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

Written by ACM
mercoledì, 12 febbraio 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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Paris - Bruxelles - Strasbourg, 2 septembre 2008

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Le spectaculaire succès du Président français, Nicolas Sarkozy, (en tête de l'UE jusqu'a décembre), à obtenir de suite un cessez le feu inattendu entre la Russie et la Georgie, immédiatement après sa visite aux Présidents Medvedev et Saakashvili, au pire moment de tensions et heurts violents meurtieurs, qui avaient tué plusieurs innocents et provoqué le deplacement forcé de réfugiés par milliers, lui donne incontestablement une stature vraiment européenne :

A ses liens personnels bien connus avec l'Hongrie, la Grece, l'Italie ou l'Espagne, en sus de son amitié avec la chancelière allemande Merkel, son souhait d'essayer d'attirer l'Angleterre au jeu européen, etc, s'y ajoute, maintenant, une réussite, fragile certes, mais importante, au combat pour la Paix dans la "grande" Europe du général De Gaulle, "jusqu'a l'Oural", qui inclut naturellement la Géorgie, l'Arménie et d'autres pays, et ne peut exister qu'avec rapports de confiance et partenartiat stratégique avec la Russie.

Apres avoir réussi à debloquer la situation au Liban, (pays avec liens culturels historiques en Europe), lors du Sommet pour la Méditerranée à Paris, juillet dernier, (comme atteste maintenant le prémier accord d'echange d'Ambassadeurs avec la Syrie), Sarkozy activa maintenant une présidence française de l'EU bien entreprenante, à l'autre bout de l'Europe, à Moscou, où, contrairement à Napoléon, il a été reçu avec soulagement par le nouveau président russe, ami de l'experimenté Vladimir Poutine.

Cet homme politique rélativement nouveau au plan politique européen, avec une vision souvent critique ou même critiquée, à tort ou a raison, mais ambitieuse et concrete a la fois, qui aime s'adresser aux "Européens", comme il dit, n'est-il pas bien placé pour stimuler le fameux débat sur l' "Identité de l' Europe", qu'il a proposé au Parlement Européen récemment à Strasbourg, moins d'un an avant les Elections européennes de 2009 ?

En 2007, il a réussi à faire monter spectaculairement la participation citoyenne aux élections présidentielles en France, obtenant des récords historiques :

N'est-ce pas, justement ce que l' Europe a bésoin, apres 2 abstentions majoritaires sans précedent aux Elections de 1999 et 2004, et 3 "Non" aux réferenda pour ses institutions en 2005 et 2008, pendant une décennie trouble 1999-2008, (marquée surtout par la demande controversée de la Turquie d'entrer dans l'UE eclipsant les avancées de la Monnaie unique et de la liberté de circulation à l'espace Shengen, avec consequences mal-ressenties par la majorité des citoyens, bien au-délà des clivages du passé), qui a failli stopper l'integration européenne ?

Et cela, au moment même ou une globalisation galopante met l'Europe devant un choix crucial entre saut qualitatif en avant, apte à valoriser une occasion historique exceptionelle à se développer résolument, après les vaines destructions, querelles et tensions des guerres "chaudes" ou "froides" qui lui ont couté son rang dans le Monde, ou réculer définitivement en décadence...

Alors, que certains de nos amis à la Commission en Bruxelles, lui laissent au moins un peu d'espace de mouvement, et qu'ils l'aident à tenter d'insufler de l' oxygène frais et vivifiant aux rapports entre les citoyens et une Europe qui a manifestement bésoin et mérite de retrouver d'urgence un nouveau dynamisme populaire, avec un souci de réalisme mais aussi une vision passionante pour son avenir !

Après tout, les Etats Unis d' Amérique ne se sont pas faits à coups de bureaucratie, nécessaire et utile, mais manifestement insuffisante : Sans l'impulsion d'hommes politiques originaux, d'intellectuels vraiment engagés, et, surtout, sans l'enorme énergie émanant de la conscience d'enjeux à la fois pratiques et grandioses, bien resentis par des millions de citoyens, stimulant leur adhésion active comme pioniers d'un nouveau avenir commun à construire, ils seraient encore une ex-colonie périphérique, affaiblie par stériles divisions, passif et impuissant spectateur des convulsions tragiques d'un Monde à la dérive...

Que les vrais "européens" ré-lisent au moins les fameux discours historiques sur l' Europe d'un Sarkozy bien inspiré à Strasbourg, aussi bien avant qu'après avoir gagné les élections françaises, le 21 février et le 2 juillet 2007, après son 1er sommet des Bruxelles, qui a adopté le nouveau Traité de l'UE en conclusion de la presidence allémande : Bonnes lectures pour cet été 2008, afin de préparer l' avenir qui s'ouvrira (ou fermera) à partir des élections européennes de 2009.

Peut-etre revelera-t-il plus, en ce sens, lors de ses 2 discours-debats prochains avec les eurodeputés, prévus lors des sessions plenières du Parlement Européen a Strasbourg en octobre et décembre 2008... 

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Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner had already unveiled President Sarkozy's intentions, during a particularly "hot" Press Conference in Paris, where he faced some's insistance for "sanctions", with a call for "a common EU stance". In the meanwhile, he was consulting "all these days" most of his EU, Russia and Georgia counterparts, (as Sarkozy's Spokesman, P-J. Henin confirmed to "EuroFora"). This allowed him to obtained the desired result, as EU Chairman, at a short, exceptional EU Summit in Brussels, afterwards.

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But, Sarkozy's No 1 official, Presidential palace's Secretary General Claude Gueant, active at Elysee during the 2008 Ambassadors' Conference, (together with his Top Diplomat, the experienced David Levitte), is well known for having an overall view : A link with 2009 EU Elections at the horizon ?

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