McCreevy Unconvincing at Parliament's Conference of Presidents
3rd March 2005 -- At today's meeting of the Conference of Presidents, the Commissioner for the Internal Market came in place of Commission president Barroso and once again tried without much success to convince the members of the Parliament's groups of the Commission's viewpoint on the software patents directive.
An insider reported to FFII:
McCreevy was a unconvincing as in the legal affairs committee on 02/02. He was unable to clarify the position of the Commission be it on the software patent question itself or why the Council should adopt an agreement that ignores the views of both the European Parliament and the member states.
The JURI committee will decide on Monday evening what to do with the refusal of the European Commission to respond positively to the restart request of the European Parliament.
McCreevy once again declared that the software patents will be adopted without vote (as a A-item) on Monday in the competitiveness meeting. There have meanwhile been conflicting reports about this from the Council itself.