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Strasburg Mayor Thanks EF on EU+CoE backed Project at CFE, eyes Strategy/Actors/Summits/EuroDistrict

Written by ACM
Friday, 03 September 2021

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 *Strasbourg/Congress' Palace/Angelo Marcopolo/- At the 2021 Inauguration Ceremony of Strasbourg's Euro-Fair, (the biggest Annual Economic and Socio-Political Event at EU's Franco-German core), New Mayor Jeanne Barseghian thanked "Eurofora" for informing her about the official Inscription of our Project at the EU "Conference on the Future of Europe" (2021-2022), as well as of the Fact that our Main Idea was Strongly Backed by 2 EU Parliament and CoE Assembly Resolutions, particularly on July 2021, (i.e. a Month After "Eurofora" Project was lodged at EUCFE's Website for "Proposals" on 19 June 2021, during the 1st Plenary Session of the CFE here : See http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euroforaprojectpublishedateuconference.html  + https://futureu.europa.eu/processes/Democracy/f/6/proposals/32770 + + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coebackseuroforamainidea.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euparliamentoneuroforaproject.html, etc).

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Barseghian has Already had Several Occasions to Express (even in Public) her Support to "Eurofora"s Long-Time Project for "Dialogue between EU Citizens and Politicians Before Decisions affecting their Lives and/or Society" at large, Both Before and After her 2020-2026 Election, during Various Events, (See, inter alia, f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/greencandidatemayorokseuroforaproject.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/strasbourgvotesarmeniangreenmayor.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/strasbourgmayoroneuparliament.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/strasbourgmayortoefoneufutureconference.html , etc). But our Main Idea had, Already, Become quite Popular, and even Necessary, even Before and well Beyond that, particularly Recently, (Among Many Others, See, f.ex., also : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/irish/ + http://www.eurofora.net/walstrom.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/nonorchestrateddialoguewitheucitizens.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/cutajaragreeswithefonjan6opportunity.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/topmepdurandforefprojectineuconference.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eupollsbackefproject.html , etc)

"Eurofora" observed that EU Parliament's and CoE's Support on Main Principles in 2021, was Based on Variant but Converging Approaches and Values, (EU particularly on Citizens, while CoE on Press' and Information's Freedom, but Both on Modern Democratic Decision-Making process). Earlier, the Project was Backed Also by a 2-Days-Long Conference organized by Strasbourg's Euro-Metropole, and Transmitted in a Written Report to the French Government, on the occasion of the "Great Debate" launched by President Emmanuel Macron during 2019, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euroforaideasendorsedbystrasbourggreatdebate.html , etc), after Discussing that with Macron himself on 2018, (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/macronforcitizensdebatesalsoafter2019.html , etc).   

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Meanwhile, "Eurofora"'s co-Founder had Already spoken on that key point with almost All successive EU Parliament's Presidents, during the Last 25 Years, as well as Many or EU Top Officials and Experts dealing with such issues, (See, f.ex., relevant "Historic Synthesis" Paper, with Brief, Dated, concrete Mentions about relevant Events, on More than 25 Years of Promoting that Main Idea accross the European, PanEuropean, and often National, Political and/or University Horizons, at : ... [in French language]).

The relevant, Public Law Mecanisms, had been Examined at an Original Legal Research Work of more than 1.000 Pages, Published at the 1980ies, after being presented and adopted (with 18/20 - "Très Bien") at Strasbourg's University, and Officialy submitted by the Faculty of Law for the award of a Prize normaly reserved to PhD Thesis, on a written proposal by Paris II Pofessor Paul Amselek. Its Press/Media and Digital Technology aspects were Added on the Occasion of a Collective Project (including European Journalists, Universitarians, EU Parliament Officers, etc), that we Coordinated, accepted by EU Commission in order to be examined in the framework of Program "ESPRIT" for Innovative Utilisations of New Communication Technologies on 1997. The Political aspects, as well as the Overall Synthesis, was Iniialy Presented by us at a key EU Parliaments' Press Conference, organized by the then EU Commissioner in charge of Medias, (Future Swedish Foreign Minister Walstrom, a "Socialist"), and the then 1st Vice-President of EU Parliament, Long-Time Spanish Christian-Democrat/EPP MEP Vidal-Quadras Roca, (future Founder of current "Vox" new Party), who Both Welcomed it, back on 2006, and immediately afterwards Taken over and Promoted further by the Creation of the original WebNews "EuroFora" Website, since 2007(-2021).AnOther PhD Thesis, under the Direction of President Jean Waline (Strasbourg University), and expected to be Published on 2023, is due to Examine the relevant Results of this CFE, including a Comparative Review of similar Developments in the Past or the foreseable Future in Other Countries in Europe and/or the World, as well as Further Modern Democratic Perspectives at that Horizon.

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    + Topicaly, that Issue Fits quite Well anOther Announcement, made by Mayor Barserghian Today in her Speech at the Inauguration of Strasbourg's 2021 Euro-Fair, (where "Eurofora" had been Invited : See ... + ..., etc), about the imminent Organisation of a Special Collective Meeting by the "Agora" Group of various "Actors on European matters" located in this Region, exceptionaly Together with the main "Economic Actors" of the area, and others, in order to Discuss the overall "Strategy" of Strasbourg City and Euro-Metropole concerning "Europe".

