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Re: [Fsfe-uk] Chaos in the EU Council....

From: Ralph Janke
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] Chaos in the EU Council....
Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2004 21:59:46 +0100
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Alex Hudson wrote:

On Fri, 2004-07-09 at 23:44 +0100, Ralph Janke wrote:
IHT: Europe's software patent policy under siege:


I have always suspected the EU Council is not very democratic.... but so bad

You'll be please to know, then, that the legislative influence of the
European Parliament has been "exhausted":


Malcolm Harbour MEP is now telling people that the amendments that were
tabled made the proposal "unworkable", and that it's now up to the
Council and the Commission to make something workable. (Harbour tends to
be the one who drafts responses on this issue, which other MEPs
regurgitate on demand).

It shows again that Malcolm Harbour is one of the biggest spinmeister in the European hemisphere.

Roger Helmer MEP finishes his letter with:

       "However, I am grateful for your sending it. Since Parliament's
       legislative influence is now exhausted, any lobbying should be
       done toward the British Government * either directly to the
       relevant minister, or through your MP."
... so we should probably take them up on their offer, and lobby the
British Government. If there is any chance of increasing the pressure
that Governments are feeling nationally about this issue (witness the
Dutch, the Danes, the Poles, etc.) we should probably take it, even
though our own Government seems irreversably in favour of the Council

1) I believe the lobbying efforts should happen everywhere possible. I would also suggest to start to lobby professional associations with our points. Especially SME associations must be convinced that MH's nonsense is not to be believed. However, we should lobby all kinds of professional associations, esp. in the engineering and computing area.

2) I haven't looked up yet in which are patent law falls within the EU treaties. It makes a different if a directive needs only consultation by the EUP, or if it needs agreement. However, EUP's agreement also makes a difference about what
majority the Coucil must have to show in order to pass a directive.

Ralph Janke

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