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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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3 EU Parliament votes to boost EuroGroup !

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After EuroZone Paris Summit's succes, Sarkozy calls to "think anew how to re-construct Europe !

"EuroZone and EU Institutional debates pave the way to 2009 discussions on EU Future, including Enlargment, Turkey etc. ?


23 October 2008

After EU Parliament strongly suppported in 3 successive Votes this week in Strasbourg French EU Chairmanship's move to boost Euro-Group at EU's core, while ideas on EU Institutional problems are awaited on December, "it's an open Question now" if this may lead to a debate on EU's Future, or not, told us French President, Nicolas Sarkozy''s Spokesman, Pierre-Jerome Henin.

MEPs voted on Thursday fresh Funds to support EuroGroup, after adopting on Wednesday a Resolution asking a "further Evolution" to "the 1st ever meeting of Heads of State and of Government of the Euro-Zone, taking decisions in that capacity", while earlier this week a Report asked "a stronger Institutional setting" for "EuroGroup", extended from "competitiveness/industry" to "environment, employment and education", with "increased powers for Political decision-making", according to a text drafted by French MEP Francoise Beres and German MEP Werner Langen, "10 Years after the creation of Euro" (1999 - 2009).

- Brussels' subsequent "EU Council ..(simply)..ratified the measures decided by EuroGroup on October 12" in Paris, which "were necessary to contain the current Financial Crisis", Resolution observes, expressing also support to the new process succesfully initiated by Sarkozy and due to be completed by agreements with USA and other countries at a Global level.

From now on, it's between two differend but parallel moves : EU's delay, and EuroZone's acceleration, that Enlargement and particularly Turkey's controversial EU bid, will have to search its way :

Indeed, EU's 27 expect a "Roadmap on how to deal with the Irish problem" on Lisbon Treaty ratification after December, risking to pass even 2009 Elections and next Commission with the old Nice Treaty of 2000, out-dated and unfit even for 2004's Enlargement...

On the contrary, EU's core launches a real "Economic Governance for EuroZone at the highest level of Heads of State/Government" of the 15, which started in Paris on October 12 and was strongly supported this week in Strasbourg by Sarkozy and EU Parliament.
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- "It's a good idea, to launch such a debate ("on EU's Future") in EU Parliament in view of 2009 Euro-Election : Perhaps some MEPs will seize an opportunity", told us mainstream French MEP Alain Lamassoure, former EU Minister and EU Spokesman for France's governing party UMP.

- "All MEPs' debates on such EU Councils are also part of the larger debate on Europe's future : Now with EuroZone, and even more when, on December, Irish Prime Minister is due to table proposals in Strasbourg on how to deal with EU Treaty's ratification", replied earlier to our question EU Parliament's Press Director and Spokesman, Jaume Duch.
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Sarkozy has formally anounced his intention to open EU Debates on Economy, Identity/Enlargement (i.e. mainly Turkey), etc. both linked to a popular Political view of Europe, since his Historic speeches on EU in Strasbourg, on February and July 2007, when he stressed that "Europe needs a New Renaissance". At the beginning of the French EU Presidency, on July 2008, replying to a MEP, he suggested that EU Parliament takes an active part in Debates on EU's Future.

- Now, in 2008, "Crisis are an opportunity to re-think how to re-construct Europe", Sarkozy stressed. At any case, the Historic 1st EuroZone Summit of Heads of State/Government, which started replying to the Financial crisis,"is a Turning Point : After that, Europe cannot be governed as before, but differently" : People "like a Europe with Strong Will".

- "We must make the System move !", "Europe needs Innovation" and free political debates. EU "Elections are in a few Months", Sarkozy warned.

He invited EU Parliament to fully play its role as "the Democratic Heart of the Europe we want : United, Independent and Voluntarist, because the World needs Europe's voice".

- "It's no more possible for Euro-Zone to continue without an Economic Government" at the Highest Level of Heads of State/Government, who provide "Democratic Legitimity" and can take important decisions, he announced, strongly supported by EU Parliament's Economic Committee which just voted to boost the "Institutional" aspects of "EuroGroup".

Plasticity offered by the current absence of a special Treaty on EuroZone's Institutions "made it easy to adapt the organization of the 1st Summit with imagination, to efficiently meet urgent needs", he observed, on the occasion of Brittish Prime Minister's exceptionnal presence at the greatest part of EuroGroup's Paris Summit.

- "In EuroZone we have the same Bank, the same Money, and, thus, a same duty for Unity" : "By bringing together EuroGroup's 15 members States we suceeded to find a solution and prepare a Giant Plan of 1.800 Billion euros", Sarkozy reminded of Paris' 1st Historic EuroZone's Summit.

Afterwards, Brussels' EU Council followed the move, and USA's Paulson II Plan was inspired from that. "Europe must promote the idea of Global Economy's Refoundation", he stressed.

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- "I was frankly astonished when I found, at the EU, a rigid system, where any New Idea was seen from the outset as a sacrilege, while, on the contrary, Europe needs Innovation !", he described.

F.ex. ,"'When we first spoke about the "Union for the Mediterranean", it was misunderstood as something extraordinary.. When later we had the Russia -Georgia crisis, it seemed against EU's custom to act "in the middle of August", instead of staying a passive spectator ! And when, in front of the Financial ciris, we gathered the 1st EuroZone Summit of the "15", some thought of it as a lese-majesté", he denounced.
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On Geo-Political Principles :
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- But, by moving resolutely, "EU obtained the ...withdrawal of Occupation Troops in 2 Months !", reminded Sarkozy, observing that Russia "fulfilled its commitments", in the Georgian crisis, where a "disroportionate reaction" from Moscow followed a "totally inappropriate action" from Tbilisi's troops. "It would be crazy to reply by military means : EU should not become accomplice of another Cold War, imposed by lack of cool heads".. as he said.

