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

Written by ACM
viernes, 03 septiembre 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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Hu Jia's prize brings SAKHAROV's wife to "EuroFora" on murders of Journalists Politkofskaya, Gongadze and Adali :

- Elena Bonner : "All Journalists' murders must be fully investigated", without Double Standards.                                                                                    

During a special Mega-Event to celebrate 20 Years of SAKHAROV Prize for "Freedom of Thought", attributed in 2008 by EU Parliament to jailed Chinese Cyber-Dissident Hu JIA, the move was reinforced by strongly criticizing the persisting impunity in three cases of Journalists' Murders, such as POLITKOVSKAYA in Russia, GONGADZE in Ukraine, and ADALI in Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus.

Any bureaucratic doubt about whether Cyber-dissidents like Hu JIA might have, or not, a right to be protected as all Journalists must be, particularly when they take risks to search, find and publish original and critical News on issues of general interest to the society, could not resist to the emotion provoked by the message of his Wife, Zeng JINYAN spectacularly transmitted at a big screen in EU Parliament's hemicycle :

- "The most important and most interesting thing he did was to ... say the Truth :.. to write about the phenomena he observed... He never stopped Publishing.. on websites, so that the Public could learn about the reality .. and understand it.  In my view, this has been his greatest contribution", stressed the young wife of the jailed man, eager to cite also the cases of other critical journalists who faced various kinds of "harassment".

 - "Welcoming all those who have suffered for defending Human Rights", EU Parliament's President, German MEP Hans Gert POETTERING, who had invited to Strasbourg all former Sakharov prize-winners from various Countries throughout the World, said that "China needs Europe, and Europe needs China : A great nation" with which "we want to have a good relationship", "association and ..friendship". "But we are never going to stop our fight for Human Rights, and No Government can expect this from us".

    - "It's impossible  to achieve goals of Peace, if Human Rights are left out. In fact, Peace and Human Rights are intrinsequaly linked", added POETTERING.

    It's in this spirit that MEPs adopted, on Thursday, a Resolution denouncing that "the criminal
investigation and trial following the murder of (a) Journalist ...raises serious concerns with regard to transparency and respect for the rule of law", when a "brutal killing has not yet been fully investigated and solved in a satisfactory way".

    The text refered to dissident Journalist "Anna POLITOVSKAYA", a critic of Tchechen conflict, killed some years ago in Moscow, where Russian Authorities have found, arrested and are currently judging two executants, while also searching to arrest also a 3rd one, allegedly escaped in Belgium. But they have not yet found the instigators.

     Similar texts were adopted recently also on dissident Ukranian Journalist Georgiy GONGADZE's murder, for which Ukranian Authorities have at least found, arrested and condemned 2 executants to 12 and 13 Years of jail, but not yet the instigators. For that purpose, they recently accepted an International Experts team to participate to the investigations.     

But, it's only for the Murder of dissident Turkish Cypriot Journalist ADALI, in the occupied territories of Cyprus, that Turkey has NOT yet found ANYONE responsible, and even claimed recently inside CoE that it would be "impossible" to do so !    

These astonishing differences exist despite the fact that ECHR condemned alike Ukraine and Turkey with 2 Judgements on the same year : 2005, for the murders of  Journalists GONGADZE and ADALI, strong critics of Corruption in Ukraine, and of Ankara's policies on mass-influx of Turkish Settlers in the Occupied Territories of Cyprus, respectively.    

Regarless of that, CoE's Committee of Ministers, who is entrusted with the duty to supervise execution of ECHR's judgements, has just asked Ukraine's Government to reply to further questions on Gongadze's murder before March 2009, while Turkey, curiously, got a longer postponement for answering questions on Adali's murder, until June...   

A comparison of these cases, raises serious questions about Double Standards :

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On TRANSPARENCY :
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    On Gongadze's murder, CoE's body speaks even about the participation of
"an INTERNATIONAL group of Experts" in the Investigation, (f.ex. of "Tape Recordings"), accepted by Ukraine.
    On the contrary, on Adali's murder, CoE is obliged to repeatedly ask (for a 2nd
time) Turkey whether, at least, it informed the victims' Family, or not...
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- On EFFICIENCY :
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On Gongadze's murder, CoE formally "recalls that the Committee (of Ministers) ..URGED the Ukranian authorities.. to TAKE ALL NECESSARY INVESTIGATIVE STEPS TO ACHIEVE CONCRETE and VISIBLE RESULTS in the INVESTIGATION, aimed at the Identification of the INSTIGATORS and Organisers of the Murder", and "STRONGLY INVITED the Ukranian Authorities to provide information on the PROGRESS IN THE INVESTIGATION", before MARCH 2009.

But, on Adali's murder, on the contrary, CoE's body merely .. "took note" of the "arguments presented by" Cyprus, which denounce the absence of any proof of new "investigation" by Turkey. Following Turkey's own suggestion (!), it simply "noted" that there is "no limitation period" for "any new element" to "lead potentialy (sic !) to a Re-Opening of the Investigation". Without saying who might find any such "new" fact, since Turkey stoped searching... It also POSTPONED the issue until .. JUNE  !
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 - On the PUNISHMENT OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE :
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 -  On Gongadze's murder case, Ukranian Authorities already arrested and condemned, at least 2 suspects, to 12 and 13 Years of jail. And on Politkovskaya's murder at least 2 suspects are judged, and a 3rd one "wanted".

