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Bio-Ethics : CoE + EU to examine "Surrogate Mothers" controversy ?

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 05 October 2016
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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- The experienced President of EU Parliament's EPP Working Group on BioEthics, Miroslav Mikolasik, a mainstream MEP from Slovakia (current EU Chair for 7-12/2016), speaking to "Eurofora",  anounced that a Special Conference, with a Hearing of Experts, on the Controversial and Unpopular Issue of "Surrogate Mothers" is currently prepared for the Forthcoming Plenary Session in Strasbourg, at the End of this Month, (24-27 October 2016).


Significantly, the move comes just after, in parallel, the PanEuropean CoE's Organisation for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, has had its Parliamentary Assembly's Social and Family Affairs Committee, chaired by mainstream Cyprus' MEP Stella Kyriakides, (from the Governing ChistianDemocrat/EPP Party DHSY), adopt in Paris a controversial Report on Surrogacy, drafted by Socialist MEP from Belgium, Petra de Sutter, which passed (as modified by Amendments) with only 1 Vote difference !


Experienced mainstream CoE Assembly's MEP, Valeriu Ghiletchi, a ChristianDemocrat/EPP from the Governing Party in Moldova, former Long-Time President of PACE's Social+Family affairs Committee, had already Warned "Eurofora", as Early as, since the Latest, June 2016, CoE's PanEuropean Parliamentary Assembly's plenary Session in Strasbourg, (Comp. "Eurofora"s various NewsReports from that PACE June Session, f.ex. at : ... + ... +..., etc), that such a Draft Report, was, in fact, Attempting to Open Breaches towards a Dangerous Spread, in real practice, of that Controversial and UnPopular, blatant Violation of Both Womens' and Childrens' Human Rights, which provoked also obvious Risks against Humankind, (mainly by facilitating Massive Genetic Manipulations of Human Embryos, Contrary to Natural Births), under the Disguise of some so-called "Childrens' Rights", which, in fact, were Exploited there as a Pretext.


CoE's Assembly has already Refused to Debate that Cotroversial Report, sending it Back to Committee last June 2016, and, in Theory, it could also do the Same this Time too,on its October 2016 Next Plenary Session, unless it managed to Heavily Amend it in an adequate way.


Doubts about Surrogate Mothers' Controversy reach even Socialist Politicians, as, f.ex., French President Hollande, who has, in principle, excluded that, at least until now, but also Prime Minister Vals, who has reportedly Changed Views on that "Hot" Matter, passing from an initialy "Laissez Faire" stance, towards a more or less Strong Opposition later-on.


For another, more Recent Question raised by "Eurofora" on a particular case about Surrogacy, judged this Summer by the French Supreme Admiistrative Court, and the reaction of International Institute for Human Rights "René Cassin"'s Head, and former ECHR President, Professor Costa, (who had just Highlighted relevant Challenges and Dangers raised by Bio-Technologies in such areas, See, f.ex. : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/humanrightstopofficialonposthumnismandsurrogacy.html .

The forthcoming CoE Assembly's Plenary Session comes First, Next Week in Strasbourg, 2 Weeks Before the Next EU Parliament's Plenary here, scheduled for the Last Week of this Month (the BioEthics Meeting being, probably, scheduled for Wednesday, 26/10/2016), which holds, Exceptionaly, 2 Plenaries in 30 Days in Strasbourg, as Chairman Mikolasik reminded to "Eurofora".

 

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Speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", the New EU Parliament's President, former Polish Prime Minister, ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Jerzy Busek, welcomed proposals by EuroFora about innovative ways for EU Citizens to attend EU debates before important final decisions which affect people's lives.

- "We (EU Parliament) must be transparent", Buzek stressed from the outset.  "We must have clear answers also for delicate questions. If we don't touch a problem, you must know why, and when shall we decide in the nearest future".. "Because "we (EU) must think about Europeans, first of all : They don't understand well what is going on in the EU. So, it's our duty to inform them, to make discussions here more interesting".

"EuroFora" congratulated President Buzek for the anouncement he made, from the 1st day of his election in Strasbourg (on Tuesday, 14 July 2009), on his intention to make  transparent debates, exchanges of views, etc. before the final adoption of decisions in EU Parliament's Plenary, when issues are evolving inside Committees, (See earlier publication).

And we reminded, in this regard, that "EuroFora" has been advocating a project for EU Citizens' active involvement in pluralist EU debates before important EU decisions, since more than a Decade : 1997-2007+

- "Thank you. We (EU Parliament), indeed, have exciting debates", Buzek replied. But, in practice, "without a possibility for our Citizens to see them, not even by the Press, the Radio or TV, etc., because it is in Committees", he regreted.

- "But, they (i.e. Media, Citizens, etc) might interact with you, with MEPs, etc, May be we can imagine something", "EuroFora" proposed.

- "Yes, (but) it needs, a quite new idea", Buzed observed.

- "Why not through some innovations ?", "EuroFora" suggested.

- "Innovation ? That's it. Fantastic  New Information Technologies !", Buzek realized.

- "Precisely, "EuroFora" has such a project, since more than a Decade (1997-2009), to use new technologies for public debates before major EU decisions are taken", we reminded.

- "If you have such proposals, please come to us, come to us. We must" do something, agreed the new EU Parliamen's President.

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    This fits with Buzek's main stance, expressed at EU Parliament's plenary earlier this week in Strasbourg, that the European Union must succeed to overcome a "Crisis of Trust" vis a vis EU Citizens. (See previous EuroFora publication).

    For that purpose, obviously information and debates are valuable, but purely instrumental, procedural means which can help focus on, and highlight a substantial content, attractive to EU Citizens, which needs to be determined by other, political, and not mediatic factors.  

    Buzek spoke about the urgent need to overcome the Global Economic Crisis,  the struggle for Human and Civic Rights, Democracy, etc., the Eastern Partnership, links with Russia, strategic partnership with USA and emerging countries, etc.

    But he also used (while speaking both to "EuroFora" and other Media) the expression : "The Europeans", for EU Citizens. This points right towards what several important EU leaders (including French President Sarkozy, German Chancellor Merkel, etc) have started to highlight particularly during the recent years : That there is a vital need, and an historic opportunity, for the development of a European Conscience, to stimulate e renaissance of a European Identity able to attract Popular support, for the EU to become a strong player in a Multopolar World : In other words, the revitalisation of a project for a "Political Europe".

    By a coincidence, this was indirectly but surely reminded, earlier in Strasbourg, by another ... Busek (this time with a "s") : 

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    Speaking to more than 650 participants from CoE's member countries, at the conclusion of the 2009 Summer University of its Political Schools, Erhard Busek, (with an "s"), former vice-Chancellor of Austria and EU Coordinator for South-Eastern Europe, pointed at the current need to revitalize Europe's "Identity", forged by Greek philosophy and Roman Law, Christian values and Enlightment's ideas, etc. through the ages.     

- "We have almost the same name with Jerzy Buzek (EU Parliament's new President, who is a former Polish Prime Minister), because both our Families come ...from  the same village, located at the Heart of Europe, which was often shared between Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic. But my family emmigrated a long time ago to Austria, while Jerzy Buzek's family remained in Poland", explained f. vice-Chancellor Erhard Busek to "EuroFora".   

 An astonishingly concrete and simple example of European Integration from the grassroots : Starting by EU Citizens, i.e. those "Europeans", that EU Parliament's new President, Jerzy Buzek (this time with a "z"), wants to bring alongside MEP's decision-making proces, (according to "EuroFora"'s main idea : Comp. supra)...

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