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

Written by ACM
Monday, 25 November 2019


*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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Hu Jia's prize brings SAKHAROV's wife to "EuroFora" on murders of Journalists Politkofskaya, Gongadze and Adali :

- Elena Bonner : "All Journalists' murders must be fully investigated", without Double Standards.                                                                                    

During a special Mega-Event to celebrate 20 Years of SAKHAROV Prize for "Freedom of Thought", attributed in 2008 by EU Parliament to jailed Chinese Cyber-Dissident Hu JIA, the move was reinforced by strongly criticizing the persisting impunity in three cases of Journalists' Murders, such as POLITKOVSKAYA in Russia, GONGADZE in Ukraine, and ADALI in Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus.

Any bureaucratic doubt about whether Cyber-dissidents like Hu JIA might have, or not, a right to be protected as all Journalists must be, particularly when they take risks to search, find and publish original and critical News on issues of general interest to the society, could not resist to the emotion provoked by the message of his Wife, Zeng JINYAN spectacularly transmitted at a big screen in EU Parliament's hemicycle :

- "The most important and most interesting thing he did was to ... say the Truth :.. to write about the phenomena he observed... He never stopped Publishing.. on websites, so that the Public could learn about the reality .. and understand it.  In my view, this has been his greatest contribution", stressed the young wife of the jailed man, eager to cite also the cases of other critical journalists who faced various kinds of "harassment".

 - "Welcoming all those who have suffered for defending Human Rights", EU Parliament's President, German MEP Hans Gert POETTERING, who had invited to Strasbourg all former Sakharov prize-winners from various Countries throughout the World, said that "China needs Europe, and Europe needs China : A great nation" with which "we want to have a good relationship", "association and ..friendship". "But we are never going to stop our fight for Human Rights, and No Government can expect this from us".

    - "It's impossible  to achieve goals of Peace, if Human Rights are left out. In fact, Peace and Human Rights are intrinsequaly linked", added POETTERING.

    It's in this spirit that MEPs adopted, on Thursday, a Resolution denouncing that "the criminal
investigation and trial following the murder of (a) Journalist ...raises serious concerns with regard to transparency and respect for the rule of law", when a "brutal killing has not yet been fully investigated and solved in a satisfactory way".

    The text refered to dissident Journalist "Anna POLITOVSKAYA", a critic of Tchechen conflict, killed some years ago in Moscow, where Russian Authorities have found, arrested and are currently judging two executants, while also searching to arrest also a 3rd one, allegedly escaped in Belgium. But they have not yet found the instigators.

     Similar texts were adopted recently also on dissident Ukranian Journalist Georgiy GONGADZE's murder, for which Ukranian Authorities have at least found, arrested and condemned 2 executants to 12 and 13 Years of jail, but not yet the instigators. For that purpose, they recently accepted an International Experts team to participate to the investigations.     

But, it's only for the Murder of dissident Turkish Cypriot Journalist ADALI, in the occupied territories of Cyprus, that Turkey has NOT yet found ANYONE responsible, and even claimed recently inside CoE that it would be "impossible" to do so !    

These astonishing differences exist despite the fact that ECHR condemned alike Ukraine and Turkey with 2 Judgements on the same year : 2005, for the murders of  Journalists GONGADZE and ADALI, strong critics of Corruption in Ukraine, and of Ankara's policies on mass-influx of Turkish Settlers in the Occupied Territories of Cyprus, respectively.    

Regarless of that, CoE's Committee of Ministers, who is entrusted with the duty to supervise execution of ECHR's judgements, has just asked Ukraine's Government to reply to further questions on Gongadze's murder before March 2009, while Turkey, curiously, got a longer postponement for answering questions on Adali's murder, until June...   

A comparison of these cases, raises serious questions about Double Standards :


    On Gongadze's murder, CoE's body speaks even about the participation of
"an INTERNATIONAL group of Experts" in the Investigation, (f.ex. of "Tape Recordings"), accepted by Ukraine.
    On the contrary, on Adali's murder, CoE is obliged to repeatedly ask (for a 2nd
time) Turkey whether, at least, it informed the victims' Family, or not...
On Gongadze's murder, CoE formally "recalls that the Committee (of Ministers) ..URGED the Ukranian authorities.. to TAKE ALL NECESSARY INVESTIGATIVE STEPS TO ACHIEVE CONCRETE and VISIBLE RESULTS in the INVESTIGATION, aimed at the Identification of the INSTIGATORS and Organisers of the Murder", and "STRONGLY INVITED the Ukranian Authorities to provide information on the PROGRESS IN THE INVESTIGATION", before MARCH 2009.

But, on Adali's murder, on the contrary, CoE's body merely .. "took note" of the "arguments presented by" Cyprus, which denounce the absence of any proof of new "investigation" by Turkey. Following Turkey's own suggestion (!), it simply "noted" that there is "no limitation period" for "any new element" to "lead potentialy (sic !) to a Re-Opening of the Investigation". Without saying who might find any such "new" fact, since Turkey stoped searching... It also POSTPONED the issue until .. JUNE  !
 -  On Gongadze's murder case, Ukranian Authorities already arrested and condemned, at least 2 suspects, to 12 and 13 Years of jail. And on Politkovskaya's murder at least 2 suspects are judged, and a 3rd one "wanted".

