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Antonio Tajani is one of the Rare EU Parliament's Presidents who owes Nothing to Socialists !

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- For the 1st Time after Many Years of "Gro-Ko", (i.e. that Total Confusion on People's Freedom to Choose between Right and Left in Democracy, considered by Many, including f.ex. French former President Sarkozy, etc, as a Cause of Anti-Establishment Popular reactions recently), the New EU Parliament's President, Experienced Antonio Tajani, former 1st vice-President of that prestigious Institution, (in charge also of Inter-Religious Dialogue, etc.), and former EU Commission's vice-President (in charge of core Economic issues as Industry and Business, going from SMES up to Space High-Tech, etc), has just Succeeded to be Elected Today withOut owing to Socialists absolutely Nothing !


However, after a "Hot" inFight vis a vis his Socialist Competitor, Gianni Pittella, (Chairman of the Socialist Group), spreading up to the 4rth Round, Tajani managed to be Elected with an Absolute Majority of the valid Votes casted, (according to the Official EU Parliament's way to Count MEPs' Votes in such cases), Getting a Crystal-clear Lead of 351 Votes, against 282, (among a Total of 633 VCC, and 80 Abstentions).


A Comparison with the Previous Rounds, (where all 6 Candidates could participate), indicates that Tajani apparently Attracted, at the 4rth Round, also the Votes of Conservative/Reformist MEPs (ECR, i.e. got almost +60 Votes More), while Pittella had Exhausted All his Political "Reserves" at the Left Side, by mainly Adding the Votes of "Green" and "EuroLeft" MEPs, (i.e. less than +100 Votes More than Before).


On the Contrary, Tajani had Left more than + 100 MEPs' Votes UnUsed yet, at his Right Side of the Political Spectrum, (since they either Abstained or Didn't even Participate at the Final, 4rth Round of Votes) : Apparently those of the Rightist "ENF" Group, headed by controversial French MEP Marine Le Pen, most of Nigel Farage's "EFD" Group, and several "Independent" Rightist MEPs.


+ I.e. while Keeping almost entirely Intact that Natural Political "Reserve" at the Right side", (with the Exception, perhaps, of only Some MEPs from them), Tajani's main Base Focused on the Addition of Liberals (Centrists) and Conservatives (Right) to his own ChristianDemocrats/EPP (Center-Right).


This Results both by a Comparison of the respective Numbers of Votes throughout the 4 Rounds of this Election, and by the Declarations of EPP Group Chairman, Martin Weber from Germany, in his Tuesday Morning Press Conference, where he had Focused on a mainly Liberals - EPP - Conservatives Strategy, of Center-Right's "Pro-Europeans", as he had called it.


Indeed, it's a Spectacular, UnExpected, Surprizing "U-Turn" by the Centrist Liberals' Chairman, Guy Verhofstadt, Anounced at the Last Minute by EPP's Weber at his Press Conference on Early Tuesday Morning, which obviously Changed fundamentaly, an otherwise inevitable Unity of the Right possible Scenario, which had Initialy been the Only one Allowing Tajani's Election as long as the Liberals had sticked at their Previous Decision to present Verhofstadt as a Separate Candidate, before he withdraws.


Experienced Observers pointed out that, in Fact, the Most Important Political Significance of such Choices among Various Possible Alliances in this EU Parliament's Vote of January 2017, would be to Indicate a Preference about what could and should be done also during the Crucial, Forthcoming National Elections in France and Germany, on April-June and September 2017, respectively, (while also Italy is Heading now towards Elections)...


Characteristicaly, just after the 2nd Round of the Votes, when Socialist Candidate Pittella approached Tajani at a Distance of about 80 MEPs, while Many Other Parties' Candidates still Remained almost intact, (with Left and Greens Loosing a bit, But Rightists of ENF winning some MEPs more), the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Candidate took the Iniiative to Publish himself a Message promissing to Leave most Political Decisions to the Political Groups and MEPs, while he would Focus, if he was Elected as President, mainly on Guaranteing Transparency and Respect of All Groups and MEPs' Democratic Rights of Expression, as well as on a Key set of Top Issues, such as "Security, Migration and Jobs", as he said, in an obvious Move towards Attracting Votes from All MEPs of the Right side of the Political Spectrum, but even from the Center-Left, withOut any "a priori" Exclusion.


Later ToNight, in a Hasty Press point (with a lot of Exceptionaly Visiting Press Invitees, most of whom don't follow usually EU Parliament in Strasbourg), President Tajani added also "Climate, Energy and Digital Agenda" Issues, as well as "Defence of our European Values".

 

 

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- He also chose to "Dedicate" his Victory to the People who are Suffering most from Earthquakes or Economic Crisis, particularly those who are Homeless and/or out at the Cold, etc., who should be the 1st to whom EU should Look, and express its Solidarity, so that they don't feel Forgotten, as he characteristically stressed.


