January 20, 2005

Nothing Much to Add

The plans to "approve without vote" the May 2004 political agreement on software patents as an A-item in the Fishery Council seem to have bounced right back, after having been delayed once by Poland. See this FFII page.

So maybe the patent inflationists will be able to get away with pretending they still have a majority in Council by relying on the beautiful strategy of voting without voting.

Regarding the democracy deficit associated with this procedure, I don't have much to add to earlier statements here, here, here, and here.

While that would show clearly the deplorable state of democracy in the EU Council, it does not mean ever so much either way for the software patent proposal.

The Council is not about to approve Parliament's first reading. So they might as well go ahead with the radical "political agreement". That gives opponents of the whole sorry project (like me) more chances to call for a complete rejection in Parliament.

I might add that I speak in no way for FFII here. This is only my humble opinion.

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Posted by Karl-Friedrich Lenz at January 20, 2005 09:11 PM | TrackBack