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Strasbourg Mayor Barseghian to EF on Hosting EU Future Conference +Citizens-MEPs Debate before Votes

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22.09.20

 

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*Strasbourg/Press Club/Angelo Marcopolo/- New Strasbourg's Mayor, Jeanne Barseghian, speaking to "Eurofora" Today, at Press-Club Europe, Announced the CoE and EU Activities' City's wish,  Together with that of all France's, (via new EU Affairs Minister Beaune : See Infrs), to Host the Forthcoming EU's "Conference for the Future of Europe", and Agreed with "Eurofora", on this occasion, that an eventual adoption of EU Citizens' Debates with MEPs before Decisions, (according to Our Project), would be "Excellent", (particularly for a Better Communication), in the context of a "Positive" and "Active Strategy" on EU Affairs.

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    + In the Perspective of an eventual Return of EU Parliament nowadays, the "Regional Health Agency" (ARS) has also established a very "Strict Sanitary Protocol" for Strasbourg's Hotels, also placing a certain number among them under a special "Label" for that purpose, for the 1st Time in History, she added earlier.

    ++ Speaking to Journalists, including "Eurofora", on EU-Parliament related issues, later-on, the New Strasbourg's Mayor Barseghian, stressed that she Aims to advance well Beyond and much "Further than an Old, Passive or Defensive Stance", particularly by adopting, in addition, even an "Active, Forward-looking  Attitude", by "Opening New Perspectives" and Highlighting, f.ex., "also Cultural, Economic, and Other Horizons, in a Positive way".

    => In such a direction , "'f.ex., Strasbourg, which has a strong pro-<<Citizen>> Orientation, (Both by the CoE, and EU Citizens' Defensor-Mediateur,  as well as the ECHR, CLRAE, EU Parliament, CoE's paneuropean Parliamentary Assembly, Shenghen's Free Movement Secretariat and Data Protection, etc), normaly "Shoold Welcome and Host at least the forthcoming Official Launching of EU's Conference on Europe's Future !", Barseghian pointed out.

    >>> "For that purpose, (i.e. EU's Conference on the Future of Europe),  we have already Spoken", inter alia, also "with (the New French Minister on European Affairs), Clement Beaune", (for Beaune's Replies to "Eurofora"s topical Questions, See, f.ex., as Early as since that EU Brussel's Summit, after which, President Macron decided to appoint him as France's New EU Minister, at : ... etc), "as well as with (EU Parliament's President) David Sasoli", she Revealed Today.

    + Such moves, naturaly join also French President Macron's imminent decisions on the 4-Years-Long Paris - Strasbourg Financial Agreement on the City's role as a European Capitals, with which they are expected to be in Harmony, Barseghian added.

    *** But the Most Important, for "Eurofora"'s Project, is the following :  - When We asked the New Strasbourg's Mayor about her above-mentioned "Positive and Active Strategy" on EU Parliament matters (Comp. Supra), Adding, in particular, Our well Known, Long-Standing Proposal for EU "Citizens' Dialogue (Debates) with MEPs Just Before Crucial Decisions are taken on their Lives and/or Society at large, (See, inter alia, also :  +  http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/strasbourgmayoroneuparliament.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/strasbourgvotesarmeniangreenmayor.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/vettercandidatemayoroneuroforaproject.html, etc), which Could seriously Enhance not only the Democratic aspect, but Also the Impact of EU Parliament's main activities throughout all Europe, she appeared very Positive :

    - "Yes, that would be realy Good, and even Excellent, particularly for Communication !", Jeanne Barseghian Agreed, with a Bright Smile, catching on the Fly also "Eurofora"'s Added observation that such Moves should "Mainly" stimulate "the Press" and European Medias...


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Speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", the New EU Parliament's President, former Polish Prime Minister, ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Jerzy Busek, welcomed proposals by EuroFora about innovative ways for EU Citizens to attend EU debates before important final decisions which affect people's lives.

