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EU-Fair 2021 goes Green + eyes Hybrid Transition, says to Eurofora Strasbourg-Events' CEO Drici

Written by ACM
Thursday, 26 August 2021
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- Replying Today to "Eurofora" Questions at the Press Conference on the 2021 Euro-Fair, (3-13 September 2021), which Traditionaly marks the Start of a New Economic and Political Season at the Franco-German Core of Europe, "Strasbourg-Events"' new Board President, Salem Drici, stressed the Growing Importance of both a "Green" and Digital Transitions on the making.

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    "Eurofora", pointing at the splendid "Green" area, adjacent to the ReNovated and Extended Strasbourg's "Palace of Music and Congress" (PMC), where, for the 1st Time, the "Euro-Fair"s 2021 installations had just Started to be set up nowadays, (See relevant Photo), asked whether such an ostensibly "Green" atmosphere would be Developed also throughout the current "Transition" towards the 2022 opening of the "PEX" (for "Excibitions" Parc") New Mega-Building (designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma), given Also the notorious Healthy effects of Natural Oxygen open spaces, including in Facing the Virus' Pandemic...

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    + In addition, we raised also a question on the potential importance of "Digital" aspects in Strasbourg's EuroFair (Comp., already : ..., etc) and Other such Mega-Events, both Nowadays and in the foreseable Future.

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    - "Concerning your ("Eurofora"'s) Question on the "Transition" (2021-2022), indeed, we curently are in a Trend towards Increasing "Hybrid" events, with Both Presential and a Remote Parts, during the Coming Years. And, in "Strasbourg-Events", we Already have the Capacity to produce such Hybrid Events, and wish to Develop that", President Drici stressed.

    - "But, there will Always be a substantial part of Presential, because it's Important to Help People actualy and physicaly Meet eachother, as "Man is a Social Animal", and that's a Key element in our idea about the Human Relations", he also pointed out.

    + "On the Ecological Transition, we are very sensitive, and, indeed, wish to have several Eco-Responsible Modifications", he went on to Reply to our 2nd Question (Comp. Supra). "Therefore, we will be very keen into Including that ("Green") Dimension in All Events that we shall propose during the Next Years", Drici vowed. "Together with the Carbon-trace of all our activities", he added.

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    ++ Similarly, Marie Lathoud, Director of Events' Organisation at the same entity, Replied to "Eurofora" that : - "Concerning the Natural Green Enironment issues and Transition, we are very sensitive, indeed. The New PEX (due to open on 2022) will have a special "Square", helpful for that purpose. It's also Strasbourg's "EuroMetropole" (with its New Chairwoman, Pia Imbs) which is sensitive on such matters", she observed.

- "On your ("Eurofora"'s) Question about the "Digital" Transition, this year (2021) we wanted mainly to help People meet eachother, physically", Lathoud explained. "But we have the capacity to produce Digital and "Hybrid" Events, and we shall use it in the forseable future. In the meantime, "Orange" (Mega-Phone-Company), which will be present this year, is due to make some interesting proposals", she announced. "Moreover, recently, we observed an impressive augmentation of Social Medias' discussions on the forthcoming Euro-Fair, bigger than ever"...

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    With more than 300 entities presenting their activities and products, (not only from France, but also from Germany, Italy, and Other Countries, even China, etc), this Euro-Fair 2021 extends throughout some 30.000 m2, Outdoor areas included, adding PMC's Mega-Halls of 12.500 and 4.800 m2, will be Inaugurated on September 3, by Strasbourg's new, atypical "Green" Mayor, Jeanne Barseghian, (Comp. Barseghian's Replies to "Eurofora"s topical Questions at last year's 2020 Inauguration in : ..., etc), and a Political personality whose Identity will be officialy disclosed asap, as Lathoud told us.

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    Meanwhile, President Macron's centrist pick for the 2020 Municipal Elections, former Socialist Deputy-Mayor Fontanel, didn't manage to win that bid, comming 2nd together with Center-Right's Republican young candidate Vetter, (See both's statements to "Eurofora", at : ... + ..., etc), but his Wife became the New French Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the CoE, (See, f.ex.: ..., etc), while, Nowadays, after important Post-Merkel German Parliamentary Elections nearby, later this year (2021), France notoriously prepares to enter a Crucial Period of forthcoming Presidential and Legislative Elections in the First Half of 2022, during which it would take over the rotating Presidency of the EU.

    The 88e Euro-Fair, Last Year, 2020, was the 1st in France to Dare Open Despite the Virus' Pandemic, while EU Parliament had Exceptionaly Suspended its Monthly Plenaries in Strasbourg. Euro-MEPs have now re-Started their Return back here recently, But it's still UnCertain what Impact might have on this 2021 Euro-Fair the Controversial "Sanitary Pass" just Imposed on most Collective Events... Drici claimed, earlier, that this would be a "Good Chance" for the Euro-Fair Organizers, mainly because it might ensure an Easy Identification of officialy certified Healthy People, (even if, in fact, this is not sure at all, given the currently growing Infections of and/or by so-called "Vaccinated" individuals using some new but few, controversial "novel tools" Authorized until now by the EU as "Vaccines", while still Excluding many others, and particularly "Classic" Vaccines based on Pasteur's main principles : See: .... + ..., etc). But, since All Not yet Vaccinated People would be "Pushed Back" from that EU-Fair 2021, as he added, (unless they have just passed a controlled "Test", with negative results, during the Last 3 Days), Obviously, it remains to be seen what might, eventualy, happen on the traditional Popularity of this Mega-Event...

