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Wallström Enters File-sharing Fray

Published fredag 22 maj 2009 kl 12.04
Jose Manuel Barroso and Margot Wallström

Sweden’s EU Commissioner Margot Wallström has gotten involved in the debate over the Internet and file-sharing.

She’s written to the head of the commission, José Manuel Barroso, calling on the EU to take the initiative and listen to what people are saying. The TT news agency says that in her letter Wallström, who is a commission vice president, says that issues of individual rights, copyright protection, consumer questions, and fighting crime have to be taken on in a new and broader approach.

The widespread criticism in Sweden of an EU-mandated law to stop file-sharing has led to the Pirate Party, which wants to decriminalize downloading, apparently about to win at least one seat in the European Parliament.

In another letter to the commission president Swedish Conservative MEP Gunnar Hökmark urged Barroso to lend more support to European science and research. Hökmark wrote that the EU should play a leading role in overcoming the global economic crisis. He said that this would require additional means. Hökmark suggested that the commission should transfer ten percent of the European agricultural budget to scientific research institutions.

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