Are we going to be celebrating the entry of an additional Pirate MEP in the European Parliament? The answer lies in the hands of Croatian citizens and we will find out on 14 April 2013, when their first, historic EU election will be held in their country. Polls in Croatia have shown that “Piratska Stranka” (PPHR) attracts 6.4% of the voters (surpassing the limit of 5%), more than enough to elect a MEP!
During the weekend of the 16 and 17 March 2013 the Pirate Party of Croatia (PP-HR) hosted a European Pirate conference. This is part of a process started on 15 April 2012 during the Pirate Parties International (PPI) annual General Assembly. The goal is to have a common election program and to coordinate cooperation between the different national Pirate Parties and their MEPs.
The European Commission is currently planning the next revision of IPRED, the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive. At the very least the directive is expected to carve the current copyright regime deeper into stone, thereby further preventing much needed reform.
On Thursday evening, 21 February 2013, European Pirates got a new way to connect with Brussels and the European Parliament. Swedish Pirate MEP Amelia Andersdotter and her capable team have set up a regular streaming service so that Pirates and of course, any interested person can watch live and ask questions.
It is becoming increasingly clear that one of the most effective ways to get the Pirate message across is by video. Pirat.cat Z was the most watched video of any in the recent elections in Catalonia. This was produced by talented Pirates for very little outlay.
The European Parliament has long been criticized for a lack of transparency, both in the drafting and decision making, as well as in the chances it leaves for citizens to understand how the parliament really works. In an attempt to increase the transparency, MEP Amelia Andersdotter from the Swedish Pirate Party has started a series of documentary webisodes, that recently started its second season.
The idea of a Pirate Party for Europe and the European Union has been underway for some time. And even though its organisation and agenda have yet to be determined, the work to create it has already been started. The…
In the last week of June, a group of 20 young pirates from Germany traveled to Brussels for a visit to the European Parliament and the European Commission. The group had many meetings with lobbyists and representatives of different organizations…