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Virus kills Right to Healthy Environment in CoE Conference as EU=World's 1st in Victims after China+

Written by ACM
Thursday, 27 February 2020

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- It was proved "Mission Impossible" for the Council of Europe to become World's Pioneer for "the Human Right to a HEALTHY Environment", at the same Moment that European Countries have just become 1st in the World in the Number of Victims infected by CoronaVIRUS ID-19, after China's area (incl. SKorea) !

A landmark PanEuropean Conference for the "Right to a Healthy Environment", organized at the CoE in Strasbourg Today by its current Georgian Presidency, with invited "Special Guest" the French f. UNO's COP Head of the Famous "Paris Agreement" on Climate, and f. Prime Minister, currently Constitutional Council's President, Laurent Fabius, Unexpectedly Missed its Target,

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in Circumstances indicating that it fell Victim to a Sudden, unexplained yet, Implosion of CoronaVirus ID-19 Contaminations at Nearby North-Western Italy, which is Rapidly Spreading in the Neighbouring French and German Regions, at EU's Core, including Strasbourg's, whose Hospitals just started to host Victims Infected in NW. Italy, while in Paris Died the 1st French Victim of that Dangerous Virus, a 60 y.o. Professor.

Indeed, already Since its 1st Official Announcement, back from November 2019, up to the Latest relevant CoE's Press Releases of 20 and even 25 February 2020, that Conference on "Environment and Human Rights", had been Always co-Titled also with the insertion, in its Headlines, of a Key mention, in the form of the Main Topical Question it Raised : - "Towards a Right to a HEALTHY Environment ?"...

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- "Do we have the Right to a Healthy Environment ?", Wondered, f.ex., inter alia, also the competent CoE's "Directorate General for Human Rights and Rule of Law", while Inviting, the Morning of Tuesday, February 25, 2020, to "Join", in Strasbourg, that "High Level Conference ... on (Thursday) 27 February 2020 !"

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-- But, Meanwhile, China's Big Neighbours, India and Russia, had reported Only ... 3 and 2 infected Victims, respectively, while, on the Contrary, EU Countries Dangerously approached ... 1.440 Infections !...

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+ At the same time, Bitter Ironical Comments were inevitably Provoked by Media Headlines speaking of "7 Killed" People at Neighbouring Italy, while Only ..."1 Bus" was Stoped at Nearby Lyon's Borders to France...

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Angry People were reported in Central and Southern France about Ships, Boats, Buses and Cars allegedly coming and going unhindered in Round Trips to/from Italy ; Shocked Readers didn't believe their eyes when they saw Press Headlines about Public Authorities' Prohibitions Focusing mainly on Gatherings of ..."More than 5.000 People, in Confined spaces" (sic !) ; and former Environment Minister, and f. Presidential Candidate, Segolene Royal, reportedly Slamed as "InComprehensible Nonsense" the Authorisation of "Juventus"' Italian Football Team's Fans to enter France during a Game at Nearby Lyon's Borders, (etc)...

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On the Contrary, Russia (only 2 infected) has reportedly Closed its Borders to China (a long-time Ally) almost Immediately.

++ Moreover, Most Contaminations in NW. Italy, and several in France and other EU Countries, Curiously, don't seem Imported from China, but, on the Contrary, to Infections contracted inside Local "Communities", particularly ..."Hospitals" and other "Health Facilities", including Medical Staff, recent Enquiries revealed. The "Impact" of these Local "Clusters" of Contamination, from NW. Italy, to the Rest of the EU, "would be High", "especially if Hospitals were Affected, and a large Number of Healthcare Workers had to be Isolated", according to EU's ECDC Watchdog, and the Real "Impact on Vulnerable" People, "within Hospitals or Healthcare Facilities, is due to be Severe", ECDC's Latest Reports, after a Visit in Italy, Warned these days.

=> In such Circumstances, CoE's initial reference "Towards a Human Right to a HEALTHY Environment", suddenly, ...Disappeared, from the Latest Official Documents issued in Strasbourg for Today's Conference !
 

>>> Instead, CoE's subsequent Headlines, Press Releases, and texts Started to speak, Vaguely, about (UnDetermined) "Modern Legal STANDARDS and Tools" (sic !)...

