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German EU Minister Hoyer to EuroFora: G8-G20 issues, €uro+Defense in Merkel-Sarkozy Freiburg Summit

Written by ACM
Thursday, 09 December 2010

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    *Offenbourg(Germany)/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU's role in the World, via its Franco-German motor is due to be at the focus of tomorrow's Summit between Chancellor Angie Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy and their Governments at nearby Freiburg, said to "EuroFora" the German Minister for EU Affairs, Werner Hoyer.   

 - "In Freiburg, the No 1 issue is the French Presidency of the G-8 and G-20. We want to organize our cooperation", i.e. "the links to our Biateral relations, and the EU cooperation, on the one hand, and the G2O-G8 Presidency by France on the other side. This is the most important issue",  he stressed from the outset.   

 - "And there, of course we are going also to prepare the European (Union) Council of next week", Hoyer added.     

- In fact, "We are in very close agreement with our French collegues on the questions of the Euro, and the Permanent Stabilisation Mecanism (i.e. also for the post-2013 period). I was very pleased to hear today (sources on) the President Sarkozy say that he has a very same position on EuroBond and EuroTaxes", Hoyer found. "That's the 1st things to prepare for Tomorrow's meeting".

        - "And then, we have to make a 1rst reading of the "Franco-German Agenda 2020", that we prepared Last Year", at the previous Franco-German inter-Governemental Summit, at Elysee Palace in Paris, (See "EuroFora"s NewsReports from the spot).

        - "We are (just) in the 1st round on this" long-term Program, and "basically, I think, that we are going to make some progres on Bilateral Cooperation on Foreign and Security policy, and Defense policy", he observed, referring also to tomorrow's installation of a German brigade in Strasbourg by French Minister Alain Juppé and his collegue Karl Zu Gutenberg. -"It's nice to see a good cooperation with the new French Minister of Defense", he noted. - "We are trying  to advance on that in recent meetings also in Paris, Warsaw and Berlin he added, opening a window for Weimar triangle member Poland apparently, already a EuroCorps' participant.    

 - As far as Science and High Tech. is directly concerned,  "it's ..on general terms on the Franco-German Agenda, it's going to be on the table tomorrow, but I don't see any new specific point right now.. We need to take Decisions there" on that matter. We have to see the implementation of what we decided last year . For me it's very important to say that, after the (2009) Declarations, we have also to see their Follow-up to see what comes out of it", Hoyer underlined, (while new French Foreign Minister, Michele Alliot Marie earlier also spoke about the some 80 project areas of the 2020 Franco-German Agenda, reportedly waitiing fdecisions).   

 - However, "of course, at this very moment there is much talk about the Gobalisation process, France has the Presidency of the G8 and G20 or G 30 (if our notes are accurate, was it a reference to a possible, and welcome extension to more important countries, including from Africa, etc ?), and it's important to cooperate well with Sarkozy's chairmanship and his team,  the German EU Minister added.    

- "In fact, "I just came from New York, 2 days ago, where I went in order to prepare the incoming German UN Security Council Membership, starting from January 2011, and "I was glad to learn that there was a very good Franco-German cooperation going on there, even if the P5 have also some other responsibilities, he also revealed.     

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Hoyer was in Offenbourg, near Strasbourg, for the founding act of the Superior Rhine Trilateral Metropolitan Region, "Oberrhein", together with his French and Swiss collegues, Philippe Richert (Alsace's President and new Minister for Territorial entities) and Peter Maurer, respectively, as well as Baden Wurtenberg's Head, Dr. Mapus, where, after a captivating overview of the area's potential, spectacularly highlighted in the famous Burda Media Tower's 15th floor, and an emotional ceremony with young Children from Families of the Franco-German brigade, they strongly stressed their common wish to strive to develop the innovative region as a Model for European Integration.

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(NDLR : Eurofora will come back on this exceptional event with more comprehensive Reports 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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