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EU Parliament : Many +Mainstream MEPs ask to ReBalance Climate Policy Measures

Written by ACM
Monday, 25 November 2019

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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Surprisingly, while Most seem to Agree on the main Aims of the Fight against Climate Change and particularly Global Warming, nevertheless, Many, and even Mainstream MEPs, in an EU Parliament's Plenary Debate this Monday in Strasbourg, before to Vote a Resolution on Wednesday,  Voiced Strong Criticism on the concrete Measures due to realize that policy in real Practice, and Asked to "Re-Balance" EU's stance, while particularly Socialists, Greens and others were Pushing for a Loud Boost on Climate, at the Eve of COP 25 Summit next week in Spain.  

In Fact, such Dissident Views already Started to Emerge as early as Since Last Week, at a Top European Level, in the 2019 Tri-Annual Congress of the mainstream, Center-Right ChristianDemocrat/EPParty (currently the Biggest in Europe), at Zagreb, Croatia :

- Indeed, there, at a Press Conference, together with the Croat Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, (who will Chair EU Council's rotating Presidency from 1/2020), and EPP's Secretary General Antonio Lopez-Isturez of Spain, (where "Eurofora" had been Invited, but Hindered to Travel, by a Last-Minute Incident), the Experienced EPP President Joseph Daul, from France, while Expressing his Support to the Fight against Climate Change, at the same moment, Observed, Critically, that, currently, there is a Lack of Crystal-Clear and Well Balanced, Efficient Policy, as far as it conerns the Measures with which such an aim could be attained : - We all Say "Do it !", But Few dare explain "How" exactly this (f.ex. CO2 Emmissions' Restrictions) could and should be done, he Denounced.

- F.ex., I'm Not Sure that we (EU) have already Found how to Invent "New Bateries" for Cars, etc. And when a Peasant needs to Drive away even in order to Find Bread, because there is No More any Bakery in his Vilage, or an Old Widow with a Tiny Pension canNot Afford to Change her Home's Heating system, (etc), there are Questions inevitably Raised among the People, to which we must Give Real and Practical Answers, observed, inter alia, Daul, who got, Later-on, a Big Boost by more than 2000 Delegates from allover Europe, in a Moving Standing Ovation, and a Strong Eloge from German Chancellor Angie Merkel and various Other Top European Politicians, for his 6 Years-Long Presidency of the EPParty (2013-2019, After another 6 Years at the Head of EU Parliament's EPP Group's MEPs : 2007-2013), where he is succeeded by Donald Tursk, former Prime Minister of Poland, and until now President of the European Council.

- And, in his Official Speech, Later-on, during that EPP Congress in Zagreb, Daul also made a Friendly, but remarked, Observation, concerning the Austrian f. Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz, that he Personaly Likes very much, (See, f.ex.: among others, also, previous Daul Statements in Brussels : ..., etc) : - Please be Careful Not to Become "Too Much Green", But "Keep also the Blue" of ChristianDemocrats/EPP Political Leaders, he Advised, Smiling.

"Eurofora" has Supported even a Governing Alliance between "Greens" and ChristianDemocrats/EPP, already as Early as Since 2009 (F.ex.: ..., +..., ..., etc), and, indeed, after many Efforts, some Moves Started in that Direction, Including, f.ex., at Nearby Baden-Wurtemberg's German Länder (Regional Federated State), Strasbourg's "Great East" Region in France, and Other Areas in Germany, etc., while former Pope Benedict, in a Landmark Speech at the Bundestag in Berlin on 2011, boosted the key Idea of "Human Ecology", perfectly Fitting our own Concerns mainly about Genetic a.o. Manipulations of Human Persons Nowadays, etc., to which the Original, Historic "Green" Movement used to be very Sensitive, (f.ex. in Germany, etc), as well as EU Parliament's "Green" Group of MEPs' co-President Nawadays, Philippe Lamberts, (Comp. f.ex. his Replies to relevant "Eurofora"s Questions, Earlier on 2019, at : ..., ..., etc)

