Proposal PP-DE 6) Digital Agenda for Europe

The german PP developp a summary of their main programme pionts for the European Elections. The idea of the different message posted on discourse concerning the proposals is to discuss and to see if there is some other things youd’like to see or reformulation you wish to propose.

  1. Digital Agenda for Europe

Goal is the free and equal access of all citizens to the Internet.

We stay for a pan-European development of a fast Internet. We demand a bandwidth of 1,000 Mbit at minimum.

For this it is necessary to establish an own European hardware industry to ensure the development and reliable production of technical devices which comply the European Data Security Standards for the international markets.

Alternative or additional point

It is necessary to establish secure and approved procedures of certification for reliable hard- and software products on the international markets.

Are there currently active industries in Europe building computer stuff? I thought most of our digital hardware was imported from Asia.

In my point of view an European hardware or/and software industry won’t be establish unless we’ll buid a volontary european politic for open source / open hardware.

My proposition around a digital school book in France for the young children and students create this need.

Digital is now central in state security:

I think EU can play an important role here as a provider of technology respecting privacy of its users. EU is in a good position here - because of the privacy laws (which are regarded as very good) and also because a good spying technology requires conspiracy between the companies and governments and in EU it would be very difficult to coordinate that between all the states and a unilateral spying program from one of the countries would be unacceptable for all the other members.

I agree that this also should be based on open source / open hardware because this is the only option for technology that secures its users from its creators.

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I’d like to contribute to Open Data. As a member of Brno city parliament I got heavily involved in the topic. We have incorporated the concept into the municipal strategic documents and we also have an open data portal and a CKAN catalog ( More importantly though we got internal directives describing how the data should be harvested and published. I have gathered quite a bit of experience along the way and I stand ready to support the EU parliament boarding party :).




We should develop an approach towards

The introduction of upload filters in Article 13 is an example of this kind of regulation. It is probably inevitable - but new regulations should be met with a solid list of requirements. One of them should be that all the software is Open Source (if not Free Software).

Dear friends,

I have asked some NGOs for feedback on the CEEP 2014.

A German NGO which advocates participation and direct democracy has
commented on the section “Democracy Add-On for Europe” which they find
rather vague.

They recommend that we speak out in favour of

  • setting up a directly elected citizens’ convention tasked with
    drafting an EU Constitution that is to be adopted by the Citizens
  • introducing direct democracy to the EU (referenda)

You can find their proposal in this paper:

Best regards

Dear friends,

I have asked FSFE to review the Free Software section of CEEP 2014.

Their feedback (see below in German) is to change the translation of
“proprietary software” and mention public code licences, but otherwise
they are satisfied.

Best regards

Wenn ihr Input zu den euch betreffenden Abschnitten habt, wäre das
sehr willkommen.

"die von jedermann verwendet analysiert"

Hier fehlt ein “,”

"Geschützte Software"

Hier wäre es besser “proprietäre”, oder “unfreie”, “einschränkende”,
etc. zu verwenden. “Schutz” ist ein positiv besetzter Begriff und ihr
wollte vermutlich nicht damit assoziiert werden, dass ihr “ungeschützte”
Software wollt.
Weiterhin freuen wir uns natürlich, wenn auch neue Entwicklungen in der
öffentlichen Verwaltung unter einer freien Lizenz veröffentlicht werden:

Ansonsten, viel Erfolg bei den Vorbereitungen des Wahlkampfs.

Viele Grüße aus Strasbourg

Matthias Kirschner - Free Software Foundation Europe e.V.

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Dear friends,

I have asked the Wikimedia Foundation to review the CEEP 2014.

They suggest two points might be added (see below).

Best regards

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Dear Patrick,

Sorry it took me so long to reply. To be honest the Pirate programme
from 2014 is still so up to date that practically to change is required.
Talking about future-proof documents, you seem to have one on your hands

There are two things that have come up over the past years in particular
and general debates that I feel might benefit from getting added:

  • A*“safeguarding the public domain”* demand. This basically fits your
    Free Culture/Promotion of the Commons part. What happens now is that
    when organisations digitise century old works they often claim new
    rights on the digital copy. I am attaching a letter that we sent to
    MEPs in this regard.
  • A “locking the internet open” statement. A lot of the issues -
    copyright, net neutrality, interoperability, lock-in, market
    imbalances often come from the fact that the internet has the
    natural tendency to centralise itself. This goes against the
    original vision of the internet as a decentralised network. So we
    should work toward technology, infrastructure and law that sort of
    counters the centralising forces.

I hope this helps. I am happy to provide even more, but, as I said, your
programme is already top!


Dimitar Dimitrov
EU Policy Director