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Great East Region President Rottner to EF: Boost EU Transport Links "Brussels-Strasbourg-Geneva+"

Written by ACM
Friday, 08 June 2018
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*Strasbourg/Press Club/Angelo Marcopolo/- Replying to an "Eurofora"s Question, the New President of Strasbourg's "Great East" Region, Jean Rottner, stressed the Importance of "European Corridors" in the Development and Valorisation of Transport LInks, particularly between the Cities which the most Host European, PanEuropean and/or International Organisations.

 - "Eurofora" has Questioned Rottner, during a Press-Lunch on Transports' Strategic Policy Choices (discussed nowadays also with the Civil Society), organised Today Noon by Strasbourg's Press Club,  about his View on the Fact that this New, (and much Bigger than in the Past), "Great East" Region, facilitates Strasbourg's location Between Brussels and Luxembourg, at its West Side, and Geneva, at its Eastern Side :
 

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 >>> i.e., Potentialy Linking Together the Headquarters of EU Commission, EU Council, NATO, EU Court of Justice, EU Parliament, Paneuropean CoE, ECHR, EuroCorps, Shenghen, and several UNO's Bodies (particularly in Human Rights but also Economy, Telecoms, etc) as well as the WTO, ILO, a.o., throughout a kind of "Europe in the World" Pathway, Unique in the entire Globe. (With the Only Exception of the Washington D.C. - New York close links in the USA, in a lesser extend : f.ex. between IMF, World Bank's and UNO's Headquarters there).

 

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- President Rottner replied to "Eurofora"s Question Positively, in substance, mainly by Stressing, First of all, the great Importance that he gives for Strasbourg's "Great East" Region role in Transports, to what he named as "European Corridors" in general, as a matter of Principle.

 

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- Naturally, this goes, particularly, for the EU Corridor Linking to Brussels, which is of Major Importance, underlined the French Politician, (who was, for a Long Time, Mayor of Mulhouse City, facing Basel at nearby Switzerland, and, therefore, is an Ideal person also for the Brussels - Strasbourg - Geneva link evoked by "Eurofora" . Comp. Supra).


Traditionally, Brussels can already be Linked by quite Good Railway transports to Strasbourg and Geneva, either through Paris (France) or through Frankfurt (Germany). But, in both cases, Luxembourg is Ommitted, and a Longer Zig-Zag becomes necessary, Westwards or Eastwards, (respectively). While, on the Contrary, a Real Brussels - Luxembourg - Strasbourg - Geneva Railway Link would be, in principle, Direct, and, thus, comparatively, much more short and Straight.


+ Moreover, the European Transport Corridors which are Interesting for us, (i.e. Strasbourg's new and much bigger, "Great East" Region) are "Multi-Modal" : I.e. they include, well beyond Airplanes and Railways, also Car Highways, Bus, River Ship Transports, etc., Rottner went on to add.


++ Last, but not least, for us it's Not a Problem at all if such Corridors might, eventually, be developped, Partly, at the One Side of Rhine River (i.e. in France), or at the Other Side, (i.e. Germany), as long as they are Inter Connected and Interoperable, facilitating "Complementarity", as he pointed out.


+++ President Rottner had already pointed, earlier, at "the Centrality of Strasbourg", as he called the Fact that this City is located at the CrossRoads of various European/Paneuropean routes, being a Key part of EU's Core area, as well as, at the Wider Potential that the City gets from its New - and much Bigger - French Region in which it is included :


- "The Great East (new, Wider Region) is Strasbourg's Chance !", he characteristically stressed, mainly pointing at the Fact that, by InterLinking 5 European Countries, at EU's Core, (France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg), the "Great East" Region makes possible Manifold Transports' InterConnexions.

 

 
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Thus, f.ex., anOther European "Corridor" for Strategic Railway and other Transport links crossing Strasbourg, notoriously is the Paris - Budapest "Magistrale" Plan, (already endorsed, in principle, by the EU, several Years Earlier), which Connects also Munich, Wien and possibly Bratislava, etc. From a Geo-Political point of view, very probably, its actual Realisation may depend from Possible Developments concerning possibly a closer European Integration towards the adjacent Western Balkan Countries, (since this Leads very Near to Zagreb, Ljubljana, but also Belgrad, etc), in the foreseable Future.


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This is Added, obviously, also to a Madrid - Paris - Strasbourg- (Berlin)-Prague - Warsaw - Minsk - Moscow Axis, throughout almost all the European Continent, which can, naturally also go via Madrid - Paris - Strasbourg - Berlin - Saint Petersburg/Moscow, serving, additionaly, as the Strategic Central Backbone of Various InterConnections heading towards Several different Directions Around it.

