Commissioner Charlie McCreevy and Software Patents
Charlie McCreevy was born in 1949, worked as a chartered accountant before 1977 when he was first elected to the Irish Parliament. Minister for Social welfare, Minister for Tourism and Trade and latterly (1997) Minister for Finance. Now European Commissioner responsible for Internal Market and Services.
News & Chronology
2005-03-08 McCreevy links software patent opposition to "anti-Americanism and anti-big business protests": "I've said all along is that what the original purpose of the directive was, was to codify the existing situation."
2005-03-01 McCreevy speech in JURI
2005-02-21 draft questions to McCreevy
2004-10-07 McCreevy speech at hearing
2004-07-24 De Rossa MEP (PES, IE) attacks McCreevy's political record: "one of the Ministers for Finance who sought to remove the Parliament's democratic control over the Union's budget", "a right winger who believes in incentives - tax breaks and hand outs for the wealthy and a kick in 'arse' for the poor"
2004-01..06 Irish presidency of EU Council, McCreevy heads ECOFIN (part of the extremely pro-swpat government but not the Council formation that pushed the much-contested political agreement into existence)