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EU Chair, Austrian Chancelor Kurz on FRONTEX + Neighbouring Countries: Bring Back irregular Migrants

Written by ACM
Friday, 14 December 2018

*Brussels/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- Despite some current Controversies on FRONTEX's further development, (particularly around CoastGuards' precise role), nevertheless, its Mandate has been Strengthened, in recent proposals and practice, specialy regarding External relations to Neighbouring 3rd Countries, including their Cooperation into Bringing Back and dealing with Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants attempting to tresspass EU's External Borders, (in order to avoid Problems similar to 2015/2016), stressed Today in substance EU President in office, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, at the Final Press Conference of the December 2018 EU Summit in Brussels.

Flanked by EU Commission and Council's Presidents, Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk, Kurz was Replying to Press Questions particularly on "What happened to <<Europe that Protects>> ?", as far as its External Borders are concerned.

- Already since June 2018 (i.e. having Started during the previous, Bulgarian EU Presidency), there is a Stronger Focus on External Cooperation with 3rd Countries, where "FRONTEX's Mandate has been strengthened, and this is Decisive", Kurz pointed out.

- This is Key into "Reducing the Number of People Embarking for Europe", he stressed.


- Because at the moment, we have a situation where, when People set out for Europe, they are rescued by European Ships, and they are taken, afterwards, into Europe.


- But, if (f.ex.) the Libyan CoastGuards, that we (EU) are Supporting and Training, as well as the Egyptian CoastGuards, can Rescue more People, then, once they Rescue People, they shouldN't continue to Europe. These People should be brought Back, (f.ex.) to Africa.

=> - This would Deter People from setting up towards Europe, at the first place. Because that way to Europe would be Closed. There will be just a way back to Africa".



+ And, moreover, "this Removes the Basis for the Business of Traffickers of Human beings". Because "People woN't want to Take the Risk, anymore".

- That's why Kurz, together with EU Council's President, Donald Tusk; have recently Started Talks with Egypt's leadership, that has been very Helpful,  while Italy and other EU Countries are also Supporting the Lybian Coastguards, etc.

=> So, Nowadays, that kind of Massive Influx "has been Reduced - 95% compared to 2015-2016", he noted, (obviously pointing at that, earlier, UnPrecedented and UnWarned, sudden Huge "Tsunami" of more than 1,5 Millions Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants tresspassing in Europe through Turkey's Sea Borders to EU Member Greece, which was Initially and mainly Stopped thanks to the Closure of the Western Balkans' route by several European Countries, (Starting from Hungary, etc), as converging Official Data from competent International Organisations as UNHCR and IOM, have already Proved, (See "Eurofora"s relevant NewsReport, already Published as early as since the Beginning of May 2016, at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/unpopulareuvisafreefor80millionsturksuseless.html etc).

+ And, "as far as the Central Mediterranean is concerned, we have Today ZERO (0) Arrivals, as that way has been Closed !", Kurz went on to add, in conclusion.  


>>> Such Recent Developmentrs concerning EU Neighbours Egypt, Libya, and other relevant North African Countries related to that Central Mediterranean route of huge Massive Irregular Migrants' route, are naturally very Interesting also as far as it regards another key EU Neighbour : Turkey, who is, moreover, notoriously Paid more than 3 Billions € in full Grants by the EU, each Year, in order to Stop Smuggling of Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants into Europe.

+ To these Sums of fresh Money, are added, Moreover, 1 Billion € in Grants per Year, as Pre-Accession Funds, as well as around 4 Billions € per Year in EIB's Loans, making of Turkey the Most EU-Supported Non-European Neighbouring Country of all !

>>> However, despite of all that, After an Initial Drop of the infamous 2015/2016 "Tsunami" of 1,5 Billion Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants, (started and mainly due to the Closure of Western Balkans' Route by several European Countries, at First Hungary, etc), nevertheless, the Number of such irregular Mass Tresspassings of EU's External Borders by Turkish Smugglers, recently, Re-Started to Grow anew, slowly but constantly...

To the point that, Nowadays, entire Islands of EU Member Country Greece, located at the Aegean Sea near the Turkish Borders, are notoriously Suffering by the manifold consequences of seriously OverCrowded Reception Camps for Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants still arriving through Turkey, Adversely affecting the Lives of Both Migrants and EU Citizens living there, to Unprecedented Levels, in Scandalous Conditions, as many have recently Denounced.

But FRONTEX's CoastGuards' behavior vis a vis Turkish Smugglers there, seems to have become exactly ...the Opposite of what Chancellor Kurz has just described, at this EU Summit's concluding Press Conference in Brussels, as being now the rule at Central Mediterranean : Instead of Protecting and Shielding EU's External Borders from Massive Irregular Tresspassings, on the Contrary, FRONTEX nowadays almost always, routinely limits itself only into ...Rescuing All the Incoming Turkish Smugglers' Vessels, plenty of Non-European Migrants from all over the World, and mainly Asia or Africa, (mots of them, heavily Islamized, at Exceptional levels, at least those that Turkey choses to Import in Europe), and Afterwards merely Bringing them inside EU Member Country Greece's land, as a lot of relevant Press Anouncements reveal...(Comp.: ..., etc).