    As the New deputy Head of Staff, with Mayor Barseghian and EuroMetropole President Pia Imbs,  Miss Segolene Tavel, told later "Eurofora", that event is due to be linked, inter alia, also with a special Reception at Orangerie Parc, scheduled for Monday, 13 September 2021, i.e. practically Coinciding with the Beginning of EU Parliament's Plenary Session this Month in Strasbourg, (which is Timely expected to be, Exceptionaly Followed by a 2 or 3 Days-long Session of the 'Conference on the Future of Europe''s Citizens 'Panels', etc).

    ++ That Fits the Mayor's expressed Hope that this September 2021 Entry would Highlight EU Parliament Plenarie's regular "Return Back to Strasbourg", where she Plans to discuss with the French Government how to Organize "several EU Ministerial and Other Summits", "during the forthcoming rotating EU Presidency by France on the first half of 2022", as she added.

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    +++ Meanwhile, Nowadays, "for the 1st Time", atypical Local Grouplet "Euro-District", (which Brings Together mainly Strasbourg City, from the French side of Rhine river, and Kehl, Ahern, Offenburg, Lahr, etc, from the German side, Totaling almost 1 Million of EU Citizens, in about 2.500 Km2, and 112 Communities), "will have a Stand, in this (2021) Euro-Fair, near the <<Institutional>> Organisations, (including the Brand-New "Alsace" European Body), Together with a High-Tech Venue of <<Orange>> Big Phone Company", (which, as "Eurofora" found, Focuses on Highlighting mainly Hugen Double-Screen SmartPhones -very Practical also for Journalists, as they might Replace a Heavy Computer...- for the Future "5G" era), Barseghian Announced.

    - "Our main Interest is to Live Europe, not as an Abstract, Far-Away Big Entity, but in Concrete Matters of Everyday Life", told later "Eurofora" the Young Lady who was Animating that "Euro-District" Stand today. - "However, they are Different, and often Unique, in Each Trans-Border Area, so that Solutions canNot always be simply Replicated", she found.

    * A Landmark Dream sometimes related with "EuroDistrict" is to Create, at the Rhine river Uniting here Europe's Franco-German Core, in one way or another, a kind of PanEuropean "Capital" City, that an original Architects' Exhibition had Highlighted in the Past, by Imagining the Creation of various Post-Modern Constructions.... (Inter alia, See also : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/haguecongressrevisitedbuildeuropewiththepeople.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/schaublejunckerandmerkel.html, etc).

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    Last, but not least, in this "Transition" Period of 2021, to the New and Big "PEX" Building, due to Open from 2022, (Comp.: ..., etc), Barseghian Innovated Today even on the Traditional "Political Personality", (usually National or European), due to Inaugurate officially Strasbourg's Annual EuroFair :

    - Indeed, Speaking in front of  Requisitioned Hotel "Mercure" (earlier "under Renovation") for some 150 Aghan asylum-seekers (See : ..., etc), she Announced that, Exceptionaly this year, the Traditional big "Political" Invitee would be Replaced by "2 Olympic Games' Top Athlets, and 2 of the Coaches who Trained them", who just Returned Back to Strasbourg from Japan...

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    => This trigerred a Fast Move by Many Spectators, (apparently More Interested by International Olympic Games' "Finalist" Athlets, than by usual Politicians !), Eager to get an original Photo Before the Medias...

    But, after all, ...Settle a Thorny European Issue might, sometimes, be at least as Challenging as a Final round at International Olympic Sport Games, doesn't it ?

 

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    The recent paradox of freezing EU Talks with front-runner Croatia, while continuing controversial EU - Turkey talks, despite Zagreb's acceptance of Refugees' Human Rights to return, that Ankara refuses fex. in Cyprus, while both have "Good Neighborhood" problems vis a vis Slovenia, or Greece, Cyprus and Armenia respectively, can it be justified by the non-fullfilment of EU criteria, as Slovenia says, or, is it "Double Standards" ?    

The question became unavoidable after statements by Presidents of Slovenia and Croatia, Tuerk and Mesic, respectively, to "EuroFora", exclusively or among Strasbourg's journalists this week at the CoE, on the sidelines of its 2009 Summer University for Political Schools, which topically brought them together as successive key-note speakers.


    Comming only a few Months before EU checks Turkey's compliance to its commitments on Cyprus, etc., scheduled for December 2009, this obviously has a special importance for the coherence of EU Enlargement's principles.

     Suspension of EU Negotiations is a normal consequence in case of a Candidate Country's failure to fullfil EU Conditions, such as "Good Neighborhood relations", stressed at first Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk, current CoE's chair.

