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CoE Landscape body Chief Mortensen to EF: Life Quality-Human Rights/Democracy+Pope Francis urge

Written by ACM
Thursday, 23 March 2017
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- The President of CoE's watchdog for the Respect of European Landscapes, Liv Kristine Mortensen, from Norway, speaking to "Eurofora", observed, in substance, that Both Quality of Life, and Human Rights, as well as Democratic Principles, should Boost the Protection of Natural and/or Historic/Cultural Landscapes in Europe, that even Pope Francis' 1st Encyclic, in fact, Urges to Saveguards, as a Vatican's Representative strongly Pleaded, later-on.

They were both speaking on the Occasion of a 2017 PanEuropean Conference focused on the "Implementation" of CoE's Landscape Convention, organized Today and Tomorrow by Cyprus' Presidency of the Highest Political body of Strasbourg's Institution, its Committee of Ministers, (November 2016 - May 2017).

Chairwoman Liv Kristine Mortensen explained to "Eurofora" that f.ex. her own Country  had practicaly "Integrated" CoE's  Landscape Convention's rules inside its own National Legislation, so that they could be used by affected Citizens in the National Courts, if necessary.

 

It's not for nothing that Norway has just Won the Title of the Country with the Best Quality of Life in the World, after Hard Global Competition, initialy from Switzerland, and afterwards from Canada, as she Agreed, on this point, with "Eurofora"...

 

+ But, concerning the main Decisions that CoE's Landscape Watchdog is due to Take this Week in Strasbourg, Mortensen pointed particularly at 2 Draft "Recommendations": One for "Landscape's possible "Contribution"..."to the exercise of Democracy and Human Rights", and anOther on the "Participation of the Public in the Definition and Implementation of Landscape policies".

 

-  The Latter could Stimulate a much-Needed "Grassroots", "Bottom - Up"  Popular Mobilisation for the protection of European Landscapes, instead of the Current, too Vertical Mechanism, she criticaly HighLighted. 

 

Both those 2 New Draft CoE Recommendations are expected to be Debated and/or Voted by the Conference Later this Evening, or Tomorow Morning, and, in that case, after Validation, the Final Decisions could be Definitively adopted by the Committee of Ministers "from September" 2017, indicated to "Eurofora" the experienced CoE's Director for Cultural Heritage, Natural Environment and Landscape, Maguelonne Dejeant-Pons.

 

Regarding particularly the Human Rights' aspects, she pointed also at arecent Introductory Statement of CoE's Secretary General, Thornbjorn Jagland, in a Pamphlet on relevant "Awards" alliance,  where he calls "Landscapes" as "an Essential, but frequently overlooked Dimension of Human Rights".

 

- In Fact, Landcape stands at an InterSection of CoE's key Values, including Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, etc., Dejeant-Pons observed, showing f.ex, to "Eurofora", a Simple but Beautiful Art Design, reportedly Symbolising Natural and/or Cultural/Historic Landscapes' closeness to various aspects of an elementary Quality and Values of Human Life, (See relevant Photo, herewith).

 

++ But, for the 1st Time in 2017, CoE's Annual Conference on the Implementation of the European Landscape Convention, Added also anOther, Moral much Stronger Ally, in real practice :  Pope Francis himself !

Indeed, asi it was lively Stressed by a Represenative of the Vaticn, from the outset, at the Beginning of this Afternoon's PanEuropean Debate on various "Public Policies for the Implementation" of CoE's Convention on European Landscapes, Pope Francis' important 2015 Encyclique (See, f.ex.his former Spokesman, Vatican's Press Director,Frederico Lombardi Statements to"Eurofora" at ....), called to Care for our "Common Home", and pleaded in favor of an "Integral Ecology", including the "Human Ecology", (that his predecessor, Emeritus Pope Benedict had practicaly launched with a landmark Speech at the Bundestag, back on September 2010, (See relevant "Eurofora"s NewsReport, then, at : ...), pointing at the "Integrality of Nature".

Landscape is part of the action of those Social Actors who realy Care for all the Creation, in general, he concluded in substance.

 

(.../...)

 

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("DraftNews", as already sent to "Eurofora" Subsrcibers/Donors, earlier. A more accurate, full Final Version, might be published asap).

