Here Comes the European Pirate Party
At the latest conference held on 27-28 July 2013 in Warsaw, Poland the European Pirates have finalized the preparation process for the foundation of the European Pirate Party. The Conference of PPEU in Warsaw, as part of the establishment of the European Pirate Party, was the last of the Conferences that started after the Declaration of Prague nearly one and half year ago. The work has taken place in several other conferences (Barcelona, Manchester, Paris), meetings (Aarau, Potsdam, Rome, Zagreb, Kiev) and countless online meeting showing that there really is an international work force behind it.
The Warsaw conference was a success and the organization by the Pirate Party of Poland worked well. Having completed both the Manifesto and the highlights of the Statutes, European Pirates declared their intention to establish the “European Pirate Party” (or “European Pirates” or “PPEU”) next month in Luxembourg. European Pirate Parties should ratify both the manifesto and the declaration by 1 September 2013. The founding Congress will then be held in March 2014 in Brussels.
The agenda of the Conference
• Workshop to finalize the Manifesto of European Pirate Party
• Discussion and final voting on the Statutes of European Pirate Party
• Weight of the vote of each member. It was decided the number of votes of each member to be appointed under the number of voters and electoral successes. The system is based on the equivalent use by the European Greens, and it is linear (not giving too many votes to the powerful members)
• Rights of states outside the European Union. European Pirate Party is open to members from across Europe, and there will be no differences in rights between members within and outside the European Union.
• Membership fees (basic membership, plus customized subscription to set by the board, multiplied by the weight of the vote). Basic subscription was set at 300 € (multiplied by the number of votes each member will have). The board could increase the cost of membership in the future.
• Majorities (for changing statutes 2/3 of the attending members needed, double majority)
• PPEU Committee: number of members, election details
• PPEU Council: number of members and scope
• Signing the Letter of Intent, discussion for the next Conference
A PPEU working group, responsible for implementing any late corrections or comments that may arise, will make contact with all Pirate Parties that have ratified the Declaration of Paris. This team is also responsible for answering any questions any party might have regarding the content or the effect of the statutes. At the end of the Conference Pirates worked on the Declaration of Warsaw, in which Pirate Party participants declared the negotiations on the establishment of the organization as integrated, and their intention to establish PPEU.
Warsaw Declaration of the European Pirate Party
Letter of Intent
We, the undersigning European Pirates, realizing the need for a new political party in Europe,
affirming the declaration of Prague,
affirming the declaration of Paris,
taking into account the negotiations at the Barcelona conference,
taking into account the negotiations at the Manchester conference,
taking into account the negotiations at the Paris conference,
taking into account the negotiations at the Warsaw conference,
noting the results of the meeting in Aarau,
noting the results of the meeting in Potsdam,
noting the results of the meeting in Rome,
noting the results of the meeting in Zagreb,
noting the results of the meeting in Kiev,
noting the results of countless online meetings,
Declare negotiation process for the foundation of the European Pirate Party as complete,
Agree on the overall details of the structure of the statutes for the organization as was decided on the said conferences and meetings,
State our commitment to the Manifesto as agreed upon at the Warsaw conference,
Declare our intent to join the European Pirate Party, with regard to the ratification process that is set by individual Parties,
Agree to convene in Luxembourg to lay the foundation of the European Pirate Party by formally adopting statutes and Manifesto,
Invite other Pirates Parties of Europe to join us in the foundation of the European Pirate Party.
European Pirate Party Manifesto
“We, the European Pirates, want society to welcome and adjust to the digital revolution: We identify the digital revolution as a moment of total renewal of human societies; we recognise therefore as one of our primary goals the defence of the Internet as a common good and a public utility” is the preamble of the Manifesto that Pirates from across Europe endorsed in Warsaw. The manifesto is the distillate of common points of the Statutes of European Pirate Parties and specifically refers in Civil Rights, Citizen participation and Open Government, Transparency, Copyright reform, Patent system reform, Open Access and Open Data, Net Neutrality, Free software and Libre Culture. Manifesto is compatible with the principles of Pirate Parties in EU, and to many is a “very successful Pirate Manifesto”.
