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New Big East Region Prefect Fratacci to Eurofora: Strasbourg as Geneva, St Petersburg, NY, Shanghai?

Written by ACM
Thursday, 28 January 2016

 *Strasbourg/Press Club/Angelo Marcopolo/-  "Eurofora" asked Prefect Stephan Fratacci, (who represents the French State throughout all Alsace, Lorraine, and Champagne-Ardenne, alias : ACAL), whether France wished, or not, for Strasbourg's "Euro-Metropole", sooner or later, a similar Development, mutatis mutandis, to that of Geneva, Saint Petersburg, Sudney, New York, and/or Shanghai, etc., i.e. of International, Non-Capital, Cities.

After a throughtful moment, Fratacci carefuly started to give a Positive Answer to the main thrust of "Eurofora"s Query, with Concrete Specifics :

    - 'This is, in fact, a quite Large Question", and the issues concerning Strasbourg's "EuroMetropole" are very Important, particularly when it comes to its Promotion and Notoriety, dominated mainly by matters related to the European Institutons, but also Transports, Economy, etc, he stressed from the outset.



    >>> - "Indeed, there are Several Elements of What You Say (i.e. a Geneva/St. Petersburg/Sudney/N.Y./Shanghai logic of development) inside the 3 Years-Plan Contract regularly concluded between the French State and Strasbourg's "Euro-Metropole"", particularly concerning the European/PanEuropean Institutions, Transport links, Culture, Economy, etc., the Prefect of the New Great East Region replied in substance to "Eurofora"'s question.

    In fact, the main thrust of that Promotion depends on the "EuroMetropole" itself, (i.e, practicaly its current President, Robert Herrmann, who has already expressed to "Eurofora" his Interest for the suggested orienttion, towards a comparative study and creation of network links between INCC, Comp., f.ex. : .....), but the French State, indeed, helps and facilitates that, he concluded.

    Fratacci was speaking at a Meeting with Journalists organized by Strasbourg's Press Club on the Prospects opened afte the entry into force of the New, Greater East Region, (which Extends to former Alsace, Lorraine and Champagne -Ardennes, Linking Together the Borders of 5 Europen Countries at EU's core: France, 2 German Federated States (Laender), Luxembourg and Belgium). Strasbourg was officialy chosen to Host the Administrative and Political Headquarters of  that New Super Region, whose Presidency was recently won, in a Politically Hard-Fought Election by ChrisianDemocrat/EPP former Minister, Philippe Richert, aware of, and interested in such a Potential, (Comp. relevant Richert's Replies to "Eurofora" recently, f.ex. at: ...)






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Pierre Pflimlin's visionary line : Honouring the Memory of the man who wanted to build Europe on the Mountains, based on Spirit !



One of EuroFora's best inspirators is naturally Pierre Pflimlin :

We had a chance to personally meet the dynamic and experienced former President of both EU Parliament and CoE's Assembly, France's Prime Minister and Strasbourg's Mayor, only at his 90th anniversary, during an Historic speech at the Council of Europe, exceptionally full of people.

But his energetic figure looked more like a youngster of 19 years old, eager to win the Olympic games !..

Visionary, 2P was, from many points of view :

His daughter, Antoinette, Artist-decorator, and Senator Jung, President of a group of friends, confirmed us an Historian's revelation, that Pflimlin had initially the idea to build all European institutions (EU Parliament, Council of Europe, European Court of Human Rights, etc) at the spectacular heights of Oberhausbergen hills, with an eye-catching view of both French Vosges and German Black Forest Mountains, in the midst of a Forest : A real vision to create a brand New European Headquarters with a big ambition !

But, it seems, that "someone in Brussels" found that picture, precisely, too big for his taste, and threw a spanner on the works...

Pflimlin stroke back a Decade ago, at his Historic 1997 farewell speech :

He urged Europeans to find another, more substantial way, to lift Europe to more important Heights in Future :

- "On which basis can we imagine the birth of a great Europe ?", he asked.

"Certainly an Economic basis ! A solid market economy, meeting also the needs of social justice. A Political basis : Europe must become a strong Political Power, able to influence World's changes, naturally for Peace."

"But I believe that the essential foundation of a greater Europe should be of Spiritual nature : .... The great pacific Revolutions were Spiritual Victories" : They expressed "People's main motivation to live in a society with our Values of Liberty, Democracy, respect for Human Dignity".

"Then, the roadmap is ready : Yes, the foundation of the unity for a large Europe is the spiritual heritage, inspired by Christian Humanism and the Humanism of Renaissance, of Enlightenment, from which emerged a Civilisation focused on the Human person".

"Here is the task to be accomplished. It's very difficult".

"The Time approaches when I'll have to pass over the torchlight. God willing, this torch should enlighten the path of those who are going to build, tomorrow, the great Europe, marked by this Spirit".


(Extract from the Book "Pierre Pfilmin : Alsacian and European", 2007. Texts by Senator Louis Jung, by the long-time f. Director of Strasbourg's Newspaper DNA, Alain Howiller, and by f. EU Parliament's Press Director, Paul Collowald : See dedications, hand-written by the authors, the day the book for Pflimlin's 100th Aniversary was launched at Strasbourg's Press Club and European Parliamentary Association's headquarters, 13 April 2007).




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