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PanEuropa Head Terrenoire: End Turkey EU Bid. Better links to Russia, HighTech +People=> EU Revival

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 04 April 2017
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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- "It's Now", at "one of those Rare Moments where History is On the Making", that European People "must Go to the Essentials", and Realize that, in Fact, we are all "placed in Front of an Alternative : Grasp, Together, our Destiny with our own hands, or Risk to Disappear" from the Map of "a Dangerous World", full of "Major Challenges" and "Threats", where only a "Conscience of the Necessity" to develop a really "independent European Power, Sovereign, and with Solidarity", can Stimulate "the People to play the Role" which belongs to them, in order to "Survive" and seize the "Chance for a New European Hope and ReNaissance", stressed, with Voluntarism, Passion and Vision, the President of International Pan-European Union, Alain Terrenoire, in an Inspired Speech, Today, on the sidelines of EU Parliament's Plenary session in Strasbourg, on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of EU Treaties, (celebrated recently in Rome by EU's 27 Heads of State/Government Summit : Comp. "Eurofora"s NewsReports from the spot, f.ex. at ... + ...), making a Strong Appeal by Warning that, "for Europe", "the Time has come", "to be PanEuropean, or Not to Be" at all, (i.e. seize to exist)...


 Pointing from the outset, First of all, to the "Islamist Terrorist Attacks, perpetuated just Yesterday in Saint-Petersburg (Russia), after, a Few Days Earlier, in London (UK)", Following a Long Red Line Spreading from Paris to Berlin, Copenhagen, Brussels, etc, he also Criticized "the Political Consequences of Economic and Social Disparities" among EU Member Countries", "some Negative Effects stemming from the Free Circulation of Persons, Goods, and Capital, while Joint Rules on Economy, Finances, Budget, Social issues, etc. had Not Been Harmonized previously".

 

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President Terrenoire observed that "Time is Short" and "Pressing",  calling  for "Conviction, Courage and Will", Taking "Initiatives with Vision", while a "European ReVival is still in Reach".

=> For that purpose, "EU must be confirmed as a Power, Free for its Political Choices and Alliances, Acting according to its own GeoPolitical Interests" :


F.ex., among several Concrete measures, "the Time has Come to Announce to Ankara that its (notoriously Controversial and UnPopular) EU Accession Negotiations Must be Droped, and an Enhanced Cooperation would be more Appropriate for our respective Interests".


But, in parallel, EU should adopt "a New Geo-Political Approach", and Stop "Provoking .. Russia", but "Instead, Strive to cultivate Calm Relations with our Eastern Neighbourhood". Indeed, "it wasN't necessary at all, after former-USSR's collapse, ... to push all former Members of the Warsaw Pact to Accede to the Military part of NATO, and particularly those Countries which are at the Borders" of Russia. "It's Better ... to allow for the EU to ensure its Security by its own Defense Policy, stressing its Independence", instead of "avandoning to NATO, i.e. to the Americans, the expensive Mission to Defend the European Countries, with the Risk for Washington to Ask a more Balanced Financial Cobntribution, before evoking the possibility of an Unilateral Withrdawal, Judging "Obsolete and Out-Dated" that Military Alliance inherited from the Cold War" era of the past, Terrenoire warned, pointing at some well known Recent Developments.


Meanwhile, "Not even one European Country shouldn't ever be abandoned" : F.ex., "even Norway and Switzerland", "which had Refused to Join the EU" in the Past, nevertheless, "have their Future (i.e., f.ex., Science-Research, etc), and Security closely interLinked" to the rest of Europe. And 'it's Urgent to Welcome, at least in a Political Framework, even Before their Legal, Administrative and Economic structures might allowe a Full Accession", the Western Balkans' Countries. "Various Forms of Association can be proposed" also to "Other (European) Countries which may wish to join the EU : As Moldavia, Ukraine, Bielorussia, Georgia", etc., he added.


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+ Moreover, Nowadays, "EU has to become the Guarantor of its (External) Borders", "from the Baltic Sea until the Black Sea, from the Mediterranean to the Northern Sea, from its Eastern border to the Atlantic ocean, and in all its Overseas Territories", by "pooling Together, under one and same Authority, all its Defense Capabilities, which must reach at least 2% of the GDP in each Country", while, "with, or withOut NATO, whenever it becomes Necessary by the Circumstances, EU's Armies must Participate, with a common Agreement, to Europe's external Interventions", "Every Member State Contributing to a Collective Defense, in order to Guarantee the Independence and Sovereignity of All the EU".


