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CoE Chair, Croatia Prime Minister Plenkovic to EF: Inter-Connected EU-CoE actions

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 26 June 2018

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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Mass "Migration", "Western Balkans", and "Human Rights", are among the Issues of current EU - CoE Cooperation, said in Reply to an "Eurofora"'s Question, the President-in-office (for the period of  5 - 11/2018) of Strasbourg's PanEuropean Organisation (with 47 Member States, including Russia, etc), Prime Minister of Croatia, Andrej Plenkovic.

 
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- Significantly, he was Speaking just before he discusses with MEPs in CoE Assembly's Plenary this Noon, at the eve of a Crucial CoE - Russia High Level Meeting, Later this Evening in Strasbourg, (Comp: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/russiaandpacecrisismayberesolved.html, etc), and just 1 Day after EU Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker exceptionally visited Strasbourg, (Yesterday, Monday, 25/6/2018), to meet with CoE's Secretary General, Thornbjorn Jagland.        

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⦁    - Raising a Question at a "Press-Point" during Plenkovic's Meeting with CoE's Secetary General, Thornbjorn Jagland, earlier Today Morning,"Eurofora" observed the Fact that Juncker had come to visit Jangland in Strasbourg, and that, meanwhile, others had evoked here a possibility of an eventual Croatian - Austrian Cooperation on Western Balkans (Comp. : ..., etc), and asked whether there was anything interesting going on about an apparently Closer EU - CoE Cooperation now and/or in the foreseable Future.


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⦁    - “The Secretary General of the EU Commission (Juncker) was Yesterday here", underlined, indeed, from the outset, Prime Minister Plenkovic.


⦁    - "And CoE’s Secretry General (Jagland) spoke about Complementarities, including for the Western Balkans and Other Countries", (perhaps, including Russia ?).


⦁    - “I am invited by CoE’s Parliamentary Assembly to speak just before (PACE) Debates on (Mass) Migration" (Tomorrow, Wednesday, in Strasbourg), he also observed,


⦁    - "which is, precisely, one of the Few Important Issues that will be High on the Agenda in the EU Summit, from Thursday afternoon, in Brussels”.


⦁    - "And was also at the heart of the Informal Summit organized Last Sunday by (EU Commission's) President Juncker."


⦁    Indeed, COE's PanEuropean Parliamentary Assembly's Plenary Session, this week in Strasbourg (25-29/6/2018), has scheduled 3 Joint Debates related to Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migration, all for Tomorrow, Wednesday Afternoon, 27/6/2018 : (1) "Extra-Territorial processing of Asylum claims, and the creation of Safe Refugee Shelters abroad, (2) Human Rights impact of the "External Dimension" of Europea Union Asylum and Migration policy : Out of Sight, out of Rights ?", and (3) Urgent Debate on : International Obligations of CoE Member States: to Protect Life at Sea".


⦁    - + "There is, also, Always, the entire Question of EU Commission and various Human Rights issues, including where the EU is considering to Accede in this (ECHR's, PanEuropean) Convention", Plenkovic added.


⦁    => So that, "I think that there are More Items InterConnecting our (EU-COE) Work, instead of Dividing", new CoE's Chairman stressed in Conclusion.


⦁    Indeed, EU Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker, who was in my Office Yesterday (Monday), told me that they will make efforts to accede to the PanEuropean Convention on Human Rights (EConHR), revealed spontaneously Jagland.


⦁    However, the real Reason for which Juncker, suddenly, decided to make that Exeptional Fast-Track Trip to Strasbourg, even withOut any EU Parliament's Session, curiously, was Not clearly expiicitated, neither yesterday, nor today.


⦁    "Eurofora" also learned, later-on Today, from Prime Minister Plenkovic, that he intends to stay in Strasbourg also Tomorrow, Wednesday, when, inter alia, his collegue, new Prime Minister of Slovakia (a "VISEGRAD" Group Member Country), Peter Pellegrini, visits the CoE, before Leaving for the EU Summit in Brussels afterwards.


