U'm from the EU(Estonia) and AFIK...
Posted May 9, 2004 18:15 UTC (Sun) by XERC
In reply to: Since I'm not in the EU, I have to ask...
Parent article: FFII: EU Ambassadors vote to back Software Patents
..the main problem of the EU is the lack of democracy. AFIK
the governments have almost nothing to do with it, since the dicision
will be taken by a council of ministers at the given field and
at this case, the council of ministers are basically an ordinary,
nontechnical, noncaring, locally unrelevant group of clearks,
who don't understand the issues, that are related to software patents
and who have a mentality of thinking: "well, let's ask the patent
lawyers, after all, they are the experts at that given field".
So the ministers just take what's feed to them, without having even a glue, what's going on.
Naturally, that issue could be solved by a prime minister or a
pressure from a local parliament, but as the topic is just TOO TECHNICAL
FOR THOSE ORDINARY OFFICE CLERKS, none of the other politicians care.
There will always
be people, who like to turn some situation to account, so the root of the problem is:
THE LACK OF DEMOCRACY in EU.
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