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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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Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, speaking  to "EuroFora", denied rumors on Turkey's attempts to avoid an EU check of its obligations on Cyprus on December 2009 by blackmailing Nicosia to either accept any deal with intransigeant Turkish claims contrary to EU values on the island's political issue, or face threats against the territorial integriy of the EU island, semi-occupied by Ankara's army.

On the contrary, the incoming EU President-in-office, speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", promissed that he will act for EU Council's decisions on December 2009 assessment of Turkey's commitments on Cyprus to be kept.


    Bildt was asked to react to Cyprus' President Christofias' denunciation, earlier this week, that some want to exert "pressure" on Cyprus in order for Turkey to escape from its obligations.

    Avoiding to mention any precise Deadline, Bildt, however, warned about "Consequences" in case of "failure" to reunite Cyprus, but without saying whose responsibility an eventual deadlock might be.  

 Asked by "EuroFora" if there is a risk for "Turkey's commitments to "be forgotten or downgraded", "despite crystal-clear EU Council decisions and EU Parliament's latest Resolution on the assessment to make at the end of this year on Turkey's obligations", according to rumours that, instead of pressing Turkey, on the contrary, there might be "pressure on Cyprus", even "blackmail", as Media reported and President Christofias denounced this week, Bildt denied :

- "No ! ", he clearly replied.


- On the contrary, invited by "EuroFora", to "reassure that the Swedish EU Presidency (7-12/2009) will keep a fair stance, based on principles",  Bildt promised that "we (Swedish EU Presidency) will be very clear on all of the decisions taken by the (EU) Council".

He added, however, that "we have very numerous decisions that have been taken" by EU Council, as if he warned, also, on something else.

- "'I am not aware of any sort of statements coming out today''", Bildt started to say, on our reference to Cyprus' President Christofias" denunciation of Turkish lobby's manoeuvers this week, replying earlier to 'another"EuroFora"'s question during a Press Conference at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.


 - '"I know the issues that you' are concerned with'", he added, remembering  the statements he gave us when Sweden was chairing the PanEuropean CoE on 2008.

- "But, obviously, .. I think that Cyprus' Peace negotiations are extremenly important".

- And "'I think that we are at a unique moment in History, in the sens that both (Cyprus') President Christofias and Mr. Talat (the Turkish Cypriot leader), are personally convinced of the need to overcome the division".

 - "It's 20 Years since the fall of Berlin Wal, but we still have a Capital in Europe (Nicosia) that's divided". ,

- 'I don't that we should loose any time in overcoming that"..

 - ''We should be aware of the fact that success will bring great benefits, but failure, will also have major consequences. There will not be Status Quo' " It's a question of seeking a solution, or entering another situation, which is somewhat difficult to see exactly how that could evolve", he warned.

- "That being said, this is a negotiation for Cyprus itself", Bildt admitted.

 - ''We (EU) can support, the (EU) Commission primarily, be technically helpful, and then, of course, there is a specific role for the UN, when it comes to the Cyprus' situation".  

- "At least so far. It might not be for ever'. Certainly not for ever, but for this period of time", Bildt added, skiping now any reference to concrete threats on UNO's Peace keeping force in face of more than 40.000 Ankara's soldiers, contrary to some Press claims, (See previous NewsReports).


     Replying to another "EuroFora"'s Question,  if anyone might attempt to "impose a Deadline for the conclusion" of Cyprus' Talks on December 2009, Bildt avoided to speak of any precise Time-frame, and indirectly evoked the fact that  35 Years of Turkish Invasion/Occupation obviously durated too long :

'- "If I was from Cyprus, I would say that the Deadline was Yesterday ! '",
Bildt concluded.

Cyprus' Government Spokesman, Stephanou, reportedly pointed out that "a settlement is possible on December if Turkey changes its stance", accepting a solution for the reunification of the island based on UNO resolutiona and EU principles.

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Earlier, EU Chair, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeld, highlighted an "historic opportunity" to "re-Unite" Cyprus according to EU's "basic Values"' (i.e. Human Rights) and 'Rules'", in a last-minute change of his draft speech to EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    The initial Draft spoke only about "healing" the island.

    Significantly, Reinfeldt linked Cyprus' reunification with Turkey's obligations to respect EU's "Values" and "follow" EU's "common Rules" :

    - What is "called Membership Negotiations" should lead, "at- the end of the day", into "sharing a set of common Basic Values (i.e. Human Rights, Democracy, etc), and following common Rules", stressed Reinfeld from the outset.
    
    - "This is something that those on the Outside (of the EU), are now  contemplating", up "to Ankara", for "a solution" on "Cyprus", observed the EU Chairman, immediately afterwards..  

    - "Both sides of Cyprus have been granted a historic opportunity to together reach an agreement on a solution to re-Unite the island, that has been divided for far too long", said Reinfeldt, modifying his draft text.


-  "The Swedish Presidency will act ...in accordance with Commitments EU has made, on the basis of Criteria that apply", "as a Honest Broker", he promised.    

- "To those on the inside (of the EU), allowing the membership process to become an opportunity to solve protracted disputes, can be tempting", he added.


    "In such cases, we must find solutions that can benefit both sides, and open up a way forward. Otherwise, it would jeopardize the progress we have made towards EU integration", Reinfeldt said.

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