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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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It's important to create a synergy between "mutually stimulating" EU Countries' moves in order to overcome an "Unjust" Crisis "imported from USA", stressed new French Minister for Economic Revival, Patrick Devedjian, in Strasbourg, warning also that, while hoping for a vigorous Obama US Plan, nevertheless, "Time" is of essence for Europe...

In fact, it's EU's own interest to act Fast, before June 2009 EU Election, since, with Lisbon Treaty not ratified yet, it cannot face again the risk of a Majority Abstention, as back in 1999 and 2004, nor another "anti-EU" mood among Citizens, as in the 2005 French and Dutch "No", followed by the 2008 Irish "No", without endangering rare Historic opportunities, currently open for the EU, whose future is at stake.

From Social issues up to High-Tech Scientific Research, concrete action for Economic revival started from Strasbourg and its European dimension, for the new super-Minister Patrick Devedjian, who visited a Popular Social Housing and Infrastructure project at nearby Hagenau village, before meeting new leaders of Strasbourg's unified mega-University in a Scientific Labo at the Campus, close to EU Parliament and CoE headquarters.

Devedjian, who met also with all the spectrum of Local Political  deciders of Alsace region, close to FrancoGerman borders, wants for deeds to meet the words, in real practice, whenever politicians speak about Strasbourg and Europe's development.

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Devedjan to "EuroFora" : "European coordination can act as a multiplicator by mutual stimulations"
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Devedjian was questioned by "Euro-Fora" on his expectations for reciprocal effects of coordinated European plans :

- "We are living in a (European and Global) system where borders are transparent : When we take measures in France, they produce effects also in Germany, in Belgium, Italy, Spain, or other EU countries, and vice-versa. "So, we can have mutually stimulating effects between national revival Plans, if they are somehow coordinated", ..."They can augment each other's effects, acting as multiplicators and levers". "As a State stimulates Local authorities and Private business, similarly, each EU country's economic revival plan may multiply the effects of other EU countries' actions", he told us.

- "F.ex., when I visited Strasbourg University's Scientific labos, they told me that part of the renovation, funded by France, is realized by German companies located only a few Kms away from the border. Thus, the French revival plan benefits also the German economy. And vice-versa : when Germany takes certain measures, they can have beneficial effects also for French companies"

In an era of Globalisation, "nobody can close and isolate himself inside a Fish-Bowl !", he concluded.
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Economy's revival starts from Strasbourg and Europe, for new French Minister Devedjian
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This could be one of the reasons for which the new French Minister for Economic Stimulus chose to make his 1st visit to Strasbourg, the headquarters of European and Paneuropean Institutions, in the Franco-German river borders at the heart of Europe.

- "It was President Sarkozy's idea", he revealed, adding also fresh "support to Strasbourg's European vocation, not only with words, but also with deeds" :F.ex., the completion of a High-Speed Train network, due to stimulate fast links with Germany, Austria, Italy, Hungary and other central EU Countries.

- "This Crisis is Unjust for Europe, because it wasn't its fault". The greatest part of the "Crisis was imported from the USA, where problems are deeper than here'', in the EU. The Crisis "wasn't due to a bad managment by Europe", who was affected by problems which emerged elsewhere. That's why Europe must be united and active enough to face this challenge. said Devedjian, who has just won +5% in popularity...

- "I hope that there will be an "Obama-effect" also on Economy, and that the Plan of the New American President will be substantial enough to face this crisis, which is worse in the USA than in our area", Europe, he added.

"Economic Revival overcomes political divisions : F.ex. Strasbourg's Socialist Mayor "Ries agreed that State actions funded by Public Debt are justified during such exceptional circumstances", noted the Center-Right republican Minister.

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"Zeitnot" for 2009 EU Elections ?

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"My problem is Time", stressed Devedjian from the outset, at Strasbourg's University. "I have to engage 75% of funds in 2009, out of a total of 29 Billion euros", he explained later. "Monitoring will be of essence", because we must "avoid bureaucracy or delays. No project should get lost or neglected in complex meanders of adminstrative offices' moving sands", he warned.

- "I must create activities in the middle of the Crisis", he added. Questioned by EuroFora whether he aims to start creating some "hopes before the June 2009 EU Elections", Devedjian, a former leader of the Governing Political Party in France: UMP, did not immediately reply, but revealed, later, that he "hoped to start at least some Projects on May 2009, even if the bulk of Revival Plan's effects are "expected from Autumn 2009".

However, with only 30% of EU Citizens currently aiming to cast a vote at the forthcoming EU Elections on June, (See other NewStory), the  coordinated moves' results are expected to be crucial for Citizens' participation and votes at the forthcoming June 2009 EU Elections throughout all 27 EU Member Countries...Thus, it's vital for all Europe's own Future that coordinated national Economic revival plans start to have concrete results and create hopes for new dynamics before the June 2009 EU Election...

A real challenge, since careful choices are needed : Our aim is to fund projects which "create activities", even "in the middle of the crisis", and have a "lever effect, attracting other investments", Devedjian said. Because the "Stimulus' Plan has 2 aims : A Tactical one : to create New Activities. And a Strategic one : Choose what can become efficient and useful also in the Long-term". 

- "Are you ready ?", he asked Strasbourg University's new President, professor Alain Beretz, with some 700 million euros in his pockets for Education-Research in France. - "We are !", he replied.

- "The Minister's initiative can accelerate funds, and Time is important for us. This concerns the entire renovation of all our buildings", said to "EuroFora" President, Beretz. "I showed some Scientific Research Labos to Mr. Devedjian. But, If we had more time, I could show him also some Education Amphis, whose condition needs to meet Strasbourg's new Mega-University's ambition" to reach the 10 best in the World, as Prime Minister Fillon earlier anounced here.

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(Devedjian kicks off his Economic Revival tour from Strasbourg University, meeting with its new chairman Beretz, at Scientific Institute Le Bel) 

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Regional Prefectures should gather and select projects to be presented for decision before the end of January 2009.

A well-known close friend of President Sarkozy, who succeeded as EU Chairman to launch, in agreement with German chancelor Merkel and even British prime minister Brown, vigorous EU actions against the Financial/Economic Crisis, (starting from the 1st Historic Summit of EuroZone's Heads of State/Government, October 12 at Elysee Palace, followed by Washington G20 Global Summit), Devedjan will have a key role in the realisation of National and EU plans recently agreed in Brussels.

President Sarkozy is expected to arrive himself in Strasbourg, on the occasion of the official inauguration of its brand New Mega-Hospital, on the 9th of January 2009, at the eve of EU Parliament's session here, Elysee confirmed shortly after Devedjian's visit.

EU is due to review its economic revival plans at March 2009 EU Council in Prague, before the April 2 London Global Summit.

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