Speech Berlin – ICD Academy for Cultural Diplomacy

Retrouvez mon discours prononcé à Berlin, à l’occasion de l’anniversaire des 30 ans de la chute du mur de Berlin, dans le cadre de l’évènement organisé par ICD Academy for Cultural Diplomacy.

These people spoke the same language, faced atrocities, were sometimes part of the same family and ended up on a different side of a wall. The nationhood of the German people, split in two parts was denied in the name of a balance of world power and ideology. It also meant the end of an era, the end of a totalitarism and the end of the soviet communism. The challenge was how to make two sides of the same country who had different realities live together again, like two people who were forced to divorce against their will and who lived their own life, their ups and downs, who meet years later and decide to live together again.The European Union was meant to ensure peace in our continent after two terrible world wars. It started with the European Coal and Steel Community and is now a political union. Two ideas, economic and political, led this movement. These ideas were to promote common interests, and resurrect a shared culture and build strength out of the diversity of the members of this alliance.For years, politicians have pointed out the responsibility of the European Union for taking unpopular decisions. With such a lack of courage, how can we expect people to trust both the EU and their representatives ?We are stuck because of those years when politicians didn’t want to assume their responsibilities. When there is such suspicion, it is quite difficult to make people understand that there is no better way to develop their country’s sovereignty but to promote a European one.The point is, people think there were walls all along borders within the EU. It is false, there have never been. There were only some on the roads, but who could seriously think that there was a full border control at each square meter in the Alps? It is a total nonsense. Collectively, we can ensure a more effective, and real border control at a larger scale, with mutualized means and enhance development inside our common borders.There is a double reason behind this call for barriers : an economic and a cultural insecurity.
Time has come for Europe to wake up and address these fears.We shall recognize that identity is not exclusive. I am not only a member of the French parliament, I’m a mother, a wife, a university teacher, a lawyer, a Toulonnaise, I’m French, therefore I am EuropeanForging our common identity might take some time, but it has already begun. One of the most known program is Erasmus to promote mobility of students and teachers, allowing them to discover a new country, a new culture, and enrich our researching abilities at a European scale. Yesterday, the first European universities signed their partnership in Brussels at the time when the second call for projects was launched.The Louvre, the famous Parisian museum celebrates Leonardo Da Vinci’s genius (five hundred) 500 years after he passed away.
Erasmus, Da Vinci, two eminent European people known worldwide among so many other personalities who show that culture has never known boundaries in Europe.The second dimension of the fears expressed by the European citizens is on our ability to have an economic development leading to a visible human enhancement.
Right after the consultations on the future of Europe, I began to work on this issueeven though we are supposed to have a single market, the truth is that the European market can only be reached by the leading companies who have enough legal resources to develop elsewhere in Europe. We have (twenty-eight) 28 different markets. The economic studies made it very clear, harmonizing the legislation and the public regulation regarding the business issues would have as a consequence an increase of (Forty percent) 40% of the commercial volume between the European countries, and more importantly, an increase of (fourteen percent) 14% of the mean disposable income among European workers.The wall that gather us today fell (Thirty) 30 years ago, but we manage to build new barriers in our daily life. There are plenty of actions that can be led to avoid such problems. I am truly confident that a European business code, harmonizing the business laws in our countries would help the SMEs to cross the borders, and help a significant improvement of the business climate in the EU, in favour of the European companies as well as the foreign ones who would discover then a truly united single market. This enhancement would have such implications on the European citizens that it would also strengthen the meaning of having a European Union.Fighting barriers is an everyday job. It comes through both claiming common values and have a visible action on the field. Claiming values without any action is pointless, and acting without knowing the frame in which the action is made can be meaningless. It is an absolute requirement to reaffirm the necessity of freedom in our societies and to make the European Union the new land of opportunities.
Join the fight against these new walls, join the fight against hate speech and fake news. Help us make freedom, progress and respect, the key values for us to be united in diversity.

traduction française – extraits –

“Certains pensent qu’avant Schengen il y avait des frontières tout du long entre Etats membres ! C’est faux ! Il n’y en a eu, au plus, que sur les axes routiers ! Qui peut sérieusement penser qu’il y avait une frontière physique tout le long des Alpes ? C’est un non-sens total !

L’Europe est bloquée aujourd’hui, à cause de toutes ces années où les politiques n’ont pas assumé leurs responsabilités. Face à une telle suspicion, comment faire comprendre que la défense de la souveraineté des européens ne peut passer que par le renforcement de l’UE ?

L’identité n’est pas exclusive ! Je ne suis pas tantôt parlementaire tantôt mère ou épouse. Je suis tout cela en même temps que je suis enseignante, juriste, Toulonnaise, Française, donc je suis Européenne !

Forger une identité commune prend du temps, mais elle infuse déjà ! Erasmus est le programme le plus connu et permet de découvrir de nouveaux pays & cultures en développant la recherche en Europe. Les universités Européennes sont la prochaine étape pour une Europe du savoir !

Le Louvre, le célèbre musée parisien, célèbre le génie de Léonard de Vinci, 500 ans après sa mort. Erasme et lui, deux personnalités européennes connues à travers le monde ont particulièrement illustré que la culture n’a jamais connu de frontières en Europe.

Le mur qui nous réunit aujourd’hui est tombé il y a 30 ans. De nouvelles barrières se dressent chaque jour ! Se doter d’un code européen des affaires aiderait les PME à franchir les frontières en améliorant le climat des affaires et le développement humain en Europe.

Il n’y a pas un marché en Europe, mais 28 ! Les études économiques sont claires, harmoniser le droit des affaires augmenterait de 40% le volume d’échanges commerciaux, et de 14% le revenu moyen des travailleurs européens ! Ensemble, faisons tomber les barrières du développement !

Nous devons relever le défi d’un développement économique au bénéfice de tous les citoyens. Après les consultations citoyennes pour l’Europe, j’ai voulu me saisir de ce sujet. Il est temps de faire du marché unique une réalité, au bénéfice de chacun !

Vaincre les barrières, c’est un travail quotidien ! Pour ça, il faut rappeler nos valeurs, et avoir une action palpable, sur le terrain. Ensemble, faisons de l’Europe une opportunité ! Aidez-nous à créer cette Europe de progrès, de liberté et de respect, unie dans la diversité !