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ReNew MEP Durand - EuroFora: No Competition but Alliance between MEPs+Citizens (EUFuture Conference

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 12 February 2020

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- What will happen mainly in EU Parliament during the next few Months will be Crucial for the Success, or not, of the forthcoming "Conference for Europe's Future" (2020-2022), as it results, inter alia, also from a Topical discussion that "Eurofora" had Yesterday with Mainstream Top French MEP Pascal Durand, from the "ReNew" Group/Liberals, (notoriously boosted by President Macron), and former Vice-President of the "Green" Group, who is particularly Committed in the still on-going Preparations of that Conference, whose Originality and Efficiency will Depend from the Authenticity, or not, of EU Citizens' role, and, especially, from whether there will be a Real Dialogue among Citizens and MEPs on the Conclusions for necessary Changes :  Only if an Old Division and Mistrust, between fans of Direct Democracy and supporters of Indirect Democracy is overcome, mainly through a Forward-looking Alliance and Cooperation between EU Citizens and MEPs, could it, then, become possible to Build a really New Situation in Europe. And this is also related with "Eurofora" Project itself... (See Infra).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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 - "What I Wish is to arrive into establishing 5 Groups (or "Colleges")", inside the Conference for Europe's Future, Durand stressed to "Eurofora" from the outset :

=> "1 for MEPs, another for EU Commission, added to EU Council (i.e. Member States+), anOther for Civil Society (i.e. NGOs, etc), as well as one for EU Citizens".

>>> I.e. Uniting Citizens in 1 Body, instead of Dispersing them through Various "Thematic Agoras" only, as a controversial First EU Parliament's Resolution, on the Contrary, pushed, Back on January 2020, (See http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euparliamentoncitizensforeufuture.html ).

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+ Moreover, "I would like to reach" Conclusions "with real Exchanges" between them, "where they would Cooperate"  together, the Mainstream French MEP Highlighted, on the Final Perspectives, (i.e. closely Approaching "Eurofora"s key ViewPoint about "Dialogue" among Citizens and EU Political Deciders : Comp. ibid).

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- "For the Time being", (i.e., apparently, until about May 2020, at the latest), "Nothing has been yet Decided", he told us, (considering also negotiations with EU Commission, EU Council, etc).

- "But I am Aware of the Fact that We may Not have yet a Majority in EU Parliament", the "ReNew" (Liberal) MEP soberly Warned, (while also estimating that several Other MEPs, particularly from the "Green" Group and various others, could be, in fact, very Near to the above-mentioned Key-Points)...

- Because, it seems that, currently, a Number of MEPs, still eyes somehow critically extended Citizens' interventions in EU Parliament's affairs, Worried that this might encroach on their "Mandate" for InDirect Representation.., Durand denounced.

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>>> However, once raised that "Classic" Issue between "Direct" and "Indirect" Democracy, "Eurofora" immediately attracted Durand's attention to the Fact that our Project can serve as a Key Part of a Strategy aiming Not to Oppose EU Citizens to MEPs, but, on the Contrary, to build a Strong Alliance between them, Helping to Start Using Together their Reciprocal advantages for a Better and more efficient functioning of EU Parliament and European Democracy in general :

- F.ex.: By launching Systematic Public Debates at Web Fora, etc., between EU Citizens and EU Political Deciders before Measures affecting their Lives and/or Society at large, MEPs could certainly Augment EU Parliament's Visibility to the Medias, "Eurofora" argued and the mainstream MEP immediately understood.

A Fortiori, when even EU's "Lisbon Treaty", as it stands, already Calls for regular "Dialogue" with EU Citizens and Civil Society on EU Administrations' acts, ...

+ Even more important : MEPs notoriously Complaint that EU Parliament is the Only Parliament in the World whose Members are still Deprived of any Legislatiive Initiative, i.e. they are Hindered to Table any Bill, (since it's Only the EU Commission which holds such a power in Europe). So that Give to EU Parliament such a Right, through the forthcoming "Conference on Europe's Future" (2020-2022), is one of the demands currently on the air.

=> But, what isN't yet so clearly known, is the Fact that, in practice, MEPs already have such a Legislative Initiative Right, IF they act Together with EU Citizens !

