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PanEuropa WG Head Mandl to EF: Feelings of a New MEP (as Top MEP Rubig leaves a big job for Europe)

Written by ACM
Thursday, 18 April 2019

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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Invited by "Eurofora" to describe briefly his main Impressions and Feelings just after a 1st Mandate in EU Parliament, brand new Young Austrian MEP Lukas Mandl, already President of the prestigious ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group's "PaEuropa" Working Group, while aged just 39, speaking in Strasbourg right between an Old and a New Period, bridged by Crucial EU Elections : that of 2014-2019 and 2019-2024), chose to Highlight two main Points :

 - "On the European Parliament itself" : - It's a Wonderful Tool, where you can Meet Interesting People from all over Europe, Exchange Views, and Prepare Together some Ambitious Projects, to make People's Lives Better and boost EU Integration, he enthousiastically praised.

 - But, Nowadays' Europe faces big Challenges, with various factors of instability at Neighbouring areas, almost everywhere, even if Different, from North to the South, and from East to West, he also Warned. That's why we Need a United, Careful and Efficient Action, he Urged, in substance.

Mandl had been introduced to PanEuropea Working Group's chairmanship by his compatriot, Paul Rübig, one of the Most Experienced, Multi-Active and Productive MEPs in EU Parliament's History during 23 Years, (Known, inter alia, for his Work on EU Citizens' Phone "Roaming", Bethleem's "Peace" Flame Tradition on Christmas, Debates about MEPs' Options in Scientic Issues, SMEs' promotion and EU Budget strategy, etc), who, unfortunately, decided to Retire now, and to whom he consecrated the Last PEWB's Meeting of the present Mandature (2014-2019), Earlier Today in Strasbourg.

 

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"Eurofora", who has positively Cooperated with Rübig during Many Years (Since 1996 !), rushed also to anOther Key Meeting, Today, in EU Parliament, on "STOA" Committee, (means : "Science and Technology Options Assessment"), where the Experienced Austrian MEP had been playing a Leading role, (as President or vice-President, etc, cooperating there also with former Greek Top ChristianDeocratMEP Antonis Trakatellis, from the Beginnings), during a Long Period of Time, marking various Issues with his Kind, Profound and Efficient Contributions.

 

 

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- One of the Latest is the Recent Creation of a "News-Hub" for Science's relation with the Press and all Medias, which is expected to "Go On" and "Develop" its activities decisively in the foreseable Future, as Rübig told us Today with Conviction.

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This is Part of a Wider Idea on InerAction between Press/Medias and STOA in EU Parliament, that "Eurofora" had Highlighted in an important Press Conference, Earlier in Strasbourg, where one of his Successors at STOA's Presidency, former Minister from Portugal, had Proposed us to Start Actively Contributing in a Regular Way during STOA's Meetings also in Brussels : See, f.ex., ..., etc).

Ona among the forthcoming events of that "News-Hub" on Science is due to be a 2-Days long Conference on "Artificial Intelligence", organised in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, at the Beginning of June 2019.

Meanwhile, Mandl might, eventually, have, perhaps, some News about his Collegue and Friend, Rübig's Decisions on where to Focus his Hyper-Active character from now on, after careful Thinking, Later this Summer, as he told us...

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Sarkozy and Merkel want deals with Obama on European Security at Strasbourg's NATO 2009 Summit

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In parallel but concording moves, EU Chair, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel both invited this week US-President elect, Barack Obama, to discuss important deals breaking new ground on European Security during the NATO's 60 Years Anniversary Summit of Heads of State in Strasbourg, where Obama is expected to make his 1st visit to Europe as a President on April 2009.

Merkel focused mainly on smoother NATO - EU Defence and Security policy cooperation, while Sarkozy spoke about PanEuropean Security, associating both Russia and the USA, proposing to freeze missile and shields' deployement until an agreement is reached.

But both tackled some hard nuts to crack : Turkey's VETO against the participation of EU Member Cyprus to EU-NATO cooperation, and Russia's anouncement on deployment of missiles up to Kaliningrad, at EU's belly, in reply to USA's wish to set up missile shields in EU States such as Poland or Czech Republic, etc.


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- "Certainly...one of the points that we'll dicuss with the New US President", Barak OBAMA, "who will come f'or the 1st time in Europe as president, at the NATO Summit", co-hosted by France and Germany in Strasbourg, ""concerns, above all, the European Security and Defence Policy" (ESDP), and "the relations between NATO and its partners", with whom it should "work together", anounced earlier this week Merkel.

We must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", because of a "series of practical issues, sometimes difficult to understand", but that "we must discuss".

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- "An example" of that is "the issue of Cyprus and Turkey", said Merkel, where Ankara raises problems "from Kosovo up to Afghanistan", as also CoE's chair, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt recently observed in Strasbourg replying to EuroFora's questions.

- "We must do something to smoothen this problem for good, and not only on a case-by-case basis, laboriously negotiated each time". Here, we must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", Merkel stressed.

- "With good will from all sides, it could and should be posible. Germany wants also to help on that". Otherwise, "the coming generations will not understand why it took Decades to do so". But, if we "don't even achieve that for Decades, this would be an Historic Failure !", the German Chancellor warned

- "I think that our American partners are increasingly realizing that", Merkel said, pleading for "a stronger European Security and Defence policy, with which, I believe, the Atlantic Security Partnership can also strengthen and solidify".

Meanwhile, USA is also due to take in 2009 a special status inside EU-led EUROCORPS, the European Army HeadQuarters, based in Strasbourg.

Merkel said that after meeting in Berlin with NATO's Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, earlier this week, precisely in order to "prepare NATO's Summit", scheduled for the beginning of April 2009 in Strasbourg.

Scheffe, knows well Strasbourg, since he chaired the CoE, as Holland's Foreign Minister, when he brokered a controversial deal precisely on Turkey and Cyprus about the implementation of ECHR judgements on Greek Cypriot displaced persons' houses and properties in 2003. He returned later at least once, for a WEO meeting at the CoE, where he precisely had highlighted such EU - NATO issues.

EU Commission's 2008 Report on Turkey has just observed that, on European Defense - Security policy, "Turkey continues to object to EU-NATO Cooperation which would involve all EU Member States". "This created Problems for EU-NATO co-operation in the context of Civilian ESDP missions, in particular in Kosovo and Afghanistan".
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 French EU Chair, President Sarkozy and Merkel are visiting Washington on Friday and Saturday for a Global G-20 Summit with current US President George Bush, on the sidelines of which are expected preparatory contacts with US President-elect Obama's entourage, even if himself might stay in Chicago until he takes over on January 21.

Before going to Washington, Sarkozy concluded today an UE - Russia Summit with Dmitry Medvedev, where they "spoke in length on PanEuropean Security" :

- As EU President, I proposed that we meet on mid-2009 in a framework such as OSCE's in order to set the foundations of a Future Pan-European Security, which would associate Russia and USA, and that, meanwhile, nobody speaks about deploying missiles or shields, which complicate the situation".

- NATO's Summit in Strasbourg-Kehl, on April 2009 is a perfect occasion to discuss with our American friends and to prepare a possible OSCE Summit for these issues f.ex. for June or July", Sarkozy concluded.

- We must all abstain from Unilateral measures" dangerous for Europe's security. "Russia only reacted to decisions taken by some other countries. But if they are ready to cooperate, we are ready to discuss. EU could be an intermediary", added Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, before going himself too at the Washington G-20 Economic Summit.

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