⦁    Meanwhile, the outcome of that Exceptionaly Important CoE - Russia meeting scheduled for This Evening (26/6/2018), behind Closed Doors, would have been more or less known.

 

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Speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", the New EU Parliament's President, former Polish Prime Minister, ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Jerzy Busek, welcomed proposals by EuroFora about innovative ways for EU Citizens to attend EU debates before important final decisions which affect people's lives.

- "We (EU Parliament) must be transparent", Buzek stressed from the outset.  "We must have clear answers also for delicate questions. If we don't touch a problem, you must know why, and when shall we decide in the nearest future".. "Because "we (EU) must think about Europeans, first of all : They don't understand well what is going on in the EU. So, it's our duty to inform them, to make discussions here more interesting".

"EuroFora" congratulated President Buzek for the anouncement he made, from the 1st day of his election in Strasbourg (on Tuesday, 14 July 2009), on his intention to make  transparent debates, exchanges of views, etc. before the final adoption of decisions in EU Parliament's Plenary, when issues are evolving inside Committees, (See earlier publication).

And we reminded, in this regard, that "EuroFora" has been advocating a project for EU Citizens' active involvement in pluralist EU debates before important EU decisions, since more than a Decade : 1997-2007+

- "Thank you. We (EU Parliament), indeed, have exciting debates", Buzek replied. But, in practice, "without a possibility for our Citizens to see them, not even by the Press, the Radio or TV, etc., because it is in Committees", he regreted.

- "But, they (i.e. Media, Citizens, etc) might interact with you, with MEPs, etc, May be we can imagine something", "EuroFora" proposed.

- "Yes, (but) it needs, a quite new idea", Buzed observed.

- "Why not through some innovations ?", "EuroFora" suggested.

- "Innovation ? That's it. Fantastic  New Information Technologies !", Buzek realized.

- "Precisely, "EuroFora" has such a project, since more than a Decade (1997-2009), to use new technologies for public debates before major EU decisions are taken", we reminded.

- "If you have such proposals, please come to us, come to us. We must" do something, agreed the new EU Parliamen's President.

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    This fits with Buzek's main stance, expressed at EU Parliament's plenary earlier this week in Strasbourg, that the European Union must succeed to overcome a "Crisis of Trust" vis a vis EU Citizens. (See previous EuroFora publication).

    For that purpose, obviously information and debates are valuable, but purely instrumental, procedural means which can help focus on, and highlight a substantial content, attractive to EU Citizens, which needs to be determined by other, political, and not mediatic factors.  

    Buzek spoke about the urgent need to overcome the Global Economic Crisis,  the struggle for Human and Civic Rights, Democracy, etc., the Eastern Partnership, links with Russia, strategic partnership with USA and emerging countries, etc.

    But he also used (while speaking both to "EuroFora" and other Media) the expression : "The Europeans", for EU Citizens. This points right towards what several important EU leaders (including French President Sarkozy, German Chancellor Merkel, etc) have started to highlight particularly during the recent years : That there is a vital need, and an historic opportunity, for the development of a European Conscience, to stimulate e renaissance of a European Identity able to attract Popular support, for the EU to become a strong player in a Multopolar World : In other words, the revitalisation of a project for a "Political Europe".

    By a coincidence, this was indirectly but surely reminded, earlier in Strasbourg, by another ... Busek (this time with a "s") : 

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    Speaking to more than 650 participants from CoE's member countries, at the conclusion of the 2009 Summer University of its Political Schools, Erhard Busek, (with an "s"), former vice-Chancellor of Austria and EU Coordinator for South-Eastern Europe, pointed at the current need to revitalize Europe's "Identity", forged by Greek philosophy and Roman Law, Christian values and Enlightment's ideas, etc. through the ages.     

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 An astonishingly concrete and simple example of European Integration from the grassroots : Starting by EU Citizens, i.e. those "Europeans", that EU Parliament's new President, Jerzy Buzek (this time with a "z"), wants to bring alongside MEP's decision-making proces, (according to "EuroFora"'s main idea : Comp. supra)...

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