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European Parliament UFO Question

From: Nick Pope <nick.nul>
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2004 06:57:46 -0000
Fwd Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2004 08:08:15 -0500
Subject: European Parliament UFO Question


List,

A question about UFOs has been asked at the European Parliament.
The question was asked by Sebastiano Musumeci, an Italian MEP.
He uses the phrase "unexplained atmospheric phenomena". His
question suggested that as the issue is not confined to any one
Member State, the European Commission might usefully take a role
in co-coordinating or promoting research, possibly assigning the
task to a body such as the European Space Agency. Here's a link
to his question:

http://www2.europarl.eu.int/omk/sipade2?PUBREF=-//EP//TEXT+WQ+P-2004-0198+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN&L=EN&LEVEL=3&NAV=S&LSTDOC=Y

Here's a link to the answer given on behalf of the Commission. I
suspect that it will be seen as not addressing the specific
point raised:

http://www2.europarl.eu.int/omk/sipade2?L=EN&OBJID=71651&LEVEL=4&SAME_LEVEL=1&NAV=S&LSTDOC=Y

These long links can be problematic, so if they don't work, go to the
European Parliament website:

http://www.europarl.eu.int/home/default_en.htm

Select "Parliamentary Questions", then select the simplified
search mode under "Written Questions" and enter the term
"unexplained atmospheric phenomena" in the search field.

This isn't the first time the issue has been raised at the
European Parliament. List members may recall the interest shown
by Elio Di Rupo and Tullio Regge in the aftermath of the wave of
UFO sightings in Belgium in 1989-90. This initiative fizzled out
in 1994. Timothy Good has written about this in "Beyond Top
Secret" (pages 134 - 135).

The European Commission set out its position on the issue again
in 1998, in response to a Parliamentary Question tabled by Eryl
McNally. The response stated simply: "The Commission takes the
view that it has no jurisdiction in this matter":

http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/pri/en/oj/dat/1998/c_310/c_31019981009en01520152.pdf

The current issue of the weekly newspaper "European Voice"
contains an article on UFOs, prompted by Sebastiano Musumeci's
question. The full page article goes on to talk about the wave
of UFO sightings over Belgium in 1989 and 1990, the subsequent
investigation, and the previous attempts to have the issue
considered properly by the European Commission. Despite
(correctly) predicting the sceptical response this latest
initiative has drawn, the article is a well-written and positive
account, which I suspect ufologists will welcome, after recent
more negative media coverage. The article is accompanied by a
box detailing seven of Europe's best-known UFO sightings.

The article is on a restricted part of the paper's website so I
can only supply a link to the main site for the time being:

http://www.european-voice.com/

List members in continental Europe may be able to locate a copy
on the newsstands and I'll try to post the article up in the
next few days.

"European Voice" is a newspaper dedicated to reporting the
business of the European Union and its institutions, so it's the
sort of publication where it's unusual but refreshing to see a
positive article about the UFO phenomenon.


Best wishes,

Nick Pope




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