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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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    Before the end of 2009, France and Germany will take strong initiatives to open "new Horizons" needed by Europe and the World, going well beyond the current Crisis' management, anounced French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel, reassuring that both a judgement on Lisbon Treaty by nearby Karlsruhe German Federal Court, and the forthcoming National Elections in Germany would confirm their capacity to act.    

They were replying to Press questions in Berlin, after key-regional elections on Sunday, where Merkel's ChristianDemocratic party kept everywhere a strong 1st and won the possibility to forge a New Majority with Liberals at the largest of 3 Landers : Saxony (4 millions inhabitants), while its main competitor, the Socialdemocrat party fell to unprecedented lows : Tackled by the small "Linke" (left) party in Saarland (1 million inhabitants), it became even smaller than it in Saxony and Thuringen (3 million inhabitants), where SPD arrived only third. While its usual partners, the "Greens" also fell down, contrary to CDU's new partners, the FDP Liberals, who go up.


    - "At any case, at the end of the year (2009), if things go as scheduled, we shall take strong initiatives, showing that Europe needs a Franco-German axis, as well as the World, even if it never excludes other" countries to join, replied Sarkozy to a question if France and Germany will revive the "European dream", by "relauncing the EU motor" for the Future, with actions going further than the mere management of the global crisis, (as it was done fex. in the Past with the creation of the "Euro" Monetary zone, etc).

    - "I am convinced that the Franco-German friendship must be constantly nourished by New Projects", he added."There are many areas of cooperation where we intend to take, very soon, some Franco-German initiatives, which will allow to open more Horizons" to the EU, Sarkozy stressed.

    But if "we don't speak about that now, it's only in order to avoid interfering in important elections coming in Germany", he observed. However, "we have already started to consider the Future with the (German) Chancellor, and what we can do in order to honour our predecessors". "We are already speaking about that, and we are preparing things". "I am working very well together with Mrs Merkel, and I wish that it goes on", Sarkozy concluded.


    - "It's important for EU's credibility that France and Germany advance forward together", stressed Merkel from the outset. "Don't worry about Germany's capacity to undertake initiatives" with France, she added. "France and Germany will be perfectly able to make proposals" for the EU.

    -  "After-crisis" plans must be prepared, meanwhile, with measures "advancing progressively", Merkel anounced. And, for the short term, we must deal also with EU Citizens' dismay since they feel that it's a Scandal for some in the Financial Markets to be paid with excessive "Bonuses", etc, she agreed with Sarkozy.

    - "Abuses in financial markets must stop", stressed also Sarkozy. Backing Merkel's announcement that France and Germany call for an EU meeting to forge "a crystal-clear European position" in view of the G-14 Summit at Pittsburg, he warned that "everyone will have to undertake his responsibilities, in front of World's Public Opinion. particularly those who don't want to make the same effort of regulation as France and Germany".

    Moreover, "Global Trade cannot be correctly dealt, without taking into account also Environmental and Social rules", Sarkozy added, referring to recently expressed positions against Unfair Competition via Environmental and/or Social Dumping, (See earlier "EuroFora"'s publications).

    Such moves are obviously linked to the need to ensure at least an elementary respect for Human Rights by Third Countries, (f.ex. exploitation of Children's work, etc) in order to avoid, precisely, any such Social Dumping.

    - "EU has Values, protecting Human Rights and Human Dignity", and "it cannot close its eyes" in front of grave violations, particularly "Torture and/or killings", added, indeed, Sarkozy.

    Thus, "the time comes, where decisions must be taken". But, in case of "Sanctions", "all International opinion should be convinced of the need to take action", he observed.

    Expressed on the occasion of recent developments in Iran, the same principles should logically apply also to other similar cases, including fex. that of Hundreds of ECHR judgements' condemning f;ex. Turkey for grave crimes, (as Torture, brutal Killings, Enforced "Disappearances", Destruction of Family Homes, harassments and oppressive violations of Freedom of Speech, etc).

    Meanwhile, questioned on (EU Commission's chair)  Barroso's bid to succeed himself for a second mandate, they both expressed a "wish" or a "feeling" that "EU Parliament"'s various political Groups might fix a date for decisions "during September". However, is he is endorsed before the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, it will be legally necessary to re-vote anew for a full term of office afterwards, according to EU Legal Experts, revealed recently in Strasbourg the experienced former President of EU Parliament's Constitutional Committee, German Socialist MEP Jo Leinen. And Germany will not vote for Lisbon Treaty's ratification but only "on September 8 and 18", revealed Merkel, ( i.e. after EU Parliament's plenary session in Strasbourg).

    - Therefore, "for EU Commissioners' appointment, it's too early yet, because we must wait for the ratification of Lisbon Treaty" by all 27 EU Member countries, including naturally Ireland's Referendum on early October, said to "EuroFora" the influential President of EU Parliament's largest group of MEPs, Joseph Daul, expressing, however, the hope that a controversial deal with the head of the Socialist Group of MEPs, Martin Schultz of Germany, might hold for Barroso alone, at a forthcoming vote due to fix the Strasbourg plenary's Agenda.

    But MEPs reportedly just "postponed" for 1 week all their previously scheduled group meetings (See : http://www.euractiv.com/en/future-eu/barroso-unveil-summer-homework-week/article-184825 );

    However, while the choice of a new EU Commission's President by EU Parliament is supposed, according to many MEPs' wish, take place according to EU policy issues, paradoxically, this would mean that Barroso's bid would pass before even the anouncement of France and Germany's "initiatives" for EU's "new Horizons"...


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