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As a result of my activism a few months ago, I have just received a reply from Flemish Socialist MEP Saïd El-Khadroui:
Daarnaast zijn er echter inderdaad een aantal amendementen van parlementslid Syed Kamall goedgekeurd vanuit de Commissie Burgerlijke Vrijheden die erg veel vragen oproepen. De amendementen hadden tot doel om toe te laten aan operatoren en instanties om gegevens over dataverkeer te raadplegen om inbreuken vast te stellen.
De socialistische fractie in het EP heeft tegen deze amendementen gestemd in de Commissie Burgerlijke Vrijheden, maar toch kregen ze een meerderheid en werden ze dus goedgekeurd.  
Door de parlementaire procedure van versterkte samenwerking tussen commissies, waren de leden van de ten principale bevoegde Commissie Interne Markt en Consumentbescherming echter niet in de mogelijkheid om de gewraakte amendementen van Kamall uit de Commissie Burgerlijke Vrijheden weg te stemmen.
Na overleg met de socialistische fractie en leden van zijn eigen fractie (EVP), zou Kamall echter ingezien hebben dat zijn amendementen reële gevaren inhouden. Samen met de andere fracties zou hij bereid zijn om de situatie in de plenaire stemming in september recht te trekken en amendementen in te dienen die de gewraakte voorstellen verwijderen uit de definitieve tekst die het EP zal goedkeuren.
Uiteraard zal ik er samen met mijn fractie voor blijven ijveren dat de burgerlijke vrijheden niet in het gedrang komen door deze nieuwe wetgeving. Ik zal er dan ook met mijn fractie over waken dat de gewraakte amendementen niet in de wetgeving terecht zullen komen.

My translation:
[after detailed explanation of the communications package as a whole> In addition, however, the Committee on Civil Liberties approved a number of amendments from Syed Kamall MEP. The amendments were intended to permit ISPs to examine data traffic in order to identify violations.

The Socialist Group voted against these amendments in the Civil Liberties Committee, but they were supported by a majority and therefore were approved.

Due to the parliamentary procedures regulating the relationship between the committeed, the Internal Market Committee, which generally should have the lead on this issue, was not able to overturn Kamall's contentious amendments.

After discussions with the Socialist Group and members of his own EPP group, however, Kamall appears to have realised that his amendments contain real dangers. With the other groups, he is apparently ready to rectify matters at the plenary sitting in September, and to propose amendments which will remove the contentious elements from the definitive text which the European Parliament will approve.

In any case, I and my group will continue working to ensure that civil liberties are not put under any threat from this new legislation. I and my group will ensure that the contentious amendments do not end up in the law.

Of course, there is the typical political thing of making it look like it is all the doing of El Khadroui and his Socialist colleagues; but the central message is clear - the relevant amendments are likely to be withdrawn, and our activism of early last month did have an effect. I hope that there will be a chance to have another go before the plenary session.


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Aug. 19th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
Fantastic. That's very good news.

How and when will we know if the relevant amendments have been scotched?
Aug. 19th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
Good to see European Parliament procedures apparently working pretty much as they are supposed to - at least for the moment.
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Aug. 21st, 2008 10:02 am (UTC)
I hope you sent him a thank-you note in return!
Aug. 21st, 2008 09:19 am (UTC)
Political message
Awful Dutch. Can't he find someone to correct his terrible sentences for him?

Aug. 21st, 2008 10:01 am (UTC)
Re: Political message
I did wonder about "Uiteraard zal ik er samen met mijn fractie voor blijven ijveren dat de burgerlijke vrijheden niet in het gedrang komen door deze nieuwe wetgeving"!
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