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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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Sarkozy and Merkel want deals with Obama on European Security at Strasbourg's NATO 2009 Summit

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In parallel but concording moves, EU Chair, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel both invited this week US-President elect, Barack Obama, to discuss important deals breaking new ground on European Security during the NATO's 60 Years Anniversary Summit of Heads of State in Strasbourg, where Obama is expected to make his 1st visit to Europe as a President on April 2009.

Merkel focused mainly on smoother NATO - EU Defence and Security policy cooperation, while Sarkozy spoke about PanEuropean Security, associating both Russia and the USA, proposing to freeze missile and shields' deployement until an agreement is reached.

But both tackled some hard nuts to crack : Turkey's VETO against the participation of EU Member Cyprus to EU-NATO cooperation, and Russia's anouncement on deployment of missiles up to Kaliningrad, at EU's belly, in reply to USA's wish to set up missile shields in EU States such as Poland or Czech Republic, etc.


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- "Certainly...one of the points that we'll dicuss with the New US President", Barak OBAMA, "who will come f'or the 1st time in Europe as president, at the NATO Summit", co-hosted by France and Germany in Strasbourg, ""concerns, above all, the European Security and Defence Policy" (ESDP), and "the relations between NATO and its partners", with whom it should "work together", anounced earlier this week Merkel.

We must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", because of a "series of practical issues, sometimes difficult to understand", but that "we must discuss".

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- "An example" of that is "the issue of Cyprus and Turkey", said Merkel, where Ankara raises problems "from Kosovo up to Afghanistan", as also CoE's chair, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt recently observed in Strasbourg replying to EuroFora's questions.

- "We must do something to smoothen this problem for good, and not only on a case-by-case basis, laboriously negotiated each time". Here, we must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", Merkel stressed.

- "With good will from all sides, it could and should be posible. Germany wants also to help on that". Otherwise, "the coming generations will not understand why it took Decades to do so". But, if we "don't even achieve that for Decades, this would be an Historic Failure !", the German Chancellor warned

- "I think that our American partners are increasingly realizing that", Merkel said, pleading for "a stronger European Security and Defence policy, with which, I believe, the Atlantic Security Partnership can also strengthen and solidify".

Meanwhile, USA is also due to take in 2009 a special status inside EU-led EUROCORPS, the European Army HeadQuarters, based in Strasbourg.

Merkel said that after meeting in Berlin with NATO's Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, earlier this week, precisely in order to "prepare NATO's Summit", scheduled for the beginning of April 2009 in Strasbourg.

Scheffe, knows well Strasbourg, since he chaired the CoE, as Holland's Foreign Minister, when he brokered a controversial deal precisely on Turkey and Cyprus about the implementation of ECHR judgements on Greek Cypriot displaced persons' houses and properties in 2003. He returned later at least once, for a WEO meeting at the CoE, where he precisely had highlighted such EU - NATO issues.

EU Commission's 2008 Report on Turkey has just observed that, on European Defense - Security policy, "Turkey continues to object to EU-NATO Cooperation which would involve all EU Member States". "This created Problems for EU-NATO co-operation in the context of Civilian ESDP missions, in particular in Kosovo and Afghanistan".
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 French EU Chair, President Sarkozy and Merkel are visiting Washington on Friday and Saturday for a Global G-20 Summit with current US President George Bush, on the sidelines of which are expected preparatory contacts with US President-elect Obama's entourage, even if himself might stay in Chicago until he takes over on January 21.

Before going to Washington, Sarkozy concluded today an UE - Russia Summit with Dmitry Medvedev, where they "spoke in length on PanEuropean Security" :

- As EU President, I proposed that we meet on mid-2009 in a framework such as OSCE's in order to set the foundations of a Future Pan-European Security, which would associate Russia and USA, and that, meanwhile, nobody speaks about deploying missiles or shields, which complicate the situation".

- NATO's Summit in Strasbourg-Kehl, on April 2009 is a perfect occasion to discuss with our American friends and to prepare a possible OSCE Summit for these issues f.ex. for June or July", Sarkozy concluded.

- We must all abstain from Unilateral measures" dangerous for Europe's security. "Russia only reacted to decisions taken by some other countries. But if they are ready to cooperate, we are ready to discuss. EU could be an intermediary", added Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, before going himself too at the Washington G-20 Economic Summit.

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