Euro Elections and fsfe

Vitaly Repin vitaly_repin at
Tue May 28 07:44:17 UTC 2019


I believe constructive work with any MEPs is possible in order to influence
them on the FSFE agenda.
Regardless of the political movement they belong to. Strong assiociation
with any political movement
(eurosceptics, liberals, social democrats etc) is a mistake in my opinion.

I would like to put this idea even further.  Why can't FSFE monitor how
each and every MEP voted for the matters regarding free software
dyring the current and previous election term and present this statistics
at FSFE web site (searchable web pages +  json/xml)?

I believe this tool can provide a very good guidance for future elections
as it will help us, Europeans, to know the position of MEPs
and their parties on free software-related matters much better than now.
This initiative can also be seen as a tool to provide an addiitonal
pressure on MEPs when they vote for copyright laws.


Den tis 28 maj 2019 kl 09:24 skrev Paul Sutton <zleap at>:

> On 28/05/2019 06:47, Vitaly Repin wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > "So 5 years of euro sceptic MEPs something that we can surely take
> > advantage of".
> >
> > I believe you propose a strong political association with euro
> "sceptics".
> > May be stronger than non-political organisation such FSFE can and should
> > have.
> >
> > I am also afraid that it can be a dangerous signal towards FSFE
> supporters.
> > E.g., I am not ready to support eurosceptics movement to the least
> possible
> > degree.
> > I strongly support EU and absolutely sure that it shall be improved, not
> > destroyed.
> >
> > If FSFE takes a stand in this political debate (what to do with EU?), it
> > will introduce turmoil to the FSFE itself as FSFE members have different
> > opinion on this matter.
> >
> > Den mån 27 maj 2019 kl 23:46 skrev Paul Sutton <zleap at>:
> >
> >> Hi
> >>
> >> Hopefully this is not seen as off topic.  Now the Euro Elections are
> >> over and I am guessing within the next couple of days we should be
> >> getting information on how we can contact our respective representatives
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> I think it is a great opportunity to get in touch and help push what we
> >> would like from them.
> >>
> >> Perhaps we can gather a few ideas here, links etc, get sometemplates for
> >> e-mails so we can get in touch and hopefully put on a united front.
> >>
> >> It seems the UK voted quite substantially in favour of the Euro
> >> copyright directive, however these MEPs are now out. The Brexit Party
> >> MEPs are in, so perhaps we can, over the next few months,  start to ask
> >> them to help make a difference, as they are against the EU laws, however
> >> there may be one or two laws that would work in our favour.  lets push
> >> Public Money , Public code.
> >>
> >> These MEPs are in for 5 years,  However I am guessing If the UK should
> >> hold and vote in yet another referendum there is a chance the previous
> >> referendum result will be reversed, this won't stop the Brexit MEPs
> >> staying for their full term. So 5 years of euro sceptic MEPs something
> >> that we can surely take advantage of.
> >>
> >>
> >> Just a thought
> >>
> >> Paul Sutton
> >> --
> Ok take the EU copyright directive as an organization the FSFE seemed to
> be pretty much against this, and we were asked to contact our MEPs to
> this effect.
> Now that the UK has more Brexit party MEPs perhaps they will be more
> supportive of our concerns about this and other bill, and they can
> perhaps help to get the changes that we want to amend to these bills
> (this sort of worked as there were concessions for free software IIRC).
> So What should we ask our new MEPs for?.
> First thing should we perhaps contact them about PMPC, raise awareness
> of PMPC for example.
> Paul

WBR & WBW, Vitaly
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