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OECD Head Guria to EuroFora: Urgent to solve Ukraine issue which disrupted Economy at crucial moment

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 01 October 2014



*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/-  An amelioration and a Peaceful Political Solution to the looming Ukraine Crisis is Urgent, specialy for the European Economy, which was "badly Disrupted" by that problem, and much more, stressed the experienced OECD's Head, Angel Gurria, speaking to "EuroFora" at the CoE in Strasbourg, just after delivering his keynote Speech at its PanEuropean Parliamentary Assembly's annual Debate on the International Organisations' findings, forecasts and recommendations for much lucking Economic Growth, particularly since Europe was recently hardly hit by the manifold consequences of the sterile and nocive conflict in Eastern Ukraine, including the manifold consequences of the controversial USA-led EU Sanctions against Russia and its counter-measures, etc, at a crucial moment of finding a way out of the Global Crisis, when "Trust" is needed :

 - "Concerning the Ukraine Crisis, particularly in Europe, but also Globaly, there was a Slow-Down in Economy" recently, "EuroFora" observed.

=> "What are the Prospects, now ?", we asked the experienced Head of the International Economic Organisation.

- "Yes", spontaneously agreed with "EuroFora" from the outset Angel Gurria, as far as that recent, earlier unexpected "Slow down" of Economic Growth's reprisal was concerned.

>>> - The worse is that "It came at a very Bad Time !", OECD's Head denounced moreover.

 - "Because we were Busy in Building Trust. We wanted to build Trust", in European/PanEuropean/International Economic Relations, Angel Gurria explained, as far as it concerns the period of going out of the Global Crisis.

 - "And this Problem of Ukraine and Russia (including, f.ex. the recent USA-led EU controversial Economic Sactions against Moscow, etc), is Affecting the element of the Trust and the Confidence", he regretted.

 - Naturally, "there is Never a Good Time" for such Problems and Crisis, "but, this one, is particularly Bad", OECD's Head strongly denounced.   

 - So that, even we might have to wait a little bit more for a full  and sustainable Peaceful Political Solution, neveretheless, from now on, "I think..., what has to be done, obviously, is to continue in the Diplomatic and the Political Agreements", in order to, at least, "bring Down the Tension", as he advised.

 + "And Then, be able to Move on", Angel Gurria added optimistically .

>>> - "Because, clearly, all this (i.e. the Ukranian Crisis, controversial USA-led EU Sanctions against Russia, provoking Moscow's Counter-Measures, etc), "has been Very Disruptive! ", denounced OECD's Head.

 => That's why, from the point of view of the European and Global Economy, Political Solutiona on Ukraine have to be found, "Frankly : the Soonest, the Better !", he urged.

 -  Because, "we already have spend there, Too Much Time...", OECD's experienced Head concluded, (while also ... looking at his Clock for an Urgent Departure), saluting "EuroFora" with a Smile...



>>> - Angel Gurria's call to Urgently bring Down Tensions around the Ukraine issue, and Move the Soonest for a Peaceful Solution, in order to help save the European and Global Economy, took Today a particulary serious importance, since it was Timely made in Strasbourg also in the Wider Context of his previous Appeal to Act more vigorously and efficiently for Growth and quality Jobs  in order to prevent for a whole "Generation" of Young People to be Sacrificed, as he warned earlier, inter alia, in his Keynote speech at the PanEuropean CoE's Assembly's 2014 Debate on Economy, this Morning....




    + Meanwhile, concerning certainly Young, but also Adult People, reacting positively to another "EuroFora"s Question about the role of Education, for more Competitiveness, in order to obtain a satisfactory sustainable Growth, OECD's Head went on to observe that there is also "a Series" of relevant Factors which must be addded to that, in order to obtain the desired results :

 - "The First thing", for the WorkForce, indeed, "is Education", Angel Guria acknowledged.

 + But, "the 2nd is Innovation", he went on to add immediately, particularly given the notoriously special importance of New Technologies Today, more than ever before.

- "The 3rd is Competition", and "the 4rth is Regulation", (etc), he completed.

 - "But you need to increase the Skills of the Workforce, in order to increase Productivity, and become able to satisfy the New Demands of the Market Today".

 - "So, you Start by Education, Education, Euducation", Gurria repeatedly admitted.

+ "And Skills : (i.e.) Not only Formal Education", "but even the kind of skills that they provided you in order to better face the pressure of the Market", as he pointed out.

In this regard, OECD and other relevant International Organisations (UNESCO, etc), can certainly offer adequate Global "Comparisons, Benchmarks, Assessments", etc, going, f.ex. from the evolving "PISA" project, which unfolds accross High Schools and Colleges, (now reportedly preparing to focus mainly on Natural Sciences, such as Physics, and extend from Europe up to China's Shanghai, etc), and/or the Global Universities' Evaluation Systems, (as that of the Famous Shanghai World Universities' Ranking System, which started recently to enter in (Friendly and Complementary) Competition with a brand New, European Universities Ranking System, that includes f.ex. also properly Educational factors),  etc., as Gurria agreed with "EuroFora".

  - "And Policy Recommendations", the International Organisations' Head underlined in Conclusion on this specific factor, pointing at an Horizon towards the foreseable Future.


