Re: Press release: Victory for democratic influence on software patents

This is great, Anne. Congrats on any part you played in this.

On Fri, 04 Mar 2005 16:20:36 +0100, Anne Østergaard <anne oestergaard nu> wrote:
> DENMARK will ask for software patents directive to become B-item in European Council of Ministers
> ------
> Press release:
> Victory for democratic influence on software patents.
> The Danish Parliament (by the EU Committee) has decided to change the
> mandate of the Danish government to ensure that on the next meeting in
> the EU Council the software patent directive will be discussed as a
> B-item instead of passing as an A-item without any discussion.
> Other parliaments have passed resolutions opposing the software patent
> directive. But Denmark is the first country to call for a B-item and
> thereby reopening the discussion. If just The Netherlands, Germany,
> Poland, and Spain backs the Danish request, there will not be a
> qualified majority in favor of passing the directive without discussion.
> "This is a victory for the democratic process in the European Union.
> Both in Denmark and the rest of Europe there have been a tremendous
> interest in this issue.- IT-Political Association is ecstatic now that
> there is a very good chance that the all the citizens in Europe will
> have a chance to participate in the discussion of the directive," Ole
> Tange, board member in IT-Political Association says. "We do not view
> this as a failure for the proponents of the directive; if their
> arguments are valid they would still have been valid after a democratic
> discussion. Though so far we have not seen valid arguments."
> Niels Elgaard Larsen, Anne Østergaard, and Ole Tange from
> spoke to the EU Committee in as part of a delegation also
> counting Peter Ussing from and Peter Mogensen from
> --
> Best
> Anne Østergaard
> IT-Politisk Forening
> (00 45 35 42 88 73)
> --
> Anne Østergaard <anne oestergaard nu>
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