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

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.

- "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".


- "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".


 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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