Prioriteringar för Spaniens ordförandeskap i EU 2010

Som ni kanske vet är det just nu Sverige som har ordförandeskapet i EU och kommer att lämna över ordförandeskapet till Spanien 2010. Jag fick igår reda på vilka områden som Spanien kommer att prioritera under sitt ordförandeskap.

Jag kan inte speciellt mycket spanska. Jag kan i princip bara beställa öl (vilket är en mycket viktig kunskap) och säga att det finns en hund under bordet(!), men utöver det är mina språkkunskaper mycket begränsade.

Jag har tagit del av ett PDF-dokument som innehåller prioriteringar för det spanska ordförandeskapet och det är ingen trevlig läsning.

Det spanska ordförandeskapet kommer att prioritera ”to boost network security”, ”the protection of Intellectual Property on the Internet”, och ”the fight against the so-called ”piracy” on the internet”.

Kommer det spanska ordförandeskapet vara intresserade av fler så kallade ”3-strikes”-lagar? Eller kommer Spanien att satsa ännu mer på att ta fram något mer paneuropeiskt ”3-strikes”-förslag?

Det sistnämnda är självklart bara spekulationer från min sida, men nätpolitiskt aktiva människor med kunskaper i spanska bör läsa dokumentet så vi vet vilka mål eller riktlinjer Spanien verkligen kommer att ha.

Att Spanien vill stärka nätverkssäkerhet, värna om skyddet för immaterialrättsliga intressen och kämpa mot fildelning är dock på intet sätt förvånande.

Telekompaketet

Det står även i dokumentet att Spanien ska prioritera:

”Adoption of the regulatory package for electronic communications, if finally this issue is not resolved under the Swedish Presidency”.

Det finns alltså en inställning som innebär att man från den Europeiska Unionens håll erkänner en möjlighet att telekompaketet kan komma att röstas ner. Jag ser dock detta som föga troligt, såtillvida inte det svenska ordförandeskapet och Näringsdepartementet står på sig på följande punkter:

  • Att nätneutralitet bör vara en del av telekompaketet
  • Att 138:an är bra i original
  • Att ”prior ruling judicial authority” i am 138, Ramdirektivet – betyder att det är original, vilket är bra!
  • Att ”internet acces = instrumental to fundamental freedom incl. freedom of expression and communication””
  • Att ”restriction must be done with prior decision by judicial authorities”
  • Att ”article 20/21 in the Universal service directive = bad. They allow for ”conditions limiting access to services and applications”. Detta innebär att man skadar nätneutralitet, vilket är vad operatörer som Ofcom och AT&T ägnar sig åt.
  • Att Näringsdepartementet måste kliva fram och positionera sig för värnet av nätneutralitet
  • Att Näringsdepartementet måste säga ifrån och ställa negativa till artiklarna 20/21

Det ska bli intressant och se hur pass långt Sverige är villiga att gå med att närma sig Frankrikes linje och inställning i dessa frågor.

Angående det spanska ordförandeskapet så vet jag inte om jag kommer att vara lika aktiv under nästa år som jag har varit under den pågående telekompaketsprocessen. Detta på grund av att man utsätter kroppen för en hel del stress och nedprioriterar andra viktiga saker i sitt liv. Det är tungt att vara nätpolitiskt aktiv när trycket blir för stort och när lagar och direktiv röstas igenom även om människor har lagt ned tid och ork på att informera om hur vi egentligen skulle vilja ha det. Ibland uppstår en viss tomhet och känsla av maktlöshet som på sikt inte är fruktbar om man inte hittar en bra nivå för sitt engagemang.

Slutligen, nätpolitiskt aktiva är en stor positiv resurs för politiker och är en röst som man som politiker borde lyssna mer på. För den som vill formatera det spanska dokumentet så kan ni kolla här.

Till allra sist, Sverige är ledande på bredbandskvalité enligt en ny rapport från BQS. Nu hinner jag inte läsa rapporten för att jag ska iväg, men jag slår vad om att undersökningen inte har med nätneutralitet som en parameter i undersökningen av världens bredbandskvalité. Det är dags att gå från ”bredbandskoll” till en ny nivå av konsumentkontroll för att kolla sig bredbandskvalité.

