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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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    The recent paradox of freezing EU Talks with front-runner Croatia, while continuing controversial EU - Turkey talks, despite Zagreb's acceptance of Refugees' Human Rights to return, that Ankara refuses fex. in Cyprus, while both have "Good Neighborhood" problems vis a vis Slovenia, or Greece, Cyprus and Armenia respectively, can it be justified by the non-fullfilment of EU criteria, as Slovenia says, or, is it "Double Standards" ?    

The question became unavoidable after statements by Presidents of Slovenia and Croatia, Tuerk and Mesic, respectively, to "EuroFora", exclusively or among Strasbourg's journalists this week at the CoE, on the sidelines of its 2009 Summer University for Political Schools, which topically brought them together as successive key-note speakers.


    Comming only a few Months before EU checks Turkey's compliance to its commitments on Cyprus, etc., scheduled for December 2009, this obviously has a special importance for the coherence of EU Enlargement's principles.

     Suspension of EU Negotiations is a normal consequence in case of a Candidate Country's failure to fullfil EU Conditions, such as "Good Neighborhood relations", stressed at first Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk, current CoE's chair.

    But, regarding EU's Criteria,  there shouldn't be any "Double Standards",  reacted Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, commenting the fact that Turkey's controversial EU negotiations continue, while they were recently "freezed" in the case of Croatia, an "unquestionably European Country", which oficially accepts to respect Refugees Human Rights, contrary to Ankara's notorious refusals or reluctance.                                       

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - "EU itself has set as a Criterium (for EU Enlargement) the "Good Neighborhood relations",  and their absence justifies the "Suspension" EU Negotiations, (f.ex. with Croatia), because of a Border dispute affecting the territorial integrity of an EU Member Country, stressed Slovenian President, Danilo Tuerk, CoE's Chairman in office (May - November 2009), speaking to Journalists in Strasbourg including "EuroFora".    

Questioned earlier what "consequences on EU's Enlargement policy" can have the "Ban on EU Membership Negotiations", imposed to Croatia, Tuerk replied that "this question comes down to the fulfillement of (EU) Criteria for membership. One has to look at each Candidate Country ., from the point of view whether it fullfils the Criteria that EU has set. One of them are Good Neighborhood Relations, I'd like to remind. And also, there are other factors, such as Justice, Home affairs, Rule of Law, and others".


    - "Now, ..Candidate Countries are at Different Levels of fulfillement of Criteria", he observed.

    - " Croatia is obviously the closest to that. I'm rather optimistic : I think that in the coming Months we'll have an opportunity to look at all these issues constructively and hopefully we'll be able to make progress". "My main concern, at this point, is the situation in Bosnia : We haven't seen enough progres domesticaly. We haven't seen enough during ..political parties within their country.We need a New Energy, a new energetic move towards the Candidature for EU membership. "Other (Western Balkan) Countries (Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM, Albania) have been making soaring Progress, and I think that they should be ready, in a few Years, for the Candidate status".

    - "As far as the Western Balkans are concerned, .. nobody should be left outside" the EU, Slovenian's President concluded, ommitting to mention Turkey's controversial EU bid.

    - "This process may be seen as Slow, but..  Slovenia has also has also been exposed to various "Booms of Slowness" in our accession period. But now we can say that the process was relatively quick, because changes which occur after becoming EU member, are quite large, and they require proper Preparations before the (EU) membership becomes a new factor, an impacting line for a new (EU) member country".
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Slovenian statements made some participants from certain 3rd Countries as FYROM, etc. claim that "the Principle of EU Solidarity" would "produce a.. rising European Union Nationalism (sic !), against Non-EU Countries", as they said, asking unhappy foreign countries to form a "bloc" to exert pressure on the EU...    

But Croatian President Stjepan Mesic dismissed that, supporting "EU Integration", "after the Economy also in Political" issues, as "the achievement" of our times. In EU there is "diversity, but it's United", he stressed, "EU has to be United so that it can become a central factor of Peace" also at the surrounding areas, he replied.

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Speaking later exclusively to "EuroFora", the experienced twice President of Croatia, former President of the International "Non-Aligned" movement, denounced "Double Standards" in the way EU treats recently Croatia compared to Turkey :   

 - "I think that there shouldn't be Double Standards", stressed the Croatian President, in reply to a Question comparing the freeze of EU - Croatia talks, with the continuation of EU - Turkey talks, despite the fact that Croatia is an "unquestionably European country", while Turkey's EU bid is notoriously controversial.


    Mesic was reacting to the observation that, even if he confirmed his "respect of Refugees' Human Rights to return, etc. (See infra), nevertheless, EU talks are suspended with Croatia.. While for oher, controversial candidates, who refuse to respect Refugees' Rights to return, etc., as fex. Turkey does in occupied Cyprus and elsewhere, EU negotiations continue".

    - "I believe that Croatia's accession will confirm that all European Countries who fulfill all of the Conditions and achieve European Standards, have to join the EU. There shouldn't be any Double Standards", went on to add in reply President Mesic.

    In this relation, Croatia's President found "of paramount importance", CoE's "mechanisms enforcing ECHR's judgements"
    
    - "On Refugees and Displaced persons, the process will be completed only after the last person demanding to return will be allowed to do so !", President Mesic Croatia stressed earlier, setting a general standard of obvious importance also for otherr candidates, as f.ex. Turkey, often accused to exclude or heavily restrict Greek Cypriot Displaced persons' return to their Family Homes and ancestral land, provoke difficulties to Turkish-Kurd IDPs return to their home regions at the South-East, etc.

    Some "2.000 People are still reported Missing" in former Yugoslavia, for some Years, (as in Cyprus, modern Europe's oldest case, for 3 Decades. Nagorno-Karabach, Tcecnya in Russia, etc, more recently), and Investigations "will only be completed after establishing the fate of the last one of them", he added.
    
    Speaking earlier on "War Crimes", President Mesic stressed that "Leaders are responsible for (the) Wars (of the Past), not the People", and called against Impunity :  "Individuals have to be held Responsible for Crimes. International Penal Tribunals have to persecute those individuals", perpetrators of War Crimes, he underlined.

    Such statements naturally made Mesic rather popular at ECHR, whose President, French EuroJudge, Professor Jean-Paul Costa, looked particularly smiling when he welcomed him later on Wednesday afternoon, after Slovenian President Daniko Tuerk earlier this week.
           

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