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Strasbourg Region President Rottner to EF: High-Tech TransBorder EU Coop. on Education/Research

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 24 September 2019

*Strasbourg/Press Club/Angelo Marcopolo/- The Only Region's President in Europe who has just decided to Leave his Office during several Months, Each Day for 50% of the Time, in order to return Back Working as a Simple Dr. of Medicin in "Urgent" Local Hospital Services, to Help Alleviate a Serious Lack of Medical Workers particularly in neighboring Rural Areas, which has Already Costed some Human Lives Recently, by provoked Delays of Life-Saving Timely Health Care, Jean Rottner, New President of Strasbourg's "Great East" Region, Replying to "Eurofora"s Questions at a Press Conference organized by Strasbourg/Europe Press Club, also Stressed his Interest to Develop a "Fluid Network" between "High-Schools/Colleges and Universities", including "Trans-Border" Cooperations, Bringing Together 5 EU Countries at the Heart of Europe, particularly on Artificial Intelligence.


- "Eurofora" asked Rottner about the Role of the Region concerning Education in Lyceums (High Schools/Colleges) up to University level Research, particularly considering the Exceptional Cooperation Potential of the "Great East" Region with its Swiss, German (3 Landers), and Belgian TransBorder links with France, at the Heart of Europe, (while also Neighboring with Paris' Region "Ile de France", as he had just mentioned himself earlier). Would it be interesting to eventually create f.ex. some kind of "European Lyceums", from the point of view of Facilitating Employment, University Studies, Scientific Research, etc ?



 - "There are Many things" in that point : - On Lyceums, (High Schools or Colleges) we are, Now, at a Phase of last Validations, and what is called "Employment and Qualification Cites", which can Bring Together the (Education) Academy, the Universitarians, Lyceums, Professionals, Consulars, etc., so that we can have the Competences able to Develop a Link from College up to Higher, University circles, around Issues of Fluid Networks for Jobs, which is Important."

 - "Something on which we can Dream is, f.ex., around Nancy (City), about the "Industry of the Future" and "Materials", on which there is a Project, we are also Thinking, around Reims (City), its Agricultural producers and the University of Champagne-Ardennes, on Wine-related, Qualified Jobs, and other, various Interesting concrete leads.

+ Most Important : - "Yes", he Positively Replied to  "Eurofora"s above-mentioned Key Question : - "Nowadays, we (Strasbourg's "Great East" Region) are currently Searching to Create may be TransBorder Establishments (NB), around some very Specific Themes", he Announced.

=> - F.ex., to "have a Lyceum (High-School/College) Specialized around <<Artificial Intelligence>>, that's really something that Interests me !", President Rottner Highlighted, ambitiously.

- Because "also (France's) National Education is Interested in that, Our Partners are also Interested. Now, what matters is to find how to realize that, even if it might, perhaps, seem complicated. Future TransBorder Cooperations should Facilitate such kind of Projects", he urged.

+ Now, "as far as University Research is concerned, we Already have the <<European University>> links around Strasbourg and Mulhouse, as well as the <<Superior Rhine>> (OberRhein), (i.e. France, Germany and Switzerland). I know that the City of Reims tries to Develop something Similar, and we are going to Encourage and Support them", since "these are important projects".


- Recently, we narrowly Missed 1 such Project, so "I Gathered Together all Our People, and Asked What we were going to do Now : Shall we just Let that be, or Shall We reAct ?"

>>> - "We Decided to reAct, and, in a Few Months, a Plan Emerged, which Includes Luxembourg, includes Manheim (Germany), includes Karslruhe, includes Freiburg, and a UN Expert" (etc), "and which Interests also Xavier Bertrand (President of Neighboring "Haut de France" Region in North-Western France) : We try to be extremely Concret, to use Existing Cooperations, as well as WorkShops which will be Created : The 1st in Luxembourg, around "Health", a 2nd one in Germany, anywhere our German Friends prefer, around the "Industry of the Future", and a 3rd one in France, at the Western side of Our Region, around "Bio-Economy", he announced. "All this provides a Structure, and Rapproaches".

