[Fsfe-ie] Swpat vote set for Tuesday, with public deliberation
fergal at esatclear.ie
Sat May 15 13:52:14 CEST 2004
Where can I get the actual text that is being considered? I couldn't find a
link to it on FFII,
On Sat, May 15, 2004 at 01:16:14AM +0100, James Heald wrote:
> NB. See FFII breaking news wiki for very latest information, at
> It looks as though there's a chance things may be moving in our favour.
> The agenda for the Competitiveness Council meeting has been published,
> with a full discussion now scheduled on the Software Patents directive;
> furthermore the discussion is to be in public, ie with press and
> visitors able to listen in with 11-way translation.
> We don't yet know whether there's any chance of it being webcast.
> This a big step forward from the official EU media briefing, published
> only on Friday morning, which said the directive was due to be
> rubberstamped as an 'A-item' without discussion.
> The EU media briefing also tries very hard to play the play up the Irish
> draft as a 'compromise' position.
> But it's clear from this report from Paul Meller that by the time of the
> press conference this afternoon journalists were obviously well enough
> briefed that the EU spokesman had to confirm everything we'd said:
> The national positions won't finally be clear until we hear what
> actually gets said on Tuesday, but there are signs that there may be an
> increasing number of ministers with concerns about the text, and a very
> real possibility that a number of countries may seek a delay to give time to
> * achieve more unity;
> * investigate further the concerns about
> - freedom of discussion
> - interoperability
> - scope of what is and what is not 'technical';
> * produce a text more likely to pass the European Parliament.
> On the other hand, as best we know, the UK and Ireland are still pushing
> all-out for the Presidency text.
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