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Macron in EU Parliament Focuses on Citizens' Debates before 2019

Parašė ACM
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Half of French President Emmanuel Macron's EU Parliament's Speech, and Most of his Total Speaking Time here, this Morning, here, were surprizingly Focused, from the outset, to the Need to Strengthen European Democracy, particularly by vivid Public Debates before important Decisions, involving MEPs but also affected EU Citizens, near to "Eurofora"s Project...


The Other Half was dedicated to another Topical Need : That of Strengthening Europe's Sovereignity, from manifold points of view : Migration, Taxes on Global Web Players, Strengthen €uroArea, Naturally Security and Defence, but also Trade, Climat, Energy, Food, Digital Technologies, and Social Rights.


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Macron explicitly prefered to "Exchange Views" with MEPs, since "Programs and Proposals" for Europe's foreseable Future "have already been made earlier", mainly at his landmark "Sorbonne speech" in Paris, as he reminded.

 

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And because, "Today, it seems Necessary to give Time for Exchanges", the new French President stressed, pointing also to the Exceptional Fact that, Later-on this Day, he is going to Launch the 1st Citizens' Consultation, among a 6 Months-long Series, between April and November 2018, Starting by nearby Epinal City, at the Heights of Vosges' Mountains (See : ....).


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=> "At this Moment", "our Discussions canNot be just Ordinary", he Warned, Because "it's a Special Context", where "Divisions provoke Doubts aboiut Europe", and certain "Great Challenges (as on Migration, Digital Technologies, Climate, etc) provoke Fears to some People", while we are also Shortly before the 2019 EU Elections, with Political Struggles on Ideas which Forge us", as he pointed out. Therefore, "our Responsibility is even Greater", Macron Warned.


>>> "In such exceptional Circumstances, "Democracy can be our Best Chances". Therefore, "We must Create that European Public Space, where we can ReVive Debates", he urged.


 - Because, in Fact, "it's Not the People who Abandoned the European Idea, But the Betrayal of Bureaucrats/Technocrats ("la Trahison des Clercs"), which Threatens that", Macron pointed out in substance.


=> Therefore, "The Anger of the People of Europe, nowadays, Must be Heard !", he stressed, as a matter of principle.


==> So that, "in order to ReVitalize a popular Europe, we have to Act Otherwise : Return Back to the Source of Democracy, and Look Staight on the Face of the Facts :"


- F.ex., "How could we be Satisfied of such EU Elections where Less than 1 Citizen out of 2 accepts to Go Vote ?", he Denounced, as far as the Post-1999 growing Electoral Abstention is concerned.


- "Today, we canNot just do as we used to do Yesterday", (i.e. Refuse to Speak, ...Share the Top Jobs, and Blame Brussels and Strasbourg for everything". Instead, "we have to Build .... the reality of a Structured Debate on (Political) Beliefs and Proposals", Macron incited.


=> "It's for this Purpose, in order to Try and Innovate, that I proposed the (EU) Citizens' Consultations, already from this year (2018)", he explained.


- So, "I will Launch in France, from this very Afternoon, a Frank Debate, Open, Hard, but Necessary, in order to Know what Unites or Separates us, in order to Drop that over-Simplified Alternative between "Yes" and "No", (as in a Hasty Referendum), on an Issue that has Not yet been seriously Examined (Studied)"...


- On the Contrary, "we shall have a Critical Democratic Debate on that Europe which is ours", Macron incited.


+ "And iIUrge You, Each one of you, Both in your Countries and Everywhere in Europe, to Boost, Participate in such Substantial Debates, which are the Condition of our Democratic Vitality !"


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>>> However, "I'll Never make a Structural Change, withOut giving to the People a Fair Chance to Decide", the French Presiden also promised in fine, at the Conclusion of the subsequent Debate with MEPs.

 

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  Ten Years of ECHR : 1998 - 2008 show need of Revival in 2009-2010 coinciding with 2009 EU Election
   

A threefold, coordinated move by new Top French Political actors in the 2009 EU Parliament Elections, expressed in Strasbourg a will to boost Europe's Political dimension close to Citizens' concerns, going from protection of Economy to defence of Human Rights.    

