[Fsfe-ie] directive passed, summary

Ian Clarke ian at dodo.freenetproject.org
Wed Sep 24 19:59:19 CEST 2003

While the dust hasn't settled yet - this looks like a good outcome, but 
assuming that it is - the next hurdle will be getting it accepted by the 
EC.  The following threat is of particular concern:

"If I may be blunt... the process of renegotiation of the European
Patent Convention would not require any contribution from this
Parliament," Bolkestein told the Parliament.

Basically Bolkestein, having learned what the democratic process has 
decided, is threatening to circumvent the EP altogether.  How he can so 
blithely dismiss the outcome of this hard-fought battle is somewhat 
beyond me, sounds like many in the EU need to be reminded that they work 
for the people of the EU, not the other way around.

Anyway, the question now is where and to whom should we now direct our 


On Wed, Sep 24, 2003 at 04:54:31PM +0100, sean at odonnell.nu wrote:
> Some of the posts on slashdot are from one of the  guys that was in 
> brussels for the vote, he gives a list of what amendments where in and 
> what was out. The FFII seem to be relatively happy with it, and the committee
> behind the directive are thinking of pulling it as they feel its been highjacked
> by the likes of us:)
> It also seems there will be a 'second reading' as the set of ammendments agreed
> to today is still somewhat contradictary.
> All and all it doesnt look too bad.
> Sean
> Quoting Kevin O'Riordan <kor at compsoc.com>:
> > 
> > ffii have a brief mention of it:
> > 
> >     http://swpat.ffii.org/news/03/plen0923/index.en.html
> > 
> > content-free, but give them a while.
> > 
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