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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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    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).

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    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 !

    - "Innovation" and "Energy safety", as well as fight against the "Cimat change", but also "Eastern Partnership", the "Mediterranean", "Strategic partnerships" with Russia, the USA, etc, and the search for "solutions to the Economic Crisis" that EU Citizens "expect" from us, will be his "priorities", announced from the outset the new EU Parliament's President, reminding also that the quest for "Human and Civic Rights" played an important role in his experience with the Solidarnosc grass-roots social movement in Poland's History

    But, the most important of all, is the urgent need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" between EU Institutions and the People he stressed : - EU "Citizens often don't understand us", denounced Buzek, launcing a call to "do anything for EU Citizens to understand our work" in EU Parliament : "We (MEPs) need to make EU Citizens involved" in "what we are doing every week, in Strasbourg and Brussels", he proposed. Pointing f.ex. to the hot "Debates" with "strong arguments" exchanged between MEPs during the preparation of their Legislative Decisions, in Committees, delivering often hard struggles between initially opposed points of view, long before forging a majority at the final vote, sometimes more than a year..

    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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    This is related also to the symbolic gift that Buzek chose to give to the out-going former EU Parliament's President, Hans Gert Poettering, (2007-2009), his collegue in the ChristianDemocrats/EPP, who brillantly won 2009 EU Elections in Germany : A genuine statute of sainte Barbara crafted in Silesia's black Coal by Polish Miners : Those simple but strong people who fought for social change against some technocrats and bureaucrats disguissed into so-called "real-socialists" of old times. (PHOTO).

    It's enough to have seen a popular open air mass, at Warsaw's center, with many thousands of people, old and young, simple workers and intellectuals mixed together, with references to Poland's history and struggles for survival and liberty, through various ages, (as fex. that organized at the eve of CoE's 2005 panEuropean Heads of State and Government for the beatification of late Pope John-Paul II), in order to understand what such symbols mean..

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    But, overcoming the "Crisis of Trust" with EU Citizens obviously implies also to rectify any errors done in the past, fex. on Turkey's controversial EU bid, with controversial decisions taken in 1999 and 2004 to give a "candidate" status and to start EU negotiations, provoking an unprecedented series of 3 "No" to EuroReferenda and 3 Majoriy Abstentions in EU Parliament Elections : 1999, 2005 and 2009, (even if the latest one succeeded to decelerate and almost stop the drop of participation rates, opening hopes for vote's revival after an electoral campaign clearly critical to Turkey's claims in several mainstream EU countries)
    
    Therefore, Buzek was faced with manifold critical Questions on EU Enlargement, most of them citting concrete examples of certain political problems  :  But his replies were almost always given as a matter of general principle :

    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 :

- "We know that during Enlargement, the process can be blocked by failure to resolve this kind of issues",  This concerns also other enlargments' cases", and "these rules are always in force" he warned.


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.    

- "Concerning Enlargement, there's always the same rules : There have to be Criteria, which have to be respected if a Country wants to join the EU", he started to simply reply.

- "For my country (Poland) it took us 15 Years to fullfil these Criteria", Buzek reminded, indicating, if proportions are kept, that Turkey, fex. would have to spend some 25 years before eventually joining the EU..

- "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".

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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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