Presidência do Conselho "Adopta" Acordo de Patentes de Software Contra as suas Próprias Regras

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7 de Março de 2005 -- A Presidência do Conselho declarou hoje que o acordo político sobre patentes de software de 18 de Maio de 2004 foi adoptado, em violação das regras de procedimento e apesar da evidente falta de uma maioria qualificada de estados, e da solicitação de 3 estados para a reabertura das negociações.



Council defense

Reportedly, the Danish minister (who was forced by a parliamentary committee to request a B-item, but did not like that at all) and the Luxembourg Council Presidency use the following paragraph as defense for their behaviour:

This paragraph indeed does not mention anything about the possibility to change an A item into a B item. Looking at rule 3.8, that one says:

They might argue this still doesn't say anything about changing an A item into a B item, although three countries (with the support of more) asking for a B item is hard to classify as anything but something which "might lead to further discussion". Additionally, Annex III of those same rules of procedure states on page 20, point 1(c):

This clearly and literally provides for the possibility of turning an A item into a B item if otherwise the A item would have to be withdrawn from the agenda (which is the case if there "might" be further discussion due to some statement from a country).

Audio da sessão do Conselho (enviado por activistas on-site)


Jonas Maebe, Membro da Direcção da FFII:

Hartmut Pilch (brevemente em português):

Informação Extra


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Jonas Maebe jmaebe at ffii org tel. +32 (0)485 36 96 45

Hartmut Pilch phm at ffii org tel. +49 (0) 89 18979927

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