    But, regarding EU's Criteria,  there shouldn't be any "Double Standards",  reacted Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, commenting the fact that Turkey's controversial EU negotiations continue, while they were recently "freezed" in the case of Croatia, an "unquestionably European Country", which oficially accepts to respect Refugees Human Rights, contrary to Ankara's notorious refusals or reluctance.                                       

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - "EU itself has set as a Criterium (for EU Enlargement) the "Good Neighborhood relations",  and their absence justifies the "Suspension" EU Negotiations, (f.ex. with Croatia), because of a Border dispute affecting the territorial integrity of an EU Member Country, stressed Slovenian President, Danilo Tuerk, CoE's Chairman in office (May - November 2009), speaking to Journalists in Strasbourg including "EuroFora".    

Questioned earlier what "consequences on EU's Enlargement policy" can have the "Ban on EU Membership Negotiations", imposed to Croatia, Tuerk replied that "this question comes down to the fulfillement of (EU) Criteria for membership. One has to look at each Candidate Country ., from the point of view whether it fullfils the Criteria that EU has set. One of them are Good Neighborhood Relations, I'd like to remind. And also, there are other factors, such as Justice, Home affairs, Rule of Law, and others".


    - "Now, ..Candidate Countries are at Different Levels of fulfillement of Criteria", he observed.

    - " Croatia is obviously the closest to that. I'm rather optimistic : I think that in the coming Months we'll have an opportunity to look at all these issues constructively and hopefully we'll be able to make progress". "My main concern, at this point, is the situation in Bosnia : We haven't seen enough progres domesticaly. We haven't seen enough during ..political parties within their country.We need a New Energy, a new energetic move towards the Candidature for EU membership. "Other (Western Balkan) Countries (Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM, Albania) have been making soaring Progress, and I think that they should be ready, in a few Years, for the Candidate status".

    - "As far as the Western Balkans are concerned, .. nobody should be left outside" the EU, Slovenian's President concluded, ommitting to mention Turkey's controversial EU bid.

    - "This process may be seen as Slow, but..  Slovenia has also has also been exposed to various "Booms of Slowness" in our accession period. But now we can say that the process was relatively quick, because changes which occur after becoming EU member, are quite large, and they require proper Preparations before the (EU) membership becomes a new factor, an impacting line for a new (EU) member country".
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Slovenian statements made some participants from certain 3rd Countries as FYROM, etc. claim that "the Principle of EU Solidarity" would "produce a.. rising European Union Nationalism (sic !), against Non-EU Countries", as they said, asking unhappy foreign countries to form a "bloc" to exert pressure on the EU...    

But Croatian President Stjepan Mesic dismissed that, supporting "EU Integration", "after the Economy also in Political" issues, as "the achievement" of our times. In EU there is "diversity, but it's United", he stressed, "EU has to be United so that it can become a central factor of Peace" also at the surrounding areas, he replied.

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Speaking later exclusively to "EuroFora", the experienced twice President of Croatia, former President of the International "Non-Aligned" movement, denounced "Double Standards" in the way EU treats recently Croatia compared to Turkey :   

 - "I think that there shouldn't be Double Standards", stressed the Croatian President, in reply to a Question comparing the freeze of EU - Croatia talks, with the continuation of EU - Turkey talks, despite the fact that Croatia is an "unquestionably European country", while Turkey's EU bid is notoriously controversial.


    Mesic was reacting to the observation that, even if he confirmed his "respect of Refugees' Human Rights to return, etc. (See infra), nevertheless, EU talks are suspended with Croatia.. While for oher, controversial candidates, who refuse to respect Refugees' Rights to return, etc., as fex. Turkey does in occupied Cyprus and elsewhere, EU negotiations continue".

    - "I believe that Croatia's accession will confirm that all European Countries who fulfill all of the Conditions and achieve European Standards, have to join the EU. There shouldn't be any Double Standards", went on to add in reply President Mesic.

    In this relation, Croatia's President found "of paramount importance", CoE's "mechanisms enforcing ECHR's judgements"
    
    - "On Refugees and Displaced persons, the process will be completed only after the last person demanding to return will be allowed to do so !", President Mesic Croatia stressed earlier, setting a general standard of obvious importance also for otherr candidates, as f.ex. Turkey, often accused to exclude or heavily restrict Greek Cypriot Displaced persons' return to their Family Homes and ancestral land, provoke difficulties to Turkish-Kurd IDPs return to their home regions at the South-East, etc.

    Some "2.000 People are still reported Missing" in former Yugoslavia, for some Years, (as in Cyprus, modern Europe's oldest case, for 3 Decades. Nagorno-Karabach, Tcecnya in Russia, etc, more recently), and Investigations "will only be completed after establishing the fate of the last one of them", he added.
    
    Speaking earlier on "War Crimes", President Mesic stressed that "Leaders are responsible for (the) Wars (of the Past), not the People", and called against Impunity :  "Individuals have to be held Responsible for Crimes. International Penal Tribunals have to persecute those individuals", perpetrators of War Crimes, he underlined.

    Such statements naturally made Mesic rather popular at ECHR, whose President, French EuroJudge, Professor Jean-Paul Costa, looked particularly smiling when he welcomed him later on Wednesday afternoon, after Slovenian President Daniko Tuerk earlier this week.
           

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