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EUElection Winner Top Candidate Weber 1st move points at EF Project INTW on Citizens in EU Decisions

Written by ACM
Monday, 27 May 2019

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- A Good Surprise of these 2019 EU Elections (in Addition to an UnExpected Record-High Turnout), is that the Winner, Frontrunner "SpitzenKandidate", German MEP Manfred Weber, from the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group (the Biggest), in his 1st Tweet after the Vote, felt that an Important Priority was to point, indirectly but surely, First of all, at his "Eurofora" Project Interview, that he had given us recently, at EU Parliament's Spring Plenary Session in Strasbourg, last April 2019 :

 - Nowadays' Electoral Results "show us that European Democracy is Alive", (with a much Stronger Turnout than iniially expected), "and that", (in particular), "Citizens want to be more Involved in the Decisions about the Future", Weber stressed, this May, significantly.

- So, "Together, we want to Form a(n EU) Commission for the People !", he vowed now.

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These Key Points obviously referred to what he had Promised, in Reply to a relevant "Eurofora"'s Question last April :

 - Indeed, "Europe must be in the Hands of (EU) Citizens !", Weber had told us then, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/topeucandidateweberoneuroforaproject.html).

- It's "Not Just about Bureaucrats, Technicians, or Politicians alone : It's (now) More up to the (EU) Citizens", as he had stressed.

 >>> - "So, we (EU) have to Look for Modern Bases, in order to Involve People", President Manfred Weber had, in concreto, Urged then.

    - And, in real Practice, indeed, the "Internet offers Opportunities to increase Participation of (EU) Citizens", as he had Agreed with "Eurofora".

    - "Eurofora" had asked Weber whether the recent Problems attested in Many Countries in the World about Citizens' Distance or even mistrust vis a vis Public Institutions, should be Faced in Europe also by Activating a largely untapped yet Potential of EU's Lisbon Treaty to Develop "Regular Dialogue" between "Civil Society" and "European Institutions" on their main "Actions", particularly by using the Simple and Easy Links nowadays offered by Internet TeleCommunications, with Regular Debates Before important Decisions are taken, which affect People's Lives and/or Society at large.

  => Indeed, Modern Web Technologies give a Chance to put Europe at Citizens' hands, instead of just Bureaucrats, and we must explore this potential in the foreseable Future, had Replied in Substance to our Question about "Eurofora"s Project, the President of EU Parliament's Biggest Group, that of ChristianDemocrats/EPP, German MEP Manfred Weber, who became, Now, Elected also as "SpitzenKandidate" (Top Candidate) for the Next EU Commission's Presidency in the period of 2019-2024.

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    + A more or less Similar Positive stance, as far as the main Idea to use, inter alia, also Lisbon Treaty's above-mentioned untapped Potential for EU Citizens' Regular Dialogue with EU Institutions before important Actions, (Comp. Supra), has been Expressed, inter alia, also by French President Emmanuel Macron, f.ex. in a Reply that he gave to "Eurofora"'s relevant Question, only one year ago, at Nearby Saint-Dié, just after having Launched the EU Citizens' Public Consultations on Europe's Future, at neighbouring Epinal, during a Trip to Vosges Mountains, coming straight through on the Vosges' Mountains, from a previous important Speech in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, Focused, precisely, on Public Debates for crucial Decisions on shaping Europe's Horizon, (See, among others, also, f.ex.: ..., + ..., ..., etc).

    ++ This move was at a Straight Line, already with Macron's landmark Speech, symbolically given at Acropole's Historic "Pnyx" Rock, in Athens, as early as since Back on September 2017 (See: ...), including about Public and even Critical Dialogue with the People before Key Decisions, (which was, notoriously Followed by a presentation of his Proposals for Europe's foreseable Future, Soon After, at Sorbone University in Paris) : A Line of thought which had, in fact, Started since the Pre-Electoral Campaign for the French Presidency, (concerning that Key-point about Listenin to the People at First, Before taking Important Decisions), from the Beginning of October 2016 in Strasbourg's Congress Center...

    => Nowadays, in view of several Crucial Choices that the EU has to make Soon, for the Next 5 Years, Weber, (Speaking in Brussels Yesterday Evening, together with the Experienced President of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Party, Joseph Daul), has just Expressed his Readiness to Agree some pertinent "Compromises", particularly "with the Center", i.e. precisely, Macron's Liberals.