- "We (EU Parliament) must be transparent", Buzek stressed from the outset.  "We must have clear answers also for delicate questions. If we don't touch a problem, you must know why, and when shall we decide in the nearest future".. "Because "we (EU) must think about Europeans, first of all : They don't understand well what is going on in the EU. So, it's our duty to inform them, to make discussions here more interesting".

"EuroFora" congratulated President Buzek for the anouncement he made, from the 1st day of his election in Strasbourg (on Tuesday, 14 July 2009), on his intention to make  transparent debates, exchanges of views, etc. before the final adoption of decisions in EU Parliament's Plenary, when issues are evolving inside Committees, (See earlier publication).

And we reminded, in this regard, that "EuroFora" has been advocating a project for EU Citizens' active involvement in pluralist EU debates before important EU decisions, since more than a Decade : 1997-2007+

- "Thank you. We (EU Parliament), indeed, have exciting debates", Buzek replied. But, in practice, "without a possibility for our Citizens to see them, not even by the Press, the Radio or TV, etc., because it is in Committees", he regreted.

- "But, they (i.e. Media, Citizens, etc) might interact with you, with MEPs, etc, May be we can imagine something", "EuroFora" proposed.

- "Yes, (but) it needs, a quite new idea", Buzed observed.

- "Why not through some innovations ?", "EuroFora" suggested.

- "Innovation ? That's it. Fantastic  New Information Technologies !", Buzek realized.

- "Precisely, "EuroFora" has such a project, since more than a Decade (1997-2009), to use new technologies for public debates before major EU decisions are taken", we reminded.

- "If you have such proposals, please come to us, come to us. We must" do something, agreed the new EU Parliamen's President.

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    This fits with Buzek's main stance, expressed at EU Parliament's plenary earlier this week in Strasbourg, that the European Union must succeed to overcome a "Crisis of Trust" vis a vis EU Citizens. (See previous EuroFora publication).

    For that purpose, obviously information and debates are valuable, but purely instrumental, procedural means which can help focus on, and highlight a substantial content, attractive to EU Citizens, which needs to be determined by other, political, and not mediatic factors.  

    Buzek spoke about the urgent need to overcome the Global Economic Crisis,  the struggle for Human and Civic Rights, Democracy, etc., the Eastern Partnership, links with Russia, strategic partnership with USA and emerging countries, etc.

    But he also used (while speaking both to "EuroFora" and other Media) the expression : "The Europeans", for EU Citizens. This points right towards what several important EU leaders (including French President Sarkozy, German Chancellor Merkel, etc) have started to highlight particularly during the recent years : That there is a vital need, and an historic opportunity, for the development of a European Conscience, to stimulate e renaissance of a European Identity able to attract Popular support, for the EU to become a strong player in a Multopolar World : In other words, the revitalisation of a project for a "Political Europe".

    By a coincidence, this was indirectly but surely reminded, earlier in Strasbourg, by another ... Busek (this time with a "s") : 

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    Speaking to more than 650 participants from CoE's member countries, at the conclusion of the 2009 Summer University of its Political Schools, Erhard Busek, (with an "s"), former vice-Chancellor of Austria and EU Coordinator for South-Eastern Europe, pointed at the current need to revitalize Europe's "Identity", forged by Greek philosophy and Roman Law, Christian values and Enlightment's ideas, etc. through the ages.     

- "We have almost the same name with Jerzy Buzek (EU Parliament's new President, who is a former Polish Prime Minister), because both our Families come ...from  the same village, located at the Heart of Europe, which was often shared between Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic. But my family emmigrated a long time ago to Austria, while Jerzy Buzek's family remained in Poland", explained f. vice-Chancellor Erhard Busek to "EuroFora".   

 An astonishingly concrete and simple example of European Integration from the grassroots : Starting by EU Citizens, i.e. those "Europeans", that EU Parliament's new President, Jerzy Buzek (this time with a "z"), wants to bring alongside MEP's decision-making proces, (according to "EuroFora"'s main idea : Comp. supra)...

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