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May + Juncker fix BREXIT's Backstop with Strasbourg Legal Mechanism Deal allowing New UK-EU Relation

Written by ACM
Monday, 11 March 2019
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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- By an irony of the sort, and/or by an Historic Symbolism, it's facing Winston Churchil's spiritual "baby"'s Headquarters, near the PanEuropean Organisation for Rule of Law, Human Rights and Democracy, the CoE, which currently celebrates its 70th Anniversary (1949-2019),

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that embattled UK Prime Minister Theresa May and experienced EU Commission's President Jean-Claude Juncker, after Longer than scheduled, last-minute Talks, succeeded to Agree on a "Legal Mechanism" able to Fix the Backstop Problem in the BREXIT Deal, and allowing to open asap. fresh UK - EU Talks on their "New Relationship" for the Future, as they ensured Journalists in EU Paliament, including "Eurofora", in a Press Conference held just 1 Day before crucial Votes at Westminster, in London, and 1 Week before a Decisive EU Summit in Brussels, dedicated to those issues.

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They were accompanied particularly by EU's Negociator on BREXIT, Michel Barnier, and spend Twice the laps of Time initialy scheduled for this Evening's Talks, (More than 2 Hours, from 9 pm up to 11 pm, instead of just 1, from 9 to 10, as it had been planed).

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Meanwhile numerous Journalists were anxiously waiting at EU Parliament's PressRoom for an eventual, Hypothetic Press Conference, for which Nobody had appeared sure at the beginning, but almost everybody looked happy when, at last, UK's and EU's Flags were set up for that key event, shortly before Midnight...

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Juncker stressed that the "Instrument" Agreed Today had a serious "Legal Force", helped address the controversial "Backstop" on Northern Ireland's Borders as a kind of "Insurance" only for a Limited period of time, added to a guarantee against undesirable effects, and anounced that the EU is Now "Ready to Immediately Begin Talks on our (EU - UK) Future Relationship".

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May underlined that the British People will finally get what they had voted for, with an absolute Majority, at the BREXIT Referendum on 2016, including, among others, also, f.ex., "Regain Control of UK's Borders", Freedom from EU's Courts, from several EU Policies, as f.ex. on Fisheries, etc, would Spare a lot of the Money previously spend for EU Budget, etc, and, in exchange, they would Focus, in the Future, mainly on Trade and Safety, which would be "Good both for the UK and the EU".  

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The Time that will be needed for an Agreement on their Future Relationship is, apparently, due to be much Shorter, than what had been necessary for the BREXIT Deal.

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Meanwhile, the Backstop mechanism against Hard Borders at Northern Ireland, will Not Stay Indefinitively, and "Alternative Measures" must be prepared, towards the "End of 2020".

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Meanwhile, Juncker has already spoken Today with EU Council's President, Donald Tusk, in order to Confirm the Endorsement of this Strasbourg's Legal Instrument, by the forthcoming EU Summit about BREXIT on March 20 in Brussels, while May met here also with EU Parliament's President, Antonio Tajiani, as well as with other Top MEPs, Heads of key Political Groups, as, f.ex, Guy Verhofstadt, Chairman of the Liberals, who is also EU Parliament's Rapporteur on BREXIT, etc.

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Juncker welcomes May at EU Parliament in Strasbourg (Per Bang Thomsen for "Eurofora")

 

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Facing a 70% Abstention threat in 2009 Election, EU endorses EuroFora's idea for Citizens' debates on crucial EU decisions !

- Different views on "Europe's Future", should be debated among Citizens at June 2009 EU Elections, thanks to political Parties' "Manifestos", says EU Parliament's Report


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
A main idea, initiated and promoted by EuroFora's founders since 1997: the vital need to develop European Citizens' democratic right to actively participate in multilingual debates on EU decisions, is formally endorsed by the EU from 2009 !

The move is a key attempt to overcome "catastrophic" Polls which warn that only ...30% of Citizens are ready to vote in the forthcoming June 2009 EU Election !  This was revealed by EU Commission's vice-president, in charge of Communication policy, Margot Wallstrom, during a "hot" meeting of EU Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education, during the December 2008 Strasbourg session.

