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Green Delight Over EU Telecoms Vote

The European Parliament unexpectedly rejected the EU’s major telecoms reform Wednesday. Instead a counter proposal from green, left and liberal blocs was passed.

Swedish Green MEP Carl Schlyter expressed his pleasure with the vote: “First there was a wall of resistance, but then the pressure was too great,” he told the TT news agency.

The legislation that passed includes a stronger statement that there must be a judicial hearing before anyone can be banned from access to the Internet. Most other parts of the package were approved.

Because of the unexpected vote, the telecommunications package now has to be re-negotiated between the parliament and the EU’s Council of Ministers.