+ But, at Today's EU Parliament's Debate on Climate Change (Comp. Supra), while the Author of a quite Loud Resolution, French "Green" MEP Canfin, simply but pompously Urged MEPs to "Hear what the Scientists tell us", as well as some "Young People", on the Contrary, Many More than expected MEPs expressed Various Argumented Reserves or Criticisms :

- F.ex., in Addition to several Strong Opposals, mainly by Rightists of the "Identity and Democracy" Group, as French MEP Griset, who Denounced an attempt by "Globalists" to "Interfere against the Sovereignity of States", and some "Independent" MEPs, as Lagos from Greece, who slamed what he called "Climate Terror" (sic !), etc., various Other, often Mainstream Critics, were Milder, but clearly Critical :

- Thus, Danish ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Pernille Weiss, warned about the "Need to Win Citizens", who still have second thoughts.

- Polish Conservative MEP Wiśniewska wondered what will be done for "those People who canNot Afford" to Pay for Ecological Heating, etc., and asked if anybody had Noticed, f.ex., the Protests of "Yellow Jackets" in France.

- Italian Conservative MEP Pietro Fiocchi, said that when he Asked How we could reach the Goals of Paris' Agreement, he was merely told that "Taxes should be Raised" : "That's Not Good !", he pointed out. In fact, "We (EU) have a Duty to Explain to our Citizens, How we intend to Reach such Goals, withOut Killing their Livelihood", he stressed.

- German ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Hansen also warned that "We (EU) have to show to our Citizens that Climate can be Protected withOut Loss of Jobs".

- French mainstream ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Bellamy urged to "Reply to Emotions (on Climate Change) Rationally, and Not Irrationally" : F. Ex., he Denounced as "UnThinkable" a Call (by that Controversial Draft Resolution on Climate Change) to Stop Nuclear Energy, while it Helps to Fight against Global Warming !

+ And there, it is even a Socialist MEP, Robert Hajšel from Slovakia, who Agreed with him, and Asked if there is an Amendment to Save Nuclear Energy...

- Mainstream Italian ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Salini, advised to be "Realistic", and Warned that "EU People and Businesses do Not Want even More Expenses" nowadays.

- Polish ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Jarubas Called to Argue on the Basis of "Cost-Benefits" Analysis. Because, "Otherwise, Nobody will Follow us", he Warned. And we (EU) should "Help Poor Regions", which canNot Cope, if we (EU) want to advance "seriously", as he said.

- Irish ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Kelly, stressed that "People who Work" in Activities Threatened by Anti-Emmissions Measures, (and, therefore, risk to be Restricted or Stopped) "have to be Helped".

- Bulgarian ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Kanev, went Further :  - "We must go Back in History": At First, in the Past, "the Real Significance of the term" <<Nex Green Deal>> was Not "a list of Prohibitions, ...of Limitations, ...of Taxes Affecting those who already Suffer the most", he Denounced. On the Contrary, "it Was a large- scale public and private Investment programme, aiming at ambitious Development, Innovation, new Infrastructure, new Businesses, new models of Growth, new Jobs". So, also Nowadays, "our (EU's) New Green Deal in >Europe should be a deal for growth and jobs, for New Opportunities in the regions in transition, for new Hope for those Affected, for a new clean Technology, for science, Innovation, for Investment precisely in the Regions most dependent on Fossil Fuels and Suffering most from the present crisis", he Ambitiously Urged.

In Fact, even USA Presiedent Don Trump's notorious Opposal to the Paris' Agreement on Climate, is obviously related to Jobs and Growth matters, and Not at all in an Negation of Climate Change Risks. Thus, his Environment Protection Agency Director, Wheeler, has even Suggested, just after a First, Ministerial "G7" Summit on Environment at Metz, France, Last March 2019, a kind of ..."Re-Negotiation", at least as far as USA's Obligations are concerned, so that "it would Level the Playing Field for the US", as he said, (apparently Refering to an Equivalent of the well-known, General Trump's Standard about "Fair" International Trade).[See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/rugyforclimatedealwithtrumpresigns.html, etc].


