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Even if EU is World's No 1 in Virus ID-19 Victims after China area, No EU-wide Protection yet ?

Written by ACM
Monday, 24 February 2020

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 *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Despite the Astonishing Fact that the European Union suddenly became the World's 1st region in the Number of Victims affected by the Deadly, New CoronaVirus-ID-19,  After its main Source at China's area (incl. adjacent Korea/Japan : See Graphics and Data cited Infra), Nevertheless, almost 2 Months Later than the 12/2019 Outbreak, Today's (24/2/2022) EU Commission and National Officials' Press Statements did Not Yet reveal Any important European-level Measure Focused into immediately Protecting EU Citizens from Spreading Infections, here and now..., the Public Officials' current Strategy appearing to be quite Different, in real practice, at least for the time being.

 

Indeed, even if European Countries' already Infected Victims approach the 300, (precisely 278), i.e. More than Any Other Region in the World, after China's (incl. adjacent Korea/Japan), and Nonobstant the Dangerous Fact that CoronaVirus-ID-19 Epicenter is located at Italy's North-Western area, obviously Threatening EU's CORE itself, via Adjacent key French and German areas, (See MAP and : ...), Contrary to China's, apparently, mainly Rural Origin from Wuhan, (Comp., however Ibid),

 Nevertheless, the Bulk of the Money affected against that CoronaVirus, as Announced Today in a joint Press Conference in Brussels by EU Commissioners Janez Lenarčič and Stella Kyriakides, (responsible for Emergency response and Health, respectively), goes Mainly to the World Health Organisation (WHO : 114), Repatriations from China (3), Diagnosis in Africa (15), etc., (except from a Part destinated to relevant, not specified "Research" by BioTech Companies : about 100 out of a Total of 232 Millions €), and Both repeatedly Stressed, as Priority, the "Global" level of the threat, as they said...

 

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Characteristically, among the First to be Allowed to Raise Questions at that Press Conference, were ...Non-EU Medias, from the Traditional Foreign UK-USA Establishment, such as "New York Times" (USA), "Financial Times" (sic !), etc., while several European relevant Journalists appeared to be, on the Contrary, Hastily Pushed towards the End, particularly with Critical Questions, (f.ex. : - "Shall you Wait for the WHO ?", - "There is Not any EU-wide Measure ?", -Politicians ask for "those who Not Able to Protect EU Citizens" to "Resign", --What do you mean by "DesInformation", etc)...

Repeated Questions about timely Borders' Controls or even Closure, were routinely Dismissed, most of the times, with just a Brief Mention of the Fact that any such eventual "Travel Restrictions" and/or "Border Controls" are "Member States' Competence"...

To the point that, later Today, Strasbourg's local Newspaper "DNA" ironically Headlined at its Web Frontpage : - "Italy : 7 Dead. 1 Bus stoped at Lyon" (Franco-Italian Borders) ! While Other Medias reported a Popular InComprehension or even Anger for allegedly allowing Ships and other various Vehicles to come and go without any hindrance accross the two Neighbouring Countries (France and Italy') Center-Southern areas, despite the recent notorious Sudden "Explosion" of Infections at the other side. (Contrary to the Draconian Measures immediately taken by China, to Isolate Wuhan's Hotspot). Popular Anxiety inevitably Risked to Grow, when, almost at the Same Time, Medias reported a New French Minister for Health claiming that ...the Question is No more "If", but "When" a ("very Probable") Epidemic might Break out"..., while Strasbourg's "DNA" went as Far as to claim (in Big Headlines) that WHO's Director would have declared Today that the whole World, now, "MUST be ready for an eventual PANDemic" asap (sic !). But, in Practice, things went Nasty, when People saw, Nowadays, even a Big Super-Market Compagny (in France, Including Strasbourg's largest Suburb), plan and execute 2 successive, massive Promotion Campaigns of various Commercial Products for Food and EveryDay Popular use, brought, precisely, from ...China and ...Italy !!!???...