The move met an exceptional ECHR's call for a "revival" of Human Rights' protection mechanism', in a Mega-Conference, early 2010.   

Obviously focusing on June 2009 Elections to EU Parliament, it involved from the outset the recently nominated "dual" Head of French Governing Party (UMP)  Michel BARNIER and Rachida DATI :

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     - "As President Sarkozy has clearly said, we (France) are in favor of a Strong, Sovereign and Independent, Political Europe, which protects its Citizens, and not for a large Super-Market, nor for a Europe under influence",

    "This goes for everything, including Energy", added to "EuroFora" the experienced former EU Commissioner, Minister of Foreign affairs, currently of Agriculture and Sarkozy's new pick as Leader of the Governing party UMP to EU 2009 Election, Michel BARNIER                                              .                             

  - Human Rights are important because they are at the Heart of the Political Europe that we aspire for : I.e. a Europe able to act and protect its Citizens, stressed also the New French Minister for European affairs, Bruno LE MAIRE, while meeting Strasbourg's Journalists at his first visit to the CoE.   

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This is one of the main interests for CoE, which is also a natural place for cooperation between EU countries and Russia or Turkey, which was recently helpful at the Middle East crisis, he added.

The move gained momentum with French Minister of Justice, Rachida Dati's main observations at ECHR's 5Oth Anniversary :   

- "While we are seeking Europe's Borders and Identity, you (ECHR) remind us also of its Values", Human Rights, Dati noted.   

Citizens seek more and more often ECHR's help, and the tempo accelerates, Europa awaits a symbol, while national legal orders are not freezed   

And she expressed "support" to ECHR President Jean-Paul Costa's call to satisfy the vital need to revigorate the PanEuropean Court by deciding big changes at a High-Level Conference open to a large audience, a kind of "Etats Generaux" of Human Rights, at the beginning of 2010.       

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It's not so much the recently growing number of applications for Russia or Ukraine etc, which seems to be Costa's main concern : In fact, the cases declared "admissible" are much fewer...    

But rather the persistent violations of Human Rights, sometimes very grave (ie. murders, torture, abritrary deprivation of liberty, oppression of freedom of speech, destructions of homes/properties, etc), despite numerous, repeated condemnations by ECHR. So that CoE's Ministers, due to "supervise execution" of ECHR's judgements, are overloaded.   

F.ex. most Media noted that Turkey still remains, even in 2008, the 1st among 47 CoE member States in the number of condemnations by ECHR :  257, compared to 233 for Russia, with a population more than the double..    

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On the contrary, Turkey was condemned 180 times for Killings, 192 times for Torture or Inhuman/Degrading treatments, 340 times for arbitrary deprivation of Liberty, 528 times for "Unfair trial", and 169 times for oppression of Freedom of speech, (etc). And the latest, 2008 numbers, indicate no change in this trend, (See supra).   

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ECHR's President, Jean-Paul Costa, stressed in its 2009 Annual Press Conference, CoE Member States' obligation to implement the judgements, according to Article 46 of the European Convention on Human Rights.   

Moreover, if CoE's Committee of Ministers delays to ensure implementation, then, the repetition of violations in similar cases provokes a multiplication of complaints tabled to the Court, which overload the mecanism for the protection of Human Rights, denounced Costa.          

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The final Timing comes shortly AFTER the EU Elections, but the main Reports should have been adopted before.

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Thus, f.ex., EU Parliament's 1st vice-President, Greek MEP Mrs Rodi KRATSA, speaking to "EuroFora", agreed that 2009 EU Election would be a "naturally good" opportunity to debate what really interests EU Citizens : "The Future of a Political Europe, able to face the Economic Crisis, with a Culture and identity which attracts the People"

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(Photo taken earlier during Sarkozy's 1st visit at EU Parliament, in 2007 : Sarkozy and Merkel's Ideas for a Political Europe inspire also other EU politicians accross the continent)..
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