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    An "Eugenic" loophole Amendment, which might expose to Dangers reminiscent of "3rd Reich's" notorious Genetic Abuses, hidden at the last minute inside an otherwise Good, larger Health policy Package scheduled to be voted on Thursday, was strongly denounced by a coalition of MEPs from various Political Groups and Countries, in a Press Conference held this afternoon at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    Mainly calling to "Select Human Embryos", via "Genetic Counselling" and "pre-implantation" Techniques including "Genetic Tests", in order to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", it might open ways to Dangerous Practices in Future, they denounced in substance.

    But they also made it clear that a much larger Report inside which this Controversial Amendment "No 15" was added in dubious circumstances, officialy destinated to struggle against "Rare Diseases", and drafted by Professor Antonios Trakatellis, was otherwise "an Excellent Report", aiming at a "completely Uncontroversial target" of Health policy on which "all MEPs and Experts are united, believing that Europe should act" to protect People's Health (See "EuroFora"'s earlier News).

    The controversy came at a particularly delicate moment for the EU in relation to Citizens, at the eve of June 2009 EU Elections, and shortly before Ireland re-votes for "Lisbon Treaty"..    

- Denouncing risks of "an Eugenic demand, very similar to what we had during the 3rd Reich in Germany, but now coming from some Scientisists themselves", German ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Dr. Peter Liese stressed that critical MEPs were against "Eugenic" engineering with "Selection of Human Embryos", and anything which might ultimately lead up to to a "Selection of Human Race". It doesn't help to "eradicate" Human Lives, he added.


    Several Experts and NGOs expressed "Deep Concern", as f;ex. DR M.C. Cornel of the "European Society of Human Genetics", which stressed, on this occasion, that "the importance of Non-Directiveness in Reproductive issues is a Central characteristic of Human Genetics, after the Atrocities committed in the name of Genetics in the first half or the 20th Century".

     - "This is completely Unacceptable", stressed Italian Liberal MEP Vittorio Prodi, on the Controversial Amendment, also because pushes to "eliminate early Human Life", as he noted.

     - "This opens a Dangerous Road, rather a Motorway", denounced Danish MEP Mrs Margrette Auken, from the "Greens", observing that various similar attempts were made in the Past "not only in Germany, but also in several other Countries, "even at the 1970ies", "f.ex. on forced Sterilisation of Roma" People, and other criticisable situations f.ex. in the UK, in Sweden, etc. as she said.

    + Other NGOs, as f.ex. "LebenHilfe" from Berlin, added that, among various other Risks, could also be that, by exploiting the pre-implantation Genetic Diagnostics and the Selection of "healthy" Embryos, some may "propagate" several "Eugenic" aims, starting f.ex. by pushing to eradicate Human Livies which might "Cost too much" to preserve, ultimately exposing to dangers reminiscent of the "3rd Reich"'s atrocious abuses.

    In consequence, ChristianDemocrats/EPP and "Green" MEPs "decided by Majority to vote against" this Controversial Amendment, anounced to Journalists the 5 MEPs who participated in the Press Conference, representing a wide spectrum, from Liberals to "Greens" and ChristianDemocrats, and from Hungary, Italy, Germany and Danemark up to Ireland (Gay Mitchell), etc.
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    Hungarian ChristianDemocrat MEP Laszlo Surjan said "that it was "Suddenly, at the End of the Procedure" in Committee, that "appeared this (Controversial) Amendment, which has nothing to do" with the main purpose of the Report, on which all agreed.

    He denounced an "Unhonest" move, and called to "avoid this kind of unacceptable situations". Nobody should "Select People", Surjan stressed.