In future, "the creation of a common European Economic Area with EU and Russia, would also obtain a raprochment on our Human Rights and Democratic Values", added Sarkozy, in a statement which should logically be applied, a fortiori, to controversial EU "candidate" Turkey..

Particularly when, the same week that EU Parliament voted 2009 EU Funds for Turkey's controversial EU bid, ECHR took a series of judgements condemning Turkey for grave Violations of Human Rights, such as : Torture, death of a political prisoner in unclear circumstances followed by failure to conduct a proper Investigation, "enforced Disappearance" of a youngster aged 17, Killing of a sepherd with Tank Shells, persecuting Journalists for articles on "Missing" People, even a former President of Human Rights' Association, (etc)

- "We (EU) can defend our ideas on respect of Sovereignity and territorial Integrity, on Human Rights and other differences ... without confrontation", Sarkozy stressed, on the occasion of Russian/Georgian conflict, reminding that : "we were only 2 steps from catastroph", when a Peace agreement brokered in Moscow prevented, at the last minute, Russian troops' advance towards Tbilisi.

An EU Parliament Resolution adopted Wednesday in Strasbourg on the occasion of Russia - Georgia conflict, outlines a set of Principle which apply elsewhere too, (particularly when EU Rapporteur for Russia and Turkey is one and same person ; Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijtanen !)

Clearly rejecting any "military solution to the conflicts", MEPs "condemn ..all those who resorted to force and violence". They denounce a "disproportionate military action", "as well as (an) unilateral decision to recognise the independence" of brekaway regions, "calling.. to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of the concerned country, "and the inviolability of its borders recognised by all EU Member States". They warn that "EU must review its policy towards" a 3rd Country, "should .(it)...not comply with its commitments", and "stress that the withdrawal of.... troops from the areas ....is an essential additional step".

EU Parliament "calls for the safe and quick return of refugees, (accepted by Russian President Medvedev) accompanied by the deployment of EU observers on the ground", and "regrets ...that ..EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) is not allowed to enter the ...breakaway regions". Moreover, "It's important to ensure that persons and NGOs ..engaged in defending human and civil rights can operate". "Until ...all remaining issues (are) resolved..., and notably the continuing ...Military presence", "relations with the EU ..cannot be fully normalised", MEPS warned.

As nobody likes to be accused to practice "Double Standards", this should be regarded as "Principles" applicable to any Third Country at EU's Neighborhood.. No ?

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On Economy :

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- "When Financial crisis shook US and EU's Banks, without result from the 1st (American) Paulsen plan, it was the common reply of the 1st EuroZone's Summit, involving some 1800 Billion euros, which started a positive move in the markets, soon strengthened by the follow-up of the US Paulson 2 Plan, noted Sarkozy.

- "Europe should not be only on the defensive, but, if necessary, know also how to take an offensive", he said, brushing away hesitationsto act on Economy: - "I'm for a refondation of Capitaliism, but against Speculators, who betray its values" : "Lack of Rules was profitable to speculators, Not to businessmen !" We must make sure to prevent any such crisis in future". "We, the rest of the World, cannot continue to bear the deficits of the 1st World power without saying anything !", the French President said, applauded by EU Parliament. All this needs "a New Global Governance", on which EU Parliament must debate. That's why "we proposed together with USA, several Summits from mid-November", to which G-8, enlarged to China, India a.o. countries, should participate. UNO's SG; Ban Ki Moon, the IMF, etc.

Financial crisis lowered shares' prices even for healthy companies, sometimes to 1/3 of their initial price, so that strangers might buy EU industries for only a portion of their real value, and Europeans may wake up one day with their main industries sold out to foreigners !

That's one of the reasons for which EU should debate about creating "Golden Shares" for States to jointly take Strategic participations to help European Industries until the end of the Crisis, particularly against distording competition, he suggested, pointing at USA's 35 billion $ plan for American Car Industry."We shall struggle for Europe to be able to build Airplanes, Ships, Trains, Cars, because we need a strong Industry", he concluded.

"F.ex. as we did back in 2004, when as Finance Minister, we bought Alsthom's shares for 800.000 euros, and, after restructuring, we sold them for 2 Millions : Help a company and make money is not so bad"...

As for the UK, "when Ireland announced that it would guarantee only Irish Banks, London City emptied from liquidities in 24 hours : It's the EU which helped to restore the situation, Not the UK alone !", reminded Sarkozy to nationalist British MEP Nigel Farage.

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On the contrary, in a last-minute attempt for the EU to catch-up with its Institutional delay "before the European Elections" of June 2009, MEPs simply voted a call for a "set of proposals" to be made for the "Irish public opinion" at the end of the year...

- "As long as Lisbon Treaty is not ratified by all 27 EU Member States, there is an unanimous decision to stop Enlargement, reminded Wednesday in Strasbourg the French Minister for EU affairs, Jean-Pierre Jouyet..

Added to an indirect but clear warning that, without Lisbon Treaty, all 27 EU Member Countries may not have a Commissioner in the 2009 resuffle, MEPS in the Constitutional/Foreign affairs Committees applauded hoping that this might motivate their Irish friends..

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