Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Jul 2005 11:53 UTC, submitted by GhePeU
Legal The European Parliament today decided by a large majority to reject the software patents directive. This rejection was the logical answer to the Commission's refusal to restart the legislative process in February and the Council's unwillingness to engage in any kind of dialogue with the Parliament. Update: Sun and Red Hat made a joint statement today.
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by evert on Wed 6th Jul 2005 13:01 UTC
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the real power in the EU is in the counsil, and the commission wields much power. historically, the parliament is weak, but it has grown stronger the last 10 years.

how will the counsil and the commision react? after much criticism about the lach of democratic decision making, they will have a hard time to neglect this decision.

this will make it easier for national parliaments to put pressure on their executives. because the counsil consists of the presidents / heads of states of the member countries, this can have a big impact.

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