On the contrary, on Adali's murder case, the Turkish authorities simply claim that "it had not been possible to obtain new .. information .. on the basis of which criminal charges could be brought against ANY person" !...

Moreover,  a LETTER sent by Turkey ...2 Years after CoE's 2006 call to re-investigate anew Adali's murder case, is totally EMPTY of Facts ! As Cypus' Delegation denounced earlier, Turkey's Letter ONLY CLAIMS that a "New Investigation" was made without any result, but does NOT even cite ANY FACT to prove it :

F.ex.,on the crucial issue of the "MOTIVATIONS" behind Adali's murder, noted by ECHR, Turkey MERELY CLAIMS that "all allegations  were investigated; without result", but OMITS ANY FACT TO PROVE IT !..(It doesn't even remind which were these "allegations").. .

+ On ECHR's astonishment that the Turkish Occupation regime didn't produce any "BALLISTIC REPORT" on the Shots which murdered Adali, Turkey again repeats, 12 years later, that, still, even until now, "it  was not possible to obtain the BalisticReport"...

- As for the astonishing absence of key-WITNESSES' Testimonies, denounced by ECHR, Turkey agains repeats various pretexts avoiding to reveal anything, (Fex. that a person "left" the Occupied Territories  "on 2002", or that another witness was heard, but without revealing nothing of what he said, etc).

Turkey obviously "FAILS TO MEET THE CRITICISM made BY THE COURT" for lack of any efficient Investigation in Adali's case, concluded Cyprus' Government.
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Replying to our Question which COMPARED these 3 outstanding cases of "JOURNALISTS MURDERS", Adali, Gongadze and Politkovskaya, in order to avoid "Double Standards" by asking from Ukraine and Russia more than what is asked EU candidate Turkey, many European personalities were critical /

They criticised Ankara's recent claim at the CoE to stop investigating, because it would be "impossible to find anyone" responsible for the 5 bullet shots which killed Kutlu ADALI in front of his Family Home, contrary to the other two Journalists' murders, where Ukraine and Russia at least arrested the executants, searching now for the instigators :
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    - "Where was that ? In Turkish Occupied Cyprus ? WITHOUT ANY DOUBT : Any murder of Journalist should be investigated in full ! All these Murders must be investigated !", replied the famous SAKHAROV's wife, Elena BONNER to our question on Adali's case, compared to Gongadze and Politofskaya.

    Elena Bonner spoke us EXCLUSIVELY shortly after being honored by the President
of EU Parliament on the occasion of 20 Years of her husband's SAKHAROV Prize.

    A strong personality, Sakharov's wife even had to struggle against an anonymous EU staffer who, astonishingly, tried to stop her speaking when h heard our question on "Turkey" (!) : - "Please, let me translate, she continues
speaking, don't stop us !", had to cry Sakharov's daughter, (a Journalist
herself), who was translating her mothers' reply, (obliged to speak louder to
make her voice heard despite the harassment).. (= + Audio Proof !)

    Earlier, Elena Bonner also fustigated "Double Standards" at another case, on
Western countries' attitude vis a vis Kosovo and the Kurds : -F.ex. "You have
recognized a few 400.000 Kosovars as an "independent" country, but you still
deny that to 30 millions of Kurds in Turkey !", she denounced.
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    - "This (ADALI's murder) is an issue which should be pursued by the Committee
for Human Rights. That's why we have one, and it's its duty to examine cases of
Journalists' murders as the one you referred to. You should bring the case in
front of that Committee", suggested in reply to our question on Adali, EU
Parliament's President, German MEP Hans Gert POETTERING.

    - "It's impossible  to achieve goals of PEACE, if HUMAN RIGHTS are left out :
in fact, Peace and Human Rights are intrinsequaly linked", added POETTERING.
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    + "For us (European/International Federation of Journalists) it's clear :
Whenever a Journalist is Murdered, the Investigation should continue until
those Responsible are found !", replied earlier to another question on ADALI
EFJ/IFJ's Secretary General, Aidan WHITE.

    Speaking as a matter of General Principle, White asked us for "concrete data"
on the execution of ECHR's judgement on Adali case, in order to "look at it in
depth" and "make a formal statement", in comparison with the other Murdered
Journalist case, also pending at CoE's  Ministers for completing its execution,
on Ukranian Gongadze.
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     From EU Rapporteur on Human Rights, vice-President of EU Parliament Liberties' Committee, MEP Giusto CATANIA, we were told that, since there is an ECHR judgement in both Adali and Gongadge's cases, "Turkey must naturally execute the judgement and make a full and efficient investigation, until those responsible for the Journalist's murder are found and punished".

    Even if "we (Catania's "EuroLeft" Group) support Turkey's EU perspectives, this does not mean that Ankara should not behave properly. On the contrary, it means that they have to meet tough conditions, particularly on Human Rights", was added on the occasion of Adali's murder case.

    Moreover, "since you raise the issue of Mr. Adali's muder as a part of a Series of Journalist's murders, including fex. Gongadze, Politkovskaya, ao., tthen we (EU) could also act together with CoE's Commissioner on Human Rights, Thomas HAMMARBERG, it was suggested.

    - "We (EU) must step up efforts against the problem of IMPUNITY : Real Peace cannot exist without Justice",  stressed also this week at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, French Minister on Human Rights, Mrs Rama YADE.
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