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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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  Ten Years of ECHR : 1998 - 2008 show need of Revival in 2009-2010 coinciding with 2009 EU Election
   

A threefold, coordinated move by new Top French Political actors in the 2009 EU Parliament Elections, expressed in Strasbourg a will to boost Europe's Political dimension close to Citizens' concerns, going from protection of Economy to defence of Human Rights.    

The move met an exceptional ECHR's call for a "revival" of Human Rights' protection mechanism', in a Mega-Conference, early 2010.   

Obviously focusing on June 2009 Elections to EU Parliament, it involved from the outset the recently nominated "dual" Head of French Governing Party (UMP)  Michel BARNIER and Rachida DATI :

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     - "As President Sarkozy has clearly said, we (France) are in favor of a Strong, Sovereign and Independent, Political Europe, which protects its Citizens, and not for a large Super-Market, nor for a Europe under influence",

    "This goes for everything, including Energy", added to "EuroFora" the experienced former EU Commissioner, Minister of Foreign affairs, currently of Agriculture and Sarkozy's new pick as Leader of the Governing party UMP to EU 2009 Election, Michel BARNIER                                              .                             

  - Human Rights are important because they are at the Heart of the Political Europe that we aspire for : I.e. a Europe able to act and protect its Citizens, stressed also the New French Minister for European affairs, Bruno LE MAIRE, while meeting Strasbourg's Journalists at his first visit to the CoE.   

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This is one of the main interests for CoE, which is also a natural place for cooperation between EU countries and Russia or Turkey, which was recently helpful at the Middle East crisis, he added.

The move gained momentum with French Minister of Justice, Rachida Dati's main observations at ECHR's 5Oth Anniversary :   

- "While we are seeking Europe's Borders and Identity, you (ECHR) remind us also of its Values", Human Rights, Dati noted.   

Citizens seek more and more often ECHR's help, and the tempo accelerates, Europa awaits a symbol, while national legal orders are not freezed   

And she expressed "support" to ECHR President Jean-Paul Costa's call to satisfy the vital need to revigorate the PanEuropean Court by deciding big changes at a High-Level Conference open to a large audience, a kind of "Etats Generaux" of Human Rights, at the beginning of 2010.       

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It's not so much the recently growing number of applications for Russia or Ukraine etc, which seems to be Costa's main concern : In fact, the cases declared "admissible" are much fewer...    

But rather the persistent violations of Human Rights, sometimes very grave (ie. murders, torture, abritrary deprivation of liberty, oppression of freedom of speech, destructions of homes/properties, etc), despite numerous, repeated condemnations by ECHR. So that CoE's Ministers, due to "supervise execution" of ECHR's judgements, are overloaded.   

F.ex. most Media noted that Turkey still remains, even in 2008, the 1st among 47 CoE member States in the number of condemnations by ECHR :  257, compared to 233 for Russia, with a population more than the double..    

The problem is that it's not the 1st time at all : During all the last Decade 1998-2008, Turkey was condemned by ECHR much more than any other State, and for particularly grave violations :   

- 1.652 condemnations, compared to 605 for Russia, 548 for Poland, 494 for France, 476 for Ukraine, etc.   

Italy's second place with 1.394 condemnations is a misleading false appearance : In fact, most of them (999) concern mere "procedural delays" in national courts. Same for France.   

On the contrary, Turkey was condemned 180 times for Killings, 192 times for Torture or Inhuman/Degrading treatments, 340 times for arbitrary deprivation of Liberty, 528 times for "Unfair trial", and 169 times for oppression of Freedom of speech, (etc). And the latest, 2008 numbers, indicate no change in this trend, (See supra).   

The current Spanish CoE Presidency (November 2008 - May 2009) has made of the implementation of ECHR's judgements its 1st Priority.   

ECHR's President, Jean-Paul Costa, stressed in its 2009 Annual Press Conference, CoE Member States' obligation to implement the judgements, according to Article 46 of the European Convention on Human Rights.   

Moreover, if CoE's Committee of Ministers delays to ensure implementation, then, the repetition of violations in similar cases provokes a multiplication of complaints tabled to the Court, which overload the mecanism for the protection of Human Rights, denounced Costa.          

A series of Debates on "the situation of Human Rights in Europe", focusing on the "need to fight against Impunity" of perpetrators of grave crimes, is  currently prepared by CoE's Parliamentary Assembly for the session of June 2009.  

The final Timing comes shortly AFTER the EU Elections, but the main Reports should have been adopted before.

Meanwhile, French President Sarkozy and German Chancelor Merkel's recent call "for a Political Europe" in 2009 EU Elections (See earlier "correspondence from Paris, Elysee Palace), seems more and more endorsed also by other EU Countries' Top MEPs :

Thus, f.ex., EU Parliament's 1st vice-President, Greek MEP Mrs Rodi KRATSA, speaking to "EuroFora", agreed that 2009 EU Election would be a "naturally good" opportunity to debate what really interests EU Citizens : "The Future of a Political Europe, able to face the Economic Crisis, with a Culture and identity which attracts the People"

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(Photo taken earlier during Sarkozy's 1st visit at EU Parliament, in 2007 : Sarkozy and Merkel's Ideas for a Political Europe inspire also other EU politicians accross the continent)..
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