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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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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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