>>> On the Contrary, however, Far Away from such a ...Fatalist Globalism, (Comp. Supra), WHO's Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, at his Opening Remarks in Today's Media Briefing on CoronaVirus ID-19, stressed that :  - "There is No 1-size-fits-All approach. Every Country must make ITS OWN risk assessment, for ITS OWN context". Because, until Now, "What we see are Epidemics in DIFFERENT Parts of the World, affecting Countries in DIFFERENT ways, and requiring a TAILORED response".

- F.ex., inter alia, Chinese reportedly "found that the Fatality rate is between 2% and 4% in (contained) Wuhan, and 0.7% outside Wuhan", he pointed out.

+ In Addition, the Latest WHO-China joint Mission has just Revealed, in a Report published Today, that in Fact, "the epidemic Peaked and plateaued between the 23rd of January and the 2nd of February (2020), and has been Declining steadily Since then".

=> So that, even if "this Virus" "has" a "Pandemic Potential", nevertheless, "from our (WHO's) Assessment, we are NOT yet there !", This "does Not Fit the Facts" "now", he underlined.

>>> In consequence, "WE MUST FOCUS ON CONTAINMENT, while doing everything we can to PREPARE for a POTENTIAL Pandemic", WHO's DG Advised.

*** Indeed, at least for "Eurofora" and Most objective People, when we see so Crystal-clear Facts such as the EU already Suffering from almost 300 Infections and 7 Deaths, (Comp. Supra), while, at the Same Time, among others, f.ex. RUSSIA and INDIA, have reported Only ... 2 and 3 Infections, with ZERO Deaths, despite their Long Borders to China, the Conclusion is Obvious : Containment apparently works, if there is a real Political Will !

Conerning, precisely, "Containment", Journalists asked the 2 above-mentioned EU Commissioners Today whether Brussels Planned any concerted Suspension of Shenghen's system nowadays, or not.

- EU Commissioner Lenarčič replied that "We (EU) are Not going for that, at the Moment, but we are Working on Various Contingency Planning, on various Scenarios; However, these are Contingency Plans", (and Not Decisions), apparently Not Excluding a priori, totally or partially, something of that kind in the Future...

 + As for EU Commissioner Kyriakides, (who was the 1st to evoke a Possible Review of Contigency Plans and Risk Assessments, particularly After the current Joint Visit of EU's  "Disease Prevention" Watchdog, "ECDC", together with WHO, in Italy, (Comp. Supra), withOut excluding a priori anything, she obviously tried to Downplay that issue :  

- In fact, concerning "Evolving situations", "It's Not Just Looking at points of Entry in one Country, because wa canNot Detect Everyone at Risk of developing a Disease", she claimed, (apparently Skiping the simple Closure to Dangerous Origins). In Addition, "this is only a small Part of the Action that needs to be taken (sic !), when we are looking at Risks for Virus to be Spreading into the EU", since we must "Also" coordinate "with Member States on the "ways they are giving Information, Early Detection, Contacts Tracing, Location of cases, Efficiency of Laboratories", etc.

-  And, "for the Moment, we need to be Vigilent, see how ECDC will Assess the Situation, when they return from Italy,  Tomorrow", she Carefully added, (Comp. Supra + Infra).

=> "if we need to Re-Assess and Change any of the Actions, ...we shall Not Hesitate to do so ! ", EU Health Commissioner Kyriakides promised, at least for the foreseable Future, (but Avoiding to Explicitly specify).

- Meanwhile, "we are looking at the situation, how it's Evolving, (and) it's Changing very Fast", she Aknowleged.

- In particular, f.ex., "we (EU) need to make sure that  Member States are able to cope with an eventual Increase of Cases, Before it happens : That's what we have being doing these last days", she Limited herself into saying in Fine, (i.e. something which obviously risks to be interpreted as a kind of Fatalism, if it was Isolated from the rest : Comp. Supra).

