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Historic Record Short EU Summit on BREXIT unexpectedly Ends in Less than 3 Hours !

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29.04.17

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*Brussels/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- The Shortest ever Summit in EU's History, was that of EU's 27 States, specificaly Dedicated to "BREXIT",  in Brussels Today !


Indeed, this EU27 Summit's official Start was scheduled from 12.30, and, given the usual preliminary Exchange of Views with EU Parliament President, practicaly, it could Not realy Start befode 13.00, at the Earliest.


But, already since 13.50, EU Council's Press Service was Publishing at its Internet Site for the World Wide Web, the full Official "Conclusions" of that Exceptional Summit ! (It arrived to Registered Journalists' EMails on 14.06, including at "Eurofora"s).


"Imperatoria Brevitas" : In his subsequent Press Conference, EU Council's President, Donald Tusk, revealed from the outset that, in Fact, this Summit's "Conclusions", (consisting in EU27's "Guidelines" for BREXIT's Negotiations), "were Adopted IMMEDIATELY after we Started the Summit"...


And the Final, general Press Conference of EU Institutions' Leaders, previously Scheduled for about "22.00" at the Evening, (an indicative Time Horizon, usually Extended in real Practice, for much Later, in most EU Summits, as all those who have a long Experience on them, know well), on the Contrary, took place ... Six (6) Hours Earlier, from 16 o'clock !

To the Memory of one among the Most Experienced EU Council's Press Officers, speaking to "Eurofora" Later-on, he had "Never" seen Before such a Short-lived EU Summit in History...

 

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This seems to be at least one of the Main Reasons for which, Exceptionaly, a Number of EU Members' Heads of State/Government and other EU Leaders were Absent, this Time, from Brussels.

 

- It's True that EU Council's President, Donald Tusk, said in his Press Conference, that, on BREXIT Issues, "Speed is of Essence" : "Our British Friends repeatedly" said that "they were Ready to Agree ...Quickly", at least on the Issue of about "4,5 Millions of People: Europeans residing in the UK, and Britons living on the Continent". EU "Commission has Prepared a full List of Rights and Benefits that we (EU) would like to Guarantee for those Affected by the BREXIT". Now, "we Need a Serious British Response", and, "as Soon as the UK offers real Guarantees for our Citizens, we will Find a Solution Quickly", he concluded.


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- However, Tusk also spoke about, "above all, Quality, as so Many People's lives Depend on it".  This naturaly includes also the "Quality "of Journalists' Reporting on all that, (particularly in English Language).


But, in Fact, all those poor European Journalists, who had, previously, to Travel throughout several EU Member States, either by Taking an Airplane, if not 6 or more Hours of Train, (sometimes even ...3 successive Trains, even by Paying a "TGV" "1st Class" Ticket), as well as to Find an Hotel in Brussels for, at least 2 Nights, (since that EU27 Summit's preparations were Starting practicaly since Early Morning, f.ex. the usual Political Groups' Meetings, etc, and its Normal End had been Scheduled for about "22.00" in the Evening : Comp. Supra), in Addition to spending sometimes an Hour to cross Brussels, (unless searching and paying always a Taxi, as he were Obliged to do), Walk amidst "Security" Blockades, search their Badge elsewhere, almost Risk their Lives by trying to Cross a Large Avenue always full of never stopping, Fast Running Cars, without any other way to cross, etc,


would Better have paid a One Way Ticket to Argentina's Patagonia, and Enjoy an EU Council Website Reading, at a Confortable Couch or even Bed, drinking a Coca - Cola, Breathing the Oxygen of Antractic Ocean's Fresh Air, (and, perhaps, by the way, even Closer to the current Pope Francis' original footpaths)...

 

After all, it seems that this  "BREXIT" thing, Risks really to turn  many aspects of Europe upside down !

 

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(NDLR: "DraftNews", as already send to "Eurofora" Subscribers/Donors, earlier. A more Accurate, full Final Version, might be Published asap)

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ECHR's President to "EuroFora" on Journalists Gongadze and Adali murders : Principles must apply to all States, without discrimination.


+ ECHR's Statistics on Freedom of Expression (See below).


 European Court of Human Rights' President, Jean-Paul Costa, questioned by "EuroFora" on Journalists' murders, as in Gongadze and Adali's cases etc., strongly stressed all CoE Member States' obligation to make efficient Investigations to find and punish those responsible, and underlined that ECHR's case-law's principles must apply to all without any discrimination.

