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Strasbourg EU/World relations Head Rafik-Elmrini to EF on Global Business Center facing EUParliament

Written by ACM
Thursday, 25 August 2016
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*Strasbourg/Palace of Music+Congresses/Angelo Marcopolo/- The projected International Business Center, located right in front of EU Parliament's building for its Monthly Full Plenary Sessions in Strasbourg, and near the PanEuropean CoE's HeadQuarters, has already Succesfuly completed a Bid for its 1st Part, earlier this Summer, and is now preparing a 2nd Bid for the Rest of this Prestigious area, (situated also amidst a Splendid Rivers' crossring, a Sports' Parc with Swimming Pool, Tennis, Volley and FootBall yards, Body-building facilities, Tram and Bicycle Networks linking DownTown Strasbourg to the Forest of Robertsau and at the Rhine-Rhone Rivers' linkage,  etc, side by side with a Beatiful "Green" Village of cosy Tiny Family Houses (almost like New Yorkd's "Greenwich Village"), told "Eurofora" Strasbourg's Director for European/International Relations, Nawel Rafik-Elmrini, who is also President of the Board in "Strasbourg-Events" Public-Private Partnership conglomerate, focusing on European/PanEUropean/International Convention and Exhibitions' hosting.


    She was speaking in the context of a Press Conference on the forthcoming Inauguration of "Euro-Fair 2016" , by Prime Minister Manuel Valls (France), Next Week in Strasbourg, (See also Other relevant "Eurofora"'s NewsReports, f.ex. at : ..... + .....), earlier this Morning, in the prestigious, widely reNovated, Strasbourg's "Palace for Music and Congresses" (PMC or "Pflimlin 1" Mega-Building, nick-named after the Historic 1st President of EU Parliament and CoE's Assembly, as well as Long-Time Mayor of Strasbourg, a ChristianDemocrat), which is itself located Near the forthcoming International Business Center's area, facing "Hilton" and other Big Hotels, as well as the HeadQuarters of theNew "Great East" Big Region, recently Extended from Alsace to Lorraine and Champagne-Ardennes, so that it now includes Borders of 5 Key European Countries (France, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Belgium), adjacent to a thriving, big Banking and Financial Center, which focuses on Pan-European links. All of it being also, practicaly, at the Same Neighborhood with the PanEuropean Court of Human Rights' HQ.

 

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    - Already, "2 Prime Ministers" of France, "are Inaugurating Strasbourg's Euro-Fair", she noted, (Jean-Marc Ayroult, on.... :See his Reply to "Eurofora" Question at :....) and now Manuel Valls, expected on September 2, 2016), where even Pan-European CoE's Secretary General, Thornbjorn Jagland, (a former Prime Minister of Norway himself: See his Replies to "Eurofora"s Questions at :.... ), after several former EU Affairs Ministers, in an area which has also been visited by the former President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, (currently Head of Main Opposition "Republican" Party), who had Inaugurated a New Big Multi-Modular outlet nearby, added even to a Working Visit of the Entire French Government, in full Format, as early as since 2007, while another former Long-Time President, Jacques Chirac, had chaired a PanEuropean CoE's Heads of State/Government Summit (Comp.f.ex., "Eurofora" co-Founder's Publication then at"TCWeekly" - attached herewith) at nearby PMC (now ReNovated) back on 1997, and was a Key-Note Speaker, (together with former NATO's SG, then  the British Lord Robinson), during a landmark NATO Assembly's Plenary Session, back on 1999, when the "Hot" Issue about EU's wish to Develop an "Autonomous" Security and Defense Policy had been openly Discussed, precisely as Now, after a Tripartite Franco-German-Italian Summit, with Hollande, Merkel and Renzi, respectively, at an Historic  Central Italy's islet, in view of the Forthcoming, 1st 27 EU Member Countries' Heads of State/Government Summit in Bratislava (at Slovakia, current Holder of EU Council's rotating EU Presidency for the period of July - December 2016).


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    + Elmrini also anounced that the Brand New, considerably Extended and wholy ReNovated, "PMC" Mega-Modular Building, is due to be Officialy Opened, after several Years of Hard Work, Starting with a Press-Visit scheduled at the Same Day that EU Parliament's forthcoming full Plenary Session begins in Strasbourg, on Monday, 12 September 2016.

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    - On this occasion, the New Director of "Strasbourg - Events" outlet, a Public-Private Partnership overseing All Main Public Mega-Events due to be Hosted anywhere around Strasbourg's "Euro-Metropole", Stephane Hertzog, speaking, later-on, to "Eurofora", anounced that the Official Public Inauguration Date for the New "PMC"would be "the 15th of September", i.e. on that Thursday, in recent years a Concluding Day of EU Parliament's Plenary Session, which, Now, by a Timely "Coincidence", will be also the UNO-sponsored "International Day of Democracy"...

