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Juncker aims Impetus on Reforms+Minsk Deal in EU-Ukraine Summit his Spokespersons tell EuroFora

Written by ACM
Sunday, 26 April 2015

*Angelo Marcopolo/- New EU Commission's President, experienced long-time Prime Minister of Luxembourg and €uroArea's Chairman, a profoundly pro-European ChristianDemocrat/EPP political leader, Jean-Claude Juncker, who currently heads for Tomorrow's EU - Ukraine Summit at Kiev, where he's due to meet together with President Poroshenko, Prime Minister Yatsenyuk, joined also by EU Council's President Tusk, and EU High Representative for External Action Mogherini, etc, "Hopes to stir Impetus" in much needed Reforms and Minsk Peace Deal's implementation, crucial both for the Country and for Peace and Development throughout all Europe, told in substance to "EuroFora" his Spokespersons Nathalie Bertaud and Aamenn Predergast, speaking of the 1st Euro-Ukranian Summit since the signature of the EU Association agreement last year in Brussels, a controversy over which had initially given pretext for the beginning of the 2013-2014 clashes in the embattled Country, which had, until now, also a Strategic importance for EU's Energy supplies from Russia's abundant Gas resources, at least before a recent attempt by Turkey to take over the Moscow - EU Gas Transit towards the Balkan region's EU Countries, etc, after 2019.



+ Juncker is also the Keynote Speaker who will open a crucial "International Support for Ukraine Conference", next Day, on Tuesday Morning, at Kiev, where he will be joined by EU Council's President, former Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, as well as USA vice-President Joe Biden, etc., before arriving to Strasbourg, on Tuesday Afternoon, during EU Parliament's Plenary Session, where we will address the MEPs at Wednesday Morning's Plenary, on the outcome and the follow-up of the latest EU Brussels' Summit of last Thursday, April 23.

This is expected to be an Important move for further developments, inter alia, also since the above-mentioned Conference has practically succeeded to a long-awaited, initially entitled "Donors' Conference" mainly for Economic Support to Ukraine, just after EU's High Representative for External Action, Federica Mogherini had recently stressed in Kiev that the EU - Ukraine relationship started to reach the level of EU Funding linked to Reforms. Something that the latest official EU Heads of State/Government's Summit in Brussels already clearly evoked in its Conclusions, f.ex. by supporting a "Conditional IMF Aid to Ukraine", (etc).

German Chancelor Angie Merkel has already pledged to offer a low interest Loan of more than 500 Millions € for the much-needed Reconstruction of Eastern Ukraine, where the 2014-2015 Armed Clashes, since the Kiev's Military Attacks against the Donetsk/Luhansk Autonomists, have notoriously provoked a reportedly fast growing Humanitarian Tragedy affecting Millions of People in that area : Something which has also been included in the latest Minsk Agreements for Peace in Ukraine, and for which  special "Contact Groups" including all sides of the Conflict is reportedly now in the process of being prepared, f.ex. in Humanitarian and/or Economic Reconstruction issues recently.


>>> Among the "Hotest" Political issues concerning the Eastern Ukraine Conflict, currently are, mainly, the DeCentralisation of Power Reforms, as well as the "Dialogue" between Kiev's Government and Donetsk/Luhansk's Autonomists both on DeCentralisation and on the "Burning" issues of the forthcoming Local Elections, due around October 2015, to be followed by the question of Borders, etc. In addition, Moscow's Strange recent U-Turn towards droping its "Blue Stream" Pipeline, initially scheduled via the Black Sea to Bulgarian, Greece, etc., in order to replace it with a controversial ... Turkey-related Pipeline, (due to followe afterwards through Greece, etc), which might take over all Russian Gas transport towards the EU, so that the Ukranian Transit pipeline could be Closed after 2019, has added another Puzzle for the New EU Commission, (mainly due, as President Putin has noted several times, to the Previous, Baroso Commission's reluctance vis a vis Russia).


