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Macron : Europe has all trumps to offer to the World the Virus' Antidote !

Written by ACM
Thursday, 12 March 2020
 
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Expressing a surprizing European Oprtimism and Voluntarism, even in the middle of one of the Worst Health and Economic Crisis, when Europe has just been hit by a Deadly Virus more than any other area the World after China (See "Eurofora"s Warning at : ..., etc), embattled French President Emmanuel Macron strongly Urged to act for "Europe to have all Trump Cards in order to Offer to the World, during the Next Months, the Antidote to Covid-19" Virus !


- Already, "many, French and European (Public and private) Projects and Clinical Tests are evolving in order to Produce Fast, Performant and Efficient Diagnostics", with "Hopes for the first Treatments in some Weeks or Months", followed by "a Vaccine in many Months", as he said.

=> "We must Take Control, Build better a Sovereign ... Europe, able to firmly Master its Fate", by taking, "during the next Weeks and Months", certain "Breakthrough Decisions".  

- Pointing, inter alia, at "a General Mobilisation of our (Medical) Researchers", he praised "our Best Virologists, Epidemiologists, very Famous Specialists, and Clinicians on the spot", engaged in "Many French and European Programs", with "our Professors, supported by Private Actors", and vowed to "Ameliorate things, Both in France and at a European level".

- "The Principle that Guides us, in order to determine our actions, ... is to Trust Science : Hear those who Know", Macron stressed.

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- Already, at EU Level, the competent EU Commissioner for Health, Stella Kyriakides from Cyprus, had announced Earlier, that Europe "will Finance 17 Projects, involving 136 Research Teams from across the EU".

+ And the President of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has just observed, after the Latest EU Leaders' Tele-Conference on the Virus, (10 March 2020), that, "on (Medical) Research and development, we Will reinForce the European Initiative to Fund Targeted research on the Coronavirus", while, already, "we (the EU) have mobilised €140 Millions of public and private funding for promising Research on Vaccines, Diagnosis and Treatment".

    This is obviously Added to the Financial Efforts done also by the 27 EU's Member States themselfs, but, a priori, one may Wonder whether it's really Enough, or not, when we see that, f.ex., the USA have reportedly earmarked 8 Billions $ for Scientific Research on how to Fight against that Virus, for a Population of some 350 Millions of Peope, while the EU has more than 500 Millions of Citizens...

    Moreover, it's also a Fact that, at least for the Time being (12/3/2020), the specialized International Website "https://clinicaltrials.gov" does not mention, among the declared Research Projects on CoronaVirus but Only ...6 Projects in Europe (+2 in Russia), compared to 15 in the USA and 43 in China... But this might be due, perhaps, to a Delay in Registering there, and/or of attributing those Funds by the EU to the various Candidates, the Dates their Work Starts, etc.

    Lsst, but no least, it's Difficult to understand why EU Commission might Spend several Hundrends of Millions of €uros for Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants Smuggled through Turkey to trespass EU's External Borders in Greece, (including Big Sums of Money, each Day, for the Controversial "Non Accompagnied Minors", many of whom are notoriously Adults), while it hasN't yet earmarked but Only 1 (one) Million € for Scientific ree=to Protect 500 Millions of innocent European Citizens' Lives from the Threats of that Deadly Virus....                                                                                                                                  

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+ At the Same Time, Macron launched a vibrant Call for "Solidarity" and "Union", stressing that, for the Moment, at this Stage, in practice, "it's Urgent to Protect ...the most Vulnerables", i.e., particularly, "the Persons Aged more than 70 Years, Suffering from Chronic illnesses or Respiratory Toubles, Handicaps", etc.

- "Our Absolute Priority is Health. I will not hesitate on anything", he promised.  Human "Health is Priceless", and we "shall use all necessary financial means to Help, Care for the Sick, and Save Lives, at whatever cost". But, at the same time, "we shall Keep the Changes that we shall make" for that purpose, "we Shall Learn the lessons of this Crisis", with "our Medical Staff, keen for Innovation and Mobilisation", so that "we shall survive with an even Stronger Health System" for the Future.

- In fact, "this Pandemia (as the WHO has just Named this "COVID-19" row) reveals that Free Health Care, withOut Conditions on Income, Career or Profession, our Wellfare State, is not about Costs, but Precious Assets, Indispensable Trump cards, when Fate hits hard. What reveals this Pandemia, is that certain Goods and Services must be placed Out of the Laws of the Market"...

 

 

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ECHR's President to "EuroFora" on Journalists Gongadze and Adali murders : Principles must apply to all States, without discrimination.


+ ECHR's Statistics on Freedom of Expression (See below).