In this regard, (even After "BREXIT"), the "EU can also count on France's presence, as UNO Security Council's Permanent Member, and, in case of Ultimate Threats, its Nuclear Deterrence, depending Exclusively from that (EU Member) Country, could be a Decisive Trump Card in order to Avoid the Worst", he noted.


++ But it's also "the Need to Monitor the Migratory Flows, resulting from Nearby Conficts or Economic motivations, which imposes, in this domain too, a Joint Management and Collective Means of Control", Terrenoire added. "This implies a Review of Shenghen Agreements, making them more Effective and better Adapted to the Diversity of Capabilities, Strengthening all the Human and Material Instruments".

 

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+++ However, "the most Serious Failure of the EU" was to practicaly Abandon "the Essential Tools and Technological Means in Computers and the Digital" Society, which is "a pre-Condition for the 21st Century's Economy", making "Europe subordinate to the USA, China, and South-East Asia", Terrenoire denounced. Therefore, "UE having the Necessary Human Capacities for Research and Innovation, Must Strengthen its Trans-National Investments, considerably and rapidly", in such "an area in Permanent Evolution", since "its own Independence and Security are at Stake", he Warned.

++++ In addition, "EU hasN't yet managed to endorse a real common Energy Policy", "still remaining Fragmented between National Interests and Companies in Competition between them". While an "Energy Policy is Urgently Needed in order to Contribute to EU's Independence, while also caring for the protection of the Environment", without forgetting also EU's "Food Sovereignity", as he said for Agriculture.


By a Surprizing Coincidence, PanEuropa International's President stressed that point almost at the Same Moment that Italy,  Greece, Cyprus and Israel, together with EU Commissioner Canete, had just Signed, at Tel Aviv, an Agreement on the "East-MED" Pipeline for Direct Energy Transport to the EU, from the Eastern Mediterranean region, while Cyprus' Defense Minister was, in parallel, concluding a Deal with France's Defense Minister, Drion, in Paris, at the Eve of the forthcoming Signatures of Exploration Contracts, by American "Exxon-Mobil" and "Qatar Petroleum", as well as "ENI" and "Total", with the Cypriot Government, for New Deep Sea Drillings to Find more Oil/Gas Resources at EU Member Cyprus' EEZ lots Number 10 and 6, respectively, in the Next few Days... Neighbouring Egypt's President, Alsisi, (with whom, those Same 4 European and Israeli Players use to Cooperate also on adjacent Energy UnderSea Resources, was, meanwhile, meetng the New US President Don Trump, at Washington DC. While EU Commission in Brussels had just Authorized also anOther Direct Energy Transport road from Russia to the EU, through the Northern Undersea Pipeline at the Baltic Sea.

+++++ Last, but not least, a real "Europe canNot exist, for the European People to live and share, if Education and Universities don't contribute in cultivating a Feeling of European Citizenship, (added to the National Citizenship), and, particularly, the Desire of a Joint Ambition", President Alain Terrenoire urged.


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In this and other areas, "History ...gave to Germany and France a special Mission : ... to Attract all their Partners, in a universal and peaceful" way, he reminded, (particularly at these "BREXIT" times).


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>>> But, iun order to fully realize all that, it's Necessary to Prepare a Popular Referendum, Europe-Wide, at the Right Moment, particularly according to European People's own practical Experience and, mainly, level of Consciousness, he urged.  Because, this should be done Together with EU Citizens, definitively with a Popular EU Referendum, when the Time will become Ripe, i.e. just After re-Gaining People's Trust.


In the Meantime, EU must Advance, as things stand, through those Institutions which are Nearest possible to EU Citizens : F.ex. via EU Council's "Directly Elected Heads of State/Government" (initial Terrenoire's and France's etc. preference), and/or EU Parliament (Germany's etc. preference, as Berndt Posselt, Experienced former Long-Time MEP and currently Chairman of PanEuropa-Deutschland supported).


