Pirate Party Gains Second Seat In EU Parliament

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This week’s ratification of the European Union Lisbon Treaty by the Czech Republic put in place the treaty and and with it a new Parliament member from the Swedish Pirate Party. The second Pirate Party seat will be occupied by the 22-year-old Amelia Andersdotter, who will become the youngest Member of the European Parliament, according to blog TorrentFreak, link here. Andersdotter, who is expected to take office as soon as December, will join Christian Engstrom, who won a seat in June (IPW, European Policy, 5 June 2009).

In Brussels, Andersdotter will focus on a platform of fairer and more sensible copyright legislation, and will spend time on education and the development of Europe’s knowledge economy, TorrentFreak said. “The two [Engstrom and Andersdotter] will have plenty of work to do in the years to come, countering the growing influence from pro-copyright lobby groups,” it said.

The Pirate Party won over 7 percent of the vote in Sweden’s parliamentary elections earlier this year (IPW, IP Burble, 8 June 2009), which gave it a second seat if Lisbon was fully ratified. Sweden gained two seats overall, increasing from 18 to 20, with the other one going to the Social Democrats, according to sources.

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