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Venice Commission President Buquicchio to EF: Turkey November Visit = Ready for PACE 1.2017 Session

Written by ACM
Monday, 10 October 2016
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Experienced, long-time President of PanEuropean CoE's "Democracy through Law" Watchdog, known as "Venice Commission", Gianni Buquicchio from Italy, speaking to "Eurofora" at the CoE, said, in substance, that he expects for an exceptionaly Important series of Top Legal Experts' Checks on Many Recent controversial Decisions taken by the Turkish Government, after a July 2016 alleged "Coup" Attempt, to be Ready well in advance of the Next CoE's Parliamentrary Assembly's (PACE) Plenary Session, scheduled for January 2017.


The New President of CoE Assembly's Biggest Political Group of MEPs, that of ChristianDemocrats/EPP, Head of the German Delegation, Axel Fischer, speaking Previously to "Eurofora", had already Warned that PACE's main Move on Turkey, about Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, was due to Start then, (See : ...).


Meanwhile, PACE's Director General, Wojcieck Sawicki from Poland, also told "Eurofora", last Week, that the PanEuropean Assembly had Asked from the "Venice Commission" to Check All the Decisions taken by the Turkish Government after that July 2016 "Coup" Attempt (which notoriously durated Less than 6 Hours : See ...), and Expected its Conclusions "on December 2016".


Apparently, it wasn't possible to act Earlier in this regard, since, inter alia, an Official CoE Fact-Finding Visit had to be Organized, beforehand, with the Agreement of Ankara's Authorities, and this is now expected to take place "on November" 2016, (as President Buquicchio Revealed to "Eurofora" Today), so that Venice Commission's Report could Not, in practice, be Ready Neither for the Present, Autumn 2016, PACE Plenary Session, (10-14 October 2016), in Strasbourg, Nor during the forthcoming PACE's Standing Committee's important Session in Nicosia (Cyprus), scheduled towards the End of November, (24-25/11/2016).


Indeed, the President of "Venice Commission" told us that, after paying an Official Visit to Turkey Next Month (November 2016), he expected to Prepare a Draft Report asap. in order to be Definitively Discussed and Adopted by that prestigious PanEuropean body, (composed mainly by Presidents of National Constitutional Courts and/or other Top Legal Experts, and Often consulted also by EU Commission from Brussels), "on December" 2016.


Buquicchio also said that he had just Met with Ukranian President Poroshenko, "Yesterday", at Kiev, where Venice Commission is currently making a Fresh Effort to Help Advance some more, long-awaited "Legal Reforms" in certain Important sectors, Key for the Present and the foreseable Future of that Strategialy located, European Country.
He spoke to "Eurofora" shortly after being Heard by MEPs at CoE Assembly's powerful "Monitoring" Committee, Earlier this Afternoon, about several "Venice Commission"'s "Recent" Findings, naturaly including also on Turkey.


Later this week, "Venice Commission", is due to Adopt officialy a Report on Ankara Government's recent Decision to Suspend the Constitutional provisions for MPs' "Parliamentary Inviolability", on Thursday, October 13.


President Gianni Buquicchio was accompagnied by Venice Commission's Director, Thomas Markert from Germany, with whom he has been Cooperating, closely Together, for Many Years.



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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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