A-Item warning Agriculture
THIS IS OUTDATED. See http:SwpatcninoEn for 7 March A-item news.
Dear FFII supporter,
on Thursday evening a supporter has received an email of Kuenast (German minister of agriculture) assistant saying "I am writing on behalf of Renate Kuenast. On February 28th the 'Common Position' will be formally confirmed on a meeting of the Agriculture and Fishery Ministers." If one wants to nod through an A-Item, the Monday date would have been selected diligently: !MEPs are on their way from a Strasbourg session back to Brussels and - that might be the scheme - over the weekend mobilization might be more difficult.
Immediate action is thus recommended, hence we are sending out this email since night and ask you to use your politcial contacts to ensure that the software patent directive is no A-item on 28 February. On the other hand immediate action also implies that we have not been able to verify that email from a second source, and ask your for verification or falsification, most recent results are published at
(we would ask you to check there after opening ths mail and add the result of your own inquiries.)
More background at:
With kind regards,
2005-02-24 17:36 positive (Thomas Klein) Kuenast letter
2005-02-25 11:26 uncertain (Kurt Jaeger) phone conversation with Kuenast assistant
2005-02-25 10:32 uncertain (Michael Ecker) Email from Kuenast Office: "Unfortunately the rumor has spread that the software patent directive is on the agenda of Monday. However, this is uncertain because the list of A items is not known yet."
- 2005-02-25 11:00 negative (Swedish EU-comittie chairman Tommy Waidelich, socialdemocrat): A-item list not known. Promised EU-committie will be informed immediately if the swpat directive is on agenda on Monday. Swedish Minister for Agriculture Ann-Christin Nykvist (socialdemocrat) was embarred and well aware of the controversy.
2005-02-25 14:10 negative (Mr. Anders Olander, Director, Directorate I Internal Market, Competition, Customs Union): "Rumor can not be correct. We have not hade time to prepare the documents considering Romanian and Bulgarian membership negotiations where we have to plan bearing a 7 day conslultation time in mind. We have no information LU precidency has prepaired the A-item list for Monday."
- 2005-02-25 16:00 negative (Spanish journalist): no software patents A-item on Monday (source?)
- 2005-02-25 16:15 negative (Dutch ministry of economics): No A-Item on monday