What is "Essential" is to convince People and Politicians about "nowadays' Necessity to decisively Develop a real European Dimension" in Key, Strategic Policies, as "the Only Solution Able to Face the New Challenges"  in the World. The rest (i.e. the "Institutional" Choices), are, Comparatively, a secondary matter, which can be solved by Shaping them in the Best way possible in order to Serve their main Political purpose, Terrenoire pointed out.


Because, Nowadays there is Urgency for such European Moves, since "the (Global) World is becoming more and more Dangerous, with Many Challenges and Risks", he Warned in Conclusion.


Otherwise, "Europe Risks to have the Same Destiny as the Roman Empire", had already Warned the Founder of the "PanEuropean" Movement since 1922, Coudenhove-Kalergi, he reminded.


But, in fact, "Each European holds, in his Hands, a part of World's Destiny", as Coudenhove-Kalergi also used too say, while, Nowadays, "Both at the Doorsteps of Europe, and Inside it, Storms are gathering", showing that "the Moment came to Stand Up and Make Front !"

 

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("DraftNews", as already send to "Eurofora" Subscribers/Donors, earlier. A more accurate, full Final Version, might be published asap).


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    An "Eugenic" loophole Amendment, which might expose to Dangers reminiscent of "3rd Reich's" notorious Genetic Abuses, hidden at the last minute inside an otherwise Good, larger Health policy Package scheduled to be voted on Thursday, was strongly denounced by a coalition of MEPs from various Political Groups and Countries, in a Press Conference held this afternoon at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    Mainly calling to "Select Human Embryos", via "Genetic Counselling" and "pre-implantation" Techniques including "Genetic Tests", in order to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", it might open ways to Dangerous Practices in Future, they denounced in substance.

    But they also made it clear that a much larger Report inside which this Controversial Amendment "No 15" was added in dubious circumstances, officialy destinated to struggle against "Rare Diseases", and drafted by Professor Antonios Trakatellis, was otherwise "an Excellent Report", aiming at a "completely Uncontroversial target" of Health policy on which "all MEPs and Experts are united, believing that Europe should act" to protect People's Health (See "EuroFora"'s earlier News).

    The controversy came at a particularly delicate moment for the EU in relation to Citizens, at the eve of June 2009 EU Elections, and shortly before Ireland re-votes for "Lisbon Treaty"..    

- Denouncing risks of "an Eugenic demand, very similar to what we had during the 3rd Reich in Germany, but now coming from some Scientisists themselves", German ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Dr. Peter Liese stressed that critical MEPs were against "Eugenic" engineering with "Selection of Human Embryos", and anything which might ultimately lead up to to a "Selection of Human Race". It doesn't help to "eradicate" Human Lives, he added.


    Several Experts and NGOs expressed "Deep Concern", as f;ex. DR M.C. Cornel of the "European Society of Human Genetics", which stressed, on this occasion, that "the importance of Non-Directiveness in Reproductive issues is a Central characteristic of Human Genetics, after the Atrocities committed in the name of Genetics in the first half or the 20th Century".

     - "This is completely Unacceptable", stressed Italian Liberal MEP Vittorio Prodi, on the Controversial Amendment, also because pushes to "eliminate early Human Life", as he noted.

     - "This opens a Dangerous Road, rather a Motorway", denounced Danish MEP Mrs Margrette Auken, from the "Greens", observing that various similar attempts were made in the Past "not only in Germany, but also in several other Countries, "even at the 1970ies", "f.ex. on forced Sterilisation of Roma" People, and other criticisable situations f.ex. in the UK, in Sweden, etc. as she said.

    + Other NGOs, as f.ex. "LebenHilfe" from Berlin, added that, among various other Risks, could also be that, by exploiting the pre-implantation Genetic Diagnostics and the Selection of "healthy" Embryos, some may "propagate" several "Eugenic" aims, starting f.ex. by pushing to eradicate Human Livies which might "Cost too much" to preserve, ultimately exposing to dangers reminiscent of the "3rd Reich"'s atrocious abuses.

    In consequence, ChristianDemocrats/EPP and "Green" MEPs "decided by Majority to vote against" this Controversial Amendment, anounced to Journalists the 5 MEPs who participated in the Press Conference, representing a wide spectrum, from Liberals to "Greens" and ChristianDemocrats, and from Hungary, Italy, Germany and Danemark up to Ireland (Gay Mitchell), etc.
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    Hungarian ChristianDemocrat MEP Laszlo Surjan said "that it was "Suddenly, at the End of the Procedure" in Committee, that "appeared this (Controversial) Amendment, which has nothing to do" with the main purpose of the Report, on which all agreed.

