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New EU Council President Michel (2019-2024) strives to Innovate from the outset...

Written by ACM
Thursday, 12 December 2019


*Brussels/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- The quite Young but Experienced new EU Council's President, former Prime Minister of Belgium, Charles Michel, (son of an important former EU Commissioner and MEP), who practically kickstarts his 5 Years Mandate (2019-2024) Today and Tomorrow with the EU Heads of State/Government Summit of December 2019, proved from the outset that he doesn't shy away from various, Practical and/or Symbolic, sometimes impressive, Innovations in the way to Organize everyday Work and Topical Political Meetings' ambiance in Brussels, ...even if he was unexpectedly "Helped" somehow, this time, also by an Unprecedented, impressive Demonstration of "GreenPeace" on several Floors at the Fore-front of EU Council's brand New Building, staging a collective "Happening" since Early Morning, which durated until Late Noon...


Eurofora walking (Behind the Flags) in Parallel with New EU Council President Michel

(but Slower, with 2 Crutches)..


- "I am Pleased that You have Entered into the Building, Today !", was his 1st Word to Journalists, including "Eurofora", who managed to be Present at his Unusually Early "Doorstep" Press Statements, surprisingly made already from around 12.30, i.e., practically, When most Other EU Leaders were, as usual, just Starting their Working Lunches at various Political Groups' Meetings in DownTown Brussels, far Before their Scheduled Venue at the European Quarter of Schuman Square after 14.45, (i.e. More than + 2 Hours Later, at least).



It's because "GreenPeace" Fans had, reportedly, escalated, since 6 to 8 a.m. that Morning, on several Flours at the Outer Side of EU Council's New Building, (i.e. withOut Entering inside), well Equiped, Organized and Prepared in order to Stage a Huge "Show" immitating ...a "Burning" Earth, in an Obvious Reference to "Global Warming", in order to Urge for even More Decisive Measures at the forthcoming EU "Climate" Summit, Later this Afternoon/Evening.


And, Despite an apparently Prompt Intervention of EU Council's Security service, Together with the Belgian Police, using a Giant Crane, (See Photos), in order to Push Out the Intruders and their material, so that, After 10 a.m. almost Everything looked Calm right in Front of EU Council's Building, as "Eurofora" witnessed, Nevertheless, it seems that, Still, 1 or 2, perhaps 3, "GreenPeace" Militants had to be Transfered from the Outer Frame of EU Council's New Building, while Police was Checking the Floors, even much Later-on, thus considerably Upsetting the Scheduled Time-table for Journalists' Free Entry into EU's Press-Room, located nearby.


So that, f.ex., "Eurofora"s acceptance to practically "Sacrifice" the Previous Day of 11 December in Strasbourg, (where, inter alia, Exceptional Collective Events had been Organized, with the Participation of 2 French Key Ministers, inluding at the Cathedral, etc, for the Anniversary of the Deadly Islamist Terrorist Attack of Last Year, at its Christmas Market, during EU Parliament's Plenary Session there, (See, f.ex. : ... etc), Pay the Expenses of a Night More at an Hotel in Brussels, Exceptionaly "Skip" the Interesting Meetings of EU Leaders in Political Groups around the City, and even Deprive himself from sufficient Sleeping-Time, in order to be Ready and Arrive at the Prescribed Area, for Issuing the EU Press Badge, and Walk Straight ahead towards EU Council's PressRoom, much Earlier than the Officially Scheduled Time Deadline for a "Security" Blockade after 11.30, (as it was Confirmed also by EU Staff that very Morning, by Phone), in fact, ...was done in Vain, since it, finally, did Not Serve at Nothing !


Indeed, even if EU Council's Press Accreditation Service worked Efficiently, despite a Big Number of Collegues also Waiting for their Badge then, however, when we rushed, as Fast as possible, Directly Towards the Nearby EU Council's Press-Room, about 40 Minutes Earlier than that Time Deadline (i.e. at around 10.50, instead of 11.30), suddenly, we Found the Way ...completely Closed, Metalic Barriers, and even ...Barbed Wire brutaly Hindering any Access, and some Security Service Agents, quite Nervous, merely claimed that they DidN't Know if and when normal access might be, perhaps, restored, or not... So that, Physically Handicaped, walking only with 2 Crutches, we were Obliged to Stand, in the Cold of that Winter Day, (of Local "Cooling"), with Anxiety, and our Mobile Phones, curiously, Sabotaged by something which, Exceptionaly, Hindered to Hear Anything from what our Interlocutors were Saying, (including EU Council's Press Service, which, Afterwards, told us that they were Trying to Help, as in the Past), during a too Long, almost 2 Hours Period of Time, until Even ...Blood Started to Flow from our Hands, due to the Exhaustion, Standing, for so Long, in an Icy Cold Weather, (See relevant Photo)...