 

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=> Conclusions, (Drafted as a "Final Declaration" Only by the Rotating Georgian Chairmanship of CoE's Committee of Ministers, and Not Collectively), make a Few Mentions to "Health", just in order to urge to "Consider as a matter of priority" the already existing relevant  references in CoE's minimalist and toothless "Social Charter"; Vaguely evoke "a Healthy Environment" for unspecified ... "Future Generations"; and Postpone up to ..."2030" (i.e. + 10 Years Later) for UNO's notoriously Not legaly Binding Wish, in its "Agenda for Sustainable Development" ("Goal 3"), favouring "Good Health and Well Being", by Merely observing that the CoE "Could (sic !) Consider a common approach to contributing" to that...          

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On the Contrary, Specific and Concrete Proposals Focus on a call to "Upgrade" CoE's "Legal Standards" (Comp. Supra), just in "the 1998 Convention on the Protection of the Environment through Criminal Law", for  "clearer legal Obligations and stronger Sanctions", wth "more effective International cooperation", particularly against "Organised Crime" ; as well as to "Review" for "More Effective Protection", the "1993 Convention on Civil Liability for Damage Resulting from Activities Dangerous to the Environment".

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In Fact, a Vague move to "Explore" some UnDetermined "viable Ways forward, for further Legal developments at both the National and European levels", practicaly Postpones for Later-on, until about "2021", a Future "draft Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers on Human Rights and Environment", due to be "elaborated by the Steering Committee for Human Rights"' Experts, whose Content currently remains, for the Public, a Mystery...

At any case, this surprisingly Coincides with the "Summer 2021" currently Expected Time-Frame for an eventual ... new "Vaccine" Discovery against CoronaVirus ID-19 ! I.e., practically ... + 2 Winters-Time Later (2020 + 2021), when, (if things continue like this, wthOut any Big Change), it Risks to have, meanwhile, provoked an awful Lot of Sick or Dead People in the EU.

It's really a pity for the Sympathetic Georgian Presidency of the CoE, who is certainly Not Responsible for that (Otherwise Interesting) Conference's Flop,

>>> and could even usefully Advise other CoE's Member Countries on how they might Succeed to have ...Only 1 Contaminated Person from that Virus, (even Less than Russia and India : 2 or 3 respectively), as Tbilisi's Government currently declared !


How on earth did the Georgians manage to achieve that ?

 

 

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    The incoming Swedish EU Presidency (July-December 2009) may still remain in favour of Turkey's controversial EU bid, despite June 2009 EU Elections' results, but it has "very strong demands on Turkey"'s obligation to respect EU Rules, said the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, to "EuroFora", reacting to critical Press reports.

    - "I know (that) the link is often made also to Sweden's position on Turkey"'s controversial EU bid. Indeed, "we (Swedish EU Presidency) are very much engaged in the future membership of Turkey, but not without fullfiling all the Criteria".

    - "It's very clear that we (Swedish EU Presidecny) have very Strong Demands on Turkey, in a sort of concept for Future membership of the Union, ...which will be a Long Process...", she stressed.

    This means, in particular, "the Copenhagen Criteria (on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law), and also the adaptation to the Acquis of the European Union".

     - "If you listen to what Mr. Bildt (the Swedish Foreign Minister) says on Turkey at different occasions, it's very clear : We want Turkey to become part of the Union, in the Future. But we want it to fullfil all the Criteria : The Acquis of the European Union. That's very clear", she concluded.

    The Senior Official of the Swedish Foreign Ministry was reacting to critical Press Reports, from Brussels' Journalists invited by EU Commission's secretariat to Stockholm, who claimed that Bildt was abusing of a ..."Whip" (sic !) against Cyprus, by "threatening" the presence of UNO's Peace-keeping force at the "Green line" which separates the island's Government-controlled areas from the territories occupied by Ankara's army, if Nicosia didn't accept any political solution, regardless of Turkey's demands, before the end of 2009.

        Governing AKEL Party's new Secretary General, Andros Kyprianou, reacted by declaring that no-one can threat the People of Cyprus : -"We shall decide for our Future, and nobody else",  he reportedly said, asking to "keep calm". "In order to find a Solution soon, certain basic Principles must be respected", he stressed, calling those who feel an urgency to use their influence on Turkey. Other Political Parties were more critical.

    This was a reference to recently reported statements by Turkish Minister Bagis, Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan and Turkey's National Security Council (a Military-Political body), accused to push towards a partitionist "2 States" solution, contrary to UNO SC Resolutions for Cyprus' reunification.

