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Strasbourg Region Head Richert+Economy Minister Macron to EF+o.Media: Broadband = Human Productivity

Written by ACM
Monday, 11 April 2016
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*Strasbourg/Big East Region HeadQuarters/Angelo Marcopolo/- Live at superb Natural Landscapes in the French part of EU's Franco-German Core, with High Speed Internet, and near EU Parliament plenary sessions, CoE, ECHR, EU Ombudsperson, Shenghen, EUROCORPS, European Radio-TV ARTE, etc., would soon become a real possibility in Strasbourg's new "Big East" Region, thanks to a huge, 100% Optic Fiber  Infrastructure Investment on the Biggest Network in the Country, for which, the productive development of the Human factor is part of its Public Service Mission, as the Region's President replied in substance to "Eurofora"s Questions, joined by the French Economy Minister at a meeting with the Press.

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Speaking to "Eurofora" and other Media Just before a Debate at EU Parliament with EU Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Businesses and SMEs, Elzbieta Bienkowska and MEPs on Industrial reconstruction, f.ex. in Steel etc., French Economy, Industry and Digital Minister Emmanuel Macron and New "Big East" Region President, experienced former Minister, Philippe Richert, after anouncing a new project of Modern Big Infrastructure for High Speed Internet in the Next few Years throughout all Strasbourg's rural areas, stressed, in substance, that Large Access to High Speed Internet can boost Human Productivity which is a key factor of Industrial Competitivity.

Macron pointed, in particular, at the "Human Capital", (including "Training" of Workers for new jobs in Reconstruction sectors), together with Scientific Research and Technological development for critical "Innovations", among the "upper" side factors of Industrial Competititivity, which have a decisive role to play in the European and Global competition, in addition to the also necessary "defensive" factors of "Cost", (such as Taxes, Wages, Energy, etc), as he said.


 -In this regard, Strasbourg's "Region has a lot of Wonderful (Natural) Landscapes. By adding there also High Speed Internet, wouldn't it become even more attractive, well beyond the establishment of new Businesses, also for the Residence (or even permanent Homes) of People working in Cities as Strasbourg, f.ex. in the European/Paneuropean Institutions, University, Public and/or Private Enterprises, etc ?", "Eurofora" asked Richert, (indirectly, but surely, pointing, f.ex., at the well known precedent of Texas/USA, certain Swiss, German and/or British areas, etc).

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  - Indeed, President Richert had just stressed, earlier, to "Eurofora", that High Speed Internet set up "is already done for the European Institutions and Urban areas"; so that "Now, it's also about Rural space", i.e. mainly in the middle of Nature, (which is, notoriously, near Strasbourg).


 The New "Big East" French Region, which Borders 3 German Länders, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Belgium Comp., f.ex. : ....) , is one of the Less Populated yet, in that Central €uroZone area, as its particularly low Population/Space Ratio clearly reveals, while several splendid Natural spots are notoriously near Strasbourg.


 - From such points of view, (including  also Historic Cultural assets), "already, Today Alsace is an attractive region, which has many Advantages to develop from the point of view of Tourism", in addition to the forthcoming HSI new infrastructures, he replied now to our complementary question, (Comp. Supra).


 - "However, it's not first in Tourism Services that the valorisation (exploitation, use) [of High Speed Internet] will  be more immediate", he soberly replied.


- " Even if it could boost Tourism too, in order to fullfil its Mission", for the overall development of the region, he observed, concluding.


=> In fact, Richert appeared more keen to focus on various immediate advantages of High Speed Internet for Old and New "Inhabitants" of the Region. I.e.  obviously including those who would be attracted here in the foreseable Future also because they would like to have a Home in the middle of Nature, connected to High Speed Internet, and near European/Paneuropean Institutions, as well as various other outlets.


With the right choice made for a 100% Optic Fiber Network, the new Big East Area's Inhabitants will be able to make good use of the various opportunities opened by the latest Digital developments, such as, f.ex., "the Internet of Things", and/or "Big Data", etc. added Macron, (while, this might have been curtailed by more classic technologies, such as, f.ex., an enhanced Cable network, etc).

