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Greek President Pavlopoulos OKs EF Idea on Citizens Participation Rights in Decision-Making process

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 26 April 2017
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*Strasbourg/CoE+Sciences Po/Angelo Marcopolo/- Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, who is also a Paris-Educated University Professor of Public Administration Law, speaking to "Eurofora" in reply to relevant Questions through a Threefold Move accross COE's PanEuropean Assembly, Strasbourg University's "Political Science Forum", and a Reception at Ambassador Stelios Perrakis (another former Professor) Residence, Today, carefuly but clearly Welcomed the Idea that EU Citizens' current needs and aspirations include not only Social, but also Participatory Rights, in Public Decision-making processes, to be added to traditional, Core Human Rights :

To put it in a nutshell, in substance, President Pavlopoulos made a 3 Points Presentation at a landmark Speech in the Parliamentary Assembly of the CoE (PACE), Focusing on the Importance of parliamentary Democracy for People's Lives, when it works right :  

 

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(1) In fact, Democracy emerges from Human Rights, which, therefore, have a Double Importance, also as a "Checks and Balances" Mechanism vis a vis Power, including Independent Courts, in order to implement them. (2) Citizens' Rights should be Protected not only vis a vis the State, but also vis a vis Other Powerful Actors who can seriously affect People's Lives and Society at large, including Private ones, f.ex. Economic Powers, etc. (3) Therefore, it is Important, particularly in Recent History, to enhance also "Social Rights". and make them Work Efficiently in the foreseable Future, both for Social Cohesion and Solidarity, as well as because, Otherwise, even Core, Classical Human Rights and Democracy, could Not be Fully Working in Real Practice, neither develop their Full Potential nowadays.



+ This unfolded, Later-on, through his Speech to Strasbourg University's "Political Sciences' Forum" about "European Values", extending to include also "Legitimation" and "Ideologic Foundations" of European Democracy, as well as the current Need to "ReVive its Sources", and "Review" even the European Institutions' relevant Mechanisms, in order to catch up with some Delays towards an Harmonious European Integration, and bring them closer to EU Citizens.

 

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- On Both these Two Occasions, Speaking Later with "Eurofora", President Pavlopoulos said that he had, personaly, "Followed Closely" f.ex. also the recent, April s2017 French Presidential Elections' main Debates, (notoriously Crucial also for All Europe), and, inter alia, found Interesting also the, a priori, Strange Fact that Many People proved to be much More Attracted by Citizens' EmPowrement in the way that a State of Elected Democracy really functions, as, f.ex., the Atypical "Left" of Melenchon succesfully proposed, astonishingly Prefering that Even to the Money that had been Promissed by "Socialists" such as former Prime Minister Valls and (even More) the main PS Presidential Candidate Hamon, in the form of a kind of "Universal Revenue", or of "Permanent, Stable Employment for all", advocated by Leftist Candidate Poutou, etc., whose Electoral Results were, Comparatively, Less important, by Far, as "Eurofora" noted.


- In this regard, President Pavlopoulos agreed that it would be Important for Today's European Democracies to also try to Develop the full Potential of European Citizens' so-called "Participatory" Rights in Public Administration's Decision-Making process, particularly regarding Measures which can seriously Affect their Lives and/or Society at large, f.ex. by Using all the set of various Converging Legal Mechanisms, most of whom already exist, in one way or another, including, f.ex., inter alia, also : "Ultra Vires" (or "Recours pour Exces de Pouvoir", etc) for the Judicial Control of Administrative Acts' Legality, "Contradictory Procedures" ("Audi alteram pars"), all Public Administrations' Legal Obligation to Motivate,vis a vis a "General Interest" their acts ruled by Administrative Law, Judges' Monitoring on the "Sufficiency of the Motivation" of such Administrative Acts, the Reality, Legality and/or Accuracy of the "Facts" evoked by a Public Administration in order to Motivate its Decisions, their "Proportionality" and/or eventual "Manifest Errors of Appreciation", but also "Abuse of Power", ("Detournement de Pouvoir"), etc.


