Commissioner McCreevy: A deal is a deal

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Strasburg, 8 March 2005 -- The Commissioner for the Internal Market explained the procedure on the software patent directive to members of the European Parliament between 18.00 and 18.45 CET this evening. The issue was mixed up with great concern of !MEPs about the EU Services draft directive. Charlie McCreevy was humiliated over the Council "adoption". !MEPs expressed great concern about the affront of the new Commissioner to Parliament. In EU Parliament the Council events of yesterday are seen as a severe power struggle rather than a normal issue of political disagreement with the Commission.

Agenda of plenary does not mention the CII phrase Commission communication: Services in the internal market/Patentability of computer software Charlie McCreevy (Member of the Commission) made the communication.

The following spoke under the 'catch the eye' procedure: Marianne Thyssen, Evelyne Gebhardt, Hans-Peter Martin, Cecilia Malmström, Dimitrios Papadimoulis, Marie Anne Isler Béguin, Philippe de Villiers, Jacques Toubon, Michel Rocard, Michał Tomasz Kamiński, Malcolm Harbour, Anders Samuelsen, Philip Bushill-Matthews, Anne Van Lancker, Bruno Gollnisch, Charlotte Cederschiöld, Sophia in 't Veld, Gunnar Hökmark, Evelin Lichtenberger, Vittorio Emanuele Agnoletto, Jan Andersson, Othmar Karas, Emanuel Jardim Fernandes, Marielle De Sarnez, Avril Doyle, on the conduct of the debate, and Charlie McCreevy.


Charlie McCreevy


Sophia in 't Veld:


While listening to the recordings, take care what directive project they are talking about: "Services in the internal market" or "swpat directive".

Jan Wildeboer


Instead, we can only refer you to privately-made transcodes, which are not neccesarily as well-connected to the internet as the above new FFII server, which unfortunately crashed:


In connection to the speech of McCreevy, you might also take a quick peek at the speech which has been read-out by Bolkestein, McCreevy's predecessor: http://www.ffii.org/~arebenti/audio/BolkDoom030923.ogg


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