[Fsfe-ie] Swpat vote set for Tuesday, with public deliberation
j.heald at ucl.ac.uk
Sun May 16 11:43:29 CEST 2004
Fergal Daly wrote:
> Where can I get the actual text that is being considered? I couldn't find a
> link to it on FFII,
Latest text we have is the version for which we believe the Presidency
managed to get a qualified majority on COREPER (dated 3 May 2004)
There is a subsequent document, the final "report" from the Presidency
to the Council of Ministers, but we believe the body of it is identical.
> 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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