    - "We (MEPs) had No Chance to Discuss" this last-minute Amendment earlier added at a Committee's level, said German MEP Peter Liese

    Speaking to "EuroFora", Dr. Liese, the Spokesman of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group in EU Parliament, said that MEPs didn't oppose other references of the Report f.ex. on "Genetic Tests", because they were "no proposals" to impose them, while, on the contrary, there was "a Problem" if anyone attempted to "impose" f.ex. this or that Genetic Technique and "Genetic Counselling", etc. to the People on human reproduction.
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    Controversial parts of Amendment No 15 ask mainly "to lead finally to the Eradication" of "Hereditary" "rare diseases", "through Genetic Counselling .., and ..pre-Implantation Selection of healthy Embryos".

    But  EU Rapporteur Professor Trakatellis, said to "EuroFora" that fears should be alleviated by Guarantees that all this should be done only "where appropriate", when it's "not contrary to existing National Law", and "always on a Voluntary basis", according to other Parts of the Amendment.

    He stressed that the main aim was to allow "a free and informed choice of persons involved", without imposing them anything :  - "It's not an obligatory, but advisary" text, he said.

    To make that point clear, he was ready, in agreement with many MEPs, to eventually drop at least that part of the controversial Amendment which initially called for "efforts to ..lead finally to the Eradication of those rare diseases" "which are Hereditary".

    But, until late Wednesday evening, reportedly together with many other MEPs, he stood by all the rest of the controversial Amendment, (fex. on the "Genetic Counselling" and the "pre-implantation Selection of healthy Embryos"), so that critical MEPs, going from ChristianDemocrats as Dr. Liese, to "Greens" or "Ind/Dem", observed to "EuroFora" that "this was not enough" to close the dangerous loophole.

    Particularly since, as Professor Trakatellis noted himself, "this is already allowed to the U.K.", and "other National Legislations would probably follow, sooner or later" in a similar direction. As for a general call to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", this "should happen, at any case, in practice, de facto", to protect public Health.

    On the contrary, "our goal should be to help patients suffering from rare diseases, not to eradicate the patients. In case of genetic disease risk, the decision should not be guided by scenarios" made by politicians. "Perents who may decide to accept a child, even if handicapped or with genetic disease, must be respected and supported with solidarity", critical MEPs stated.

    - "Any Pressure" to "a patient or couple (who "should be able to make an informed choice consistent with their own values"),"from health Professionals, Public Health Policies or Governemental Institutions, or Society at large, should be avoided", stresses the "European Society for Human Genetics".

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Each MEP's vote will be registered !

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The Socialist Group requested a "Split vote" on the Amendment 15, first without, and afterwards with the words "lead finally to the Eradication" etc.


    But the first "split vote" leaves intact all the other parts of the Controversial Amendment, (i.e. "Genetic Counselling", "Selection of healthy Embryos", etc).

    That's why, 3 Groups of MEPs : ChristianDemocrats/EPP, "Greens/EFA", and "Ind/Dem", have asked for "Roll Call Votes", on everything regarding the Controversial Amendment No 15, and on the final outcome of the resulting Report as amended, which will register all the individual positions to be taken by each MEP.   

Something which will obviously make each MEP think twice before voting for one or another choice, to be sure that he/she will make the right choice in front of EU Citizens, particularly at these pre-Election times...


    Crucial Votes were scheduled between 12 Noon and 1 p.m. local Strasbourg time, in the middle of a long series of various other Reports, and after a long Public Debate on the larger Health policy package, from 9 to 11.50 am.

    The specific Report inside which was hidden the controversial Amendment is due to be debated between 11 and 12 am.

    So that more last-minute Surprises may not be excluded a priori...

    Particularly at the present Historic moment, when even the Institutional Future of the EU depends on the result of a second Referendum on "Lisbon Treaty", later this year, in ...Ireland, a mainly Catholic country, where People are particularly sensitive in such kind of socio-cultural and values issues...
 

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