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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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    An "Eugenic" loophole Amendment, which might expose to Dangers reminiscent of "3rd Reich's" notorious Genetic Abuses, hidden at the last minute inside an otherwise Good, larger Health policy Package scheduled to be voted on Thursday, was strongly denounced by a coalition of MEPs from various Political Groups and Countries, in a Press Conference held this afternoon at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    Mainly calling to "Select Human Embryos", via "Genetic Counselling" and "pre-implantation" Techniques including "Genetic Tests", in order to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", it might open ways to Dangerous Practices in Future, they denounced in substance.

    But they also made it clear that a much larger Report inside which this Controversial Amendment "No 15" was added in dubious circumstances, officialy destinated to struggle against "Rare Diseases", and drafted by Professor Antonios Trakatellis, was otherwise "an Excellent Report", aiming at a "completely Uncontroversial target" of Health policy on which "all MEPs and Experts are united, believing that Europe should act" to protect People's Health (See "EuroFora"'s earlier News).

    The controversy came at a particularly delicate moment for the EU in relation to Citizens, at the eve of June 2009 EU Elections, and shortly before Ireland re-votes for "Lisbon Treaty"..    

- Denouncing risks of "an Eugenic demand, very similar to what we had during the 3rd Reich in Germany, but now coming from some Scientisists themselves", German ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Dr. Peter Liese stressed that critical MEPs were against "Eugenic" engineering with "Selection of Human Embryos", and anything which might ultimately lead up to to a "Selection of Human Race". It doesn't help to "eradicate" Human Lives, he added.


    Several Experts and NGOs expressed "Deep Concern", as f;ex. DR M.C. Cornel of the "European Society of Human Genetics", which stressed, on this occasion, that "the importance of Non-Directiveness in Reproductive issues is a Central characteristic of Human Genetics, after the Atrocities committed in the name of Genetics in the first half or the 20th Century".

     - "This is completely Unacceptable", stressed Italian Liberal MEP Vittorio Prodi, on the Controversial Amendment, also because pushes to "eliminate early Human Life", as he noted.

     - "This opens a Dangerous Road, rather a Motorway", denounced Danish MEP Mrs Margrette Auken, from the "Greens", observing that various similar attempts were made in the Past "not only in Germany, but also in several other Countries, "even at the 1970ies", "f.ex. on forced Sterilisation of Roma" People, and other criticisable situations f.ex. in the UK, in Sweden, etc. as she said.

    + Other NGOs, as f.ex. "LebenHilfe" from Berlin, added that, among various other Risks, could also be that, by exploiting the pre-implantation Genetic Diagnostics and the Selection of "healthy" Embryos, some may "propagate" several "Eugenic" aims, starting f.ex. by pushing to eradicate Human Livies which might "Cost too much" to preserve, ultimately exposing to dangers reminiscent of the "3rd Reich"'s atrocious abuses.

    In consequence, ChristianDemocrats/EPP and "Green" MEPs "decided by Majority to vote against" this Controversial Amendment, anounced to Journalists the 5 MEPs who participated in the Press Conference, representing a wide spectrum, from Liberals to "Greens" and ChristianDemocrats, and from Hungary, Italy, Germany and Danemark up to Ireland (Gay Mitchell), etc.
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    Hungarian ChristianDemocrat MEP Laszlo Surjan said "that it was "Suddenly, at the End of the Procedure" in Committee, that "appeared this (Controversial) Amendment, which has nothing to do" with the main purpose of the Report, on which all agreed.

    He denounced an "Unhonest" move, and called to "avoid this kind of unacceptable situations". Nobody should "Select People", Surjan stressed.

    - "We (MEPs) had No Chance to Discuss" this last-minute Amendment earlier added at a Committee's level, said German MEP Peter Liese

    Speaking to "EuroFora", Dr. Liese, the Spokesman of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group in EU Parliament, said that MEPs didn't oppose other references of the Report f.ex. on "Genetic Tests", because they were "no proposals" to impose them, while, on the contrary, there was "a Problem" if anyone attempted to "impose" f.ex. this or that Genetic Technique and "Genetic Counselling", etc. to the People on human reproduction.
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    Controversial parts of Amendment No 15 ask mainly "to lead finally to the Eradication" of "Hereditary" "rare diseases", "through Genetic Counselling .., and ..pre-Implantation Selection of healthy Embryos".

    But  EU Rapporteur Professor Trakatellis, said to "EuroFora" that fears should be alleviated by Guarantees that all this should be done only "where appropriate", when it's "not contrary to existing National Law", and "always on a Voluntary basis", according to other Parts of the Amendment.

    He stressed that the main aim was to allow "a free and informed choice of persons involved", without imposing them anything :  - "It's not an obligatory, but advisary" text, he said.

    To make that point clear, he was ready, in agreement with many MEPs, to eventually drop at least that part of the controversial Amendment which initially called for "efforts to ..lead finally to the Eradication of those rare diseases" "which are Hereditary".

    But, until late Wednesday evening, reportedly together with many other MEPs, he stood by all the rest of the controversial Amendment, (fex. on the "Genetic Counselling" and the "pre-implantation Selection of healthy Embryos"), so that critical MEPs, going from ChristianDemocrats as Dr. Liese, to "Greens" or "Ind/Dem", observed to "EuroFora" that "this was not enough" to close the dangerous loophole.

    Particularly since, as Professor Trakatellis noted himself, "this is already allowed to the U.K.", and "other National Legislations would probably follow, sooner or later" in a similar direction. As for a general call to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", this "should happen, at any case, in practice, de facto", to protect public Health.

    On the contrary, "our goal should be to help patients suffering from rare diseases, not to eradicate the patients. In case of genetic disease risk, the decision should not be guided by scenarios" made by politicians. "Perents who may decide to accept a child, even if handicapped or with genetic disease, must be respected and supported with solidarity", critical MEPs stated.

    - "Any Pressure" to "a patient or couple (who "should be able to make an informed choice consistent with their own values"),"from health Professionals, Public Health Policies or Governemental Institutions, or Society at large, should be avoided", stresses the "European Society for Human Genetics".

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Each MEP's vote will be registered !

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The Socialist Group requested a "Split vote" on the Amendment 15, first without, and afterwards with the words "lead finally to the Eradication" etc.


    But the first "split vote" leaves intact all the other parts of the Controversial Amendment, (i.e. "Genetic Counselling", "Selection of healthy Embryos", etc).

    That's why, 3 Groups of MEPs : ChristianDemocrats/EPP, "Greens/EFA", and "Ind/Dem", have asked for "Roll Call Votes", on everything regarding the Controversial Amendment No 15, and on the final outcome of the resulting Report as amended, which will register all the individual positions to be taken by each MEP.   

Something which will obviously make each MEP think twice before voting for one or another choice, to be sure that he/she will make the right choice in front of EU Citizens, particularly at these pre-Election times...


    Crucial Votes were scheduled between 12 Noon and 1 p.m. local Strasbourg time, in the middle of a long series of various other Reports, and after a long Public Debate on the larger Health policy package, from 9 to 11.50 am.

    The specific Report inside which was hidden the controversial Amendment is due to be debated between 11 and 12 am.

    So that more last-minute Surprises may not be excluded a priori...

    Particularly at the present Historic moment, when even the Institutional Future of the EU depends on the result of a second Referendum on "Lisbon Treaty", later this year, in ...Ireland, a mainly Catholic country, where People are particularly sensitive in such kind of socio-cultural and values issues...
 

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