Political Dialogue and/or Economic Reconstruction of the War-stricken areas of Eastern Ukraine, sometimes take certain unexpected Dimensions, touching also upon various Other, apparently Reform-related Issues in Ukraine, from which, only a Well-Informed and Careful Eye could Distinguish them :

F.ex., recently, an unprecedented Clash of the Ukranian Government with one among Ukraine's rich pro-Kiev Oligarchs, Kolomodoi, who had even been appointed as Regional Governor, and used to fund a Private Army against Donetsk/Luhansk's Autonomists, reportedly coincided with a suggestion that Kiev would better Negotiate with the Dissidents in order to facilitate a sustainable Peace... Meanwhile, another Tension between Kiev and another Business Oligarch, Akhmetov, (owner of Mines, etc), was noted these Days. Achmetov is reportedly paying his Workers who are partly located inside the Donetsk/Luhansk Autonomist Regions, against which Kiev has recently imposed a quasi-Total Financial and Economic Blockade, (including even Civilian People's Salaries, Pensions, Poor's Social Allowances, and even their own Money entrusted in Ukranian Banks, as well as the Closure of all Public Services, such as Posts, Hospitals, etc). Donetsk's Autonomist Leader Zacharenko and others would have reportedly revealed recently that Mariopol, the Strategic Seaport City of South-Eastern Ukraine, wasn't seized by a succesful counter-Offensive of the Donetsk/Luhansk's milicia, at the End of last August - beginning of September 2014, also because it was used by Achmetov in order to Export and Sell legaly his products, (according also  to Anti-Russia Media, English language Media "KievPost").


- However, as Juncker's Press Spokespersons told "EuroFora", even if "it's quite Sure" that at least the above-mentioned "DeCentralisation" Reform "will be Discussed by the New EU Commission's President with his Ukranian interlocutors, (President Pososhenko and Prime Minister Yatsenyuk, etc), nevertheless, given that Tomorrow's Summit has been prepared by quite frequent, "Regular Meetings" in Brussels, it's probably "All" the wide spectrum of "EU - Ukraine issues", which "are expected to be discussed" from Monday at Kiev.

- I.e., f.ex. "Reforms issues, Energy Issues, etc", (while, already, EU Commission has made a really Helpful Mediation between Russia and Ukraine, as far as Kiev's Gas Supplies are concerned, as it was reminded).

 - "But, obviously, at this moment,; what is more at Focus is Implementation of the Minsk Agreements", (i.e. related to the Military and now Political aspects of the Peace process), that are expected to be certainly Discussed" at this EU - Ukraine Summit.

+ We can't yet say which one among such Political issues might be more, or less Discussed now, but, at least, as far as it concerns the Reforms, Progres on Constitutional Reforms, Decentralisation of course, Fight against Corruption, Justice's Reform, Restructuring of the Heavy Industy sector, Improvement of the Business' climate, Gas Market Law, etc, all these issues, they will be certainly discussed", some of them "for the 1st time", Jucnker's Press Spokepersons told "EuroFora".

Meanwhile, as far as it concerns the Constitutional Reforms, according to CoE's Venice Commission President, Gianni Buquicchio, at elast éthe part related to DeCentralisationn should have presented a Draft at the latest on June 2015, in order to have enough Time to be Ready for the Crucial Local Elections of October 2015, due to be followed, later-on, by an agreeméent on Borders' Monitoring, etc, as he said recently in Strasbourg, replying to Questions at CoE's Congress of Local/Regional Authorities.

 - In fact, even if all "the Political issues will be Discussed", nevertheless, "for the Commission, the Focus will be on Reforms" probably, while "the (EU) Council (i.e. President Tusk, who will join Juncker later-on at kiev) might, perhaps, focus more on Political and Security issues".

=> At any case, Tomorrow, Monday, after a Working lunch, there will be a Joint Declaration, and a Press Conference  is cheduled at Kiev, around 4 o'clock in the Afternoon".

- Even if "it's not for a Short Meeting of only 1 Day to reinvent the Wheel on issues which are Regularly Discussed" at Expert's level in Brussels, etc,, nevertheless, such "High-Level meetings at the Top may give some Impetus to tbe Discussions",
 Juncker's Spokespersons concluded, speaking to "EuroFora" at the eve of th at Crucial EU - Ukraine Summit, for the 1st time after the signature of the EU Association Agreement, and while Minsk Peace Deal's implementation still has an obviously Crucial Importance and an overall impact on the forthcoming developments.

And, as President Jean-Claude Juncker himself has recently said to "EuroFora" in Strasbourg, during one of his visits to EU Parliament, in reply to a Question about the Ukraine conflict, "Investments for Peace, are the Best Investments of all"...