    December 2009 is a crucial moment for EU's appraisal of Turkey's controversial EU bid, because EU Council has decided to review then Ankara's compliance with the European position on the recognition of Cyprus' Government, which was clearly set out by an EU reply of 21 September 2005 to Turkish Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan's claims, refusing to recognize even the existence of EU Member Cyprus, in controversial statements he made to London (former EU chair) on July 29, 2005.

    EU Parliament's latest Resolution on Turkey, adopted on March 2009 in Strasbourg, warned Ankara that "the non-fulfillment of Turkey's commitments... by December 2009, may further seriously affect the process of Negotiations" with the EU.

    In practice, the issue boils down to Ankara's "embargo" against Ships and Airplanes using Cyprus' seaports or airports at the strategic EU island, which traditionaly hosts one of the World's biggest Shipping flags. EU has already "freezed" 6 relevant Chapters in EU - Turkey Negotiations since December 2006, after Ankara refused to fullfil a commitment it had undertaken when EU had decided to open controversial "accession" negotiations with Turkey, back on December 2005.

    - "As far as EU - Turkey relations are concerned, it's clear that Turkey needs to fullfil its obligation of full, non-discriminatory implementation of the additional Protocol (to "EC-Turkey Association Agreement"),  This is an important issue....and should be addresseed as soon as possible as it clearly affects the pace of the accession negotiations.Issues covered by the Declaration of September 2005 will continue to be followed up, and progress is urgently awaited", warned earlier in Strasbourg the out-going Czech EU Presidency (former vice-Prime Minister Alexander Vodra).

    But the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, dismissed "interpretations" by "some" that Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was reportedly "threatening" Cyprus with consequences on the UNFICYP, if it doesn't accept any solution until December 2009, while Turkey is reportedly delaying in an attempt to impose a partitionist "2 States" solution.

    On the contrary, Julin, stressed that "Sweden has strong demands on Turkey'"s respect of "Copenhagen Criteria and EU Acquis".

    Meanwhile, Sweden  is "concerned" about the risk of "Stalemate" in Cyprus' Talks, but is well aware that "the main responsibilities lie with the two leaders and the UNO", Europe playing only a role of "facilitator".

    After carefully verifying, the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, stressed to "EuroFora" that Bildt's reference to UNFICYP "was not linked to a Threat", and dismissed those who "interpreted" it so.

    On the contrary, the Swedish EU Presidency acknowledged the fact that Peace Talks are mainly for the UN and the leaders of the Cypriot communities, EU's role being limited into that of a "facilitator".

    As for Turkey's reported attempts to impose a "2 States' solution", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service sharply replied by stressing that Turkey must respect the "EU Acquis" rules.

    In particular :

    - "Basically he (Bildt) underlined that it's the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus and the UN that have the main responsibilities for solving the problem", started to say the Swedish Senior Official to "EuroFora", referring to the above-mentioned "briefing".

    - "But the EU had a role in sort of pointing out the benefits and facilitating a little bit the outcome for the settlement of the whole Cyprus' issue", she added.

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    Indeed, one of the questions usually raised for a Solution of Cyprus' issue is what International and/or European or other Guarantees, by a Peace-keeping force, might be needed afterwards, eventually for a transitory period.

    Questioned anew by "EuroFora" whether (according to critical Press Reports) this could be taken as a veiled warning that, if Cyprus didn't accept any Turkish demand for any solution whatever, it might be left alone to face Ankara's Military Invasion/Occupation, she denied :

    - "He (Bildt) didn't say it in that way"... "It was not linked to a threat, or anything like that", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service stressed.

    On the contrary, "he (Bildt) underlined that the main responsibility lies with the parties concerned on the island". "The EU can try to facilitate and show the benefits of reaching a settlement. But also, when the EU and the rest of the World (i.e. USA) will have to look at it, they will look at all the Facts on the table, and the presence of the UN Peace-keeping force is one".

    And "he (Bildt) didn't speak about that at all", she replied to "EuroFora" question on Turkey's reported attemps to impose, in one way of another, a partitionist "2 States solution".

    Asked whether Bildt's aim was to incite both parties to move forward efficiently, she agreed :

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    Minister for EU affairs, Cecilia Malmstrom is well known at EU Parliament, where she has been an active MEP of the Liberal Group for many years, following also Press Freedom issues.

    Both have already made various statements at "EuroFora", on differend topical matters.

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