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7 Responses to “Prioriteringar för Spaniens ordförandeskap i EU 2010”


  1. 1 scaber nestor oktober 5, 2009 kl. 4:59 e m

    Näringsdepartementet har aldrig varit för vare sig nätneutralitet eller 138’an.

    Tvärtom så anser Henrik Hansson (Åsa Torstenssons politiskt sakkunnige) att 138’an bryter mot svensk grundlag.

  2. 2 spectraz oktober 6, 2009 kl. 11:52 f m

    Ja, jag vet att dom har varit negativt inställda till 138an etc.

    Om jag eller någon annan får chansen så kommer vi att prata lite med Henrik och Åsa om det här i slutet av månaden. Jag är intresserad av de skrivningar i svensk grundlag som enligt Näringsdepartementet krockar med 138an. Det vore kul att få ta del av den informationen.

    Man skulle kunna vända på det och hävda något i stil med: Är det ok att nätanvändare stängs av, regleras etc utan domstolsprövning i svensk lagstiftning?

    Min magkänsla som konsument säger mig att operatörer redan har de medel som krävs för att bedriva sin företagsverksamhet och att de redan kan hantera kunder som bryter mot kontrakt. Jag tolkar det som att 138an inte är ett problem i det här fallet, men då gör jag ju inte den bedömningen som politisk sakkunnig.

  3. 3 scaber nestor oktober 6, 2009 kl. 2:43 e m

    Här skriver Henrik:

    http://departementet.wordpress.com/2009/04/16/vad-ar-det-for-fel-pa-tillagg-138/

    Kan tillägga att debatten eteråt är ganska hätsk.

    HH är inte en populär figur, speciellt inte efter en tjänsteperson på en direkt råga påstod att termen ”lawul content” inte längre fanns med i telekompaketet, något som blev tillbakavisat ganska fort, tror det tog 45 minuter mellan uttalandet till att vi var en bunt som publicerade text som visade på motsatsen :)

    http://scabernestor.blogg.se/2009/may/regeringen-far-med-osanningar-lawful-content.html

    http://danielrisberg.wordpress.com/2009/05/04/naringsdepartementet-forvirrat-angaende-lawful-content/

  4. 4 spectraz oktober 6, 2009 kl. 3:47 e m

    Jag kom inte ens ihåg att jag skrivit om det tidigare. :( Tiden går alldeles för snabbt. Ni får ha överseende med att jag är jättetrött när jag skriver detta nedan.

    Problemen är enligt Henrik följande:

    ”I den här skrivningen [am 138] ingår alltså möjligheten att en domstol ska kunna avgöra huruvida en internetanvändare ska stängas från internet. Detta kan vara är oförenligt med våra grundlagar eftersom en domstol inte kan ha denna befogenhet.”

    ”En annan komplikation med tillägg 138 är att det innebär ett generellt krav på domstolsprövning för varenda begränsning i yttrande- och informationsfriheten. Det skulle bli väldigt ineffektivt om t.ex. polisen skulle behöva få domstolens godkännande varje åtgärd från polisens sida som innebär en rättighetsinskränkning.”

    ”Dessutom finns det delvis andra problem. Vi har idag avtalsfrihet vilket innebär att internetleverantör (ISP) kan teckna avtal med sina kunder och uppställa villkor som de gemensamt kommer överens om. Med det här tillägget försvåras detta. Exempelvis finns risken att en ISP tvingas gå till domstol för att stänga av en internetanvändare som inte betalar sin räkning: ”No restriction may be imposed on the fundamental rights and freedoms of end-users”.”

    Angående de sannolika problemen på grundlagsnivå så tycker jag att det är för krångligt för att förstå eller ens se de möjliga konsekvenserna. Men om inte en domstol ska/kan ha dessa befogenheter, vilka ska då ha det? Om en användare ska stängas av så måste ISPs helt plötsligt stå för bevisbördan (om det gäller trafik), och då måste de få mer befogenheter i avtalen. Men detta är ingen befogenhet som andra aktörer eller grupper ska ha. Hur ser de ut i de andra 26 länderna och deras lagstiftning?

    Även grundlagen påverkas av det postdigitala samhället.

    Angående avtalsfriheten tänker jag mig att detta problem är tvådelat.