 

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+ Another kind, River Ship Transports' PanEuropean "Centrality" of Strasbourg's area, can bring together Rhone - Rhine - Danube Rivers, interLinking the Mediterranean to the Northern and Black Sea, (with Strasbourg:Kehl's Ports etc. : See seveal relevant "Eurofora"s NewsReports on that Specific Issue, of Strategic potential Importance also for EU's direct Energy Supplies). 

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Significantly, Rottner was Together with Strasbourg's Euro-Metropole President Robert Herrmann, (confirming once again that they cultivate a Good Working Cooperation, despite the Center-Right and the Center-Left Political origin affiliations of each one of them, which had already started with Senator Kennel, former President of Lower Rhine's Department), who has already Expressed, previously, in Reply to anOther "Eurofora"s Question, during another Press Conference in the Recent Past, precisely, his Readiness to Consider Useful Comparisons and Develop New Relations between European/PanEuropean/International Non-Capital Cities, such as Strasbourg and Geneva, but also New York, Saint Petersburg, Sanghai, etc, (See, f.ex., at : ..., etc).

 

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Herrmann, Today, Replying to anOther Topical "Eurofora"s Question on Key Transports' Choices, (See: ..., etc), also said, in Substance, that he personaly was in favor of Both Developing More and Better Transport Links, (from Airplane, Rail or Bus until Bicycle, including Electronic, but also, whenever Necessary, Car Highways, etc), while also Acknowledging that, sometimes, certain valuable Natural, Cultural and/or Historic Landscapes/Monuments, particularly of this Core European Area, between France, Germany and Switzerland, etc, should be Protected, as much as Possible, (including, f.ex. by the use of "PlexiGlass" Technologies, as it has been done in Luxembourg City, etc), on the condition that all sides accept to Negociate, as he said. (Something which, obviously, leaves open some still on-going Debates on Highway Projects, whose Plan's lines might have been irrevocably Drawn by a Private Company -sometimes Non-European- which has signed a Contract with the National State, even if it's also a Fact that it systematically includes some Crystal-clear Clauses about Nature, Culture, and Balanced concrete Choices, especially through adequate and sufficient Protective/Corrective Measures to imagine in each case. Comp., f.ex.: ... ).

 


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It's important to create a synergy between "mutually stimulating" EU Countries' moves in order to overcome an "Unjust" Crisis "imported from USA", stressed new French Minister for Economic Revival, Patrick Devedjian, in Strasbourg, warning also that, while hoping for a vigorous Obama US Plan, nevertheless, "Time" is of essence for Europe...

In fact, it's EU's own interest to act Fast, before June 2009 EU Election, since, with Lisbon Treaty not ratified yet, it cannot face again the risk of a Majority Abstention, as back in 1999 and 2004, nor another "anti-EU" mood among Citizens, as in the 2005 French and Dutch "No", followed by the 2008 Irish "No", without endangering rare Historic opportunities, currently open for the EU, whose future is at stake.

From Social issues up to High-Tech Scientific Research, concrete action for Economic revival started from Strasbourg and its European dimension, for the new super-Minister Patrick Devedjian, who visited a Popular Social Housing and Infrastructure project at nearby Hagenau village, before meeting new leaders of Strasbourg's unified mega-University in a Scientific Labo at the Campus, close to EU Parliament and CoE headquarters.

Devedjian, who met also with all the spectrum of Local Political  deciders of Alsace region, close to FrancoGerman borders, wants for deeds to meet the words, in real practice, whenever politicians speak about Strasbourg and Europe's development.

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Devedjan to "EuroFora" : "European coordination can act as a multiplicator by mutual stimulations"
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Devedjian was questioned by "Euro-Fora" on his expectations for reciprocal effects of coordinated European plans :

- "We are living in a (European and Global) system where borders are transparent : When we take measures in France, they produce effects also in Germany, in Belgium, Italy, Spain, or other EU countries, and vice-versa. "So, we can have mutually stimulating effects between national revival Plans, if they are somehow coordinated", ..."They can augment each other's effects, acting as multiplicators and levers". "As a State stimulates Local authorities and Private business, similarly, each EU country's economic revival plan may multiply the effects of other EU countries' actions", he told us.

