Rapporteur David Martin:
“Never in history did a [European] Commission proposal only get 39 votes,”
Jonas (FFII) does not agree: But a Commission proposal did get only 14 votes in the past
“The European Parliament today decided by a large majority (729 members (of which 689 signed that day’s attendance register), 680 votes, 648 in favour, 14 against, 18 abstaining [*]) to reject the directive “on the patentability of computer implemented inventions”, also known as the software patent directive.”
Both cases shows the pattern how citizen awareness and active involvement of civil society may cause pivotal decisions.