    Jag tolkar det som att de avtal som finns mellan ISP och kund är är mindre problematiska i dagsläget än andra former av regleringar eller strypt internetaccess (t.ex. Hadopi) som kan komma att bli allt vanligare i Europa. Om tillägg 138:a krånglar till avtalsfriheten eller överbelastar systemet kan det ju korrigeras för att harmonisera med rådande EU-lagstiftning.

    Om jag ingår i ett avtal med en ISP skriver jag under på att följa ett antal regler och riktlinjer för min access. Men min ISP har i dagsläget inget krav på sig att övervaka all trafik. Det är en stor skillnad mellan att bli nedprioriterad för att man har missat än faktura än att bli helt avstängd från nätet på grund av något annat. Amendment 138:a tolkar jag som att det handlar mer om skydd mot att inte godtyckligt kunna stängas av från internet innan en domstol har prövat fallet. Det handlar inte om att åberopa tillägget så fort man har med flit eller ovetandes missat någon av de vanligaste riktlinjerna i ett avtal.

    Förstår någon vad jag menar? En ISP kommer ju inte att behöva gå till domstol för varje unikt avtalsbrott. Detta måste man ju kunna undvika. Jag undrar hur Europaparlamentarikerna tolkar am 138 på den här punkten.

  5. 5 Markus Nilsson oktober 6, 2009 kl. 3:49 e m

    Jag förstår att det känns tungt att hålla engagemanget uppe gentemot makteliten i Europa, men det finns många som uppskattar ditt engagemang!

    • 6 spectraz oktober 6, 2009 kl. 4:10 e m

      Tack Markus, det är verkligen lättare att hitta motivation om det åtminstone finns några som tycker att det jag skriver är värdefullt. Jag tror att fler kommentarer skulle höja min motivation på sikt.


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"True, governments can reduce the rate of interest in the short run. They can issue additional paper money. They can open the way to credit expansion by the banks. They can thus create an artificial boom and the appearance of prosperity. But such a boom is bound to collapse soon or late and to bring about a depression."

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"The wavelike movement effecting the economic system, the recurrence of periods of boom which are followed by periods of depression is the unavoidable outcome of the attempts, repeated again and again, to lower the gross market rate of interest by means of credit expansion."

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"Human action is purposeful behavior."

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"Cognizance of the relation between a cause and its effect is the first step toward mans orientation in the world and is the intellectual condition of any successful activity."

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Ludwig von Mises on Banking

"There was no reason whatever to abandon the principle of free enterprise in the field of banking."

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"It is extremely difficult for our contemporaries to conceive of the conditions of free banking because they take government interference with banking for granted and as necessary."

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Ludwig von Mises on Banking

"What is needed to prevent any further credit expansion is to place the banking business under the general rules of commercial and civil laws compelling every individual and firm to fulfill all obligations in full compliance with the terms of the contract."

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"Those politicians, professors and union bosses who curse big business are fighting for a lower standard of living."

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"Profit-seeking business is compelled to employ the most efficient methods of production. What checks a businessmans endeavors to improve the equipment of his firm is only lack of capital."

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Ludwig von Mises on Capital

"The characteristic mark of economic history under capitalism is unceasing economic progress, a steady increase in the quantity of capital goods available, and a continuous trend toward an improvement in the general standard of living."

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Ludwig von Mises on Capital

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Ludwig von Mises on Laissez Faire

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"The ultimate basis of an all around bureaucratic system is violence."

–Ludwig von Mises, Bureaucracy

Ludwig von Mises on Bureaucracy

"Bureaucratic management is management of affairs which cannot be checked by economic calculation."

–Ludwig von Mises, Bureaucracy

Ludwig von Mises on Bureaucracy and Economic Calculation

"A bureaucrat differs from a nonbureaucrat precisely because he is working in a field in which it is impossible to appraise the result of a mans effort in terms of money."

–Ludwig von Mises, Bureaucracy

Ludwig von Mises on Bureaucracy

"Nobody can be at the same time a correct bureaucrat and an innovator."

–Ludwig von Mises, Bureaucracy

Ludwig von Mises on Bureaucracy

"Seen from the point of view of the particular group interests of the bureaucrats, every measure that makes the governments payroll swell is progress."

