Jean Bouheben discusses 21st century Europe and the maritime Bas Adour in his latest book

In a previous book, published in 2004, entitled “Itinerary of a Gascon customs officer from the service of France to international organizations”, he evoked his career as an international civil servant who became a senior executive in the customs administration. This will lead him to represent France at the European Commission and the World Customs Organization in Brussels to harmonize the system.

At the origin of Eurocustoms

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, in 1990 he became an actor in the creation of the MECO structure (Central and Eastern then European Mission), called Eurodouane, which aimed to help the countries of Eastern Europe.

“While some of these countries would subsequently join the European Union, others would be associated through a free trade area with, in particular, Russia, Ukraine and the neighboring countries which, too, had benefited technical assistance from trainers from the Member States of the Union. Unfortunately, the abolition in 2008 of the activities of Eurocustoms shows, with the events that appeared in Ukraine, the wisdom of the solutions envisaged several years ago. As since 2013, due to the non-application of the Minsk agreements by Ukraine, a confrontation arose between Russian-speaking autonomists from Donbass and non-Russian-speaking kyiv, which did not want an autonomous region. This war, which does not say its name, caused 15,000 deaths from 2012. The invasion of Ukraine by Russia in February 2022 at the request of Donbass further deteriorated the situation. “, explains this Charnégou with the stature and intonations of Jean Gabin.

Resumption of Gascon lessons

Gascon lessons will resume on Tuesday, September 27 at Ací Gasconha, 27 rue d’Euskadi. For beginners, it will be Thursday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m. Information:

“General de Gaulle, who in 1964 was the first to recognize China as a world power, spoke of Europe from the Atlantic to the Urals. We are a long way from that now…”

Jean Bouheben demonstrates a beautiful and relevant analysis that he will develop on Wednesday.

Bas Adour Maritime and charnegou spirit

The second chapter is a big gap, entitled “The maritime Bas Adour and the charnegou spirit”. It addresses the question of the navigability of the Adour, which for centuries has seen thousands of barges pass by carrying from Gers, Béarn and Landes, wines, armagnac, meat, ham from Béarn, wool, fabrics also from Béarn, to the ports of Tarnos and Bayonne.