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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
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 *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.

 

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    >>> - "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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     The High-Tech, brand new Crisis' management Center (CMC) inaugurated Wednesday by French Minister Bernard Kouchner, fits well EU's Humanitarian and Security-Defence aims, revealed a gathering of the largest Group of MEPs (EPP) organised in Paris these days, to prepare the debate on French EU Presidency's priorities (July - December 2008), that President Nicolas Sarkozy will present next week in EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

        Due to face a large spectrum of Crises : from Humanitarian (f.ex. Natural Catastrophes, evacuation of Civilians or rapatriation of expats, populations exposed to Hunger and/or risky Sanitary conditions, etc), to various consequencies of Terrorist threats, Armed conflicts, or of Peace-keeping operations, etc, and joining Geopolitics with Diplomacy, CMC is able to deal with urgencies in real time anywhere in the world, by concentrating qualified Experts and impressive High-Tech equipment (i.e. Giant Computer Screens working in parallel, Visio-conferences, Satellite connections, etc).

 

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    Vogaw presented earlier, at EPP's plenary, a comprehensive Report on EU's Security and Defence policy, with a strong High-Tech component (including Satellites, UAV, protected Telecoms, Strategic Air and Sea Transports, Space assets, etc), sharp references to Political will and Historic necessities, while also stressing that EU must overcome the divide between Civilian and Military research and activities, making "a close cooperation between Civilian and Military means" a "specific" mark of Europe.

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