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French President Macron to Eurofora at G20 Summit: Protect Cyprus-Israel-Egypt+ Energy EU links

Written by ACM
Saturday, 08 July 2017
 
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*Hamburg/G20 Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- France and the EU should and could Protect the evolving Oil-Gas Findings at EU-Member Cyprus, and accelerating Plans for Direct Energy Transport to Europe, in cooperation with Israel, Egypt, Greece, Italy, etc., according to New French President Emmanouel Macron, speaking to "Eurofora" on the sidelines of his Press Conference at the Conclusion of the 2017 "G-20" Summit in Hamburg (Germany).


The move came here while controversial Turkish Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan, whose Government just Blocked the recent UN Efforts for a peaceful ReUnification of Cyprus, at Switzerland's Crans Montana, by insisting to Claim an Unilateral Right for even More Military Invasions and Occupations also in the Future, in Addition to a Prolonged presence of Turkish Troops already occupying the Northern Part of the island, on Pretexts of "Security", Threatend the Island with "a Plan B or C" if it doesn't "behave", (i.e. apparently an even Worse Partition), at his own Press Conference, this Same Day in Hamburg, that "Eurofora" attended.


Meanwhile, UNO's Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, who came here (Hamburg/G20 Summit) directly from Switzerland's Crans Montana, where Cyprus' UN Sponsored Talks had just been Stalled, did not make any Press Conference in Hamburg, and was urgently in the process of "Leaving for Ukraine", as UNO's Press Director and Spokesman, Stephane Dujarric told "Eurofora" by phone.


Recent Oil-Gas Findings at Cyprus exclusive Economic Zone, located inside EU's External Borders, and several other Neighouring Countries, such as Israel, Egypt, partly Lebanon, and eventualy Greece, etc, incited the experienced EU Commissioner for Energy, Maros Sefcovic to speak about "a possible 2nd Norway" at the Northern Sea, (i.e. Europe's Biggest Gas Resources, but recently Declining), as he characteristicaly said in reply to a relevant "Eurofora"s Question, on April 2017 in Brussels, (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eucommissionersefcoviconcyprusenergy.html )


 - "It's a Big Chance for All", had stressed, in this regard, already as early as since 2015, Emmanouel Macron, (then Minister of Economy, Before becoming President of the Republic), replying to a relevant "Eurofora"'s Question on Cyprus, Israel and Egypt Oil - Gas Findings and the East-MED Pipeline project for Direct Transport into the EU, while he Inaugurated the European/International Fair of Strasbourg, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frencheconomyministermacronegyptisraelcyprusgaspipelinebigchance.html )

 

=> In consequence, "Would, France and Europe, Protect, now, those New Energy Resources' Exploration and Findings, due to be Directly Transported in Europe, by EU Member Cyprus, in Cooperation with Israel, Egypt, Greece, etc. ?", "Eurofora" asked Today Macron, shortly after concluding his Press Conference at the "G20" Summit in Hamburg (Germany).


 - After carefuly, and repeatedly Hearing "Eurofora"s Question, President Macron confirmed that he Remembered our above-mentioned 1st Press Exchange, on September 2015, (Comp. Supra), After which he had immediately Decided to Change his Draft Agenda for an imminent Visit to Israel and Palestinian Authority, by Adding there also a meeting with the Israeli Minister of Energy, (See : .....)


- "Yes !", the New French President replied Positively to "Eurofora"'s Query.


- "I do Think that We (France and the EU) Should act accordingly !", Macron clearly added, in this regard.


 - His Reply came precisely when "Eurofora" reminded the Fact that "EU Member Cyprus" (in Association with Greece and italy, etc) plays a Strategic role in those Explorations and Transport Plans for New Energy Findings, Directly to Europe.


- Macron was accompagnied by New Finance/Economy Minister, and former EU Affairs Minister, Bruno Le Maire, who Nodded positively, in Confirmation of "Eurofora"s supplementary Observation about the Fact that such New Energy Resources in Europe's area, could Help Boost much needed Economic Growth. (Comp. various Le Maire's Replies to Different "Eurofora" Questions in the Past, f.ex. when he was EU Minister, etc).