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Sarkozy and Merkel want deals with Obama on European Security at Strasbourg's NATO 2009 Summit

In parallel but concording moves, EU Chair, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel both invited this week US-President elect, Barack Obama, to discuss important deals breaking new ground on European Security during the NATO's 60 Years Anniversary Summit of Heads of State in Strasbourg, where Obama is expected to make his 1st visit to Europe as a President on April 2009.

Merkel focused mainly on smoother NATO - EU Defence and Security policy cooperation, while Sarkozy spoke about PanEuropean Security, associating both Russia and the USA, proposing to freeze missile and shields' deployement until an agreement is reached.

But both tackled some hard nuts to crack : Turkey's VETO against the participation of EU Member Cyprus to EU-NATO cooperation, and Russia's anouncement on deployment of missiles up to Kaliningrad, at EU's belly, in reply to USA's wish to set up missile shields in EU States such as Poland or Czech Republic, etc.

- "Certainly...one of the points that we'll dicuss with the New US President", Barak OBAMA, "who will come f'or the 1st time in Europe as president, at the NATO Summit", co-hosted by France and Germany in Strasbourg, ""concerns, above all, the European Security and Defence Policy" (ESDP), and "the relations between NATO and its partners", with whom it should "work together", anounced earlier this week Merkel.

We must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", because of a "series of practical issues, sometimes difficult to understand", but that "we must discuss".


- "An example" of that is "the issue of Cyprus and Turkey", said Merkel, where Ankara raises problems "from Kosovo up to Afghanistan", as also CoE's chair, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt recently observed in Strasbourg replying to EuroFora's questions.

- "We must do something to smoothen this problem for good, and not only on a case-by-case basis, laboriously negotiated each time". Here, we must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", Merkel stressed.

- "With good will from all sides, it could and should be posible. Germany wants also to help on that". Otherwise, "the coming generations will not understand why it took Decades to do so". But, if we "don't even achieve that for Decades, this would be an Historic Failure !", the German Chancellor warned

- "I think that our American partners are increasingly realizing that", Merkel said, pleading for "a stronger European Security and Defence policy, with which, I believe, the Atlantic Security Partnership can also strengthen and solidify".

Meanwhile, USA is also due to take in 2009 a special status inside EU-led EUROCORPS, the European Army HeadQuarters, based in Strasbourg.

Merkel said that after meeting in Berlin with NATO's Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, earlier this week, precisely in order to "prepare NATO's Summit", scheduled for the beginning of April 2009 in Strasbourg.

Scheffe, knows well Strasbourg, since he chaired the CoE, as Holland's Foreign Minister, when he brokered a controversial deal precisely on Turkey and Cyprus about the implementation of ECHR judgements on Greek Cypriot displaced persons' houses and properties in 2003. He returned later at least once, for a WEO meeting at the CoE, where he precisely had highlighted such EU - NATO issues.

EU Commission's 2008 Report on Turkey has just observed that, on European Defense - Security policy, "Turkey continues to object to EU-NATO Cooperation which would involve all EU Member States". "This created Problems for EU-NATO co-operation in the context of Civilian ESDP missions, in particular in Kosovo and Afghanistan".


 French EU Chair, President Sarkozy and Merkel are visiting Washington on Friday and Saturday for a Global G-20 Summit with current US President George Bush, on the sidelines of which are expected preparatory contacts with US President-elect Obama's entourage, even if himself might stay in Chicago until he takes over on January 21.

Before going to Washington, Sarkozy concluded today an UE - Russia Summit with Dmitry Medvedev, where they "spoke in length on PanEuropean Security" :

- As EU President, I proposed that we meet on mid-2009 in a framework such as OSCE's in order to set the foundations of a Future Pan-European Security, which would associate Russia and USA, and that, meanwhile, nobody speaks about deploying missiles or shields, which complicate the situation".

- NATO's Summit in Strasbourg-Kehl, on April 2009 is a perfect occasion to discuss with our American friends and to prepare a possible OSCE Summit for these issues f.ex. for June or July", Sarkozy concluded.

- We must all abstain from Unilateral measures" dangerous for Europe's security. "Russia only reacted to decisions taken by some other countries. But if they are ready to cooperate, we are ready to discuss. EU could be an intermediary", added Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, before going himself too at the Washington G-20 Economic Summit.


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