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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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Recent developments proved that Europe can suceed to overcome challenges by aiming at great objectives, and this is needed also in 2009, said EU chairman, French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

    - "It's in the name of Great Ideas, Projects, Ambition and Ideals, that EU can overcome" challenges, stressed Sarkozy at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, in conclusion of a dense 7 months EU Chairmanship. "It's even easier for Europe to have Great projects, able to overcome national egoism, instead of limiting itself only to small projects" (unable to do alike), he observed.     

- "Europe must remain Ambitious and understand that the World needs her to take Decisions". "The World needs a Strong Europe", which "thinks on its own, has convictions, its own responses, its imagination" : "A Europe which does not limit itself into following" others, (as it did in the Past, when it followed USA, f.ex. on Bosnia). On the contrary, "Europe should undertake its own responsibilities", he said, after a series of succes in stopping the War between Russia and Georgia, and organizing the 1st EuroZone's Summit in Paris, which incited the Washington DC G-20 Summit to extend similar decisions World-wide.  


    - "When you sweep it all under the carpet, prepare yourself for hard tomorrows", he warned. "What hinders decisions is the lack of Courage and Will, the fading away of Ideals", he stressed before EU Parliament's 2008 debate on Human Rights and Sakharov prize on Freedom of thought attributed by MEPs to Chinese cyber-dissident Hu Jia, followed by an EU - Turkey meeting on Friday.

    - "I don't abandon my convictions" and "I will take initiatives" on EU level also in 2009, Sarkozy announced later. "France will not stop having convictions and taking initiatives" on Europe. + "It's an Error to wish to pass over the Heads of those who are elected in their Countries" : "It's an integrism I always fought against"', he warned.
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French EU Presidency faced 4 unexpected Crisis :

- An institutional crisis, with the Irish "No" to EU Lisbon Treaty, just before it started. A geopolitical crisis, wth the threat of War between Russia and Georgia risking to throw Europe back to Cold-war divisions, on August. A World-wide Financial and Economic crisis, arriving at a bad moment before crucial 2009 EU elections. And even a Strasbourg's mini-crisis, with EU Parliament's roof curiously falling down, from unknown reasons, in a brand new building on August, provoking an unprecedented transfert of the 2 September Plenary Sessions...

But it wasn't enough to stop Sarkozy ! On the contrary, it stimulated him...
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- "The better way to deal with the recent problems of EU institutions (as the "3 NO" by France, the Netherlands and Ireland) is to take them as a "Test" in order to find solutions closer to Citizens' concerns", said later in Strasbourg Sarkozy's new choice as Ministe for EU affairs, Bruno Le Maire.

- On the Institutional front, Sarkozy gave Time to the Irish to think about it, and stroke on December a deal including a New Referendum after the June 2009 EU Elections, in exchange of a promise to keep the rule of "one EU Commissioner for each EU Member Country", and some opt-outs on Defence and Fiscal EU policies, Abortion, etc. If the Irish get a "Yes" Majority, then the institutional package could be completed in 2010 or 2011 on the occasion of Croatia's probable EU accession.

He was accused in Strasbourg to upgrade EU Council and downgrade EU Commision, but he replied that "strong Political initiatives by EU Council reinforce also the more technical role of EU Commission, under the political-technical leadership of its President", all 3 "working together with EU Parliament".


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    It also paved the way for its endorsement by a subsequent Brussels' 27 EU Member States' gathering, before it all come to Washington's G-20 Summit. And "Europe was united, it asked for the 1st G-20 Summit, and it will also organise the next G-20 Summit on April in London", he observed.   

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    The move on Economy was extended on December by an EU stimulus' plan totalling some 200 billion Euros, including 5 Billions released by EU Commission for big Projects, as well as various parallel National plans for Economic revival, (fex. 26 billions in France alone). They might appear limited, compared to USA President-elect Obama's reported plan to boost the American economy with 800 billion $, but at least succeded to overcome Europe's divisions for the first time on Economic governance, opening new horizons.

- The French President stressed even harder the unique role of an active EU Council's chairmanship, when he moved swiftly and efficiently, at the beginning of August, to succesfully stop War between Russia and Georgia, at the last minute, which threatened to bring Europe back to Cold War division.

"We (EU) also wanted to avoid a situation like in Bosnia, in the Past, when EU was absent, so that our American friends took their responsibilitues, and EU only followed", despite the fact that the conflict took place in Europe. Now, it was the EU who took its responsibilities".

A roadmap towards a new PanEuropean Security policy, before which all unilateral moves to place new Missiles (from USA or Russia) would be freezed, was proposed by Sarkozy after a meeting with Russian president Medvedev, at the eve of Washington DC's G-20 Summit.

Ukraine's "European" character was stressed at a Sarkozy - Jushenko Summit, September in Paris, while EU adopted on December an "Eastern policy", in which, "I'm convinced that our (EU's) future is to find with our Neighbours the conditions for Economic Development. Peace and Security, by explaining them that.. they must respect (Human Rights') Values, and adopt behaviors different from the Past", explained Sarkozy in Strasbourg.

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    Meanwhile, other EU Agreements were brokered during the French EU Presidency on Immigration, (fex. common Asylum rules, etc), and Climat- Energy :

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    - Defence-Security EU policy was mainly postponed for April 2009, since both German chancellor Merkel and French president Sarkozy want to strike a deal with the new American president Obama in Strasbourg's NATO Summit.

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