 

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+ Moreover, both President Richert himself and Minister Macron, underlined also another, notoriously Important parameter, concerning Human Productivity, i.e. the World famous Risk of "Digital Divide", that Strasbourg's Region is decided to strive to overcome :


Indeed, the projected High Speed Internet Network is due to cover, progressively, all the areas of the "Big East" Region, starting by 3 departments which have already "advanced" in the necessary preparations for that, (mainly around Strasbourg, in Alsace, etc), and continuing, further on, its extension also to 7 other Departments, which need to catch up.


Richert strongly confirmed Strasbourg Region's "political Will" to guarantee universal Access of all Inhabitants to High Speed Internet throughout all the areas, without exclusions, and Macron saluted this commitment, stressing both its "Economic and Social, but also Civic" importance.


>>> For this purpose, more than 600 Millions € are invested initially at the Alsace, (closest to Strasbourg), and a Total of more than 1,5 Billion € is expected for all the "Big East" Region, later-on, with about 377.000 Plugs in Alsace (in 6 Years), and more than 2 Millions Plugs throughout the entire New Region to follow, making it the Biggest High Speed Network in France.

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In this regard, the European Investment Bank (EIB), headed by President Hoyer, (Comp. Hoyer's Replies to "Eurofora"s Questions, both when he served as German Minister for EU Affairs, and as EIB's Chief, f.ex. at : ....... + .......), played a Crucial role by adding 102 Millions € which allowed to form the "Bankers' pool" supporting financialy this project of Public-Private partnership, where 60% of the Investment comes from Private sources, while the French State covers 50% of the Public cost, and the Local and Regional Authorities the rest.


EIB's role was particularly hailed by Macron, speaking in Strasbourg almost a the same moment that the Prime Minister of France, Manuel Valls, was making an official visit in Luxembourg, at EIB's Headquarters, where he signed several Agreements, after meeting with President Hoyer and making a Speech on the usefulness of this Strategic main tool of the famous "Juncker" Plan for support to EU Investments during the next few years, (Comp. f.ex. Statements by the new EU Commission's President to "Eurofora", just after his Press Conference at EU Parliament in Strasbourg in which he presented for the 1st time his overall Plan : .....).


Valls is due to vist EU Parliament in Strasbourg tomorrow, Tuesday, April 12, mainly in order to exchange views with its Conference of Presidents and hold a Press point with EU Parliament's Head, Martin Schultz, later in the afternoon, in addition to various other political contacts, at the eve of exceptionaly important Debates and Votes, including on the PNR, EU-Turkey deal for Migrants, the Annual EU Report on Turkey's controversial and unpopular EU bid, etc. According to the latest news, he is due to be succeeded, (after Portuguese President, Rebelo de Sousa's official venue and Plenary speech on Wednesday, 13 April), also by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who scheduled a Launch with Schultz at Thursday Noon, April 14, (i.e. almost during the Voting time : Comp. Supra).


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+ Meanwhile, it's also People's Historic Cultural Identity and assets which could be Saveguarded and/or promoted thanks to Broadband, High Speed Internet, as reminded Today f.ex. the opening of a landmark Exhibition, at the Big East Region's Headquarters, on "God : From Speech to Writtings", organized by the experienced Expert on European/International issues, Peter Meyer, currently President of the Conservatory of Religious Heritage.

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Indeed, as "Eurofora" had already discussed several times in the Past with key CoE's Senior Officers, Digital Technologies, (including 3D for Monuments, but also "simple" Digitalisation for Historic Texts, Photo technology for Paintings, etc) can find some very useful and interesting applications in helping to Reproduce, Saveguard and/or Transmit and Publish for a selective or Universal Access, many Religious and other Cultural Heritage gems, (some of which might be, otherwise, threatened to be of difficult access, forgotten, degraded or even destroyed by various risks).


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++ Last, but not least, another Interesting point is also that the Neighbouring German Regions have had prepared some more or less similar Plans on Broadband Internet, etc., at the German side of EU's Franco-German core.