- "F.ex., when I visited Strasbourg University's Scientific labos, they told me that part of the renovation, funded by France, is realized by German companies located only a few Kms away from the border. Thus, the French revival plan benefits also the German economy. And vice-versa : when Germany takes certain measures, they can have beneficial effects also for French companies"

In an era of Globalisation, "nobody can close and isolate himself inside a Fish-Bowl !", he concluded.
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Economy's revival starts from Strasbourg and Europe, for new French Minister Devedjian
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This could be one of the reasons for which the new French Minister for Economic Stimulus chose to make his 1st visit to Strasbourg, the headquarters of European and Paneuropean Institutions, in the Franco-German river borders at the heart of Europe.

- "It was President Sarkozy's idea", he revealed, adding also fresh "support to Strasbourg's European vocation, not only with words, but also with deeds" :F.ex., the completion of a High-Speed Train network, due to stimulate fast links with Germany, Austria, Italy, Hungary and other central EU Countries.

- "This Crisis is Unjust for Europe, because it wasn't its fault". The greatest part of the "Crisis was imported from the USA, where problems are deeper than here'', in the EU. The Crisis "wasn't due to a bad managment by Europe", who was affected by problems which emerged elsewhere. That's why Europe must be united and active enough to face this challenge. said Devedjian, who has just won +5% in popularity...

- "I hope that there will be an "Obama-effect" also on Economy, and that the Plan of the New American President will be substantial enough to face this crisis, which is worse in the USA than in our area", Europe, he added.

"Economic Revival overcomes political divisions : F.ex. Strasbourg's Socialist Mayor "Ries agreed that State actions funded by Public Debt are justified during such exceptional circumstances", noted the Center-Right republican Minister.

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"My problem is Time", stressed Devedjian from the outset, at Strasbourg's University. "I have to engage 75% of funds in 2009, out of a total of 29 Billion euros", he explained later. "Monitoring will be of essence", because we must "avoid bureaucracy or delays. No project should get lost or neglected in complex meanders of adminstrative offices' moving sands", he warned.

- "I must create activities in the middle of the Crisis", he added. Questioned by EuroFora whether he aims to start creating some "hopes before the June 2009 EU Elections", Devedjian, a former leader of the Governing Political Party in France: UMP, did not immediately reply, but revealed, later, that he "hoped to start at least some Projects on May 2009, even if the bulk of Revival Plan's effects are "expected from Autumn 2009".

However, with only 30% of EU Citizens currently aiming to cast a vote at the forthcoming EU Elections on June, (See other NewStory), the  coordinated moves' results are expected to be crucial for Citizens' participation and votes at the forthcoming June 2009 EU Elections throughout all 27 EU Member Countries...Thus, it's vital for all Europe's own Future that coordinated national Economic revival plans start to have concrete results and create hopes for new dynamics before the June 2009 EU Election...

A real challenge, since careful choices are needed : Our aim is to fund projects which "create activities", even "in the middle of the crisis", and have a "lever effect, attracting other investments", Devedjian said. Because the "Stimulus' Plan has 2 aims : A Tactical one : to create New Activities. And a Strategic one : Choose what can become efficient and useful also in the Long-term". 

- "Are you ready ?", he asked Strasbourg University's new President, professor Alain Beretz, with some 700 million euros in his pockets for Education-Research in France. - "We are !", he replied.

- "The Minister's initiative can accelerate funds, and Time is important for us. This concerns the entire renovation of all our buildings", said to "EuroFora" President, Beretz. "I showed some Scientific Research Labos to Mr. Devedjian. But, If we had more time, I could show him also some Education Amphis, whose condition needs to meet Strasbourg's new Mega-University's ambition" to reach the 10 best in the World, as Prime Minister Fillon earlier anounced here.

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(Devedjian kicks off his Economic Revival tour from Strasbourg University, meeting with its new chairman Beretz, at Scientific Institute Le Bel) 

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Regional Prefectures should gather and select projects to be presented for decision before the end of January 2009.

A well-known close friend of President Sarkozy, who succeeded as EU Chairman to launch, in agreement with German chancelor Merkel and even British prime minister Brown, vigorous EU actions against the Financial/Economic Crisis, (starting from the 1st Historic Summit of EuroZone's Heads of State/Government, October 12 at Elysee Palace, followed by Washington G20 Global Summit), Devedjan will have a key role in the realisation of National and EU plans recently agreed in Brussels.

President Sarkozy is expected to arrive himself in Strasbourg, on the occasion of the official inauguration of its brand New Mega-Hospital, on the 9th of January 2009, at the eve of EU Parliament's session here, Elysee confirmed shortly after Devedjian's visit.

EU is due to review its economic revival plans at March 2009 EU Council in Prague, before the April 2 London Global Summit.

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