On the contrary, on Adali's murder case, the Turkish authorities simply claim that "it had not been possible to obtain new .. information .. on the basis of which criminal charges could be brought against ANY person" !...

Moreover,  a LETTER sent by Turkey ...2 Years after CoE's 2006 call to re-investigate anew Adali's murder case, is totally EMPTY of Facts ! As Cypus' Delegation denounced earlier, Turkey's Letter ONLY CLAIMS that a "New Investigation" was made without any result, but does NOT even cite ANY FACT to prove it :

F.ex.,on the crucial issue of the "MOTIVATIONS" behind Adali's murder, noted by ECHR, Turkey MERELY CLAIMS that "all allegations  were investigated; without result", but OMITS ANY FACT TO PROVE IT !..(It doesn't even remind which were these "allegations").. .

+ On ECHR's astonishment that the Turkish Occupation regime didn't produce any "BALLISTIC REPORT" on the Shots which murdered Adali, Turkey again repeats, 12 years later, that, still, even until now, "it  was not possible to obtain the BalisticReport"...

- As for the astonishing absence of key-WITNESSES' Testimonies, denounced by ECHR, Turkey agains repeats various pretexts avoiding to reveal anything, (Fex. that a person "left" the Occupied Territories  "on 2002", or that another witness was heard, but without revealing nothing of what he said, etc).

Turkey obviously "FAILS TO MEET THE CRITICISM made BY THE COURT" for lack of any efficient Investigation in Adali's case, concluded Cyprus' Government.
Replying to our Question which COMPARED these 3 outstanding cases of "JOURNALISTS MURDERS", Adali, Gongadze and Politkovskaya, in order to avoid "Double Standards" by asking from Ukraine and Russia more than what is asked EU candidate Turkey, many European personalities were critical /

They criticised Ankara's recent claim at the CoE to stop investigating, because it would be "impossible to find anyone" responsible for the 5 bullet shots which killed Kutlu ADALI in front of his Family Home, contrary to the other two Journalists' murders, where Ukraine and Russia at least arrested the executants, searching now for the instigators :


    - "Where was that ? In Turkish Occupied Cyprus ? WITHOUT ANY DOUBT : Any murder of Journalist should be investigated in full ! All these Murders must be investigated !", replied the famous SAKHAROV's wife, Elena BONNER to our question on Adali's case, compared to Gongadze and Politofskaya.

    Elena Bonner spoke us EXCLUSIVELY shortly after being honored by the President
of EU Parliament on the occasion of 20 Years of her husband's SAKHAROV Prize.

    A strong personality, Sakharov's wife even had to struggle against an anonymous EU staffer who, astonishingly, tried to stop her speaking when h heard our question on "Turkey" (!) : - "Please, let me translate, she continues
speaking, don't stop us !", had to cry Sakharov's daughter, (a Journalist
herself), who was translating her mothers' reply, (obliged to speak louder to
make her voice heard despite the harassment).. (= + Audio Proof !)

    Earlier, Elena Bonner also fustigated "Double Standards" at another case, on
Western countries' attitude vis a vis Kosovo and the Kurds : -F.ex. "You have
recognized a few 400.000 Kosovars as an "independent" country, but you still
deny that to 30 millions of Kurds in Turkey !", she denounced.
    - "This (ADALI's murder) is an issue which should be pursued by the Committee
for Human Rights. That's why we have one, and it's its duty to examine cases of
Journalists' murders as the one you referred to. You should bring the case in
front of that Committee", suggested in reply to our question on Adali, EU
Parliament's President, German MEP Hans Gert POETTERING.

    - "It's impossible  to achieve goals of PEACE, if HUMAN RIGHTS are left out :
in fact, Peace and Human Rights are intrinsequaly linked", added POETTERING.
    + "For us (European/International Federation of Journalists) it's clear :
Whenever a Journalist is Murdered, the Investigation should continue until
those Responsible are found !", replied earlier to another question on ADALI
EFJ/IFJ's Secretary General, Aidan WHITE.

    Speaking as a matter of General Principle, White asked us for "concrete data"
on the execution of ECHR's judgement on Adali case, in order to "look at it in
depth" and "make a formal statement", in comparison with the other Murdered
Journalist case, also pending at CoE's  Ministers for completing its execution,
on Ukranian Gongadze.
     From EU Rapporteur on Human Rights, vice-President of EU Parliament Liberties' Committee, MEP Giusto CATANIA, we were told that, since there is an ECHR judgement in both Adali and Gongadge's cases, "Turkey must naturally execute the judgement and make a full and efficient investigation, until those responsible for the Journalist's murder are found and punished".

    Even if "we (Catania's "EuroLeft" Group) support Turkey's EU perspectives, this does not mean that Ankara should not behave properly. On the contrary, it means that they have to meet tough conditions, particularly on Human Rights", was added on the occasion of Adali's murder case.

    Moreover, "since you raise the issue of Mr. Adali's muder as a part of a Series of Journalist's murders, including fex. Gongadze, Politkovskaya, ao., tthen we (EU) could also act together with CoE's Commissioner on Human Rights, Thomas HAMMARBERG, it was suggested.

    - "We (EU) must step up efforts against the problem of IMPUNITY : Real Peace cannot exist without Justice",  stressed also this week at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, French Minister on Human Rights, Mrs Rama YADE.


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