+ Noting that the Secret Ballot's rule makes, in principle, "Impossible to know who exactly Voted for me", Tajani anew promissed to Guarantee the Free Expression of All MEPs' Views, according to the Rules, (regardless of whether the Presidency likes or dislikes the points made by them), and to ensure the Running of Democratic and Transparent Debates. I'll Respect All MEPs, of All Political Groups, as long as they are regularly Elected by the People : You don't Discriminate between Goodies and Badies :  That's Democracy !", he stressed, as a matter of General Principle, indirectly but surely Criticizing also some notorious Excess of Oppressive Attitudes in the Past. (I.e. particularly regarding various MEPs of the Right, but not only, since even "Green" and other MEPs refered afterwards at this same point).


This goes also vis a vis the 2nd Biggest Group in EU Parliament, the Socialists, with whom I shall try to renew Links, "despite the Difference in Political Visions", Tajani added.

 
 
 
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But, "at least as far as the Election of EU Parliament's President" for 2017-2019 "is concerned, it's clear that No "Gro Ko" ("Great Coalition" between Socialists and ChristianDemocrats/EPP) esists No More. It's a New Era !", the freshly Elected President confirmed. (Comp. also : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euparliamentpresidencyitalianrightsturn.html).


For various President Tajani's statements to "Eurofora", both old and recent, See, among others, f.ex. :

http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/tajanirecentviolencepushesjewsexodustoisrael.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euparliamentvpresidenttajanionreligionsversusterror.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euparliamentonspace.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/financialperspectivesandeufuture.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/barnierfortransparentbusiness.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/weathersciencerussianheatwavemassue.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/isusymosiumandobamanasabudget.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/tajaniindustrygalileo.html  , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/tajanigalileo2018.html , http://www.eurofora.net/brief/brief/tajaniairlines.html , etc).


Last, but not least, Tajani's Experience in EU a.o. Political affairs, could be particularly Useful also in view of the forthcoming, March 2017 EU Heads of State/Government Summit in his Home Country of origin : Italy, at Rome, during which, EU Leaders intend to Present a set of Ideas for EU's Reform in the foreseable Future, (as they earlier Anounced at their Exceptional, 1st Post-BREXIT Summit of the 27, during the Slovak Presidency, at Bratislava : See relevant "Eurofora"s NewsReports from that Historic Summit which Highlighted a so-called "Bratislava Roadmap" for Future developments, f.ex. also at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/bratislavasummitoutcome.html + ...).

 

The New EU Parliament's President is also due to play, mutatis-mutandis, an Important Role in view of the Preparation of the Crucial Forthcoming European Elections of 2019, (Comp. f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euparliamentsecretarygeneraloncitizendebatesbeforedecisions.html ). 

 

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New Plan revealed during EU Parliament's session and while Strasbourg's Unified University was inaugurated, (biggest in France, aiming at EU links).

 
EuroDistrict Strasbourg-Ortenau's dynamics were boosted by a key Franco-German meeting during EU Parliament's session here, which anounced a swift towards ambitious European aims : To become a showcase for concrete achievements of European Cooperation that benefit Citizens' everyday life and Economy, while also developing a Culture able to serve and stimulate European Organizations' political activities.

With measures to be taken in 2009, Strasbourg-Ortenau's EuroDistrict should become EU's new "Metropolitan area" in the Decade 2010-2020, at the heart of Europe in the performant "OberRhein" region, a Franco-German Expert's Report anounced.

- "Defend European Institutions, and in particular EU Parliament" is a key point of the 2009 Report's threefold focus on "Infrastructures"' economy and quality, "Citizens' everyday life", and "Cultural and Political influence".

According to a Draft Statute, France and Germany agree that "an undeniable element of EuroDistrict's image" should be "Strasbourg's status, as Capital of a Democratic and Parliamentarian Europe".

    After parallel and joint meetings at EU Parliament, French and German Ministers for EU affairs, Bruno LE MAIRE and Gunter GLOSER, started working with representatives of Local and Regional Authorities from both sides at Strasbourg's Historic Town Hall, Place Broglie, for the 2009 Monitoring of EuroDistrict "Strasbourg-Ortenau, during which was published an important Experts' Strategic Study with proposals on how to develop it in the Decade 2010-2020.
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    Introducing the 1st Experts' Report on "EuroDistrict" at a moment when it needs "New Ideas" as food for thought, Strasbourg's Mayor, Senator Roland RIES said that "a special Status" should allow "Citizens to share Infrastructures and a common European project", in agreement with his collegue, Mayor of Kehl and German spokesperson for EuroDisctrict, Dr. Gunther PETRY, who focused mainly on the useful role of "Local" authorities in "concrete" achievements.