=> - 'Indeed, concerning Universities Nowadays, instead of Searching some Projects located too Far Away, it's Better to Respond to what Our Businesses are Asking for, to Reply to Big Groups' Demands : F.ex., when you have such a Plan that is able to Gather Together "TOTAL", "SIEMENS", and "IBM", etc., who Declare their Participation, then, this Raproachment between the Scientific, Economic, and Political aspects and actors, when it's Intelligently made, then, it's Able to Offer Large Areas for Movement, compared to some National Plans", he concluded.


+ President Rottner expressed his "Satisfaction", for the fact that "our (French) Regional Universities are Able to Build such a Big Joint Project on "Enhanced Intelligence" and "Artificial Intelligence", that I Find Interesting, reaching about 350 Millions €, with the Quality and Competence of 5 Strong Universities United Together, including f.ex. the (nearby German) Universities of Karlsruhe, Luxembourg, Sarrebruck, etc". To that is also  Added Strasbourg's University Projects on Health, elsewhere in Bio-Economy, Nancy's University with "Materials and Industry of the Future", etc, so that, Step by Step, somewhere at the Heart of Europe, until Basel (at Nearby Switzerland) appears a Growing Point, amidst the World, which could Become f.ex. a "Valley of Artificial Intelligence", Rottner Highlighted at the foreseable Horizon.

+ Meanwhile, anOther, Parallel, Important Advantage of Strasbourg's Region in this regard, are also the Recently Fast Growing Developments, in the PanEuropean COE's Organisation, HeadQuartered in Strasbourg, which has notoriously Boosted various Converging Meetings, Conferences, Debates, Studies, and Pioneer Legal Standard-Making Decisions, precisely on "Artificial Intelligence" and Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law Safeguards, among its 47 Member States and well Beyond in the World.



Boosted particularly by CoE's Director for Information Society and against Crime, Jan Kleijssen, a very Experienced Senior Officer from Austria, Recent and Forthcoming Moves on Artificial Intelligence were also the 1st concrete Issue on which the New COE's Secretary General, Marija Buric from Croatia (2019-2024), a former vice-Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, chose to Start Working Personaly, (Almost at the Same Time as for Freedom of Expression, in the case of Murdered Web Journslist Daphne Caruana-Galicia), by Acively Participating at the 1st Meeting of a Brand New CoE's Body of Experts specialized in preparing Legal Standard-setting for Human Rights and Democracy in that Key Modern Domain, which has also attracted EU Parliament's recent attention in other relevant events organized here.


Naturally, this is Not the Only Potential of this TransBorder Area at the Heart of Europe, with the Meaning that President Rottner just described :

- F.ex., among others, Already since 2010, at an Exceptionaly Important Meeting of the "Superior Rhine" ("OberRhein") Inter-Regional Cooperation between France, Germany and Switzerland, an Experienced University Professor from Germany, had proposed to Build a United Education/Reseach Network on Top "Judicial" Issues, Based on the Proximity of the PanEuropean "ECHR" in Strasbourg, with the very important German "Constitutional Court" at nearby Karlsruhe (BVG), which, notoriously, Deals a lot with EU/CoE Legal Rules. + Meanwhile, After the Creation of Strasbourg's Bigger Region of the "Great East", since 2015/2016, was Added there also "EU's Court of Justice" (ECJ) at Luxembourg, as well as the progressive Development, until 2019, of UNO's "World Council on Human Rights", at nearby Geneva (Switzerland).

=> Thus, there are, Nowadays, at least Four (4) Big Judicial Bodies, of European/PanEuropean/International interest, which are Located in or Near Strasbourg's "Great East" Region, Following more or less Similar Procedures, and Applying Moral, Economic and/or Political Rules into the Concrete SItuations of Each Case, of European/Paneuropean/International Interest. To those could be Also added the Paris-located French Constitutional Court, and/or Highest Administrative or Civil Law Courts ("Conseil d'Etat" + "Cour de Cassation"), since "Ile de France" Region of Paris is Adjacent to the "Great East" Region of Strasbourg, and the systematic Comparison of France and Germany's Highest Courts would Certainly be of Great Technical and Scientific Interest.

