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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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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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