 

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    ++ Hertzog also pointed out at "Eurofora" that, among various other Forthcoming Mega-Events, scheduled for Autumn 2016, is included an "e-3M"European/International Conference on Medical Science Innovations, while New PMC's considerably Extended Mega-Buildings have now become largely "Modular" (i.e. adaptable to Both Small, Middle or Huge Gatherings,even in Parallel, at the Same Time), and "fully Wirred", i.e. equiped with Internet Access, Electricity links, Communication Facilities, etc., "Able to Host any EU, PanEuropean or International Mega-Event", as he stressed.


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+ "Digital" Mark on 2016 "Euro-Fair", with "Connected Space" at innovation Award "Lepine" + Tunisia Guest of Honour.
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    This Fits quite well to the "Digital" Mark of this Year's, 2016 Annual "Euro-Fair", as Rafik-Elmrini told Strasbourg's Journalists, including "Eurofora", earlier at her Press Conference, where she also pointed at the "Connected Space" (alias "Universaly Wirred" area), reserved now for the 115th Anniversary of the prestigious "European Innovation Award Competition Lepine", (Comp. relevant Statements of Lepine Innovation Award's President, Gerard Dorey, to "Eurofora", at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/innovationawardpresidentondroneneareuparliament.html).


    It's also one among the Pioneer Developing Countries Worldwide, often engaged in "Digital Society" Transformations, from Hosting UNO's relevant Global Conferences, to Boosting e-Government, Digital Education and e-Businesses, as well as Private and Personal Data Protection, according to CoE's and EU's Legal Standards, Tunisia, which deserves to "receive a Message of Solidarity" Today, by being Welcomed as the "Guest of Honour" if this 2016 "EuroFair", as had stressed Rafik-Elmrini from the outset, (See relevant Statements of Tunisian Consul General Trabelsi to "Eurofora", at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/tunisiaconsuloneufaireconomyandconstitution.html).


    Indeed, Tunisia, in addition to the NOBEL Peace Prize that it was awarded last year (2015), is World-Famous as the Historic"Cradle of the Arab Spring", since back on 2011, when pro-Democracy Popular Movements found at Internet Freedom one of their most precious Allies, as well as Needs, notoriously Threatened by various Risks of Oppression, against which had Officialy Ambitioned to Speak also France, and several other Friendly Countries, already as early as since the May 2011 "G-8" Summit of Heads of State and Government in Deauville, (See relevant "Eurofora"s NewsReports from that landmark Deauville "G-8" Summit, f.ex. at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/sarkozystandbypeoplefightingforfreedom.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/egyptetunisiangos.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/deauvillefreedominternetmediterranean.html).


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    Such issues appeared so Interesting and deserving at least an elementary European Solidarity, that "Eurofora" was practicaly Obliged even to Risk Missing a Unique Chance to participate at a very Topical "Press Point" with the Young French Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Society, Emmanuel Macron, where we had been Invited, because it had been scheduled, Curiously, at the Same Day and even precise Hour (sic !), as the Annual "EuroFair"'s big Press Conference, but ...at the Other Side of Strasbourg City, far Away from the Palace of Congress    

Even if it was held, astonishingly, very Near to "Eurofora" co-Founder's Family Home, and was Macron's Last Public Meeting just a few Minutes before he Started to Spark Top Headline News all over Europe and the World, (even at Moscow or New York !), with his (partly Expected) Intention to Resign from the present Government in order to Start Focusing exclusively on the forthcoming, Crucial French Presidential Elections of Spring 2017, where he notoriously intends to be a Candidate, (Comp. 2 "Eurofora" earlier Publications, including with Statements that Macron gave us on various other Topical Issues, f.ex. at : .... + ...) ...

 

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People in Europe and the World expect from CoE to make a succes of its "Monitoring" for Human Rights and Democracy, despite difficulties, said Finland's President Tarja Halonen to "EuroFora" at a crucial moment for the mecanism built 15 years ago by the paneuropean organization which celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2009.

Halonen, known as "Mother" of CoE's "Monitoring" mecanism, a long-time MEP and former Foreign Minister before becoming Finland's President, holds a long experience in the mattter, after also serving twice as CoE and EU Chairwoman in the past. That's why she is well placed to judge how CoE's "monitoring" should deal today with some crucial issues of importance both to CoE and to the EU.

The move came just a Month before a crucial, last visit to Turkey, scheduled for June, by the President of CoE''s "Monitoring" Committee, Ukranian MEP Serge Holovaty, to finalize his Report on Ankara, the CoE Member State with the longest Monitoring procedure. From its results depends its overall credibility.