So that Strasbourg's New Big Region of "Great East" has, Nowadays, an outreach into ... Seven (7) Similar Kind of prestigious Institutions, from National (Franco-German) to European/PanEuropean/International Levels : A Unique Concentration, withOut Any Other Equivalent, in the whole World !

+ A Similar over-Concentration of EU, COE and UNO (etc) Civil Servants, from Geneva to Brussels, (Both in Adjacent Regions), through Stasbourg (CoE, SCHENGEN, EUROCORPS) and Luxembourg (ECJ), etc., as well as Frankfurt (ECB), and why not Paris (OECD, UNESCO, etc - another Adjacent Region), and/or Bonn (UNFCCC), could Justify the Creation of a Similar "Fluid Network" for Training, various relevant Jobs, Studies and Research on European/PanEuropean/International Civil Servants and other related Staff, Specialized Press/Medias, Consultants/Lobbyists/Secretariat/Experts in EU/CoE/International Relations, "from College up to University", as President Rottner highlighted Earler (Comp. Supra), in a Larger Extension of the pionier "ITIRI" Project, at Strasbourg's University, that Professor Bouzar had Succesfully initiated, attracting many Motivated and Efficient Young People, - particularly if French President Macron really Decides, as he Recently Planned, to Stop the Historic, Landmark "ENA" School for Top Administration Officers, Based in Strasbourg, (also with its 2 Years Masters/DEA Franco-German Course, International Sections, etc).

On the Obvious Condition that all this is Forged in a Way Aiming to Create and Develop really Motivated, Active an Efficient Staffers/Civil Servants, Dedicated to the General Interest, and well Conscious of their Mission and Responsibilities. Not at all just another Bureaucracy, But, Hopefully and Resolutely aiming to Inspire and Reach an Opposite Result...

+ The Region's largely Bi-Lingual or even Multi-Lingual, Traditional and New Characteristics, are Naturally a "Plus", which could be Cultivated Further - at Least into a Tri-Lingual : French + German + English Format, (which, in Fact, has much More Coherence and Historic Roots, at least in Vocabulary, and is much More Easy and Practical, than it seems at First Sight).


+ Around and in Addition to all that, "Great East" Region's President, Jean Rottner, also Pleads in Favour of a Resolute, Selective but Voluntarist Development of Trains' collective public transport Lines, Whenever Necessary, by Opening them to European a.o. "Competition"), particularly towards Luxembourg, (i.e., practicaly Facilitating even Train trips Heading to/Coming from Brussels), But also Towards the Superb Rural Areas of the "Vosges" Mountains and Forests, f.ex. by Reviving the Train link between Strasbourg and Epinal, called "Macron Line", as he Reminded, pointing at the French President's 2018 Visit to EU Parliament in Strasbourg, after which he immediately Headed to Epinal, in order to Inaugurate a PanEuropean Series of "EU Citizens' "Debates on the Future of Europe", (See "Eurofora"s NewsReports from Strasbourg, Epinal and Saint Dié, then, at: ... + ... +..., etc).

There, "Eurofora" Realized, Later-on, this Year, the Value of those Natural Rural Areas, during a Torrid Summer 2019, when we Met with a Young Swiss Couple, from Geneva, who claimed that they had come there, All the Way from ...Switzerland, in order "to BREATH" Fresh Air at a Mountain's Forest !                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

However, for "Hyper-Local" Areas, where Train Links are Often practically Impossible or counter-productive, (even by Focusing Just on Main Destinations), and Sometimes also Regular Bus lines, perhaps Even "Bus by Demand", (f.ex. concerning Tiny Villages of Less than "51 Houses", etc.), then, anOther Practical Possibility, Personaly Witnessed by "Eurofora"s co-Founder in Switzerland in the Past, while we were trying to Reach a Remote Mountainous Area, Near Burgenstock, where UNO's Secretary General had Organized a Top Political Meeting on 2004, in a Super Lux Hotel ...isolated, on a Mountain's Top, surounded by a Lake, withOut any known Access to a Few Houses rending Rooms, Nearby...