 

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- The New French President appeared also spontaneously Interested to the Fact that, as "Eurofora" had Noted, French Oil-Gas Company "TOTAL" was now Firmly and Clearly Involved in that Project. Former Long-Time TOTAL's CEO, Christophe de Marjorie, had First Spoken with "Eurofora", in the Presidential Elysée Palace in Paris, back on 2011, about EU Member Cyprus' Gas Resources, and Anounced then his Intention to Take Part in the on-going Searches, (See relevant "Eurofora"'s NewsReport from Elysée Palace, then, at : ...). This was, indeed, Confirmed on 2012, but on 2014 TOTAL's CEO was Surprisingly Killed at an ill-elucidated Accident in a big Airport in Russia, attributed to some "Maintenance/Logistics" blunders, (See : ....), and the Cyprus' Energy issue was indirectly somewhat Postponed, until Recently.


>>> The most Important Fact Now is that "TOTAL" Giant Company, from France, together with Italian "ENI", are due to Start Drilling at Cyprus' territorial waters' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) slot Number 11, i.e. Adjacent to Egypt's, already succesful, "ZOR" slot, (for 2,5 Months), in just a Few Days : From Next Wednesday, July 12 !...


USA's "Noble Energy" (a Texas Company specialized in Deep Sea drilling) and recently "EXXON-Mobil", (for a Long Time Directed by Rex Tillerson as CEO, recently picked by US President Trump as New USA's Secretary of State), are also icluded among the interested Energy Companies which have already entered in concrete Agreements signed with Cyprus.


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Cyprus' and Israel's already Discovered Gas Fields total about 1,2 Trilion metric cubes, but much More are Expected to be Found soon, to which should be Added also those of Egypt's, around River Nile's Delta at South Mediterranean Sea, without excluding, later-on also Lebanon's part (Comp. Supra).


The East-MED Gas Pipeline is expected to Cost about 6 Billions €, and be definitively completed in 8 Years, i.e. before 2.025, with a support by EU Funds. The Electricity Cable, nicknamed "Europe-Asia InterConnector", costs about 3 Billions €, and it could embed also an Optic Fiber cable for Telecom Data Transfert only for 10% more only. Meanwhile, 1,5 Billion € have been reportedly earmarked by the EU to Fund that second project.
But, already, Before all that, Energy naturaly could be Send to Europe from nowadays, especialy with LNG Containers by Ships, (as, f.ex., Egypt seems to prefer, until now).


The most probably Huge Total Potential of Energy that this Key South-Eastern Mediterranean are encloses, had been already made Public, as Early as Since, at least, 2001 (See relevant "Eurofora" co-Founder's 3 NewsReports from a PanEuropean "Geo-Science" Mega-Conference in Strasbourg and other Experts, published then at "The Cyprus Weekly", and about which we had spoken with twice-elected former President of Cyprus, Glafkos Clerides, by phone, just before he visits former Egyptian President Mubarak in Cairo, precisely for an Agreed Delimitation of those Neihbouring Countries respective EEZ).

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 + It's also since 2001 that Experienced long-time EU Parliament's Rapporteur on Science/Technology Research, German f. MEP Rolf Linkohr, in an INTW with "Eurofora"s co-Founder, had already supported the Idea of developing a Middle-East region outreach for EU Maritime Technologies related to Modern Oil/Gas Exploration, Exploitation, and Transpots based in Cyprus, if the prospects for such Energy Resources' Findings were confirmed, (something which was done, meanwhile).

>>> Moreover, Linkohr had already advanced the view, in Our Encounter of 2001, that Cyprus' Oil-Gas Findings would Fit well EU's "Key Strategic" Need to "develop New Energy Sources inside Europe", in order to Help Free the EU from External Dependency, (See our relevant Publication, then, at "TCW", copy attached herewith).

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For that Delay of more than 16 Years in the Past (2001-2017), the main Responsible is Turkey's persistent Reluctance to really Solve the Political Cypus' Issue, as Ankara's Politicians have again shown, just a Few Days ago, at Crans-Montana, this July 2017 (Comp. Supra).


But Turkey, (and/or whoever might, eventualy, be Hidden behind it), does Not have any Right to Delay even more Europe's Direct Energy supplies.


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Thus, the Leaders of 3 directly involved Countries : Cyprus' President Anastassiades, Greece's Prime Minister Tsipras, and Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahou, recently met anew at a Trilateral Summit in Greece's Economic Capital : Thessaloniki, on June 2017, Focusing, inter alia, also on the Acceleration of "East-MED" Pipeline project, supported by the EU.


