Landscape, we prepared a new, actualised and more developed version of our initial idea, in a simplified and more efficient form, thanks also to a large Experience accumulated during many years of EU/CoE/UNO Press work and Multi-lingual debates, with the New project "EuroFora" :

    On 2006 we presented in Public its main lines during Questions/Replies that we raised at two Press Conferences by EU Commission President, Jose Baroso, and mainly EU Commission's vice-President, in charge of Communication policy, Margot Wallstrom, together with EU Parliament's vice-president, Alejo Vidal-Quadras, in Strasbourg, (Videos available), and we reminded it at various brief contacts with Commissioner Wallstrom in 2007 and 2008.

    Meanwhile, a new Text was also presented for "EuroFora" Project mainly to certain Political and other personalities, at European, National or Regional/Local level, mainly in 2007, but also in 2008..

    Now, after the unexpected 2008 Irish "NO", and before the 2009 EU Elections, which are due to be of exceptionally crucial importance for Europe's Future, the moment has obviously come to launch that project, progressively, but in real practice.

    Whoever really cares for Europe and its Citizens is welcome to join, in one way or another. Only anti-European, anti-democratic, obscure or ignorant groups might oppose or attempt to "steal" and deviate the main idea.

    But European Citizens, incited by enlightened political leaders, are those who will finally write the real History.

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