=> The Only Way to go there with Public Transport, (during a Hard Winter Time period), was ...to Jump into the Swiss POST Yellow Car, which was Distributing Letters to the Few Inhabitants (reachable by Internet) : Indeed, it Worked just Fine ! A very Practical way to Simplify Hyper-Local, "On Demand" Public Transports in Isolated Remote Rural Areas, even withOut Any Cumbersome Addition : You just Jumb in a Postman's Car, (with, usually, at least 1 to 3 Places Free), at a Main Rail-Road Station's Post-Office, and/or Elsewhere during his Usual Daily Trip, and Simply Follow his Normal, Regular Round Travel, Stopping and Getting Out at Your Desired Destination in one among the Many Stops that the Postman's Yellow Car has, at any case, Scheduled to Stop Every Day ... It Only takes to have Organized a Web Page at the Internet, showing clearly the Post's Regular Trajectories, Stops, and approximate Time-tables, (which, normaly, are Already Ready, at any case).

It's, precisely, this "Swiss" Way of Postal Networks Organisation throughout even Huge Areas of Land, that, already, ...Marco Polo had notoriously WItnessed and Admired, for the 1st Time in History, at Kubilai Han's China, almost 1 Thousand Years Ago, Afterwards "Importing" and Spreading the Idea into Europe, with his Famous Book on the "Wonders of the World" !

Nowadays, that we Already dispose of such Practical Post Networks, we don't have but Only to Start Using them adequately, in order to Help ReVive Rural Areas in the Most Simple way.


+ AnOther Main Point for "Great East" Region's President Rottner was, this Time, to Plead for his Decision to Resolutely Start Developing a Wide-Spread Movement of what was Called as "Lyceum" (High School/College) "4.0" :

- I.e. a largely Popular and High-Tech, Massive Investment, in order to Equip ALL Students with ...Personal Computers, thoughout all Areas of the "Great East" Region, soon to be equiped Also with a "4G" Wireless Internet Network !

- F.ex., the Total Number of concerned "Young People" in this Strasbourg's "Great East" Region being calculated at about "217.000" People, Already, Between 110.000 and 180.00 Computers have reportedly Started to be Distributed to that Population, throughout all the area ! Strasbourg's Region was, reportedly, the 1st in France to make such a Pioneer Choice, but this Started Soon to be Followed also in several Other Regions of the Country...

+ This is Backed by an adequate Pedagogical Overhaul, to prepare Teachers and Students to a Digital Enviroment in School, and Reinforced even by a Free Access to All Audio-Visual Archives and News of the European, basically Franco-German Cultura TV Channel "ARTE", (Headquartered in Strasbourg, Near EU Parliament's Tower), President Rottner added.  Meanwhile, "Orange" is expected to progressively Boost its Internet Networks also a Rural Areas, Extending Further the First 4G Networks which has Started Previously in Alsace, (See relevant "Eurofora"s NewsReport, when Emanuem Macron was stll Economy Minister, together with Former "Great East" Region President Philippe Richert, of the Same Political Party of Mainstream Center Right "Repubicans", who, Later, resigned, leaving his place to Jean Rottner, elected Next President by the Regional Representatives, for a Timely Preparation of the forthcoming, 2021 Regional Elections, at: ..., etc).










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The official presentation of a "Program" respecting People's choices voted in the June 7, 2009 EU Elections, to be debated in EU Council and EU Parliament during its 1st Session on July in Strasbourg, is the No 1 Priority, according to Democratic principles, for the Franco-German axis, said the main winners at the ballot box, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel.

They stressed  that the New EU Commission's President must have a "Program" in favor of an EU which "protects" its Citizens, regulates financial markets and aims at a "Political" Europe" : a wording they have used as incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid.

