Latest on The Union for the Mediterranean

Posted By Anders On May 26, 2008 @ 00:07 In English, Euromed | No Comments

Here are more recent articles on the [1] Euromediterranean, since 13 July 2008 the [2] Union for the Mediterranean. On Oct. 13, 2008 [3] Morocco was the first "partner country" to obtain quasi membership status in th EU - in accordance with the promise at the [4] VI. Euromediterranean Conference of Foreign Ministers in Dec. 2003. Here is on the [5] structure of the Union for the Mediterranean. Here is a [6] survey of the whole story.

[7] T[7] he European Commission adopted today, May 20 its proposals for upgrading relations with its Mediterranean partners through the Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean.

Following the decision of the Spring European Council the Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner presented the outline of the structures of the Barcelona Process: [8] Union for the Mediterranean which aim at giving renewed vitality and visibility to the EU’s relations with Partners in the Mediterranean region….  The proposals contained in the Communication will be presented at the inaugural Summit of Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean in Paris on 13 July, 2008.

President Barroso said: This is a pivotal moment for the EU and our Mediterranean Partners. The Barcelona Process has proven its value to build bridges between Mediterranean partners. But it will take stronger political will, in both sides of the Mediterranean, to seize this opportunity to enhance understanding, peace and prosperity among all our nations,cultures and religions , for the benefit of our citizens.”

Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner added: “The Barcelona Process has its champions and critics.  We are deeply committed to the Mediterranean region. Today’s proposals underline that commitment, and our desire for a more coherent partnership based on co-ownership of the process.”

Comment: Why is the EU deeply committed to the Muslims? By what democratic mandate is the EU committed? Why are the Europeans  told nothing at all about  this moment which is stated to be "pivotal" to us as taxpayers and victims of the ensuing multicultural society?

The policy paper responds to the request of the European Council of 13/14 March, which approved the principle of a Union for the Mediterranean and invited the Commission to present proposals defining its modalities. The Barcelona Declaration, and its acquis remain the cornerstone of the new initiative and its goals and cooperation areas remain valid.

However, the upgraded political relationship extends and enhances the political level and framework for cooperation.

It foresees biennial summits of Heads of Government, and the establishment of a co-Presidency (i.e. a president from Europe and a president from the Arab/Muslim side) to manage these summits and annual Foreign Affairs ministerial meetings, to sectoral ministerial meetings as well as senior officials and Euromed Committee meetings.
A joint secretariat will be established to promote and follow up projects, while the Commission also proposes the creation of a permanent committee of Euro-Mediterranean representatives.

Comment: This means something like a parliament. However, such a [9] Euromediterranean Parliamentary Assembly with representatives form the parliaments of all 39 Euromediterranean states (EU + Mauretania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunesia, Egypt, The Palästinian Autonomy, Jordan, Israel, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Albania) meeting regularly already exists. Is this new proposal of representatives a permanent Mediterranean Parliament?
[10] So far the Euromediterranean Project was managed by periodical Euromediterranean Foreign Minister Conferences (so far 9 of them) and a "Euro­Mediterranean Committee for the Barcelona process" at senior-official level, consisting of the European Union Troïka and one representative of each Mediterranean partner, will hold regular meetings to prepare the meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs, take stock of and evaluate the follow­up to the Barcelona process and all its components and update the work programme. In fact it seem that these official have run the Euromediterranean Projekt: The report from the 6. Euromediterranean Foreign Minister Conference on Dec. 2#3 2003 in Naples appeared on [11] Nov. 28 - long before the Foreign Ministers met!

The Commission has identified possible areas for projects that strive to promote growth, employment regional cohesion and economic integration. These areas include energy and energy security, environment, civil protection and transport.

Since 1995 The [12] Barcelona Process has been the engine for movement towards peace, security and shared prosperity in a region where long-running conflicts and tenuous reform efforts have often impeded progress.
The European Commission has supported the Barcelona Process with the provision of over €16 Billion from the Community budget since 1995.