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  Ten Years of ECHR : 1998 - 2008 show need of Revival in 2009-2010 coinciding with 2009 EU Election

A threefold, coordinated move by new Top French Political actors in the 2009 EU Parliament Elections, expressed in Strasbourg a will to boost Europe's Political dimension close to Citizens' concerns, going from protection of Economy to defence of Human Rights.    

The move met an exceptional ECHR's call for a "revival" of Human Rights' protection mechanism', in a Mega-Conference, early 2010.   

Obviously focusing on June 2009 Elections to EU Parliament, it involved from the outset the recently nominated "dual" Head of French Governing Party (UMP)  Michel BARNIER and Rachida DATI :


     - "As President Sarkozy has clearly said, we (France) are in favor of a Strong, Sovereign and Independent, Political Europe, which protects its Citizens, and not for a large Super-Market, nor for a Europe under influence",

    "This goes for everything, including Energy", added to "EuroFora" the experienced former EU Commissioner, Minister of Foreign affairs, currently of Agriculture and Sarkozy's new pick as Leader of the Governing party UMP to EU 2009 Election, Michel BARNIER                                              .                             

  - Human Rights are important because they are at the Heart of the Political Europe that we aspire for : I.e. a Europe able to act and protect its Citizens, stressed also the New French Minister for European affairs, Bruno LE MAIRE, while meeting Strasbourg's Journalists at his first visit to the CoE.   


This is one of the main interests for CoE, which is also a natural place for cooperation between EU countries and Russia or Turkey, which was recently helpful at the Middle East crisis, he added.

The move gained momentum with French Minister of Justice, Rachida Dati's main observations at ECHR's 5Oth Anniversary :   

- "While we are seeking Europe's Borders and Identity, you (ECHR) remind us also of its Values", Human Rights, Dati noted.   

Citizens seek more and more often ECHR's help, and the tempo accelerates, Europa awaits a symbol, while national legal orders are not freezed   

And she expressed "support" to ECHR President Jean-Paul Costa's call to satisfy the vital need to revigorate the PanEuropean Court by deciding big changes at a High-Level Conference open to a large audience, a kind of "Etats Generaux" of Human Rights, at the beginning of 2010.       


It's not so much the recently growing number of applications for Russia or Ukraine etc, which seems to be Costa's main concern : In fact, the cases declared "admissible" are much fewer...    

But rather the persistent violations of Human Rights, sometimes very grave (ie. murders, torture, abritrary deprivation of liberty, oppression of freedom of speech, destructions of homes/properties, etc), despite numerous, repeated condemnations by ECHR. So that CoE's Ministers, due to "supervise execution" of ECHR's judgements, are overloaded.   

F.ex. most Media noted that Turkey still remains, even in 2008, the 1st among 47 CoE member States in the number of condemnations by ECHR :  257, compared to 233 for Russia, with a population more than the double..    

The problem is that it's not the 1st time at all : During all the last Decade 1998-2008, Turkey was condemned by ECHR much more than any other State, and for particularly grave violations :   

- 1.652 condemnations, compared to 605 for Russia, 548 for Poland, 494 for France, 476 for Ukraine, etc.   

Italy's second place with 1.394 condemnations is a misleading false appearance : In fact, most of them (999) concern mere "procedural delays" in national courts. Same for France.   

On the contrary, Turkey was condemned 180 times for Killings, 192 times for Torture or Inhuman/Degrading treatments, 340 times for arbitrary deprivation of Liberty, 528 times for "Unfair trial", and 169 times for oppression of Freedom of speech, (etc). And the latest, 2008 numbers, indicate no change in this trend, (See supra).   

The current Spanish CoE Presidency (November 2008 - May 2009) has made of the implementation of ECHR's judgements its 1st Priority.   

ECHR's President, Jean-Paul Costa, stressed in its 2009 Annual Press Conference, CoE Member States' obligation to implement the judgements, according to Article 46 of the European Convention on Human Rights.   

Moreover, if CoE's Committee of Ministers delays to ensure implementation, then, the repetition of violations in similar cases provokes a multiplication of complaints tabled to the Court, which overload the mecanism for the protection of Human Rights, denounced Costa.          

A series of Debates on "the situation of Human Rights in Europe", focusing on the "need to fight against Impunity" of perpetrators of grave crimes, is  currently prepared by CoE's Parliamentary Assembly for the session of June 2009.  

The final Timing comes shortly AFTER the EU Elections, but the main Reports should have been adopted before.

Meanwhile, French President Sarkozy and German Chancelor Merkel's recent call "for a Political Europe" in 2009 EU Elections (See earlier "correspondence from Paris, Elysee Palace), seems more and more endorsed also by other EU Countries' Top MEPs :

Thus, f.ex., EU Parliament's 1st vice-President, Greek MEP Mrs Rodi KRATSA, speaking to "EuroFora", agreed that 2009 EU Election would be a "naturally good" opportunity to debate what really interests EU Citizens : "The Future of a Political Europe, able to face the Economic Crisis, with a Culture and identity which attracts the People"

(Photo taken earlier during Sarkozy's 1st visit at EU Parliament, in 2007 : Sarkozy and Merkel's Ideas for a Political Europe inspire also other EU politicians accross the continent)..


2009 EU Elections were won by Parties against Technocracy and Turkey's controversial EU bid, while the 1999-2004 Majority Abstention trend decelerated. What should be done in 2009-2014 ?


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