They also declared ready for a "political" endorsment of "Mr. Barroso's candidacy" in June's EU Council, considering that an official decision would have to be made after EU Parliament's debates and votes, possibly from next month (July), with the legally necessary final acceptance shortly after Lisbon Treaty's entry into force, hoped for September or October.

- "A Program, and Mr. Barroso" : This resumes, in substance, the anouncements made by Sarkozy and Merkel, on the question of current EU Commission's President, Barroso's declared wish to succeed to himself for a second mandate, to be extended during the following 5 years.

 In their 1st meeting after EU Elections, they observed that "the Franco-German axis counted in European Elections' campaign... But, we both keep a realistic view : We saw the number of those who abstained, and we must absolutely give them an answer. We also see the disilusionment of an important number of Europeans vis a vis Europe, and we are aware of the responsibilities we have".


 - The "Duty" of the new EU Commission's President, after June 7, 2009 EU Elections' result, "is to act for a Europe which protects the Europeans, to commit himself into working for a better Regulation of Financial transactions, ... and to have a Political will for Europe", underlined Sarkozy.

Therefore, "we have asked M. Barroso... to clarify, to officialy present the intentions he has", he anounced.

- "We want to speak also about the Programme", explained Merkel.

- "It's important that for the next EU Parliament's mandate (2009-2014) we take the right Decisions for Europe.  Obviously on Persons, but mainly Decisions on Issues", she stressed.

- "It's not simply a question of a Person, it's also a question of a Programme". We are "really asking Mr. Barroso to commit himself on a Program, and on Principles, on Values", Sarkozy added.

EU President-in-office, Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer, accepted the Franco-German stance :

- "Barroso must present his Programme. The Czech Presidency agrees with that", Fischer reportedly said later, after meeting Sarkozy.

But Press reports from Brussels claimed that Barroso had preferred to be officially appointed by EU Council since June, (i.e. next week), "because this was implied by the current Treaty of Nice, according to him", and considered any delay until the possible ratification of the new, Lisbon Treaty on September/October, as "undemocratic".

- "At any case, independently of what Germany and France ask, it's also EU Parliament's wish". "We shall propose Mr Barroso's candidacy... But even in the framework of Nice Treaty, EU Parliament has to be associated in this Decision", the French President observed.

If this is correctly done, then "we support Mr. Barroso's candidature", and "if the (EU) Parliament agrees, we might ratify this decision since July", (i.e. next month), they both said.


- "France and Germany support Baroso's candidacy, But we want to speak also on the Program. We believe that this Program should be established in close cooperation with EU Parliament, and that's why we have followed an appropriate way", said Merkel.  - If EU Parliament wants, this election can take place on July,  but this must be done in full agreement.

- "We shall support Mr. Barroso's candidacy, without doubt", said Sarkozy. "But we have asked from Mr. Barroso, as I told him yesterday, to put into detail.. his intentions, at the eve of his 2nd mandate, if the situation avails itself.

    France and Germany "don't want to take an Official Legal Decision by writting" during "the next (EU) Council" (on June 18-19), declared Sarkozy.  Because they prefer, at this stage, only "a Political decision" on June, "so that we (EU Council) can work together with EU Parliament", which starts to meet only Next Month, since July in Srasbourg, "leaving a Legal decision by writting for later".

    - "If the Conditions are fuillfiled in EU Parliament, we (EU Council) are ready to give the agreement and make it offficial", said Merkel

    - "But, now we are working in the base of Nice Treaty. If tommorow we want to work in the spirit of Lisbon Treaty, we have to find a proper way", she added.

    - "Of course it's Legally complicated, because we are going to make a Political proposal to the forthcoming Council, for an EU Commission's President, on the basis of Nice Treaty : So, we (EU Council) will not appoint the Commissioners. Only the President.  If EU Parliament agrees, it could endorse this position on July", explained Sarkozy.