Wallstrom faced criticism, but also suggestions from various MEPs, naturally worried by Abstention threats which herself found even "worse" than in 1999 or 2004...

A Report on "Active Dialogue with Citizens",examined at the same time, presented some useful practical tips, on "facilitating Interviews"; etc., but also a  potentialy important call to "incorporate the conclusions of ...debates...into (EU) policies, and take into consideration the expectations that Citizens have of the EU when deciding". An amendment even implies that Citizens' participation in debates on EU decisions is a democratic "Right".

More importantly, it finds that  a Debate "on the Future of Europe", (as French President Nicolas Sarkozy has asked since 2007), would be a good idea " for the 2009 European parliamentary Elections", because "clarifying the political differences between the EU political parties would help citizens to identify themselves with, and choose between various concepts", for which "all parties (should) present their Manifesto".

A "Joint political declaration on Communicating Europe in Partnership", co-signed by "the European Parliament, Council and ... Commission", confirms that they "attach the utmost importance to improving communication on EU issues", by "enabling European citizens to exercise their right to participate in the democratic life of the Union, in which decisions are taken as openly as possible and as closely as possible to the citizens, observing the principles of pluralism, participation, openness and transparency".

This should "enable Citizens to exercise their right to express their views and to participate actively in the public Debate on European Union issues", while also "promoting the respect of multilingualism". In this regard, EU confirms its "wish to develop synergies with national, regional and local authorities as well as with representatives of Civil Society".

    It's since 1997 that a group of EuroFora's founders have officially presented a pioneer Project (then called "EIW", for "Europe in the World"), which aimed to develop Strasbourg's "Polyphonic music", by providing "Interactive information", on "main issues ... during the Decision-making process of European Organizations which engage in Transparent and Public Democratic Debates"

    This should be done, inter alia, by "exploring the potential of New Communication Tools (mainly Internet)", as well as classic-form debates, the 1997 EIW pioneer project's anounced in its "Synopsis". It was formally "accepted for evaluation" by EU Commission in Brussels in order to be examined for a grant in the framework of the "Research/Technology/Development (RTD) Programme in the field of Information Technologies", then called "ESPRIT", as a "Best Practice Pilot Project".

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        But the vital, urgent Political need for EU to search new, efficient ways to reach the People and interact with European Citizens, was really felt in Brussels and elsewhere only after the unprecedented in History 1999 and 2004 Majority Abstention in EU Elections, followed by 3 "NO" in Referenda in France, the Netherlands and Ireland, on 2005 and 2008...
    In this New Political Landscape, we prepared a new, actualised and more developed version of our initial idea, in a simplified and more efficient form, thanks also to a large Experience accumulated during many years of EU/CoE/UNO Press work and Multi-lingual debates, with the New project "EuroFora" :

    On 2006 we presented in Public its main lines during Questions/Replies that we raised at two Press Conferences by EU Commission President, Jose Baroso, and mainly EU Commission's vice-President, in charge of Communication policy, Margot Wallstrom, together with EU Parliament's vice-president, Alejo Vidal-Quadras, in Strasbourg, (Videos available), and we reminded it at various brief contacts with Commissioner Wallstrom in 2007 and 2008.

    Meanwhile, a new Text was also presented for "EuroFora" Project mainly to certain Political and other personalities, at European, National or Regional/Local level, mainly in 2007, but also in 2008..

    Now, after the unexpected 2008 Irish "NO", and before the 2009 EU Elections, which are due to be of exceptionally crucial importance for Europe's Future, the moment has obviously come to launch that project, progressively, but in real practice.

    Whoever really cares for Europe and its Citizens is welcome to join, in one way or another. Only anti-European, anti-democratic, obscure or ignorant groups might oppose or attempt to "steal" and deviate the main idea.

    But European Citizens, incited by enlightened political leaders, are those who will finally write the real History.

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