Indeed, taken All Together, such modern Legal Mechanisms could Help Develop a kind of elementary "Dialogue" between the Public Institutions and European Citizens, at least during the Process of Taking Important Decisions which can Seriously Affect People's Lives and/or Society at large, as "Eurofora"s co-Founder has been Advocating for Decades, (including even by Legal Research presented in Public at Strasbourg's University, since the Earkly 1980ies, and chosen by the Faculty of Law in order to be Proposed for a Prize destinated to PhD. Thesis). In this regard, President Pavlopoulos appeared also, a priori Positive vis a vis unfolding yet attempts to Prepare some special relevant Events at the Univesity of Strasbourg (probably in Cooperation within the Franco-Germano-Swiss "European Camps" founded on 2016: See relevant "Eurofora"'s NewsReports, f.ex. at ... + ... , etc), from 2018, (about which we spoke also with Experienced University Professor Florence Benoit, both in the Recent Past, and at .Today's occasion).


- But, Most of all, President Pavlopoulos told "Eurofora" that he found, a priori, very Positive and Promissing, the Recent Initiative of CoE's "Venice Commission" (a prestigious PanEuropean body of Top Legal Experts for "Democracy through Law and Human Rights"), to Publish and Promote a coherent Set of Legal "Benchmarks" for the "Pevention of Abuse" in case of Public Administation's "Discretionary Powers", (which, by a Timely "Coincidence", goes also in the Same Direction as EU Ombudsman's quite srecently anounced Criteria for a "Good Administration", after Lisbon Treaty's and Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms" Started to Enter into Force). (See, f.ex., among others, also : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eucoeabdcitizensinpublicdecisionmaking.html ).

 

On these Occasions, "Eurofora" also spoke about it with Experienced CoE's "Venice Commission's Director, Thomas Markert himself, Later-on Today.

 

By the way, Professor Pavlopoulos, a former important JHA Minister (as UK's current PM Theresa May, or Germany's Wolfgang Schauble, etc), and Government Spokesman for the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Government of Costas Caramanlis, (2004-2009), was proposed by the current Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (Left) as President of the Republic, in Agreement with the Center Right, and was Elected by the Greek Parliament with an exceptionaly Big Majority, as a rare, nowadays, exceptional Mark of National Unity of that EU Member Country

 

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Paris - Bruxelles - Strasbourg, 2 septembre 2008

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Le spectaculaire succès du Président français, Nicolas Sarkozy, (en tête de l'UE jusqu'a décembre), à obtenir de suite un cessez le feu inattendu entre la Russie et la Georgie, immédiatement après sa visite aux Présidents Medvedev et Saakashvili, au pire moment de tensions et heurts violents meurtieurs, qui avaient tué plusieurs innocents et provoqué le deplacement forcé de réfugiés par milliers, lui donne incontestablement une stature vraiment européenne :

A ses liens personnels bien connus avec l'Hongrie, la Grece, l'Italie ou l'Espagne, en sus de son amitié avec la chancelière allemande Merkel, son souhait d'essayer d'attirer l'Angleterre au jeu européen, etc, s'y ajoute, maintenant, une réussite, fragile certes, mais importante, au combat pour la Paix dans la "grande" Europe du général De Gaulle, "jusqu'a l'Oural", qui inclut naturellement la Géorgie, l'Arménie et d'autres pays, et ne peut exister qu'avec rapports de confiance et partenartiat stratégique avec la Russie.

Apres avoir réussi à debloquer la situation au Liban, (pays avec liens culturels historiques en Europe), lors du Sommet pour la Méditerranée à Paris, juillet dernier, (comme atteste maintenant le prémier accord d'echange d'Ambassadeurs avec la Syrie), Sarkozy activa maintenant une présidence française de l'EU bien entreprenante, à l'autre bout de l'Europe, à Moscou, où, contrairement à Napoléon, il a été reçu avec soulagement par le nouveau président russe, ami de l'experimenté Vladimir Poutine.

