EUROPEAN DEMOCRACY BRANDED A SHAM
Mark Taylor, Executive Director of the Open Source Consortium has branded the
concept of European democracy a sham. This follows the adoption of the
controversial proposals on software patents (the computer-implemented
inventions directive) by the European Council.
He said,”..the fact that an unelected body can ride rough shod over the near
unanimous wishes of an elected parliament demonstrates that any pretensions
the EU has to being democratic are just that - pretensions. To many this
smacks of institutionalised deference to vested interest and intrigue, some
of which originate outside the EU.
“Without this law Europe has a chance to lead the World but now risks sinking
into mediocrity behind areas of the world free of this kind of castration.
“This law, if it is passed, will crush the economic prospects of
entrepreneurial software organizations seeking to challenge multinational
proprietary interests. As such the government of Europe has shown that it is
incapable of standing up to global commercial interests and incapable of
handling its own consultative process.
“I would call on all stakeholders in Open Source and other affected software
industries to demand and require their MEPs to re-instate democracy.”
Open Source Consortium
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