A Parallel Project to build also an UnderSea Cable for Electricity Transmission, liking Israel to Cyprus and Greece (via the Island of Creta) towards the rest of the EU, came also anew on the Limelight, (while Greece pushed even a Fiber Optic, Telecommunication cable project, on this Same Occasion, with a comparatively low cost. Cyprus, already Host of Many Off-shore Foreign/International Companies, is a Telecom. Hub between Europe and the Middle East area).

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=> The Next such Trilateral Summit of Cyprus-Greece-Israel is expected on Autumn 2017, at the Island of Cyprus, where the 3 Leaders are due to fully Sign a concrete Deal on EU-Supported "East-MED" future strategic Pipeline.


+ Egypt's recently augmented Gas Findings (also by Italian ENI, etc), adjacent to those of Cyprus and Israel, have also been Associated at another Series of Greece-Cyprus-Egypt Trilateral Summits, with President Al-Sisi, where Energy and Security naturaly play Primary roles. France has recently sold 2 "Mistral" High-Tech Military super-Ships (able to Transport Soldiers, Tanks, Helicopters, etc, and Equiped with a Hospital, as well as Modern Telecom and Electronic surveillance tools), in Agreement with Russia, (whose Initial bid, signed with former President Sarkozy, had got stalled by controversial Sanctions after the 2014 Ukraine conflict, under his successor, Hollande, whose mandate ended this year).


++ Even Neighbouring Lebanon, (which claims a part of a Giant Gas Field discovered at Israel's territorial waters, and might have also Other such Energy Resources nearby, f.ex. as Experienced Geology Experts had already told to "Eurofora"'s co-Founder, as Early as since Spring 2001), was Recently Visited by Top Political Officials from EU-Member Cyprus on Energy Findings and Transport means, (including, on May 2017, by the Cypriot Foreign Minister Casulides, who met also with Lebanese Minister of Energy Cesar Khalil, on the occasion of an International Oil and Gas Conference, offering also a 1,5 Millions € Defence Aid against Extremist Islamist ISIS' Attacks, as Energy and Security often go Together)...


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+ By a coincidence, Macron, who was Last Saturday in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, for a special Heads of State/Government Ceremony in honor of Helmut Kohl, the Historic German Chancellor of the ReUnification of Europe, has just met and warmly saluted, there, the former President Nicolas Sarkozy, who was invited as a Guest and placed, during the Official Ceremony, side by side with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, (See relevant "Eurofora"s Newsreport from the spot, at : .... + 2 specific Photos). Afterwards, Macron reportedly Invited Sarkozy with his Wife (a Singer of Italian origine) for a Diner at Elysée Palace, together with his own Wife, New 1st Lady of France (a former Teacher), precisely at the Eve of this "G20" Summit, on July 5.


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Today's move Timely comes also in a quite Positive Context for Europe's Energy Links, in cooperation with Key and trusted Partners in the World, of Both New US President Trump's visits to Poland, for the "3 Seas" Initiative, and in Germany, for the "G20" Summit.


Part of the "3 Seas" Plan are LNG Terminals of Poland, at the Baltic Sea, and Croatia's, at the Krk Island, due to conclude on 2019, as well as Highway Links betwen Lithuania's and Greece's Seaports, at Thessaloniki, in the Aegean Sea, (a 2.000 Years Historic stronghold of Jewish presence in Europe, which was Harshly oppressed during the NAZI Invasion/Occupation at the 2nd World War, but Revived Recently, as a Memorial, inaugurated during the above-mentioned 2017 Trilateral Israel-Greece-Cyprus' Summit of June 2017 : Comp. Supra).


 - Meanwhile, Trump Anounced there, that USA can Contribute to the Diversification of Energy Sources, Supplies and Routes, to ensure Europe's Energy.

The "G20" Summit's Conclusions, presented Today in Hamburg by the 2017 Chair, German Chancellor Angie Merkel, inter alia, Point at "Energy Collaboration", particularly on "Energy Security":


"G20" officialy "Welcome(s) International Cooperation on the Development, Deployment and Commercialisation of sustainable and clean Energy Technologies", (f.ex. CO2-Free Gas, LNG Terminals, etc).
In this regard, the New US Administration of President Don Trump marked "its Strong Commitment in an approach which Lowers (CO2) Emmisions, while Supporting Economic Growth, and improving Energy Security Needs".


