[Fsfe-ie] Irish proposal on software patents passed

Niall Douglas s_fsfeurope2 at nedprod.com
Wed May 19 00:16:36 CEST 2004

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On 18 May 2004 at 22:17, Ian Clarke wrote:

> One would hope that such underhanded tactics would increase sympathy
> for our position at the next EP vote, or is such deception commonly
> used to undermine the will of Europe's elected representatives?
> I hope that the next time this hits the EP it can be characterised for
> what it is, a direct challenge to the influence of the Parliament on
> how laws are written in Europe.

The letters I'll be sending to all MEPs will be simple: reinstate all 
amendments originally made by Parliament previously. To try for 
rejection is hard - 66% of all MEP's need to vote against - and 
simply reinstating all amendments is easy for MEPs as they can rely 
on the logic that if they voted for it last time it's probably good.

I had expected the council of ministers to do something like this 
which is why I stopped campaigning after the first EP vote. However I 
was surprised they really went as pro-patent as they did and 
furthermore acted so contrarily to the EP's will which surely they 
must know will invite a "revenge" response from the EP for second 

Ok, who knows what happens if the EP restores all its previous 
amendments? Can the commission then simply withdraw the directive 
completely or must they accept it? Can they ignore the EP again?

And when is the second reading? I'd like to do two rounds of letters 
if possible, I'll have income for the first time in two years come 


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