Paris, April 20th 2009 − The Council of the EU is strongly pushing Catherine Trautmann – rapporteur of the main directives of the “Telecoms Package” – to accept a useless, neutralized version
A crucial amendment
This amendment 138 was then deleted without any justification by the Council of the EU, under strong pressure by Nicolas Sarkozy, during the French presidency of the EU. It was to be reintroduced in second reading within the Industry, TRansport, Energy (ITRE) committee (now renumbered 46). Now under strong pressure by the Council, the rapporteur Catherine Trautmann and the ITRE committee might be about to accept a compromise where amendment 138/46 would become an indicative recital instead of an article that must be implemented in Member States’ laws. It is now time for EU citizens to make their voice heard in the ITRE committee, as such a neutralized compromise wouldn’t protect their essential rights and freedoms anymore.
La Quadrature du Net published a detailed analysis explaining the issues at stake and the importance of the rapporteur’s responsibility
“Every concerned EU citizen must call his MEPs seating in ITRE committee to inform them about the situation and urge them to vote in favour of amendment 138/46. The European Parliament must, along with the rapporteur Catherine Trautmann, keep its position at all cost. No compromise can be accepted when safeguarding fundamental rights and freedoms. We all need a Parliament that protects EU citizens and doesn’t bend under the Council’s pressure. In this troubled times of disbelief in the EU institutions, right before the elections, the Parliament must stand strong for its electors by approving amendment 138/46.” concludes Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson of La Quadrature du Net, calling all EU citizens to take action before Tuesday April 21, 20h00.