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+ The Forthcoming Franco-German Inter-Governemental meeting, Next Week in Paris, with Macron and Merkel on July 13, almost at the Same Time that New US President Don Trump is exceptionaly Invited there on the occasion of the French National Day of July 14, followed even by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's venue in France, on the occasion of the commemoration of Massive Persecution of Jews during the 2nd World War, on July 16, (etc), can, obviously, Timely facilitate Top Level Contacts also in relation of the Topical Issue described at this Paper, (i.e. Ensure the Security of Oil-Gas Energy Exploration and Transport Directly to Europe from any eventual interference : Comp. Supra).

 

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The official presentation of a "Program" respecting People's choices voted in the June 7, 2009 EU Elections, to be debated in EU Council and EU Parliament during its 1st Session on July in Strasbourg, is the No 1 Priority, according to Democratic principles, for the Franco-German axis, said the main winners at the ballot box, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel.

They stressed  that the New EU Commission's President must have a "Program" in favor of an EU which "protects" its Citizens, regulates financial markets and aims at a "Political" Europe" : a wording they have used as incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid.

They also declared ready for a "political" endorsment of "Mr. Barroso's candidacy" in June's EU Council, considering that an official decision would have to be made after EU Parliament's debates and votes, possibly from next month (July), with the legally necessary final acceptance shortly after Lisbon Treaty's entry into force, hoped for September or October.


- "A Program, and Mr. Barroso" : This resumes, in substance, the anouncements made by Sarkozy and Merkel, on the question of current EU Commission's President, Barroso's declared wish to succeed to himself for a second mandate, to be extended during the following 5 years.

 In their 1st meeting after EU Elections, they observed that "the Franco-German axis counted in European Elections' campaign... But, we both keep a realistic view : We saw the number of those who abstained, and we must absolutely give them an answer. We also see the disilusionment of an important number of Europeans vis a vis Europe, and we are aware of the responsibilities we have".

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 - The "Duty" of the new EU Commission's President, after June 7, 2009 EU Elections' result, "is to act for a Europe which protects the Europeans, to commit himself into working for a better Regulation of Financial transactions, ... and to have a Political will for Europe", underlined Sarkozy.

Therefore, "we have asked M. Barroso... to clarify, to officialy present the intentions he has", he anounced.

- "We want to speak also about the Programme", explained Merkel.

- "It's important that for the next EU Parliament's mandate (2009-2014) we take the right Decisions for Europe.  Obviously on Persons, but mainly Decisions on Issues", she stressed.

- "It's not simply a question of a Person, it's also a question of a Programme". We are "really asking Mr. Barroso to commit himself on a Program, and on Principles, on Values", Sarkozy added.

EU President-in-office, Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer, accepted the Franco-German stance :

- "Barroso must present his Programme. The Czech Presidency agrees with that", Fischer reportedly said later, after meeting Sarkozy.

But Press reports from Brussels claimed that Barroso had preferred to be officially appointed by EU Council since June, (i.e. next week), "because this was implied by the current Treaty of Nice, according to him", and considered any delay until the possible ratification of the new, Lisbon Treaty on September/October, as "undemocratic".

- "At any case, independently of what Germany and France ask, it's also EU Parliament's wish". "We shall propose Mr Barroso's candidacy... But even in the framework of Nice Treaty, EU Parliament has to be associated in this Decision", the French President observed.

If this is correctly done, then "we support Mr. Barroso's candidature", and "if the (EU) Parliament agrees, we might ratify this decision since July", (i.e. next month), they both said.

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- "France and Germany support Baroso's candidacy, But we want to speak also on the Program. We believe that this Program should be established in close cooperation with EU Parliament, and that's why we have followed an appropriate way", said Merkel.  - If EU Parliament wants, this election can take place on July,  but this must be done in full agreement.

- "We shall support Mr. Barroso's candidacy, without doubt", said Sarkozy. "But we have asked from Mr. Barroso, as I told him yesterday, to put into detail.. his intentions, at the eve of his 2nd mandate, if the situation avails itself.


    France and Germany "don't want to take an Official Legal Decision by writting" during "the next (EU) Council" (on June 18-19), declared Sarkozy.  Because they prefer, at this stage, only "a Political decision" on June, "so that we (EU Council) can work together with EU Parliament", which starts to meet only Next Month, since July in Srasbourg, "leaving a Legal decision by writting for later".