His call was clearly supported by various Top MEPs who denounced a risk of "Double Standards" if some Journalists' murders are investigated, while others don't.

To avoid such risks, CoE's Parliamentary Assembly adopted a Resolution, on the occasion of Ukranian Journalist Gongadze's murder, "stressing", as a matter of general Principle, "the importance it attaches to the safety of Journalists and political activists, especially those linked to opposition groups, in ALL member states of the CoE". All "crimes against journalists and political activists must be investigated ... as a matter of priority, without political interference".

Costa was replying to "EuroFora"s question on the fact that, after CoE's Committee of Ministers, also CoE's Assembly had just adopted a Resolution on Gongadze murder case, based on an ECHR's judgement of 2005, asking a full Investigation from Ukraine, who has found and condemned  in 10 years of jail 2 executants, but not yet the instigators.

While nothing similar was yet done for dissident Turkish Cypriot Kutlu Adali's murder, with 5 bullets shot at his head out of his Family's home in the territories of Cyprus occupied by Ankara's army, despite another ECHR's judgement of the same year 2005, and despite Turkey's claim that nobody was found among those responsible for the murder, and that there was nothing more to do..

In order to be credible and efficient, CoE's mechanisms shouldn't find a way to at least ask for full investigations of all Journalists' murders anywhere they might be committed, without exceptions ?

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- "On the larger question that you raised, I'd like to say, since we are in a period of stock-taking on ECHR's 50 Years, that the Court's case-law developed certain concepts ....such as the Positive obligations of States, part of which are also the procedural obligations", started to reply ECHR's President.

 - "Whenever Journalists, Lawyers, Defenders of Human Rights, or even simple Citizens are murdered, the States are held responsible, not only if its their own security forces' agents who committed these murders, but also if they didn't make sufficiently substantial and efficient Investigations", he stressed.

- "I want to strongly underline that we (ECHR) have found in many cases numerous violations of Articles 2 and 3 against States, ....(about) murders or torture, ...because they didn't make enough Investigations in order to try to find and punish those responsible".

- "We (ECHR) do that vis-a-vis all 47 (CoE) Member States, without any discrimination".

"Naturally, the circumstances in each particular case may be differend, and we can't ommit to apply the rules of proof, or the rules of criminal procedure".

"But we try, by all means, to apply these principles of our case-law, to all States", he concluded.

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      Costa's call was strongly supported by several Top CoE MEPs, from various Political areas


- "To investigate the murder of one Journalist, and not of another, looks like Double Standards", denounced the President of EuroLeft Group in CoE's Assembly, Dutch MEP Tiny Cox.  

- "What is the reason ? Politics or specificity of a case ? Of course, if Cyprus and Turkey are involved, it's always a Political case"..

- "Murders of Journalists should always be fully investigated, because killing Journalists is not only killing persons, but also killing Free Press".  "We (CoE's Assembly) should do our outmost to help People who are working on Free Press and they are under threat or murdered".

Because for Free Politics, Free Press is a pre-requisitive : Parliamentarians  cannot  function without a Free Press. Not investigating, is not protecting ourselves".

So we should investigate all Journalists' murders : We are talking about Gongadze, about the Cypriot man (Adali), about the Journalist murdered in Moscow one week ago, etc", Cox concluded

- "CoE can' look at these cases differently. CoE can't wear Blinckers  !".
- "If the one is investigated, so has to be also the other. Why there wasn't full investigation ? Why's that ?", wondered British  Socialist MEP, Alan Meale.

- "A good idea" would be to "make a Motion for Resolution", and "join all Journalists' murders. Adali and Gongadze etc", said to "EuroFora" EU Parliament Political affairs Committee's President, Goran Lindbland, ChristianDemocrat MEP from Sweden.


(See also earlier News at "EuroFora" on similar issues).
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ECHR's Statistics on Freedom of Expression :


    Almost Half of condemnations by ECHR for violations of Freedom of Expression in 2008, concern Turkey : 20 out of a total of 48 for all CoE's Member States.

    Russia, Poland, France and Moldova were condemned only 3 times. Romania, Greece, Portugal, 2 times, and the other CoE Member States only 1 time, or none.
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    During the last Decade : 1998 - 2008, Turkey was condemned for violating Freedom of Expression in ..169 cases, while Austria only in 24.

    France and Moldova in 14 and 13, respectively, closely followed by Russia and Poland with 11 and 10, respectively. The rest of CoE Member States had less than ten condemnations.    
    

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