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EUParliament: MEP Urges action on Turkey threats v. Oil/Gas dev. by EU+US Companies in Greece+Cyprus

Written by ACM
Monday, 15 May 2017
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking at EU Parliament's Plenary Session's beginning, Today in Strasbourg, after its President, Antonio Tajani, called him on the forum, mainstream ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Christoforou from Cyprus, strongly Denounced Turkey's current "Threats" and "Provocations" against EU Members' Greece and Cyprus' Exclusive Economiqe Zones and bullying of European Oil/Gas Companies' peaceful exploration and/or exploitation of Natural Resources which belong tp Europe.

EU Commission's vice-President on Energy Sefcovic, and New French President Macron, speaking to "Eurofora" at different occasions, about those, still unfolding, South-Eastern Mediterranean Energy resources' findings, (which extend also to adjacent Israel and Egypt's fields, in close cooperation with them), have earlier Welcomed and qualified that area's New potential as a probable "2nd Norway" and "a Big Chance for all" concerned, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eucommissionersefcoviconcyprusenergy.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frencheconomyministermacronegyptisraelcyprusgaspipelinebigchance.htm l).

- "2 EU Member States, Cyprus and Greece, are currently Facing the pressing and expansionist Threats of Turkey, which Violates their Territorial Waters and Exclusive Economic Zones, imposing also Naval Exclusions", MEP Christoforou accused Ankara.

- "Turkey even went as far as to Threaten also European Companies, such as ENI (Italy) and TOTAL (France), for the Exploration of Natural Gas in that area", he pointed out.                                                                                                                                            
=> Therefore, - "This is a crucial Challenge also of EU's Credibiilty", also because - "It's a Violation of Sovereign Rights, not just of 2 EU Member States', but also of EU's itself".

- Indeed, "a 3rd Counry canNot claim to be an EU Accession Candidate, and, at the same time, to Violate EU's Values and rules", the MEP criticized, as a matter of General Principle.
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- "That's a Dangerous practice from Turkey, and it provokes Risks in Eastern Mediterranean" Sea,  while also "Insulting and provoking 2 EU Member States", he Warned.

=> - That's why all this "calls for EU Solidarity, for Respect of (EU) Values and Rules, as well as to Take Measures vis a vis a 3rd Counntry which provokes Instability in that area, while also Violating EU Principles", the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Cypriot MEP, urged in conclusion.

The Issue might be discussed also on the sidelines of the forthcoming "G 7" Summit of Heads of State/Government in Taormina (Italy), scheduled for May 25-26, which will be attended also by New US President Don Trump, while, in addition to the Hosting Country : Italy's ENI, and New French President Macron's TOTAL from France, it's also USA's "Noble Energy", as well as "Exxon-Mobil oil" (the former Company of New USA State secretary Rex Tillerson, who has notoriously worked as its Long-time CEO), which are among those already actively involved in Exploration/Exploitation plans of New Oil/Gas Resources around EU Member Cyprus.

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EU Parliament has scheduled a Keynote Debate, coupled also with a Vote on a relevant Resolution, about this forthcoming "G 7" Summit, for Wednesday, 17 May 2017, during its weekly Plenary Session in Strasbourg (15-18/5/2017), i.e. at the Same Day that New UNO's Secretary General Antonio Guterrez has been Invited by Tajani to address MEPs and hold a Press Conference, here, later-on, (Comp., Guterrez earlier Statements to "Eurofora"s co-Founder, also as former UN High Commissioner for Refugees, after serving even as Portugal's former Prime Minister, etc, f.ex. at : ... + ...).

 

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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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