József Szájer, MEP and founding member for Fidesz, the Hungarian governing party that has secured a two-thirds supermajority with 53% of the votes in 2010 boasts that the Hungarian constitution is written on iPad. Actually, on his iPad. Mr Szájer is a member of the European Parliament, and also the leader of the committee that… » read more
They bottled it: EU leaders were due to talk about ways to improve Europe’s hotpotch intellectual property regime on Friday but thought better of it. By the time EU leaders had spent hours over lunch talking about the euro (and drafting a weak statement on Egypt) few were in the mood.
For the last 40 years Europe has been struggling for a single patent comparable to patents issued by the US Patent Office. The patents granted by the European Patent Office in Munich are only valid in the 37 signatory countries of the 1973 European Patent Convention, after due translation into the respective national languages. This… » read more
This story about a proposed compromise to bring about an EU patent deal, was published by EurActiv on 11th October 2010. The Belgian EU Presidency will try to narrow the distance between national delegations on the long-standing issue of languages and translations during a meeting of EU ministers starting today (11 October) in Luxembourg. In… » read more
We need to boost the Erasmus, Socrates and Galileo programmes. If we do not significantly increase the number of exchanges carried out under these programmes, we cannot hope to arrive at a true European awareness amongst our citizens. First of all, we need to increase the budget devoted to these programmes. (For example, the current… » read more