We, the European Pirates, want society to welcome and adjust to the digital revolution:
We identify the digital revolution as a moment of total renewal of human societies; we recognise therefore as one of our primary goals the defence of the Internet as a common good and a public utility. We want a society based on the following manifesto:
Human dignity is inviolable. Everybody has the right to life, liberty, security of person, freedom of thought, self-determination and participate in society. We, the European Pirates, support the highest standard for civil rights in the European Union. Essential are the rights of free association, freedom of movement and free assembly in public, freedom of opinion, expression, and free access to information. Whistle-blowers should be protected by law and not subject to legal action. We strongly believe that all people have the right to fair and equal treatment. As everybody belongs to a minority, the respect of the rights of the minority is essential for society. The Privacy of the individual should be valued at all times and protected from being exploited by public and economic actors.
Citizen participation and Open Government
Power resides with the people. Their rights and their dignity stand above all else. We, the European Pirates, strive to create opportunities for democratic participation and to promote their widespread use, because only democracy can ensure an equitable balancing of Europeans’ diverse interests.Public authorities should be encouraged to put forward participatory and collaborative tools that allow citizens to actively propose policies and make decisions.
Transparency and Accountability for public institutions are the counterpart of good data protection regulation to protect Privacy. We, the European Pirates, want clear transparency in common affairs and good privacy for individuals. Public authorities should be required to regularly publish organisational and task descriptions, including catalogues of all administrative records. Everybody has the right to access documents and proceedings on all levels of government and the information available to the respective public authorities. The respect of this right shall be controlled by a strictly independent organ.
We, the European Pirates, want a fair and balanced copyright law based on the interests of society as a whole. We therefore demand that copying, providing access to, storing and using literary and artistic production for non-commercial purposes must not just be legalised, but protected by law and actively promoted to improve the public availability of information, knowledge and culture, because this is a prerequisite for the social, technological and economic development of our society. Everyone shall be able to enjoy and share our cultural heritage free from the threat of legal action or censorship. The commercial monopoly given by copyright should be restored to a reasonable term. Derivative works shall always be permitted, with exceptions which are very specifically enumerated in law with minimal room for interpretation.
Patent system reform
Patents are government-backed monopolies which are obstacles in a free market and increasingly hinder, instead of help, innovation. Patents should definitely never be given for things that are trivial, non-substantial, target ideas, computer programs, business models or are otherwise unethical. In the long term, an alternative system to support innovation must be developed to replace patents and ensure that the results of research come to the benefit of society.
Open Access and Open Data
The results of any research carried out with public funds, completely or in part, must be published in open access scientific journals or by other means which make them readily accessible to the general population. All data created for public use or with the use of public money, regardless of origin, should be freely available to the general public, as long as personal details are not revealed without the consent of the concerned individuals. It shall be made available in an appropriate form, which shall also include a form for data processing. Access must not be limited by application procedures, licenses, fees or technical means.
Everybody should have unencumbered access to the internet and other public information and communication networks and have the possibility to protect all data transfer with good privacy. To ensure this we, the European Pirates, advocate for a discrimination-free Internet, which does not permit operators, governments and other bodies to either block or prioritise certain kinds of applications, services or contents nor limits the access depending on the location of sender or receiver.
Free software and Libre Culture
We, the European Pirates, support the promotion of software that can be used, analysed, disseminated and changed by everyone. This so-called free and libre open source software is essential for users’ control of their own technical systems and provides a significant contribution to strengthening the autonomy and privacy of all users. Free culture is an important resource for the education and creativity of society. We strive to promote artistic activity and cultural diversity to ensure a rich educational and artistic environment for our and future generations.
Further reading: Minutes of Warsaw conference