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>>> But a Crucial "Moment of Truth", appears to arrive Fast, (if it hasn't already been missed, given a series of such Strange Delays to take Drastic Measures, visible since EU Parliament's First hesitant Steps after the Deadly Virus' OutBreak in China)...

=> Indeed, according to the Latest ECDC's Report, the "Risk" for Contamination from Italy, and its "Impact", inside the rest of EU area is Upgraded up to "moderate or High", Because "evidence ...indicates that, once Imported, the virus causing COVID-19 can Transmit Rapidly", with a particularluy "Severe" impact on "Vulnerable" persons, as the "Elderly", in cases of Contaminanation inside "Hospitals", (as it has just happened at nearby Italy), etc.

Obviously, since the Epicenter now is at Nearby North-Western Italy, the adjacent French and German parts of EU's Core are the most immediately Threatened, (See: ..., etc).

=> In such Circumstances, inevitably one Wonders whether EU's strange Delays to take Decisive Action, particularly on Urgent Containment at the Borders, (Comp. Supra), will prove Scandalously Fatal to several innocent EU Citizens, or not...

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The (Partial : Comp. Supra) Pretext that, in principle, individual Borders' Control would be a "Member States"' Competence, (Comp. Supra), is InSufficient.

>>> Indeed, mutatis-mutandis, f.ex., Already as early as Since October 2008, i.e. at the Beginning of the latest big Global Economic and Financial Crisis, European Leaders held the 1st in History €uroZone's Summit for Heads of State/Government, at France's Presidential "Elysée" Palace in Paris, which Negotiated and took the Political Decisions to Synchronously Launch a Series of Big Financial Moves by the Countries involved, All Together, aiming at Boosting Economic Growth in Europe : It worked quite Well, Despite the Absence of Any Legal Status and/or Competence, then, Neither for holding such a Summit, Nor for Taking such Collective Measures...

Indeed, a Legal Possibility and Framework for such €uroZone's Summits was Created Only much Later-on, after 2011-2012, When a relevant "EuroZone" Treaty was Drafted, Signed and Ratified... But, Meanwhile, Europeans had Already Succeeded, acting by pure Political Will, to Collectively take certain Decisive Measures to Boost their Economy against the International Crisis, (Later-on Followed Also by the Creation of "G-20" Summits, at a Global Level, seeking a Similar Aim).

=> In other Words, to put it in a nutshell : If there is a real Political Will, almost Everything may become Possible in Europe ! F.ex., mutatis-mutandis, in the Present Case, EU Governments might Agree, Collectively between them, (even withOut the existence, yet, of an adequate EU Legal Competence for that purpose), to Take this or that Measure concerning Borders' Control, etc., in order to Timely Succeed that Vital "Containment" of Deadly CoronaVirus ID-19, if they act Before it Starts to slyly Kill even more Innocent European People !

Unless, those Strange Delays, (Comp. Supra), have Already provoked Irreversible Damage and/or Threats, (which, in that case, would have to be Faced Otherwise, including by bringing everybody in front of his Responsibilities)...

 

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Facing a 70% Abstention threat in 2009 Election, EU endorses EuroFora's idea for Citizens' debates on crucial EU decisions !

- Different views on "Europe's Future", should be debated among Citizens at June 2009 EU Elections, thanks to political Parties' "Manifestos", says EU Parliament's Report


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
A main idea, initiated and promoted by EuroFora's founders since 1997: the vital need to develop European Citizens' democratic right to actively participate in multilingual debates on EU decisions, is formally endorsed by the EU from 2009 !

The move is a key attempt to overcome "catastrophic" Polls which warn that only ...30% of Citizens are ready to vote in the forthcoming June 2009 EU Election !  This was revealed by EU Commission's vice-president, in charge of Communication policy, Margot Wallstrom, during a "hot" meeting of EU Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education, during the December 2008 Strasbourg session.