This is a Test-case, because, in fact, it's in order to avoid Sanctions threatened against Turkey by a CoE's Assembly's April 1995 Resolution for grave Human Rights violations, Democracy gaps, the continuing Military Occupation in Cyprus, the unresolved Kurdish problem, Aegean differend with Greece, etc., that MEPs decided to create, for the 1st time on April 1996, a "Monitoring" proces, allegedly destinated to check, without excluding Countries who did not fulfill all CoE's standards.

In the Past, the obliged withdrawal of Greece's Military regime and of its "Civil" cover-up out of the CoE had helped bring back Democracy in 1974. But, on the contrary, since April 1996, the idea was to "monitor" Human Rights' respect while keeping most concerned Countries inside the CoE. After Turkey's oldest example, this was extended also to several former "Eastern" European Countries, even if CoE's Assembly has imposed to some of them (fex. Ukraine, Russia, etc., after Belarus, Serbia, etc) various "Sanctions", that Ankara always avoided. Curiously more succesful even than .. USA itself, (a CoE "Observer" since 1995), which has been at least threatened with sanctions some years ago..

EU-effects of CoE's Monitoring process became obvious between 2001-2008, since the "closure" of this procedure, when CoE felt that a Country had met most of its Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law obligations, (i.e. the "Copenhagen Criteria" for the EU), helped trigger Negotiations with the EU for "Accession" or other closer relations : This occured already before the 2004 and 2007 EU Enlargements to former "Eastern" European Countries, as well as for the commencement of "accession" negotiations with Croatia, and of "open-ended" negotiations with Turkey in 2005.

    But a stricking new development are Holovaty's recent findings that on core Human Rights issues as Torture and Freedom of Expression, Turkey, even "5 Years after" CoE closed its "Monitoring", back in 2004, inciting EU to start accession Negotiations in 2005, still presents grave problems.

    His findings are of crucial importance after a 2008 CoE Resolution called, "if need be", to "seriously consider the possibility of Re-Opening the Monitoring procedure for Turkey" : A move which might affect Ankara's controversial EU bid, since EU Accession Negotiations are based on the Hypothesis that the Candidate fullfils the "Copenhagen Criteria" (See above)..
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    Holovaty expressed his will to check  "Matters still Outstanding" and  those that he "didn't have an opportunity to discuss" at an earlier visit this year, "in order to discuss the more complex issues in greater depth", at his forthcoming New Visit to Ankara, before the December 2009 EU Summit.  This is all based on the 2004 CoE Resolution which stresses that, CoE "will continue.. post-monitoring Dialogue with the Turkish authorities,...in addition to a 12-points list,..and on any Other Matter that might arise in connection with Turkey’s Obligations as a CoE member state".

    CoE's Resolution also asks  from Turkey "to secure the proper Implementation of Judgements, particularly in the Cyprus v. Turkey InterState case", of 2001, which concerns also the plight of many Hundreds of MISSING People. It adds Turkey's obligations to "execute" ECHR's Judgements in the Loizidou case,..and in particular adopt General Measures to avoid repetition or continuation of Violations found by the Court" to the detriment of Refugees.

    Nevertheless, Holovaty said to "EuroFora" that "MISSING" persons,"might be included" and cannot be excluded, but he has yet to examine the situation "to find out  which issues will be raised" to the Turkish Government.

    Therefore, "EuroFora" asked Halonen, as the Historic "Mother" of CoE's Monitoring mecanism, if she thought that, "whenever there are grave Human Rights Violations, as fex. "MISSING" persons, attested even by ECHR's judgements, they should be always checked by a Monitoring process. Or could they be forgotten ?"
    
     - "We (CoE) must be, at the same time, Fair, Realistic, but not in the mind that "now we have Forgotten", etc., replied to "EuroFora"'s question Halonen, speaking as a matter of general principle.

    - "When we think of those People that are suffering from the lack of Democracy, of Human Rights, and of the Rule of Law", "we should find a base on how to deal with the (Monitoring) system more rapidly"', she stressed.

    - "Sometimes it's very difficult to combine Transparency and Effectivenes together, particularly in this specific case", she went on to say. But, "I have not found a (CoE Member) Country who could be insensitive in this sens", Halonen answered concerning grave Human Rights violations attested by the ECHR.

    - "I have no ready-made answer. I have the expectations that you, in the CoE, will, step by step, find the different types of the monitoring systems."

    Also "because this is a part of the UN's Post-Conflict system, (fex. when it comes to Cyprus' MISSING persons), and it's a more Global system". So that, "If we make a succes in Europe, the others will follow", throughout the World.  "But they expect that we (Europe) are this opportunity, this Opportunity to make a Succes", Halonen concluded.