- Indeed, "Lisbon Treaty"s famous EU "Citizens' Initiative", requires just 1 Million Signatures from several EU Member Countries, i.e. something that, normally, Any European Political Party with MEPs represented  EU Parliament can easily achieve. So that it's enough, for MEPs of any EU Political Party, to practically Coordinate their actions with those of their Fans, in order to get the required Number of Signatures asap. for any Legislative Bill they might wish to Table in EU Parliament...

- The 1st initial Objection from MEP Durand was to remind the Fact that, until now, that "EU Citizens' Initiative", notoriously, had Not worked well, with Only a Few managing to get succesfully through a lot of petty Bureaucratic requirements. That's obviously True, But Nothing Hinders any EU Political Party might wish, to Organize, Train, and Activate its Electoral Base accordingly. As for that notorious "Volcanic Explosion of Bureaucratic Ashes" (as "Eurofora" had characteristicaly named it, in a series of Press Conferencies in EU Parliament : See, f.ex. ..., etc), which, by a coincidence, had appeared the same day of a famous Islandic Volcano's eruption, closely followed by the announcement of a too Long list of Strict Bureaucratic Procedural Conditions put by a controversial EU Commission's decision, it can Easily be Rectified whenever there might be a real Political Will to Simplify things : It does Not need at all any Treaty Change !

+ The 2nd initial Durand's Objection, was to Warn that political Opponents "might Accuse us to Exploit the Citizens", as he said. But a Political Party and its Supporters are a Continuum of similar Socio-Political Interests and Values, they are practically the Same, so that, in Fact, they are Helping Each other in seeking to obtain a Common Goal.

=> So that MEPS and Can Cooperate Together for a Better Europe in the foreseable Future...

Most of the times, Both in these and other Various Concrete Aspects of that matter, French MEP Durand Replied to "Eurofora" with a simple :  - "I Agree with that !".

=> Let's Hope that Many more among EU Parliament's MEPs will also Read and Agree with this Text...


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Sarkozy and Merkel : June 2009 solution to May 2005 "NO" ?

 - Will French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel live up from June 2009 to their obvious Historic European mission to revitalize, and re-launch the "European Dream", after the series of 3 "NO" since May 2005 in France, the Netherlands and Ireland, by renewing, and changing the EU with fresh stimulus, big horizons, and values attractive for EU Citizens ?

Whatever views anyone might have, it's a Fact that, recently, EU's political spectrum didn't produce other more charismatic and popular EU leaders than Merkel and Sarkozy, starting from September 2005 and May 2007, respectively.

This trend was confirmed, in one way or another, both during the German EU presidency in 2007 (shared by Merkel with the SPD), and mainly during the French EU Presidency in 2008, (with Sarkozy "free" to move).


The positive 2009 EU Polls are a natural consequence :

- Both with 72% Sarkozy and Merkel are considered by EU Citizens to be "the most Influential" leaders in Europe, by far.

- They are the only EU political leaders to attract a Majority of "Positive" views by EU Citizens, (Merkel over 60%, Sarkozy over 50%, particularly in the continent).

- 60% of EU Citizens find the 2008 French EU Presidency "Good", (and the satisfaction grows up to 67,5% in continental Europe).

The Poll was made by "OpinionWay" in big EU countries as Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, (with the only exception of France), from 26 to 28 May 2009.

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But the most important is that both Franco-German leaders seem willing to, at last, really start serious business on EU's indispensable renovation and Renaissance from 2009 : Year of crucial EU and German Elections.

Therefore, this time, the joint European move by Sarkozy and Merkel, which just published a common Franco-German Manifesto, aims to stimulate aspirations and action not only in their respective countries, but also in many other EU "partners", as they say.

Both on EU economy, social values and scientifico-technologic research, as well as on Turkey's controversial EU bid, obviously incompatible with a popular Political Europe, whose Citizens can find a collective Identity and popular Values, they have already started to magnetize various growing voices accross the European landscape :

"Today, more than ever, it' time for action", they stress from the outset.

Facing "an unprecedented Global financial and economic Crisis", "Europeans must get resolutely involved if they want for the World which is being built to meet their Values of Liberty, Solidarity and Justice".

