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EUParliament Head Sassoli in PACE: Crucial Moment for Future of Europe Conference

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mercredi, 21 avril 2021

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Paradoxicaly, it's in the Oldest and Largest PanEuropean Organisation of the CoE, (aged 72 y.o. and Extending from Iceland and the UK up to Vladivostok with 47 Member-Countries), that EU Parliament's President, David Sassoli chose to launch the strongest plaidoyerie for the reNewal of Europe's Core, through a Landmark "Conference on the Future of Europe", a 2-Years-Long, and Original process, due to be soon Inaugurated here in Strasbourg on May 9, (Europe's and Joan d'Arc's Day), around 27 Member States spearHeaded by the Franco-German couple, accross a Rome-Athens' axis, and reinfotrced by Mittel-Europa's progressive extension Eastwards.

Sassoli spoke, Today, to CoE's Parliamentary Assemby (PACE), which is Complementary to that of EU Parliament (EP) since its MEPs are chosen among the National MPs of Member States, while EU Parliament has its own European MEPs. Moreover, PACE now Extends to the UK, Russia, and many Other Eastern Neighbouring Countries, including even Controversial Turkey, (a Cold-War remnant), while EP doesN't. Most Important, PACE has progressivel Focused mainly on Legal Instruments, while EP pursued further EU's Economic and Political policies becoming a More Integrated area.

- But, the main point, Nowadays, is that, as Jean Monnet used to say  _ "Europe has been Built through the Crises it Faces", Sassoli reminded. And, "Today, we are in the Midst of a Major Crisis : that of the COVID-19 Pandemic"  A "Crisis described by Edgar Morin recently, as "Total"", "because the Pandemic h    s Disrupted Every aspect of our lives : Health, Relationships with others, Wprk, Education, the Economy", etc. he observed.

 => Therefore, "We must Build the World of Tmorrow, bequeathing to our younger generations a Heritage of Values (as those of the older CoE) that can dialogue with the contemporary sworld, that can defend respect for human rights, human dignity and freedom", he stressed. So, "it is in this Context that on 9 May we will be launching the Conference on the Future of Europe, ...Our aim is to offer a moment of reflection on the lessons of this crisis and on how to strengthen and update European Democracy. Which is the Best Time to do this? Well, at Present. There is no better time, and After COVID-19 it would be too late. That is why it is very important that this Reflection on ourselves, on the efficiency, effectiveness and Modernisation of European Democracy, takes place Now", Sassoli pointed out.

- But in a New, Different Way than in the Past : Because "We Need a more Efficient, more flexible, more resilient and also More Democratic European Union" he stressed: - In consequence, this "Conference will be an Unprecedented event, Offering All European Citizens, public opinion, our young people, organisations in the world of work and business and our national institutions, the Opportunity to Shape the Future, their future. National and regional parliaments, as well as civil society, local actors, Researchers, our Universities will Also play an important Role in this Debate", President Sassoli Vowed. And, "At the same time, the European Parliament will also Learn Lessons from the Vrisis we are going through. In order to keep the Flame of Democracy Alive, we have been forced to Change ...face of the and 'this has been reflected in all our institutions. ...we have had to adapt and renNew. Now is the time to Think more broadly about how our Assembly works to Ensure that it embodies the Democratic Ideal we Want to represent".

- " The fact that we are initiating Debates" is due to "our Duty, Today, to ...Imagine and Build" a Bettter "World", while being "Concerned that our Values are being put to the Test Today, more than ever, everwhere" : "Freedom", "Information", "rule of Law and Democracy", "Human Rights", even "Peace", he Warned, among "New Challenges" too, facing which, "the progress made in the field of human rights and democracy is being called into Question".

=> Let's seek the best Answers, then, But with, Not withOut the Motivated European People ! Significantly, Speaking to "Eurofora" in Brussels, earlier, at the Conclusion of his Press Conference on an EU Heads of State/Government Summit, EU Parliament's President had Urged for "Strong Voices" among EU "Citizens", (..., etc+).

>>> Hic Rhodus, hic saltus !

 

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Fillon invites EU to invent "New Horizons" behind Oil crisis

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geothermal_plant_400_01Soultz-under-Forests, June 13, 2008

A pioneer Franco-German research project on GeoThermy, near Strasbourg, served as "Symbol" of EU's will to become Independent on Energy by developing innovative Technologies, while imported Oil prices threaten to provoke a World-wide crisis.

It's essential to demonstrate Europe's will to "invent New Horizons", by creating Environment-friendly, Independent and Renewable Energy sources, while price rises continue for Oil, a polluting old ressource with insufficient stocks, stressed French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, anouncing that this will be a focus during the forthcoming French EU Presidency (July - December 2008).

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Fillon symbolically injected a 1st KWh produced by GeoThermy into Strasbourg's Electricity grid, during a special gathering of German and French officials at Soultz-under-Forests ("Soultz-sous-Forêts"), using a geothermal innovation which is "the most advanced in the World" :

The innovation uses Strasbourg's underground water richness to capture Heat, by injecting liquid among Rocks 5 km deep, where temperature is 200 c. Thus, it can be activated at any moment and location, even without natural warm water springs : A big advantage compared to old biothermal tools.

Engineers, Scientists and the Industry will have 2 Years to invent practical ways for this innovation to become productive and cost-efficient in real Economy, said Fillon.

115 Millions of Euros invested, 15 Research Labos, 430 Scientific Publications including 34 Doctoral PhD, and a systematic cooperation between French and German Governments and Public Agencies on Research, succeeded to prove that the new method works.

Already able to serve Electricity to a village with 1.500 inhabitants, the pioneer project intends to reach a capacity to serve 20.000 inhabitants before 2015, as part of a larger Plan to make all Renewable Energy Resources (together with Wind, Solar, etc) able to cover more than 23% of all Electricity needs before 2020.

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- In fact, "behind the challenge" faced with the current Oil crisis, there "is a New Horizon that we can shape all together", by "creating New Tools for the Future", Fillon launched towards EU Member States.

Meanwhile, we should intensify Energy Savings, simplify Transports, and help the Poorest cope with growing Oil prices, until EU joins a World-wide lead into inventing reliable and sufficient Renewable Energy Sources, he added.

Many, technologic and other Challenges exist, but they can be overcome : F. ex. the new GeoThermic method tested at Shoultz since 1987, had provoked an Earthquake at a nearby site, close to Bale, by injecting big volumes of pressurized Water in underground broken Rocks near a Seismic Faultline in 2003. But the move was rectified later-on, by diminishing the amount and pressure of the water injected in underground rocks, so that no Earthquake is provoked.

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More than 1 Billion Euros are invested by France on Scientific and Technologic Research about Sustainable Development until 2012, aiming to take a 10 years advance, there where innovation can become source of Growth, Competitivity and Jobs, which, according to some evaluations could reach more than 220.000 before 2020, Fillon observed.

During the forthcoming French EU Presidency, together with our German friends, we shall do all necessary efforts for Europe's World-wide lead against Global Warming, thanks to Energy tools able to ensure its Independence, Growth, and Citizens' well-being, he concluded.

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The "Enhanced Geothermal System" (EGS) stems from pioneer research initiated by teams from France, Germany and Italy, joined also by Swiss, the U.K., and Sweden, even U.S. and Japan, since the 90ies.

In 1996, a European Economic Interest Group (GEIE) was founded, in order to exploit Electricity-produsing Heat from deep underground Rocks, including France's EDF and Germany's PfalzWerke.

In 2002, a Pilot scientific project started to be tested in Soultz-under-Forests, 50 kms north of Strasbourg.

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