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FFII: Commission Won't Restart Patents Directive...

Feb 28, 2005, 20:30 (7 Talkback[s])

"The Commission has turned down the European Parliament's request for a restart of the software patents directive. Despite a virtually unanimous vote in the European Parliament's responsible JURI Committee and a unanimous request by the whole European Parliament in plenary, the Commission's DG Internal Market is apparently determined to destroy the directive by trying to get the EP to massively reject the directive in second reading.

"The Commission's Directorate General for the Internal Market, which is responsible for the directive, has informed several parties today it has denied the EP's request for a restart of the much contested software patents directive. FFII confirmed this information with Ms Antonia Carparelli, deputy head of Commissioner Walström's cabinet and responsible for relations with the Parliament..."

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