"That's what we want" and "propose to our Partners" :

* "A strong Europe, able to protect us" :

- "We refuse a Bureaucratic EU, which mecanically applies burdensome rules and is afraid of change. We want a European Union which listens what Citizens have to say, which innovates, stimulates".

- "We want a strong and united EU in the World, while also respecting its Member States' Diversity", which "brings Courageous Replies to the Questions of our Times, ensuring our Prosperity :  

This implies to "favor Research and Innovation", "Economic Coordination", to "develop real Policies on Immigrationn, Energy, Defence, and modernise  common policies, particularly Agriculture".

*  "EU must bring immediate replies to the Global Crisis".

- "Lawless liberalism failed". "The Model we want is that of a Responsible Market Economy, which favors Enterpreneurs and Workers, above Speculators ;  Long-term Investment, over immediate profiits".

- "We appeal upon the EU to take, from June, the first decisions to ensure a real European Regulation of Financial Markets, based on coordination and cooperation". "On speculative funds, on fiscal heavens, CEO's and financial operators' earnings, EU must give the example".

- "We call to change the rules of accounts, which are important for our Economy's revival : The competent normative authorities must take action". "The issue of a sufficient Credit offer is of central importance for our Economy". "We don't accept that, during this Financial Crisis, the European Banks' capacity to lend money might be unjustly reduced by Capital's requirements and accountant's rules

* "During the German and French Presidencies, EU has resoçlutely prepared itself for the fight against Global Warming... EU is the 1st and only area in the World to have adopted a package of ambitious and legally binding rules to comply with International Aims"

- "We have now to convince our Friends and Partners, to get involved, in order to atteint, next December at Copenhagen, a Global Agreement worthy of whay is at stake. Our closer ally, the US, but also other big industrial countries, must commit themselves with the same force as the Europeans".

"Green Growth is a Chance ... and an opportunity to create jobs turned towards the Future. Europe must be a leader".

- But, at the same time, we must ensure that our companies remain competitive in the World. The ambitious European involvements on Climat must not lead into a position where EU industry might become a Victim of Unfair Competition. Climat protection and Competitvity must go together. If our International partners refuse to associate themselves to our efforts, we are determined to take measures to protect European Industry"

* "Europe must be more ambitious for its Industry" : "It must favor the emergence of strong European enterprises at a Global level".

- "As long as an International mechanism" to "monitor Public Aids at WTO level, and hinder 3rd Countries to give abusive subsidies to their enterprises, provoking unfair competition", is "not yet set up, we must consider Transitory European Solutions".

* "The current Public Debt is too heavy... We must head anew towards sound public finance, as soon as we'd have passed the crucial stage in this crisis".
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* Last, but not least :  "Europe must play a top-level role in the World"

- "For that purpose,  it needs efficient Institutions. That's why we need Lisbon Treaty". "The 27 Member States decided, last December (2008) that the Treaty should enter into force before the end of this year (2009)". To obtain that, June EU Council must agree "on the Guarantees for Ireland".

- But, "to be able to act, EU needs Borders. An Enlargment without Limits is not possible", Sarkozy and Merkel stressed in an obvious reference to Turkey, etc.

- "In order to be strong, Europe must assume its Values and its Identity". "Human Rights .. are at the basis of our commitment for a Peaceful Development accross the World".

- "For that purpose, we shall strengthen our common Defence and Security policy".
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* "We are ready to contribute to activate the EU towards the realisation of these aims, with our EU Partners".

"In order to succeed", Europe  "needs the active involvment of all, starting by Citizens themselves. That's why the June 7 rendez-vous is important", and "we are calling all Europeans to vote".

"We are convinced that, if Europe wants, Europe can", they conclude.
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Precisely : - What can better forge "Europe's Will" than a "European Consciousness" emerging from political, democratic struggles to face Global Challenges, and open big New Horizons, including by crystal-clear Public Debates, with active EU Citizens' involvement, before the most important EU Decisions affecting People's lives ?

Precisely what "EuroFora"s project warns since 1997-2007, and unprecedented Majority Abstentions, since 1999-2004, added to 3 "NO" to EU Referenda in 2005 and 2007, proved meanwhile..

Let's hope that the Time wasted by some scandalous anti-European and anti-Democratic obstacles of the Past, will stimulate faster, simplified but substantial and persistent, efficient action.-

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