Moreover, already, as early as since December 2010, in a key meeting for the Superior Rhine Euro-Region (Oberrhein), at nearby Offenburg, (his Printing business' HQ), the famous Head of one of the Biggest Media Companies, Hubert Burda, (who controls also "Focus" and various other Publications in Germany and other European or Third Countries), had proposed to create a big and dense broadband Internet Networks' cluster linking both sides of the Rhine river between them, which would boost this EuroRegion's potential for innovative development, (See "Eurofora"s NewsReports from that exceptional Offenburg's Franco-German event).


In this regard, Today, Richert regretted the fact that, until now, all French Regions invest just about 100 Millions € on Scientific Research and Technological development, (a key factor also for industrial Competitivity : Comp. Supra), at the same time that the German Länder invest on RST more than 10 Billions €, as he said.


Meanwhile, parallel to President Richert's well known readiness to support Franco-German integration particularly at this core €urozone's area around Strasbourg, Minister Macron (who has recently proposed a Public Debate about making  a Leap forward in this direction), anounced also his intention to visit soon Germany anew, in a few weeks' time, including in order to discuss some relevant matters.

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    Scientific innovation joined to Faith for Human Rights, Eastern Partnership and fight against the Crisis, but above all, the need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" from EU Citizens, are the main priorities for new EU Parliament's President, Polish Jerzy Buzek, that a 555-votes-strong majority of MEPs on July 14,  Strasbourg made a living symbol of the fact that, 20 years after the fall of Berlin Wall (1989 - 2009) there is no more an Eastern or Western Europe, but only one Europe, as the head of the largest group of MEPs, ChristianDemocrats/EPP, Joseph Daul, stressed after the event.

    Speaking later to a group of Strasbourg's Journalists, including "EuroFora", the new EU Parliament's President clarified his stance on concrete topical issues, as f.ex. that of Turkey's controversial EU bid, which was one of the main issues of the June 2009 Electoral campain, clearly won by his party of ChristianDemocrats/EPP :  - "At present, Turkey does not fullfil none of EU conditions", he stressed, (See infra).

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    Buzek is well known in Strasbourg and to "EuroFora" as EU Rapporteur for the Framework Program of Scientific Research and Development of Technologies. A Natural Science Professor from the Historic and Religious landmark Polish City of Częstochowa, active in the famous Solidarnosk grass-roots social movement, he served 4 years as Prime Minister (1997-2001), before being elected as MEP in 2004 and 2009, after he brillantly won the latest EU Election at the head of his party (EPP) almost doubling the number of its MEPs from 15 to 28 !

    - "Innovation" and "Energy safety", as well as fight against the "Cimat change", but also "Eastern Partnership", the "Mediterranean", "Strategic partnerships" with Russia, the USA, etc, and the search for "solutions to the Economic Crisis" that EU Citizens "expect" from us, will be his "priorities", announced from the outset the new EU Parliament's President, reminding also that the quest for "Human and Civic Rights" played an important role in his experience with the Solidarnosc grass-roots social movement in Poland's History

    But, the most important of all, is the urgent need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" between EU Institutions and the People he stressed : - EU "Citizens often don't understand us", denounced Buzek, launcing a call to "do anything for EU Citizens to understand our work" in EU Parliament : "We (MEPs) need to make EU Citizens involved" in "what we are doing every week, in Strasbourg and Brussels", he proposed. Pointing f.ex. to the hot "Debates" with "strong arguments" exchanged between MEPs during the preparation of their Legislative Decisions, in Committees, delivering often hard struggles between initially opposed points of view, long before forging a majority at the final vote, sometimes more than a year..

    Therefore, EU Parliament will be "open to your criticism, for discussion and exchange of views", he promissed to Journalists in Strasbourg.

    In this way, Buzek, in fact, highlighted "EuroFora"s main idea, that we strongly advocate since 1997-2007, to systematicaly and actively involve EU Citizens in public debates during the decision-making process of important EU measures, which affect their lives and the society in which they live, (and not only just a few weeks each 4 or 5 Years at the eve of EU Elections)...
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    This is related also to the symbolic gift that Buzek chose to give to the out-going former EU Parliament's President, Hans Gert Poettering, (2007-2009), his collegue in the ChristianDemocrats/EPP, who brillantly won 2009 EU Elections in Germany : A genuine statute of sainte Barbara crafted in Silesia's black Coal by Polish Miners : Those simple but strong people who fought for social change against some technocrats and bureaucrats disguissed into so-called "real-socialists" of old times. (PHOTO).