    In addition, she advised to extend CoE's Monitoring to all its 47 Member States, "because, as long as we hear that, all these monitoring systems are "OK for the neighbor, but not for me", "it's very difficult" to understand. Something which could make easier to Compare...

    Finnish MEP Jaako Laakso, former CoE Rapporteur on the Occupied Territories of Cyprus and one of the 5 Signatories of the Historic CoE's call to create the "MONITORING" mecanism since 1996, was more specific :  - "We (CoE Assembly) have to find a way for the issue of Cyprus' MISSING People to be better followed", he stressed, anouncing his intention to "speak to Mr. Holovaty" about that. "There might be also other ways", added Laakso.

    - The 2008 "Year had been a very Bad one for Turkey with regard to Human Rights in general, and Freedom of Expression in particular", denounced, meanwhile, Holovaty's preliminary Post-Monitoringh Draft Report by Holovaty, published by the CoE on April 2009.

    "Amnesty International believes that freedom of expression is not guaranteed given the various articles of the Criminal Code that restrict it. .. "For example, 1,300 Websites are said to have been closed down by the (Turkish) authorities in 2008" ! While "the new Turkish Criminal Code was used to bring a total of 1,072 proceedings between June 2005 and April 2008, and led to the conviction of 192 people", for expressing views. "Representatives of the Özgür Gündem newspaper, which specialises in Kurdish affairs, ..complained about Numerous Attacks on their Freedom of Expression ...as was everyone who advocated a settlement to the question by means other than the intervention of the army" "According to their figures, 19 Newspapers had been suspended 43 times between 4 August 2006 and 4 November 2008" !...

    Moreover, on 2008,  CoE's "Ministers adopted its 4rth Resolution on the execution of the judgments of the ECHR, ...and outstanding issues regarding 175 Judgements and decisions relating to Turkey delivered between 1996 and 2008...  concerning Deaths resulting from the excessive use of force by members of the Security forces, the failure to protect the right to life, the DIisappearance and/or death of individuals, Ill-Treatment and the Destruction of property". CoE's " Ministers urged the Turkish authorities ...to ensure that members of Security forces of all ranks can be prosecuted without administrative
authorisation" for "serious crimes". Holovaty reminded.

"Nonetheless", Holovaty heard anew of "Several cases of Violence committed last year (2008) by the (Turkish) security forces". Amnesty International speaks of Many Cases of ill-treatment and Torture in the prisons and by the police". "Including, fex."'the death of Engin Ceber, a young man of 29 who died on October 2008 as a result of the TORTURE allegedly inflicted on him by police officers, prison staff and members of the gendarmerie. He was part of a group of people arrested on September 2008 during a demonstration and Press Conference in Istanbul'. Proceedings against suspects are "on-going" in this case.

- " I therefore noted an Obvious Contradiction between the Government’s stated “zero tolerance” policy.... of Torture and other forms of ill-treatment, and the different testimonies given", denounced CoE's Rapporteur.  Turkish "authorities must make considerable efforts to guarantee that proper investigations are carried out into allegations of abuses by members of the security forces and that perpetrators are effectively punished" "In this respect, I have requested detailed Statistics on the number of Investigations, acquittals and convictions in cases involving allegations of abuse in order to show the positive impact of the measures taken to date", Holovaty said, repeating a permanently unsatisfied CoE's demand to Turkey since a Decade...

    - "The Political Crisis that shook the country in the spring of 2008 highlighted the Weaknesses of the (Turkish) Constitution", which comes from the Military regime of 1982, "and the Urgent Need of Reforms", stressed from the outset CoE's Rapporteur in 2009. In particular, "the ...Democratic functioning of state institutions, including the independence of the judicial system, are crucial", he observes.

    But, "the Electoral  system and the ways in which it is circumvented do not appear to give those elected complete Legitimacy, and tend to pervert the course of direct universal suffrage", denounces Holovaty, observing that, even 5 Years later, Turkey did not yet change the 10% nationwide Threshold for a party to take any seat, which is "far higher" than the "3%" maximum in Europe and already condemned as contrary to European Standards by the CoE.

    + Moreover, EU Parliament's 2009 Report on Turkey, drafted by Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijten and adopted in Strasbourg on March, expresses "Concern over the Failure of the (Turkish) Judiciary to prosecute cases of Torture and Ill-treatment, the Number of which is Growing". EU also "is concerned about continuing Hostility and Violence against Minorities" in Turkey. It also "calls on the Turkish Government to launch, as a matter of Priority, a Political Initiatve favouring a lasting Settlement of the Kurdish issue, (while "condemning violence.. and terrorist groups"). EU "regrets that No progress has been made on establishing full, systematic Civilian suprevisory functions over the (Turkish) Military".

    The final results of Holovaty's 2nd and last visit to Turkley will be known later this year, and, at any case, before EU's December 2009 Summit.

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