    - "If the Conditions are fuillfiled in EU Parliament, we (EU Council) are ready to give the agreement and make it offficial", said Merkel

    - "But, now we are working in the base of Nice Treaty. If tommorow we want to work in the spirit of Lisbon Treaty, we have to find a proper way", she added.

    - "Of course it's Legally complicated, because we are going to make a Political proposal to the forthcoming Council, for an EU Commission's President, on the basis of Nice Treaty : So, we (EU Council) will not appoint the Commissioners. Only the President.  If EU Parliament agrees, it could endorse this position on July", explained Sarkozy.

    But, on Autumn, "if Ireland ratifies Lisbon Treaty, there will be, at any case, a 2nd Decision, to appoint the Commission's President, this time on the basis of Lisbon treaty, and then, we, the EU Member States, would have to appoint (also) the EU Commissioners", he added.

    As for the precise Timing :  - "Everything is suspended until the Irish vote... Now, we must all make everything possible to help Ireland to say "Yes"" to Lisbon Treaty... The Irish Referendum, ..will take place either on September or on October. It's a Question which depends on the Irish. And,  then, we shall have the Choice of the Candidates for the permanent Institutions of Europe".

    However, "if Ireland says No, we, French and Germans, have to assume our responsibilities, and we'll do so", he concluded.

    But British and Swedish governments were reportedly eager to have a final EU Council decision on Barroso since this month, on June's European Council. While the other EU Member Countries are divided, several of them preferring to wait until EU Parliament pronounces itself, on July, and/or until Lisbon Treaty might be ratified by Ireland at the beginning of the Autumn. Barroso's current mandate ends on November.

    There are also various, contradictory and/or unpredictable reactions inside EU Parliament vis a vis Barroso's wish to continue a 2nd mandate, because many MEPs are openly or secretly opposed, reluctant, or hesitating.

    In the biggest EU Countries, as France and Germany, EU Citizens voted on June 2009 EU Elections for a renovated, non-technocratic but Political Europe which cares for its Citizens, with an Identity, Values and Borders, declared incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid, by mainstream, pro-European Governing Parties. Similar choices were also supported in several other small or medium EU Countries.

    On the contrary, whenever, in other Countries, Governing and other mainstream Parties didn't make these choices or eluded them, EU Citizens massively voted for euro-Sceptics whenever they were the only ones to to promise anti-bureacratic change and oppose Turkey's demand to enter into the EU, (f.ex. in the UK, Netherlands, etc).

    It's seems to be an Open Question whether Sarkozy and Merkel's conditions will be really accepted by Barroso, who was appointed on 2004 in a different political context, (with Socialist Prime Ministers in Germany, France, etc), had rejected in the Past the idea of EU becoming "equal to the USA" as "ridiculous", and pushed for Turkey's contoversial EU bid, trying to "soften" or contain the changes desired by the People who voted for Merkel and Sarkozy with another policy vis a vis Turkey on 2005 in Germany and on 2007 in France, as they did all over Europe on 2009.

    In addition to many EPP Governments, it's 3 remaining Socialist Prime Ministers : Gordon Brown in the UK, Zapatero in Spain, and Socrates in Prortugal, who support Barroso, as well as Liberal Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt. But their Parties lost the June 2009 EU Elections.

    Questioned whether there was still "Time" for "other" possible "Candidates", Sarkozy and Merkel did not deny, nor made any comment on that, but simply said that "it's not for us to make publicity for any candidates. We anounced our choice ("A Program, and Mr. Barroso"). But we respect any other candidate".

    Among various other names cited are former Belgian Prime Minister Verhofstadt, former UNO's Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson of Ireland, Italian former EU Commission's vice-President Monti, etc. Meanwhile, Luxembourg's PM Juncker, (who had been unanimously accepted by EU Council for EU Commission's Presidency on 2004, but refused), announced his intention to resign from "EuroGroup"'s Chair. Thus, he might be available for another Top EU job.

    As "EuroFora"'s "opinion" said (See publication dated 9/6/09) : - "If the current candidates (i.e. Barroso, etc) to the Top EU jobs promise and guarantee to respect People's democratic choices, then, it's OK".

"Otherwise, Europe must find new candidates, really motivated and able to implement these democratic choices of the People."

    Because, "in Democracy, the forthcoming choices for EU's Top Jobs,...should be made according to EU Citizens' Votes in June 7, 2009 European Elections, and main EU Governments' strategic policies".
        

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