    It's enough to have seen a popular open air mass, at Warsaw's center, with many thousands of people, old and young, simple workers and intellectuals mixed together, with references to Poland's history and struggles for survival and liberty, through various ages, (as fex. that organized at the eve of CoE's 2005 panEuropean Heads of State and Government for the beatification of late Pope John-Paul II), in order to understand what such symbols mean..

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    But, overcoming the "Crisis of Trust" with EU Citizens obviously implies also to rectify any errors done in the past, fex. on Turkey's controversial EU bid, with controversial decisions taken in 1999 and 2004 to give a "candidate" status and to start EU negotiations, provoking an unprecedented series of 3 "No" to EuroReferenda and 3 Majoriy Abstentions in EU Parliament Elections : 1999, 2005 and 2009, (even if the latest one succeeded to decelerate and almost stop the drop of participation rates, opening hopes for vote's revival after an electoral campaign clearly critical to Turkey's claims in several mainstream EU countries)
    
    Therefore, Buzek was faced with manifold critical Questions on EU Enlargement, most of them citting concrete examples of certain political problems  :  But his replies were almost always given as a matter of general principle :

    F.ex. Questioned on the suspension of EU - Croatia talks because of a Border conflict with EU Member Slovenia, Buzek prefered to speak about principles :

- "We know that during Enlargement, the process can be blocked by failure to resolve this kind of issues",  This concerns also other enlargments' cases", and "these rules are always in force" he warned.


But Buzek avoided to directly reply to a queston on "French and German EPP' calls to define the Borders of Europe", as a German journalist asked him by making a reference to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and German Chancellor Angie Merkel's, critical statements on Turkey at the June 2009 Electoral campain.    

- "Concerning Enlargement, there's always the same rules : There have to be Criteria, which have to be respected if a Country wants to join the EU", he started to simply reply.

- "For my country (Poland) it took us 15 Years to fullfil these Criteria", Buzek reminded, indicating, if proportions are kept, that Turkey, fex. would have to spend some 25 years before eventually joining the EU..

- "Countries wishing to join the EU need to Change their Systems", as we (Poland and other former Eastern European Countries) did, he stressed.

- "'For me, meeting the condition of Human Rights is one of the Key conditions for membership in the EU", preferring again to speak from the point of view of General Principles, on the occasion of an untimely question on Serbia (which is not even a candidate yet)...

- "Turkey" has, "first of all", to fullfil (EU) Copenhagen criteria". Bevause, currently, none of them is fullfiled by Turkey", New EU Parliament's President, denounced, speaking later to a group of Journalists, including "EuroFora".

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In particular, on Human Rights :  - "We (EU) can never forget Human Rights", because "this is at the very Foundations of the EU", Buzek added.

On the contrary, when he referred to EU Enlargment for the  "Western Balkans Countries ", Buzek appeared upbeat, finding "promising situations", despite "difficulties" in the Past, since "Countries are queuing to become EU members", and this "generated changes", as he said.

As for Russia, Buzek observed that it was a "very important" country, located "in the same Continent", Europe,  "close to our borders", and "we need eachother". "But Russia' has 'differend poblems : "They claim that their system is Democratic, but rules are differend", and we must be "aware of such differencies", fex. "on Human Rights", that we can't ignore, as he said;

Concerning China, where a journalist observed that the recipient of EU Parliament's latest "Sakharov prize" for freedom of thought is "still in prison", Buzek found that since the 1999 events in Tien Amin square, "we see differencies on Human Rights still today", and expressed his "support" for those who try to ameliorate the situation.

On the contrary, speaking recently to "EuroFora" he strongly supported the idea for an EU - Ukraine cooperation, fex. between Airbus and Antonov, in order to build a  less costly but more performant than the old and problematic A400M, new Military Transport Airplane : - "They (Ukranian Antonov Company) can certainly do it. I'm sure they can. It's a good Idea, and I'd be glad if it was done", he told us. (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/airbusantonov.html )


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