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Brussels, 14th February 2001

Commissioner Bolkestein welcomes European Parliament vote on copyright Directive

"I am delighted that the European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to endorse compromise amendments to the EU copyright Directive that reflect the delicate balance of interests catered for in the Council's Common Position", commented Internal Market Commissioner Frits Bolkestein after the 14 February vote at the Parliament's Strasbourg plenary session. "The Parliament has been subjected to unprecedented lobbying onslaught on this Directive, and I regret that some of the parties concerned strived to obtain nothing less than total victory, using sometimes highly emotive arguments, rather than seeking a balanced compromise between the various legitimate interests involved. That is not the European way to move forward we all have to be prepared to accept compromise and I congratulate the Parliament for having done so. The Parliament's vote today should help to ensure the rapid adoption of this important measure to bring European copyright rules into the digital age, as requested by the EU's Heads of State and Government at the Lisbon Summit. The rapid implementation of this Directive will facilitate the development of electronic commerce and so increase the competitiveness of the European economy."

For further details of the proposed Directive, see IP/00/601.

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