What happens next:
Posted Sep 24, 2003 20:48 UTC (Wed) by coriordan
Parent article: Text of the proposed EU patent directive
We all deserve a pint for what we've achieved, then it's back to work, albeit at a more relaxed pace.
The Council is made up of one Minister from each member state. The Minister is not a set position, each country chooses a relevent Minister for each meeting, so we don't know who we have to talk to yet.
Three things can happen:
a) They can accept the pre-amendment directive
If this happens, the procedure ends. No more voting, the (bad) directive gets adopted. This would kill us. We have to make sure the Council don't do this.
b) They can accept the directive with all amendments
If this happens, the procedure ends. No more voting, the (good) amended directive gets adopted. This is highly unlikely since after 78 amendments were adopted, the directive contradicts itself in places.
c) They can accept the directive with some amendments
If this happends, the semi-amended directive will return to the plenary for a "Second Reading". This is likely to happen but we must make sure it does happen, and that the spirit of the amendments remains intact. In the Second Reading, the plenary cannot suggest new amendments, it can only defend the ones it had already.
P.S. James, thanks for making this consolidated text available, I forwarded it to the fsfe-ie list but forgot to credit you, I'll make a note of it in my next post
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