    But, on Autumn, "if Ireland ratifies Lisbon Treaty, there will be, at any case, a 2nd Decision, to appoint the Commission's President, this time on the basis of Lisbon treaty, and then, we, the EU Member States, would have to appoint (also) the EU Commissioners", he added.

    As for the precise Timing :  - "Everything is suspended until the Irish vote... Now, we must all make everything possible to help Ireland to say "Yes"" to Lisbon Treaty... The Irish Referendum, ..will take place either on September or on October. It's a Question which depends on the Irish. And,  then, we shall have the Choice of the Candidates for the permanent Institutions of Europe".

    However, "if Ireland says No, we, French and Germans, have to assume our responsibilities, and we'll do so", he concluded.

    But British and Swedish governments were reportedly eager to have a final EU Council decision on Barroso since this month, on June's European Council. While the other EU Member Countries are divided, several of them preferring to wait until EU Parliament pronounces itself, on July, and/or until Lisbon Treaty might be ratified by Ireland at the beginning of the Autumn. Barroso's current mandate ends on November.

    There are also various, contradictory and/or unpredictable reactions inside EU Parliament vis a vis Barroso's wish to continue a 2nd mandate, because many MEPs are openly or secretly opposed, reluctant, or hesitating.

    In the biggest EU Countries, as France and Germany, EU Citizens voted on June 2009 EU Elections for a renovated, non-technocratic but Political Europe which cares for its Citizens, with an Identity, Values and Borders, declared incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid, by mainstream, pro-European Governing Parties. Similar choices were also supported in several other small or medium EU Countries.

    On the contrary, whenever, in other Countries, Governing and other mainstream Parties didn't make these choices or eluded them, EU Citizens massively voted for euro-Sceptics whenever they were the only ones to to promise anti-bureacratic change and oppose Turkey's demand to enter into the EU, (f.ex. in the UK, Netherlands, etc).

    It's seems to be an Open Question whether Sarkozy and Merkel's conditions will be really accepted by Barroso, who was appointed on 2004 in a different political context, (with Socialist Prime Ministers in Germany, France, etc), had rejected in the Past the idea of EU becoming "equal to the USA" as "ridiculous", and pushed for Turkey's contoversial EU bid, trying to "soften" or contain the changes desired by the People who voted for Merkel and Sarkozy with another policy vis a vis Turkey on 2005 in Germany and on 2007 in France, as they did all over Europe on 2009.

    In addition to many EPP Governments, it's 3 remaining Socialist Prime Ministers : Gordon Brown in the UK, Zapatero in Spain, and Socrates in Prortugal, who support Barroso, as well as Liberal Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt. But their Parties lost the June 2009 EU Elections.

    Questioned whether there was still "Time" for "other" possible "Candidates", Sarkozy and Merkel did not deny, nor made any comment on that, but simply said that "it's not for us to make publicity for any candidates. We anounced our choice ("A Program, and Mr. Barroso"). But we respect any other candidate".

    Among various other names cited are former Belgian Prime Minister Verhofstadt, former UNO's Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson of Ireland, Italian former EU Commission's vice-President Monti, etc. Meanwhile, Luxembourg's PM Juncker, (who had been unanimously accepted by EU Council for EU Commission's Presidency on 2004, but refused), announced his intention to resign from "EuroGroup"'s Chair. Thus, he might be available for another Top EU job.

    As "EuroFora"'s "opinion" said (See publication dated 9/6/09) : - "If the current candidates (i.e. Barroso, etc) to the Top EU jobs promise and guarantee to respect People's democratic choices, then, it's OK".

"Otherwise, Europe must find new candidates, really motivated and able to implement these democratic choices of the People."

    Because, "in Democracy, the forthcoming choices for EU's Top Jobs,...should be made according to EU Citizens' Votes in June 7, 2009 European Elections, and main EU Governments' strategic policies".



2009 EU Elections were won by Parties against Technocracy and Turkey's controversial EU bid, while the 1999-2004 Majority Abstention trend decelerated. What should be done in 2009-2014 ?


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