 

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*Paris/ACM/12 October 2008/-

When Europeans really feel a vital need to urgently launch common replies to challenging World Crisis, as the present Financial turmoil of Global Markets, they forge new decision-making tools and new dynamics :

The 1st in History EuroZone Heads of State and Government Summit, organized in Paris at the invitation of French President, and current EU chair, Nicolas Sarkozy, with the participation of 15 national leaders and EU institutions' chairmen, partly enlarged to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, after a highly symbolic duo with German Chancelor Angie Merkel, at General De Gaulle's birth-village, 50 Years after he welcomed there former German chancellor Adenauer (1958-2008), may have not one, but two results :

- The first, and more urgent, was to launch an "ambitious", "coherent", and "efficient" common European movement, able to stimulate "solutions" to the World Economic Crisis, as Sarkozy anounced from the outset : State Garantees (to new Bank debts up to 5 years), fresh Capital input (f.ex. by buying shares), support to distressed banks, (while also restructuring them), incite the European Central Bank to facilitate commerial bills europe-wide, etc.

"Acting swiftly", from tomorrow, national measures will quantify all these targets, with coordinated actions from all EuroZone's Governments : France, Germany, Italy and others, decided to anounce, at the same time, such concrete measures, according to agreements that we have already made all together, revealed Sarkozy at the final Press Conference, flanked by EuroZone's chairmen : EuroGroup's Jean-Claude Juncker, and Central European Bank's Jean-Claude Truchet, as well as EU Commission's Jose Baroso, to solemnly stress the will to find common European solutions.

- "United and Determined, all EuroZone's Countries will act to prove that Citizens can Trust" the Economy, Sarkozy concluded. If we attract also all EU's 27 countries, Wednesday in Brussels, then we can coordinate action with our American Friends at a Global level, he anounced.

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- "With this new Toolbox, we do not want to serve Bankers, but to work for Europe and its Citizens' interests", added Juncker.

- "For the moment, we want to act urgently to regulate the Crisis. But the time will come when those responsible for this, will have to account for their actions. Yes to real Capitalism, No to Speculators. Those who abused, will face sanctions, Sarkozy warned.


Need stimulates activities which create new organs, say biologists, and Gordon Brown, compatriot of Spencer, the famous bio-Historian, would certainly not deny that, after his surprise visit to EuroZone's Summit in Paris, which attracted him one hour more than scheduled...

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Decisions include also the creation of a Crisis-management European mechanism, which "requires constant Monitoring", as well as strengthening Economic policy cooperation between EuroZone's countries.

Sarkozy will be judged by History not just by the immediate Economic results, expected at the end of this week's decision-making proces at National and EU level, but also by the more far-reaching consequences at the aftermath of this Historic EuroZone 1st Summit : Will it succeed to become a precursor forging a New era in European institution's revitalization ?

Significantly, the French President sat, during discussions, between German Chancelor Merkel, and British Prime Minister Brown, facing the chairmen of EuroGroup, Juncker, ECB : Truchet, and EU Commission, Baroso, with Prime Ministers of Spain, Zapatero (a hot partisan of EuroZone's Summit) at his right side, and Italy's Berlusconi, at his left, surrounded by Austrian, Belgian, Cyprus', Finland's, Greece's, and Ireland's leaders, as well as Slovakia's, Slovenia's, Portugal's, Netherlands', Malta's and Luxembourg's leaders.

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Meanwhile, those who tabled for a rift between French and German positions were faced with a smiling Merkel at De Gaulle-Adenauer's meeting place, a sunny Saturday morning, and a particularly active-looking Merkel inside the French Presidential Palace at Elysee's gardens on Sunday, (as happy few photographers discovered)..

- "De Gaulle's hilltop, at Colombey-les-2-Eglises, gave an astonishing overview to a huge landscape, entirely surrounded by splendid Nature, as far as eyes could see", said to EuroFora an obviously charmed German Journalist.

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She was describing Saturday's inauguration of a High-Tech Memorial close to the Historic Giant Double Lorraine's Cross, built by famous Novelist Andre Malraux, to perpetuate the Memory of his famous call for "Resistance" to NAZI, and his vision for the creation of New Institutions and Franco-German reconciliation, to foster Europe's role in the World, also for the Future.

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