NlparlDetal040603En

Summary of urgent debate on software patents in the commission economical affairs of the Dutch Parliament (3 June 2004)

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People present

Speakers:

2 civil servants of the ministry of economic affairs (MEA) who advised van Gennip (= real people in charge of this dossier). Their names have been removed at the explicit request of the MEA.

Public, a.o.:

Short summary of what the speakers said

The State Secretary was in a strange position: she had to justify Brinkhorst's actions which he took in her name while replacing her during maternity leave. The summary below is very superficial.

van Dam:

Giskes & Boogerd:

Gerkens:

Hessels:

Örgü:

Answers of van Gennip:

(the relevant text, from the letter of Brinkhorst to the parliament:

)

van Dam:

Hessels:

van Gennip:

Boogerd:

van Gennip:

Boogerd:

van Gennip:

Hessels:

Giskes:

Boogerd:

van Dam:

Giskes:

Gerkens:

Hessels:

Örgü:

This is followed by a hectic discussion on what should be done. At first, there is unclarity when the text can be approved. Instructed by the present civil servants of the MEA, van Gennip states this can be done in any Council formation.

van Gennip is ordered to find out by Friday morning (= next day) when the text will be formally approved. If this would be next week Tuesday, the voting behaviour of The Netherlands will be treated on the preceding Monday in a parliamentary debate with vote.

If the formal approval is later, a date will be set for a next General Discussion (in Dutch: AO = Algemeen Overleg), in which the written answer of van Gennip will be discussed.

In the mean time, van Gennip has declared that the formal approval will probably only happen in September.

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