 European Court of Human Rights' President, Jean-Paul Costa, questioned by "EuroFora" on Journalists' murders, as in Gongadze and Adali's cases etc., strongly stressed all CoE Member States' obligation to make efficient Investigations to find and punish those responsible, and underlined that ECHR's case-law's principles must apply to all without any discrimination.

His call was clearly supported by various Top MEPs who denounced a risk of "Double Standards" if some Journalists' murders are investigated, while others don't.

To avoid such risks, CoE's Parliamentary Assembly adopted a Resolution, on the occasion of Ukranian Journalist Gongadze's murder, "stressing", as a matter of general Principle, "the importance it attaches to the safety of Journalists and political activists, especially those linked to opposition groups, in ALL member states of the CoE". All "crimes against journalists and political activists must be investigated ... as a matter of priority, without political interference".

Costa was replying to "EuroFora"s question on the fact that, after CoE's Committee of Ministers, also CoE's Assembly had just adopted a Resolution on Gongadze murder case, based on an ECHR's judgement of 2005, asking a full Investigation from Ukraine, who has found and condemned  in 10 years of jail 2 executants, but not yet the instigators.

While nothing similar was yet done for dissident Turkish Cypriot Kutlu Adali's murder, with 5 bullets shot at his head out of his Family's home in the territories of Cyprus occupied by Ankara's army, despite another ECHR's judgement of the same year 2005, and despite Turkey's claim that nobody was found among those responsible for the murder, and that there was nothing more to do..

In order to be credible and efficient, CoE's mechanisms shouldn't find a way to at least ask for full investigations of all Journalists' murders anywhere they might be committed, without exceptions ?

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- "On the larger question that you raised, I'd like to say, since we are in a period of stock-taking on ECHR's 50 Years, that the Court's case-law developed certain concepts ....such as the Positive obligations of States, part of which are also the procedural obligations", started to reply ECHR's President.

 - "Whenever Journalists, Lawyers, Defenders of Human Rights, or even simple Citizens are murdered, the States are held responsible, not only if its their own security forces' agents who committed these murders, but also if they didn't make sufficiently substantial and efficient Investigations", he stressed.

- "I want to strongly underline that we (ECHR) have found in many cases numerous violations of Articles 2 and 3 against States, ....(about) murders or torture, ...because they didn't make enough Investigations in order to try to find and punish those responsible".

- "We (ECHR) do that vis-a-vis all 47 (CoE) Member States, without any discrimination".

"Naturally, the circumstances in each particular case may be differend, and we can't ommit to apply the rules of proof, or the rules of criminal procedure".

"But we try, by all means, to apply these principles of our case-law, to all States", he concluded.

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      Costa's call was strongly supported by several Top CoE MEPs, from various Political areas


- "To investigate the murder of one Journalist, and not of another, looks like Double Standards", denounced the President of EuroLeft Group in CoE's Assembly, Dutch MEP Tiny Cox.  

- "What is the reason ? Politics or specificity of a case ? Of course, if Cyprus and Turkey are involved, it's always a Political case"..

- "Murders of Journalists should always be fully investigated, because killing Journalists is not only killing persons, but also killing Free Press".  "We (CoE's Assembly) should do our outmost to help People who are working on Free Press and they are under threat or murdered".

Because for Free Politics, Free Press is a pre-requisitive : Parliamentarians  cannot  function without a Free Press. Not investigating, is not protecting ourselves".

So we should investigate all Journalists' murders : We are talking about Gongadze, about the Cypriot man (Adali), about the Journalist murdered in Moscow one week ago, etc", Cox concluded

- "CoE can' look at these cases differently. CoE can't wear Blinckers  !".
- "If the one is investigated, so has to be also the other. Why there wasn't full investigation ? Why's that ?", wondered British  Socialist MEP, Alan Meale.

- "A good idea" would be to "make a Motion for Resolution", and "join all Journalists' murders. Adali and Gongadze etc", said to "EuroFora" EU Parliament Political affairs Committee's President, Goran Lindbland, ChristianDemocrat MEP from Sweden.


(See also earlier News at "EuroFora" on similar issues).
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ECHR's Statistics on Freedom of Expression :


    Almost Half of condemnations by ECHR for violations of Freedom of Expression in 2008, concern Turkey : 20 out of a total of 48 for all CoE's Member States.

    Russia, Poland, France and Moldova were condemned only 3 times. Romania, Greece, Portugal, 2 times, and the other CoE Member States only 1 time, or none.
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    During the last Decade : 1998 - 2008, Turkey was condemned for violating Freedom of Expression in ..169 cases, while Austria only in 24.

    France and Moldova in 14 and 13, respectively, closely followed by Russia and Poland with 11 and 10, respectively. The rest of CoE Member States had less than ten condemnations.    
    

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