Wallstrom faced criticism, but also suggestions from various MEPs, naturally worried by Abstention threats which herself found even "worse" than in 1999 or 2004...

A Report on "Active Dialogue with Citizens",examined at the same time, presented some useful practical tips, on "facilitating Interviews"; etc., but also a  potentialy important call to "incorporate the conclusions of ...debates...into (EU) policies, and take into consideration the expectations that Citizens have of the EU when deciding". An amendment even implies that Citizens' participation in debates on EU decisions is a democratic "Right".

More importantly, it finds that  a Debate "on the Future of Europe", (as French President Nicolas Sarkozy has asked since 2007), would be a good idea " for the 2009 European parliamentary Elections", because "clarifying the political differences between the EU political parties would help citizens to identify themselves with, and choose between various concepts", for which "all parties (should) present their Manifesto".

A "Joint political declaration on Communicating Europe in Partnership", co-signed by "the European Parliament, Council and ... Commission", confirms that they "attach the utmost importance to improving communication on EU issues", by "enabling European citizens to exercise their right to participate in the democratic life of the Union, in which decisions are taken as openly as possible and as closely as possible to the citizens, observing the principles of pluralism, participation, openness and transparency".

This should "enable Citizens to exercise their right to express their views and to participate actively in the public Debate on European Union issues", while also "promoting the respect of multilingualism". In this regard, EU confirms its "wish to develop synergies with national, regional and local authorities as well as with representatives of Civil Society".

    It's since 1997 that a group of EuroFora's founders have officially presented a pioneer Project (then called "EIW", for "Europe in the World"), which aimed to develop Strasbourg's "Polyphonic music", by providing "Interactive information", on "main issues ... during the Decision-making process of European Organizations which engage in Transparent and Public Democratic Debates"

    This should be done, inter alia, by "exploring the potential of New Communication Tools (mainly Internet)", as well as classic-form debates, the 1997 EIW pioneer project's anounced in its "Synopsis". It was formally "accepted for evaluation" by EU Commission in Brussels in order to be examined for a grant in the framework of the "Research/Technology/Development (RTD) Programme in the field of Information Technologies", then called "ESPRIT", as a "Best Practice Pilot Project".

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        But the vital, urgent Political need for EU to search new, efficient ways to reach the People and interact with European Citizens, was really felt in Brussels and elsewhere only after the unprecedented in History 1999 and 2004 Majority Abstention in EU Elections, followed by 3 "NO" in Referenda in France, the Netherlands and Ireland, on 2005 and 2008...
    In this New Political Landscape, we prepared a new, actualised and more developed version of our initial idea, in a simplified and more efficient form, thanks also to a large Experience accumulated during many years of EU/CoE/UNO Press work and Multi-lingual debates, with the New project "EuroFora" :

    On 2006 we presented in Public its main lines during Questions/Replies that we raised at two Press Conferences by EU Commission President, Jose Baroso, and mainly EU Commission's vice-President, in charge of Communication policy, Margot Wallstrom, together with EU Parliament's vice-president, Alejo Vidal-Quadras, in Strasbourg, (Videos available), and we reminded it at various brief contacts with Commissioner Wallstrom in 2007 and 2008.

    Meanwhile, a new Text was also presented for "EuroFora" Project mainly to certain Political and other personalities, at European, National or Regional/Local level, mainly in 2007, but also in 2008..

    Now, after the unexpected 2008 Irish "NO", and before the 2009 EU Elections, which are due to be of exceptionally crucial importance for Europe's Future, the moment has obviously come to launch that project, progressively, but in real practice.

    Whoever really cares for Europe and its Citizens is welcome to join, in one way or another. Only anti-European, anti-democratic, obscure or ignorant groups might oppose or attempt to "steal" and deviate the main idea.

    But European Citizens, incited by enlightened political leaders, are those who will finally write the real History.

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