I.e. precisely what Italy's Beppe Grillo's "5 Stars" Movement (currently in the Governmental Coalition), had notoriously Criticized as a role of ... "TAXIS" (sic !) serving Smugglers !

+ This seems to have been added also to a lot of various Other potential Scandals, apparently concerning some among those (NGOs, Businesses, Experts/Volunteers, etc) who have chosen to regularly deal (and mostly receaving EU Funds for it) with the People trapped in that kind of unique situation, as it has just Started to be Recently Denounced, (both in the Greek, as well as in the European or International Press).

To the point that, the Question raised by that Journalist in EU Summit's concluding Press Conference Today in Brussels, about : -"What has Happened to that <<Europe which Protects ?>>" (Comp. Supra),

is inevitably here Doubled also by the Addition of another one : - "Why, and until When will Europe allow Turkey to still Behave Worse than some African Countries ?", (Comp. Supra).






(NDLR : "DraftNews", as already send, Earlier, to "Eurofora"'s Subscribers/Donors. A more accurate, full Final Version, might be Published asap).




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    Scientific innovation joined to Faith for Human Rights, Eastern Partnership and fight against the Crisis, but above all, the need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" from EU Citizens, are the main priorities for new EU Parliament's President, Polish Jerzy Buzek, that a 555-votes-strong majority of MEPs on July 14,  Strasbourg made a living symbol of the fact that, 20 years after the fall of Berlin Wall (1989 - 2009) there is no more an Eastern or Western Europe, but only one Europe, as the head of the largest group of MEPs, ChristianDemocrats/EPP, Joseph Daul, stressed after the event.

    Speaking later to a group of Strasbourg's Journalists, including "EuroFora", the new EU Parliament's President clarified his stance on concrete topical issues, as f.ex. that of Turkey's controversial EU bid, which was one of the main issues of the June 2009 Electoral campain, clearly won by his party of ChristianDemocrats/EPP :  - "At present, Turkey does not fullfil none of EU conditions", he stressed, (See infra).


    Buzek is well known in Strasbourg and to "EuroFora" as EU Rapporteur for the Framework Program of Scientific Research and Development of Technologies. A Natural Science Professor from the Historic and Religious landmark Polish City of Częstochowa, active in the famous Solidarnosk grass-roots social movement, he served 4 years as Prime Minister (1997-2001), before being elected as MEP in 2004 and 2009, after he brillantly won the latest EU Election at the head of his party (EPP) almost doubling the number of its MEPs from 15 to 28 !

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    Therefore, EU Parliament will be "open to your criticism, for discussion and exchange of views", he promissed to Journalists in Strasbourg.

    In this way, Buzek, in fact, highlighted "EuroFora"s main idea, that we strongly advocate since 1997-2007, to systematicaly and actively involve EU Citizens in public debates during the decision-making process of important EU measures, which affect their lives and the society in which they live, (and not only just a few weeks each 4 or 5 Years at the eve of EU Elections)...
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    F.ex. Questioned on the suspension of EU - Croatia talks because of a Border conflict with EU Member Slovenia, Buzek prefered to speak about principles :

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But Buzek avoided to directly reply to a queston on "French and German EPP' calls to define the Borders of Europe", as a German journalist asked him by making a reference to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and German Chancellor Angie Merkel's, critical statements on Turkey at the June 2009 Electoral campain.    

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- "Countries wishing to join the EU need to Change their Systems", as we (Poland and other former Eastern European Countries) did, he stressed.

- "'For me, meeting the condition of Human Rights is one of the Key conditions for membership in the EU", preferring again to speak from the point of view of General Principles, on the occasion of an untimely question on Serbia (which is not even a candidate yet)...

- "Turkey" has, "first of all", to fullfil (EU) Copenhagen criteria". Bevause, currently, none of them is fullfiled by Turkey", New EU Parliament's President, denounced, speaking later to a group of Journalists, including "EuroFora".


In particular, on Human Rights :  - "We (EU) can never forget Human Rights", because "this is at the very Foundations of the EU", Buzek added.

On the contrary, when he referred to EU Enlargment for the  "Western Balkans Countries ", Buzek appeared upbeat, finding "promising situations", despite "difficulties" in the Past, since "Countries are queuing to become EU members", and this "generated changes", as he said.

As for Russia, Buzek observed that it was a "very important" country, located "in the same Continent", Europe,  "close to our borders", and "we need eachother". "But Russia' has 'differend poblems : "They claim that their system is Democratic, but rules are differend", and we must be "aware of such differencies", fex. "on Human Rights", that we can't ignore, as he said;

Concerning China, where a journalist observed that the recipient of EU Parliament's latest "Sakharov prize" for freedom of thought is "still in prison", Buzek found that since the 1999 events in Tien Amin square, "we see differencies on Human Rights still today", and expressed his "support" for those who try to ameliorate the situation.

On the contrary, speaking recently to "EuroFora" he strongly supported the idea for an EU - Ukraine cooperation, fex. between Airbus and Antonov, in order to build a  less costly but more performant than the old and problematic A400M, new Military Transport Airplane : - "They (Ukranian Antonov Company) can certainly do it. I'm sure they can. It's a good Idea, and I'd be glad if it was done", he told us. (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/airbusantonov.html )



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