Comment: The claims about the the positive effects of the Euromediterranean Project are mildly speaking not true. Where is the Middle East Peace? Where is the peace in Lebanon? Where has the peace in our streets, the suburbs and banlieus gone? In the past winter nearly all of Denmark was aflame. Our freedom of speech has disappeared. On a daily basis we hear about rapes, attacks, killings and drugs. And it is getting worse day by day. For in stead of developing, the "partner countries" send us their uneducated birth surplus to provide for!!!
[13] EU and Turkey  Olli Rehn May 21, 2008, EU Commissioner for Enlargement
[14] "In the EU accession negotiations with Turkey, six chapters have been opened so far (out of 35). It should be possible to open two more during the Slovenian Presidency: Company Law and Intellectual Property.

Let me recall one simple but fundamental guiding principle of the EU enlargement policy, which applies to any candidate country, including Turkey. The pace of negotiations depends on the progress made in the legal and democratic reforms – and especially on their implementation."

Moreover, the recent revision of the infamous article 301 is a step forward. What ultimately counts, however, is its proper implementation to guarantee the freedom of expression for everybody in Turkey.

In addition to the fundamental freedoms of expression and religion, further progress is essential in such areas as cultural and linguistic rights, the rights of women and children, and the rights of trade unions. All in all, a renewed focus on EU-related reforms is needed, which should also assist in overcoming the current political crisis.

This is the message President Barroso conveyed during our recent visit to Turkey.

The essence of these reforms is to ensure Turkey's transformation into an open and modern society, with full respect for freedom and democracy, diversity and tolerance – that is, for democratic secularism.

The Negotiating Framework spells out these values, and it is the Commission's duty to monitor them. 

Thus, we cannot be indifferent to what is happening in candidate countries, least of all on events that affect our shared democratic values. I note your concern about the implications of the AKP closure case. Certainly, the ruling of the Constitutional Court should be compatible with the democratic principles and the rule of law, including the guidelines of Venice Commission of the Council of Europe.

We want to see Turkey move on from this case by respecting European values. Turkey cannot afford another wasted year of reforms. We need to see progression, not regression, in meeting democratic principles."

[15] Comment:
Well, this is very soothing, indeed.  For as long as Islam rules Turkey the country will not be able to comply with these demands. They are simply incompatible with the Koran.

How nice it would be if the EU  complied with its own demand for fredom of expression. [16] But it doesn´t .

It is no longer "insulting Turkishness" that is punishable but "insulting the Turkish nation," yet there is no indication that the courts, which have been so zealous in prosecution thus far, will be more moderate now. It is encouraging that "free speech criminals" can only be sentenced to two years instead of three years, as in the past, and that the sentence can now be suspended.The fact the permission of the justice minister is now required to open new proceedings under Article 301 is being touted as the greatest improvement. Is that enough to make the EU optimistic? At the moment, 527 cases are still being tried on the basis of Article 301, and thus far 745 people have already been sentenced under the "gag law" – including literature Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk, who was taken to court but promptly left his country. The Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was also portrayed as an enemy of the Turks on the basis of Article 301 and was later murdered treacherously.
This will not help the hundreds of non-prominent victims of the penal code provision in urban centers, distant Anatolia, and regions populated by a Kurdish majority, however.

Barroso´s speaking fox talk on behalf of the New World Order 
EU, Prague, May 22, 2008: Today, all Member States are crucial to [17] prepare the Union for globalization[17] .

As Jean Monnet, so rightly put it, our countries have become too small for the world of today

Working together within the European framework has never been, is not and will never be easy…..? Is it too high a price to pay to avoid decisions by great powers on the fate of smaller nations, like the one in Munich in 1938, or military invasions or totalitarian regimes?

Comment: But, after the Lisbon Treaty we know that this is exactly what the EU is doing!!!

From the above it seems the EU (or Sarkozy) are rather hesitant about the accession of  Turkey - and rather wants  a temporary  "Union" for now, which is something less than full membership - but nevertheless allows the [11] 4 fundamental EU freedoms promised to the Countries of the Euromediteranean Project on Dec. 2-3, 2003 in Naples, including free Muslim immigration to Europe!.

José Barroso cannot open his mouth without talking about what his heart is full of: Globalization. i.e. [18] illuminist (explanatory statement) world governance. His next step on that road is this Union for the Mediterranean, conceived by the Commission as stated initially above – apparently not by Sarkozy, as we believed. Barroso has stated the [19] EU to be an empire, the laws and interests of which are to extend [20] beyond the borders of Europe.

All this and much more is being done to us without our politicians or media having even told us about it.
This is the biggest manipulation in world history.
And nontheless these dictators have the insolence to call this liberty and democracy - just in the USSR!!!

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