2004-05-13 Spanish Socialists condemn Council Paper
Spanish MEP Rosa Miguélez said at a meeting today:
- "Irish Presidency wants to close dossiers but this is not a dossier to be closed now" refering to the software patents directive because "it is contrary to the European Parliament plenary". Also she said that "because this is a codecisional procedure we are free to return to the plenary position in the second lecture at the European Parliament".
Another example of the PSOE position are the words of Mr. Rodríguez Ibarra, President of the Extremadura autonomous comunity when he received the European Prize for Regional Innovation, saying:
- "We believe that software patents go against solidary innovation
- and increase the digital divide."
Also he said:
- "If we patent the ideas in the knowledge society like in the industrial society, citizens will be excluded from common knowledge".
The Spanish government has however left decisionmaking on patent policy entirely to the Spanish Patent Office OEPM. PSOE !MEPs have opposed Arlene McCarthy's fake limits on patentability within PSE and voted for many of the good amendments of 2004-09-24. Ms Miguélez's statement indicates that this opposition will continue. However it does not seem to signal a strong determination to bring the PSOE government in Madrid onto this line.