CEA-PME calls on MEPs to support 21 cross-party amendments

Brussels, 5 July 2005. The Confederation of European Associations of Small and Medium Enterprises CEA-PME, representing more than 500,000 corporate members throughout Europe, has sent a multilingual letter by fax to all members of the European Parliament, which warns that the future of an important SME-driven sector of Europe's economy is at stake and calls on MEPs to support the 21 Buzek-Rocard-Duff cross-party compromise amendments, or, if these do not achieve the needed majority of 367 votes, reject the directive. CEA-PME moreover recommends the expertise of one of its member associations, the FFII, which due to the great public interest in the debate has doubled its number of corporate supporters from 1500 to over 3000 within the last 3 months.

The Letter -- English version


Dear Mr./Mrs. XXX,

As an association of associations we represent more than 500,000 European Small and Medium Enterprises and have intensely followed the software patent dossier for a long time, because the future of an important sector in which most employment and tax revenues are created by SMEs is at stake.

With great concern we have witnessed the defeat of the socialist rapporteur Michel Rocard in the Legal Affairs Committee, caused by activism of a group of lawyers from EPP and ALDE who are known to be strongly attached to the patent world. Meanwhile however 50 members of EPP, led by Prof. Jerzy Buzek (PL) and Zuanna Roithová (CZ), and 40 Liberals, led by Andrew Duff (UK) and the European Liberal Youth (LYMEC)[1], have agreed with Rocard on a set of 21 cross-party compromise amendments. We urge you to attend the vote on Wednesday and to fully support these amendments.

Only full support for the 21 cross-party compromise amendments can enable the European Parliament to arrive at a coherent basis for dialog with the Council. If not even these 21 cross-party amendments reach the required majority of 367 votes, we urge you to reject the directive as a whole.

Please read the 21 cross-party compromise amendments and justifications carefully so as to find out why the Council's "Common Position" is not what it may appear to be at first sight.

If you need any further expertise[2] on this matter, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours sincerely

Stefan Zickgraf
Managing Director

Walter Grupp
General Secretary

[1] LYMEC calls on ALDE to support the 21 cross-partisan amendments

[2] Please consult also the pages of our member organisation FFII, such as

Background information and further news

Contact information

Hartmut Pilch and Holger Blasum
Munich Office
info at ffii org

Erik Josefsson
Brussels Office
erjos at ffii org

Jonas Maebe
jmaebe at ffii org

Rufus Pollock
rufus.pollock at ffii.org.uk

Gérald Sédrati-Dinet
Vice President FFII
gibus at ffii.fr

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