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Reinhard Mueller mueller at fsfeurope.org
Tue Jan 8 14:04:37 UTC 2008

Am Dienstag, den 08.01.2008, 14:12 +0100 schrieb franz schaefer:
> > The EC is the executive body of the European Union. They don't make the
> > rules, they just execute them. It's the basic concept of separation of
> > powers.
> unfortunatly this is not really true. only the EC has the power to
> draft new regulations.

That is correct, the EC can propose directives for approval by the
Parliament and the Council. Thank you for clarifying this imprecision.

What the EC can't do is to create new ad-hoc rules on demand.

What the EC should do is propose a directive that disallows software
patents, which would really solve the software patent problem in Europe.
What the EC can't do is invalidate some specific patents by declaring
them invalid, what it can't do either is invalidate some specific
patents by simply ignoring them.

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