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Ludwig von Mises on Bureaucracy

"The bureaucrat is not free to aim at improvement. He is bound to obey rules and regulations established by a superior body. He has no right to embark upon innovations if his superiors do not approve of them. His duty and his virtue is to be obedient."

–Ludwig von Mises, Bureaucracy

Ludwig von Mises on Bureaucracy

"Only to bureaucrats can the idea occur that establishing new offices, promulgating new decrees, and increasing the number of government employees alone can be described as positive and beneficial measures."

–Ludwig von Mises, Omnipotent Government

Ludwig von Mises on Bureaucracy and Government Interventions

"The trend toward bureaucratic rigidity is not inherent in the evolution of business. It is an outcome of government meddling with business."

–Ludwig von Mises, Bureaucracy

Ludwig von Mises on Government’s War on the Creative Genius

“A genius is precisely a man who defies all schools and rules, who deviates from the traditional roads of routine and opens up new paths through land inaccessible before….But, on the other hand, the government can bring about conditions which paralyze the efforts of a creative spirit and prevent him from rendering useful services to the community.”

–Ludwig von Mises, Bureaucracy

Ludwig von Mises on Why Classical Liberalism Rejects War

“The liberal critique of the argument in favor of war is fundamentally different from that of the humanitarians. It starts from the premise that not war, but peace, is the father of all things. What alone enables mankind to advance and distinguishes man from the animals is social cooperation. It is labor alone that is productive: it creates wealth and therewith lays the outward foundations for the inward flowering of man. War only destroys; it cannot create. War, carnage, destruction, and devastation we have in common with the predatory beasts of the jungle; constructive labor is our distinctively human characteristic.”

–Ludwig von Mises, Liberalism: The Classical Tradition

Ludwig von Mises on Sound Money

“It is impossible to grasp the meaning of the idea of sound money if one does not realize that it was devised as an instrument for the protection of civil liberties against despotic inroads on the part of governments. Ideologically it belongs in the same class with political constitutions and bills of rights. The demand for constitutional guarantees and for bills of rights was a reaction against arbitrary rule and the nonobservance of old customs by kings. The postulate of sound money was first brought up as a response to the princely practice of debasing the coinage.”

–Ludwig von Mises. The Theory of Money and Credit

Murray N. Rothbard on Recovering from Economic Depressions

“It should be clear that any governmental interference with the depression process can only prolong it, thus making things worse from almost everyone’s point of view. Since the depression process is the recovery process, any halting or slowing down of the process impedes the advent of recovery. The depression readjustments must work themselves out before recovery can be complete. The more these readjustments are delayed, the longer the depression will have to last, and the longer complete recovery is postponed.”

–Murray N. Rothbard, Man, Economy, and State with Power and Market

Hans-Hermann Hoppe on Socialized Health Care

“With the socialization of the health care system through institutions such as Medicaid and Medicare and the regulation of the insurance industry (by restricting an insurer’s right of refusal: to exclude any individual risk as uninsurable, and discriminate freely, according to actuarial methods, between different group risks) a monstrous machinery of wealth and income redistribution at the expense of responsible individuals and low-risk groups in favor of irresponsible actors and high-risk groups has been put in motion.”

–Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Democracy: The God That Failed

Ludwig von Mises on Civilization

"What distinguishes man from animals is the insight into the advantages that can be derived from cooperation under the division of labor."

–Ludwig von Mises, Human Action: A Treatise on Economics

Ludwig von Mises on Civilization

"Civilization is a work of peaceful co-operation."

–Ludwig von Mises, Socialism

Ludwig von Mises on Civilization

"The foundation of any and every civilization, including our own, is private ownership of the means of production. Whoever wishes to criticize modern civilization, therefore, begins with private property."

–Ludwig von Mises, Liberalism

Ludwig von Mises on the Market Economy

"In the unhampered market economy there are no privileges, no protection of vested interests, no barriers preventing anybody from striving after any prize."

–Ludwig von Mises, Theory and History

Ludwig von Mises on Liberalism

"Liberalism champions private property in the means of production because it expects a higher standard of living from such an economic organization, not because it wishes to help the owners."

–Ludwig von Mises, Socialism

Ludwig von Mises on Liberalism

"That Liberalism aims at the protection of property and that it rejects war are two expressions of one and the same principle."

–Ludwig von Mises, Socialism


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