    He denounced an "Unhonest" move, and called to "avoid this kind of unacceptable situations". Nobody should "Select People", Surjan stressed.

    - "We (MEPs) had No Chance to Discuss" this last-minute Amendment earlier added at a Committee's level, said German MEP Peter Liese

    Speaking to "EuroFora", Dr. Liese, the Spokesman of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group in EU Parliament, said that MEPs didn't oppose other references of the Report f.ex. on "Genetic Tests", because they were "no proposals" to impose them, while, on the contrary, there was "a Problem" if anyone attempted to "impose" f.ex. this or that Genetic Technique and "Genetic Counselling", etc. to the People on human reproduction.
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The precise Text :
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    Controversial parts of Amendment No 15 ask mainly "to lead finally to the Eradication" of "Hereditary" "rare diseases", "through Genetic Counselling .., and ..pre-Implantation Selection of healthy Embryos".

    But  EU Rapporteur Professor Trakatellis, said to "EuroFora" that fears should be alleviated by Guarantees that all this should be done only "where appropriate", when it's "not contrary to existing National Law", and "always on a Voluntary basis", according to other Parts of the Amendment.

    He stressed that the main aim was to allow "a free and informed choice of persons involved", without imposing them anything :  - "It's not an obligatory, but advisary" text, he said.

    To make that point clear, he was ready, in agreement with many MEPs, to eventually drop at least that part of the controversial Amendment which initially called for "efforts to ..lead finally to the Eradication of those rare diseases" "which are Hereditary".

    But, until late Wednesday evening, reportedly together with many other MEPs, he stood by all the rest of the controversial Amendment, (fex. on the "Genetic Counselling" and the "pre-implantation Selection of healthy Embryos"), so that critical MEPs, going from ChristianDemocrats as Dr. Liese, to "Greens" or "Ind/Dem", observed to "EuroFora" that "this was not enough" to close the dangerous loophole.

    Particularly since, as Professor Trakatellis noted himself, "this is already allowed to the U.K.", and "other National Legislations would probably follow, sooner or later" in a similar direction. As for a general call to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", this "should happen, at any case, in practice, de facto", to protect public Health.

    On the contrary, "our goal should be to help patients suffering from rare diseases, not to eradicate the patients. In case of genetic disease risk, the decision should not be guided by scenarios" made by politicians. "Perents who may decide to accept a child, even if handicapped or with genetic disease, must be respected and supported with solidarity", critical MEPs stated.

    - "Any Pressure" to "a patient or couple (who "should be able to make an informed choice consistent with their own values"),"from health Professionals, Public Health Policies or Governemental Institutions, or Society at large, should be avoided", stresses the "European Society for Human Genetics".

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Each MEP's vote will be registered !

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The Socialist Group requested a "Split vote" on the Amendment 15, first without, and afterwards with the words "lead finally to the Eradication" etc.


    But the first "split vote" leaves intact all the other parts of the Controversial Amendment, (i.e. "Genetic Counselling", "Selection of healthy Embryos", etc).

    That's why, 3 Groups of MEPs : ChristianDemocrats/EPP, "Greens/EFA", and "Ind/Dem", have asked for "Roll Call Votes", on everything regarding the Controversial Amendment No 15, and on the final outcome of the resulting Report as amended, which will register all the individual positions to be taken by each MEP.   

Something which will obviously make each MEP think twice before voting for one or another choice, to be sure that he/she will make the right choice in front of EU Citizens, particularly at these pre-Election times...


    Crucial Votes were scheduled between 12 Noon and 1 p.m. local Strasbourg time, in the middle of a long series of various other Reports, and after a long Public Debate on the larger Health policy package, from 9 to 11.50 am.

    The specific Report inside which was hidden the controversial Amendment is due to be debated between 11 and 12 am.

    So that more last-minute Surprises may not be excluded a priori...

    Particularly at the present Historic moment, when even the Institutional Future of the EU depends on the result of a second Referendum on "Lisbon Treaty", later this year, in ...Ireland, a mainly Catholic country, where People are particularly sensitive in such kind of socio-cultural and values issues...
 

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