Cet homme politique rélativement nouveau au plan politique européen, avec une vision souvent critique ou même critiquée, à tort ou a raison, mais ambitieuse et concrete a la fois, qui aime s'adresser aux "Européens", comme il dit, n'est-il pas bien placé pour stimuler le fameux débat sur l' "Identité de l' Europe", qu'il a proposé au Parlement Européen récemment à Strasbourg, moins d'un an avant les Elections européennes de 2009 ?

En 2007, il a réussi à faire monter spectaculairement la participation citoyenne aux élections présidentielles en France, obtenant des récords historiques :

N'est-ce pas, justement ce que l' Europe a bésoin, apres 2 abstentions majoritaires sans précedent aux Elections de 1999 et 2004, et 3 "Non" aux réferenda pour ses institutions en 2005 et 2008, pendant une décennie trouble 1999-2008, (marquée surtout par la demande controversée de la Turquie d'entrer dans l'UE eclipsant les avancées de la Monnaie unique et de la liberté de circulation à l'espace Shengen, avec consequences mal-ressenties par la majorité des citoyens, bien au-délà des clivages du passé), qui a failli stopper l'integration européenne ?

Et cela, au moment même ou une globalisation galopante met l'Europe devant un choix crucial entre saut qualitatif en avant, apte à valoriser une occasion historique exceptionelle à se développer résolument, après les vaines destructions, querelles et tensions des guerres "chaudes" ou "froides" qui lui ont couté son rang dans le Monde, ou réculer définitivement en décadence...

Alors, que certains de nos amis à la Commission en Bruxelles, lui laissent au moins un peu d'espace de mouvement, et qu'ils l'aident à tenter d'insufler de l' oxygène frais et vivifiant aux rapports entre les citoyens et une Europe qui a manifestement bésoin et mérite de retrouver d'urgence un nouveau dynamisme populaire, avec un souci de réalisme mais aussi une vision passionante pour son avenir !

Après tout, les Etats Unis d' Amérique ne se sont pas faits à coups de bureaucratie, nécessaire et utile, mais manifestement insuffisante : Sans l'impulsion d'hommes politiques originaux, d'intellectuels vraiment engagés, et, surtout, sans l'enorme énergie émanant de la conscience d'enjeux à la fois pratiques et grandioses, bien resentis par des millions de citoyens, stimulant leur adhésion active comme pioniers d'un nouveau avenir commun à construire, ils seraient encore une ex-colonie périphérique, affaiblie par stériles divisions, passif et impuissant spectateur des convulsions tragiques d'un Monde à la dérive...

Que les vrais "européens" ré-lisent au moins les fameux discours historiques sur l' Europe d'un Sarkozy bien inspiré à Strasbourg, aussi bien avant qu'après avoir gagné les élections françaises, le 21 février et le 2 juillet 2007, après son 1er sommet des Bruxelles, qui a adopté le nouveau Traité de l'UE en conclusion de la presidence allémande : Bonnes lectures pour cet été 2008, afin de préparer l' avenir qui s'ouvrira (ou fermera) à partir des élections européennes de 2009.

Peut-etre revelera-t-il plus, en ce sens, lors de ses 2 discours-debats prochains avec les eurodeputés, prévus lors des sessions plenières du Parlement Européen a Strasbourg en octobre et décembre 2008... 

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Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner had already unveiled President Sarkozy's intentions, during a particularly "hot" Press Conference in Paris, where he faced some's insistance for "sanctions", with a call for "a common EU stance". In the meanwhile, he was consulting "all these days" most of his EU, Russia and Georgia counterparts, (as Sarkozy's Spokesman, P-J. Henin confirmed to "EuroFora"). This allowed him to obtained the desired result, as EU Chairman, at a short, exceptional EU Summit in Brussels, afterwards.

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But, Sarkozy's No 1 official, Presidential palace's Secretary General Claude Gueant, active at Elysee during the 2008 Ambassadors' Conference, (together with his Top Diplomat, the experienced David Levitte), is well known for having an overall view : A link with 2009 EU Elections at the horizon ?

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