    >>> The Point is, for Macron, that, given now the Results of these May 2019 EU Elections, (See: ..., etc), Liberals canNot form any Majority, inside EU Parliament, if they Limit themselves Only to the "Left" Side of the Political Spectrum, because the European People have just Voted a Majority for the Right (Comp. Supra) ! Moreover, in Addition, in case of a forthcoming "BREXIT" around October 2019, it's Only the Liberal and the Socialist Groups who are due to Lose a Number of MEPs, while, on the Contrary, EPP's ChristianDemocrats have Nothing to lose by that...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

    => In Consequence, (and regardless of any Other, eventual, Diversion, including, naturally, probable attempts by Anti-European "Submarines" to slyly Weaken and/or DeStabilize EU's Franco-German core, by provocations and/or false appearances, at any hollow pretext), certain Strategic Compromise Deals, between Macron and Weber, etc., are  Naturally of the Highest Importance for Europe.

    + AnOther Trend, currently is, Nowadays, to also forge a kind of "Unity of the Right", to which the European People, have just Voted a narrow but real Majority, (See Facts at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/macronforcitizensdebatesalsoafter2019.html, etc).

    Whatever might be the Path that will be followed in fine by our Political Leaders, at any case, "Eurofora" would naturally be glad and constructive, if our main Project (Comp. Supra) might, eventually, Help to SaveGuard and/or Develop further Europe's Democratic Cohesion.  

 

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+ ADDE,  NDLR :

- WHY "EUROFORA" WAS PUSHED TO DECLINE Presidents' DAUL's + WEBER's nice INVITATION TO BRUSSELS :

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* At the Last Minute, "Eurofora" was, UnExpectedly, pushed to Decline a Kind Invitation by EPP's President Joseph Daul, and "SpitzenKandidate" Manfred Weber, to participate at the Exceptional "Election Night" event, organized at a Symbolic Hotel (See Infra), near the EU Parliament.

In fact, everything was Ready, Both for going to Brussels, or Staying in Strasbourg, (with 3 relevant Events, by the Press Club, an Invitation by "Grand East" Region's Prefecture, and at EU Parliament's building here).

But, suddenly, at the Last Minute, the UnExpected Bloody Nail Bomb Islamist Terrorist Attack cowardly Targetting 14 Civilian People, including even a Girl aged only 10 y.o., (some of whom had to be Operated at the Hospital, under General Anesthetics, in order to pull at least a Part of 11 Metal Pieces thrown in their Body by that Nail Bomb Explosion, reportedly Made to Kill), Changed Everything :

- Indeed, at First, we were Obliged to Watch out and be Ready for any possible important Development concerning Nearby Lyon City, during 2 Crucial Days before that Exceptionally Important EU Election. (And a Strange Secrecy and/or Delay f.ex. Both on the Bloddy Nail Bomber's Identity revelation to the Public, and on the Final Qualification of that Explosion wih 14 Victims, as an eventual Accident or Islamist Terrorism, etc, obviously Destroyed a lot of precious Time: Comp. f.ex. .. , etc). It was any Journalist's elementary Duty, particularly after many Recent Years of Deadly Islamist Terrorist Attacks at the Heart of Europe, cowardly Targetting numerous innocent Victims, (including, Most Recently, even here, in Strasbourg, last December 2018, during EU Parliament's Session), with the notorious Consequence to provoke Widespread Popular Concern, as EU Citizens felt a Vital Need to be Safely Protected.

 - To this is added also a personal Concern, (particularly at this area of Franco-Germano-Swiss Borders, too often Hit by various Deadly Terrorist Attacks around it, for years, particularly between 2015-2019, including Bloody Gun Shootings right in front of our Family Home nowdays, but also considering many Other, f.ex. Airplane incidents, Capital Cities targetted, etc), which has pushed, as a matter of General Principle, to seriously Restrict Many, otherwise Interesting, Trips in Europe (even, once, at Nearby Stuttgart !)and/or the World, during Recent Years : Including, f.ex., inter alia, also some Interesting Invitations for Conferences to New Delhi (India), Shanghai (China), New York and/or Chicago (USA), etc.

That's why "Eurofora" sincerely Thanks Presidents Daul and Weber for their Kind and Interesting Invitation to Brussels, and Wishes them the Best, for themselves and our Europe !

NB=> By the way, Daul and Weber had,  Significantly, Chosen for that Exceptional Meeting/EU Election Night of May 26, to organise it at an Hotel named .... "RENAISSANCE" !

-- What a Symbol for Macron of 2019, and some others, (f.ex. Sarkozy of 2/7/2007)...

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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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