Blood Flowing from the Hands, after Hours of ill-treatments, Standing in the Cold, Half-Deprived of Sleep to arrive on Time, Phone Sabotaged, Handicaped with Crutches, in front of Barbed Wire (EU Summit BRX- Eurofora)

- Certainly, "Eurofora" was Glad to see that New EU Council's President Michel, Surprisingly was Comming to Meet the Press Exactly when we were Entering the Building, i.e. much Earlier than the Heads of State/Government, (Comp. Supra), with a Broad Smile, and ...Innovating Not Only about the Early Hour of his "Doorstep" Arrival, But even about the Languages that he used to Speak : 1st in English, Afterwards in French, (Repeating almost in entirety), and Later even in Flamish !

+ However, these were Far from being the Only Practical Innovations of our New President Charles Michel :


- Indeed, inter alia, "Eurofora" was Also Positively Surprized by some Huge Square Patchwork ArtWorks, Hang on the Walls inside the EU Council, Composed by Many Independent flat Cubes, Each one Picturing an EU Council's Building, or Room, or Meeting, or various Personalities, etc., often on the Move, with Videos Changing Colors, Hours of the Day (or Night), Different Events, Officials or Politicians, etc., in a Dynamic Way, Representing an Active and Diverse Community, where Several "Happenings" are, almost Simultaneously, taking place, in Parallel, producing an Overall Impression of Work Energy... A real Electronic Jewel !


- But, observed Innovations were Not Limited Only in Symbolic or Emblematic things, Extending Also to very Practical, down to Earth, handy Realities : F.ex., the popular Restaurant for Diplomats, Staff, Journalists, etc., Previously located DownStairs at the UnderGround, had been, Now, UpLifted Upwards on to the 1st Floor, and, instead of vainly searching some Far Away and Prohibited Lifts, it appeared, this time, Possible to Immediately Reach Lifts with Easy Access, (particularly Useful, if not Indispensable, f.ex. for Handicaped People, Pregnant Women, Exhausted and/or OverLoaded Persons, etc)...

On the Contrary, at the over-crouwded, but sympathetic Bar, a priori, No Visible Change, perhaps because it was already working quite well, at any case. Except from the fact that Salmon Sandwiches look now less expensive and more easy to often find available, while Novel Foods' Bars have apparently become cheaper and rather more abundant than before : Is it just because, nowadays, you Need more "Food for Thought" and/or Time in order to Find out How to Explain, f.ex., that "Climate Neutrality for 2050" might have just been reportedly adopted as an EU's "Common Goal", (was it Better to say "Aspiration" ?), while at least Poland declared that it has Not found the Means to Implement it, and considerable EU Budget Issues have Not Yet been settled ?

But, the general Mood looks Good, ...at least as long as New President Michel still Finds a way for the 1st Day of EU Summits in Brussels to Conclude somehow Earlier than in the Past, (as he almost managed to do Today), so that People could now, perhaps, Sleep a bit overNight, in order to Work Well Tomorrow...


Meanwhile, speaking of "Happenings" (Comp. Supra), it seems that even a ...Santa Claus was spoted inside the EU Council Atrium's PressRoom ! Was it, again, a Charles Michel's mediatic "coup" ? Or a too optimistic preparation for the new PluriAnnual EU Financial Perspectives, scheduled for 2020 ?... 










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Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, speaking  to "EuroFora", denied rumors on Turkey's attempts to avoid an EU check of its obligations on Cyprus on December 2009 by blackmailing Nicosia to either accept any deal with intransigeant Turkish claims contrary to EU values on the island's political issue, or face threats against the territorial integriy of the EU island, semi-occupied by Ankara's army.

On the contrary, the incoming EU President-in-office, speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", promissed that he will act for EU Council's decisions on December 2009 assessment of Turkey's commitments on Cyprus to be kept.

    Bildt was asked to react to Cyprus' President Christofias' denunciation, earlier this week, that some want to exert "pressure" on Cyprus in order for Turkey to escape from its obligations.

    Avoiding to mention any precise Deadline, Bildt, however, warned about "Consequences" in case of "failure" to reunite Cyprus, but without saying whose responsibility an eventual deadlock might be.  