    - Together with "facilitating Citizens' everyday life", "our countries have also a Political aim", which needs to find "New Forms of Cooperation", said German Minister for EU affairs, Gunter GLOSER. According to a "Subsidiarity principle", which starts from a smaller level, leaving to a bigger entity what it cannot achieve alone, EuroDistict should be the "1st level" in a "Concentric" schema, he added.

    - In fact, "it's a question of Europe's credibility : EuroDistrict must prove that Franco-German cooperation gives results", with "concrete achievements", said the new French Minister for EU affairs, Bruno LE MAIRE. Now, we "must advance further" : There is both "Local and National support" to make of Strasbourg-Ortenau's EuroDistrict "an example on what Europe must do in the Future if it wants to be credible in Citizens' eyes".

    - "Our Mission was to find the region's Potential of the region, "and search adequate Measures to use and develop it"; said German Expert Dr. Erwin VETTER. A main proposal is to "create a New Center for EU Competences", where everything should be concentrated : EuroDistrict, EuroCorps, EuroBest, etc : All in one area, while also linking Airports and other means of Transport, Culture, Education, Science and Research, etc. in order "to create 1 Metropolitan area" before 2020, he anounced.

    - With imagination and organisation "we tried to marry the French and German spirit", added French Expert Bernard COTTIN. He underlined "two points" :  - "In their Everyday Life, Citizens should feel that they are living in One Common Area", (fex. on Phones, Hospitals, Retirement, etc). But EuroDistrict should have also a "Cultural Dimension" : "Strasbourg, had been a little-bit left behind by both countries in the past, but must now find a New dynamic Momentum, at the Heart of Europe, strengthening its Cultural atous and becoming Multi-Cultural, in order to attain a European Dimension and develop the European Institutions", he concluded.

    Symbolically, both Mayors of Strasbourg and Kehl, Ries and Petry, gave to Ministers Gloser and Le Maire as a Gift two Books on Rhine River : Stylicised by both Logos chosen for "EuroDistrict" (as body of a flower), and for Strasbourg's new, Unified University, "UniStra", (as a long "S"), Rhine river came at the focus this week in Strasbourg, headquarters also of the oldest European Organisation : The Committee on Rhine's Navigation.. Meanwhile, Le Maire switched over from German (that he speaks fluently) to French, echoed, the other way round, by Gloser, who also understands French...
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The 2009 REPORT :
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Experts' proposals for EuroDistrict's Legal status is to start in 2009 with a "European Group for Transborder Cooperation", and "replace it, when possible, .. with an Original Form" of a new legal entity.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Citizens' oriented measures include to facilitate "acces to Health", "Mobile Phones", "Transborder Workers"', "School exchanges", etc., and other measures interesting Citizens, as f.ex. the creation of "Common Hospitals or Rescue centers", etc. Already, an agreement on "Urgent Medical Care" will be signed on February 10.

As "Economic Capital" of one of EU's most performant areas, known as "Ober-Rhein Metropolitan Region" ("superior Rhine" area), Strasbourg-Ortenau's EuroDistrict "should also develop its role of European Cultural and Political Capital, Symbol of Franco-German entente and of a Democratic Europe", Experts' Report concludes.

This goes well beyond developping Bi-linguism, transbrorder Training and "systematic" rapprochment of both Cultures (in Cinema, Theater, Music, etc).

It adds a progressive transfert in EuroDistrict of "elements of the Franco-German Brigade", close to "EuroCorps" Headquarters, and culminates with the promotion of European institutions (see above).

The Report also proposes to launch an "initiative" for "EU Parliament's unique Headquarters", developing Strasbourg's attractiveness vis-a-vis MEPs and staff.

It also includes the development of "a Research and Higher Education pole", among French, German and Swiss partners, "linked with Strabourg's new; Unified University" and "Ortenau's HochSchulen"

It's not a coincidence that this same week was inaugurated Strasbourg's Unified University : - "UniStra" becomes the Biggest in France, (with more than 42.000 students, 5.200 staff, a brand new "European Doctoral College", some 100 Research centers, and a Capital of more than 400 million €  from the State), aiming to create closer links with nearby German and Swiss Universities, fex. Karlsruhe, Fribourg, Stutgard, Bale, etc, as French Minister for Scientific Research and Higher Education, Valerie PECRESSE advised.

(See other, related News, already sent to interested "EuroFora"s subscribers and donors, which will be also posted at the Website asap).

Last but not least :  Non-believers should meditate on the fact that all this was symbolically made in the same Strasbourg Historic Town Hall's room where even the establishement of Council of Europe was decided, 60 years back in 1949...

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