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Facing a 70% Abstention threat in 2009 Election, EU endorses EuroFora's idea for Citizens' debates on crucial EU decisions !

- Different views on "Europe's Future", should be debated among Citizens at June 2009 EU Elections, thanks to political Parties' "Manifestos", says EU Parliament's Report


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
A main idea, initiated and promoted by EuroFora's founders since 1997: the vital need to develop European Citizens' democratic right to actively participate in multilingual debates on EU decisions, is formally endorsed by the EU from 2009 !

The move is a key attempt to overcome "catastrophic" Polls which warn that only ...30% of Citizens are ready to vote in the forthcoming June 2009 EU Election !  This was revealed by EU Commission's vice-president, in charge of Communication policy, Margot Wallstrom, during a "hot" meeting of EU Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education, during the December 2008 Strasbourg session.

Wallstrom faced criticism, but also suggestions from various MEPs, naturally worried by Abstention threats which herself found even "worse" than in 1999 or 2004...

A Report on "Active Dialogue with Citizens",examined at the same time, presented some useful practical tips, on "facilitating Interviews"; etc., but also a  potentialy important call to "incorporate the conclusions of ...debates...into (EU) policies, and take into consideration the expectations that Citizens have of the EU when deciding". An amendment even implies that Citizens' participation in debates on EU decisions is a democratic "Right".

More importantly, it finds that  a Debate "on the Future of Europe", (as French President Nicolas Sarkozy has asked since 2007), would be a good idea " for the 2009 European parliamentary Elections", because "clarifying the political differences between the EU political parties would help citizens to identify themselves with, and choose between various concepts", for which "all parties (should) present their Manifesto".

A "Joint political declaration on Communicating Europe in Partnership", co-signed by "the European Parliament, Council and ... Commission", confirms that they "attach the utmost importance to improving communication on EU issues", by "enabling European citizens to exercise their right to participate in the democratic life of the Union, in which decisions are taken as openly as possible and as closely as possible to the citizens, observing the principles of pluralism, participation, openness and transparency".

This should "enable Citizens to exercise their right to express their views and to participate actively in the public Debate on European Union issues", while also "promoting the respect of multilingualism". In this regard, EU confirms its "wish to develop synergies with national, regional and local authorities as well as with representatives of Civil Society".

    It's since 1997 that a group of EuroFora's founders have officially presented a pioneer Project (then called "EIW", for "Europe in the World"), which aimed to develop Strasbourg's "Polyphonic music", by providing "Interactive information", on "main issues ... during the Decision-making process of European Organizations which engage in Transparent and Public Democratic Debates"

    This should be done, inter alia, by "exploring the potential of New Communication Tools (mainly Internet)", as well as classic-form debates, the 1997 EIW pioneer project's anounced in its "Synopsis". It was formally "accepted for evaluation" by EU Commission in Brussels in order to be examined for a grant in the framework of the "Research/Technology/Development (RTD) Programme in the field of Information Technologies", then called "ESPRIT", as a "Best Practice Pilot Project".

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        But the vital, urgent Political need for EU to search new, efficient ways to reach the People and interact with European Citizens, was really felt in Brussels and elsewhere only after the unprecedented in History 1999 and 2004 Majority Abstention in EU Elections, followed by 3 "NO" in Referenda in France, the Netherlands and Ireland, on 2005 and 2008...
    In this New Political Landscape, we prepared a new, actualised and more developed version of our initial idea, in a simplified and more efficient form, thanks also to a large Experience accumulated during many years of EU/CoE/UNO Press work and Multi-lingual debates, with the New project "EuroFora" :

    On 2006 we presented in Public its main lines during Questions/Replies that we raised at two Press Conferences by EU Commission President, Jose Baroso, and mainly EU Commission's vice-President, in charge of Communication policy, Margot Wallstrom, together with EU Parliament's vice-president, Alejo Vidal-Quadras, in Strasbourg, (Videos available), and we reminded it at various brief contacts with Commissioner Wallstrom in 2007 and 2008.

    Meanwhile, a new Text was also presented for "EuroFora" Project mainly to certain Political and other personalities, at European, National or Regional/Local level, mainly in 2007, but also in 2008..

    Now, after the unexpected 2008 Irish "NO", and before the 2009 EU Elections, which are due to be of exceptionally crucial importance for Europe's Future, the moment has obviously come to launch that project, progressively, but in real practice.

    Whoever really cares for Europe and its Citizens is welcome to join, in one way or another. Only anti-European, anti-democratic, obscure or ignorant groups might oppose or attempt to "steal" and deviate the main idea.

    But European Citizens, incited by enlightened political leaders, are those who will finally write the real History.

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