 Asked by "EuroFora" if there is a risk for "Turkey's commitments to "be forgotten or downgraded", "despite crystal-clear EU Council decisions and EU Parliament's latest Resolution on the assessment to make at the end of this year on Turkey's obligations", according to rumours that, instead of pressing Turkey, on the contrary, there might be "pressure on Cyprus", even "blackmail", as Media reported and President Christofias denounced this week, Bildt denied :

- "No ! ", he clearly replied.

- On the contrary, invited by "EuroFora", to "reassure that the Swedish EU Presidency (7-12/2009) will keep a fair stance, based on principles",  Bildt promised that "we (Swedish EU Presidency) will be very clear on all of the decisions taken by the (EU) Council".

He added, however, that "we have very numerous decisions that have been taken" by EU Council, as if he warned, also, on something else.

- "'I am not aware of any sort of statements coming out today''", Bildt started to say, on our reference to Cyprus' President Christofias" denunciation of Turkish lobby's manoeuvers this week, replying earlier to 'another"EuroFora"'s question during a Press Conference at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

 - '"I know the issues that you' are concerned with'", he added, remembering  the statements he gave us when Sweden was chairing the PanEuropean CoE on 2008.

- "But, obviously, .. I think that Cyprus' Peace negotiations are extremenly important".

- And "'I think that we are at a unique moment in History, in the sens that both (Cyprus') President Christofias and Mr. Talat (the Turkish Cypriot leader), are personally convinced of the need to overcome the division".

 - "It's 20 Years since the fall of Berlin Wal, but we still have a Capital in Europe (Nicosia) that's divided". ,

- 'I don't that we should loose any time in overcoming that"..

 - ''We should be aware of the fact that success will bring great benefits, but failure, will also have major consequences. There will not be Status Quo' " It's a question of seeking a solution, or entering another situation, which is somewhat difficult to see exactly how that could evolve", he warned.

- "That being said, this is a negotiation for Cyprus itself", Bildt admitted.

 - ''We (EU) can support, the (EU) Commission primarily, be technically helpful, and then, of course, there is a specific role for the UN, when it comes to the Cyprus' situation".  

- "At least so far. It might not be for ever'. Certainly not for ever, but for this period of time", Bildt added, skiping now any reference to concrete threats on UNO's Peace keeping force in face of more than 40.000 Ankara's soldiers, contrary to some Press claims, (See previous NewsReports).

     Replying to another "EuroFora"'s Question,  if anyone might attempt to "impose a Deadline for the conclusion" of Cyprus' Talks on December 2009, Bildt avoided to speak of any precise Time-frame, and indirectly evoked the fact that  35 Years of Turkish Invasion/Occupation obviously durated too long :

'- "If I was from Cyprus, I would say that the Deadline was Yesterday ! '",
Bildt concluded.

Cyprus' Government Spokesman, Stephanou, reportedly pointed out that "a settlement is possible on December if Turkey changes its stance", accepting a solution for the reunification of the island based on UNO resolutiona and EU principles.


Earlier, EU Chair, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeld, highlighted an "historic opportunity" to "re-Unite" Cyprus according to EU's "basic Values"' (i.e. Human Rights) and 'Rules'", in a last-minute change of his draft speech to EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    The initial Draft spoke only about "healing" the island.

    Significantly, Reinfeldt linked Cyprus' reunification with Turkey's obligations to respect EU's "Values" and "follow" EU's "common Rules" :

    - What is "called Membership Negotiations" should lead, "at- the end of the day", into "sharing a set of common Basic Values (i.e. Human Rights, Democracy, etc), and following common Rules", stressed Reinfeld from the outset.
    - "This is something that those on the Outside (of the EU), are now  contemplating", up "to Ankara", for "a solution" on "Cyprus", observed the EU Chairman, immediately afterwards..  

    - "Both sides of Cyprus have been granted a historic opportunity to together reach an agreement on a solution to re-Unite the island, that has been divided for far too long", said Reinfeldt, modifying his draft text.

-  "The Swedish Presidency will act ...in accordance with Commitments EU has made, on the basis of Criteria that apply", "as a Honest Broker", he promised.    

- "To those on the inside (of the EU), allowing the membership process to become an opportunity to solve protracted disputes, can be tempting", he added.

    "In such cases, we must find solutions that can benefit both sides, and open up a way forward. Otherwise, it would jeopardize the progress we have made towards EU integration", Reinfeldt said.



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