A 24 Year Old Woman Just Became The Youngest Member Of European Parliament

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History has been made and Parliament just got a little hipper. In a few weeks Amelia Andersdotter will be the second Pirate Party member to take a seat at the European Parliament in Brussels. The 24-year-old Swede was voted in more than two years ago, but due to bureaucratic delays her official appointment was put off. “Not having to answer more questions about when I will finally get to fill my seat is what I’m looking forward to most,” Andersdotter tells TorrentFreak. “It feels really good that the when-question is over.”

In case you aren’t familiar with the Pirate Party it was founded in Sweden in 2006. The party’s main focus is reforming laws regarding copyright and patents. The agenda also includes support for a strengthening of the right to privacy, both on the Internet and in everyday life, and the transparency of state administration. The Pirate Party specifically cites the pharmaceutical industry as the reason why patents should be abolished completely. The third major part of their platform involves doing away with overreaching government surveillance. Its sudden popularity has given rise to parties with the same name and similar goals in Europe and worldwide, forming the international Pirate Party movement.

According to TorrentFreak, in June 2009 the Swedish Pirate Party gained an impressive victory in the European Parliament elections. With 7% of the vote, the party earned a seat in the European Parliament, with the possibility for a second if the Lisbon Treaty passed. Andersdotter says that more needs to be done to regulate vertical integration in the European telecommunications industry, but that the current net neutrality laws in the Netherlands are a good example of what individual nations are already doing right. She also hopes that her victory will help the Pirate Party to gain recognition and more seats in the national parliament.

Andersdotter said, “I’m also very interested in industrial rights, like, patent rights or design rights, trademarks. There’s an abundance of kind of side-initiatives, data exclusivity in the pharmaceutical industry being a good example, that also reinforce the ‘non-material’ economic position of companies in a way that is not always good for society,” she said in an interview. “I kind of buy into this idea that the European Union is a good thing, and that closer connections between European nations both political and social are advantageous not only on the level of the prices of groceries, but perhaps even more, culturally. It’s nice to be able to say democratisation of EU governance is moving forward, that individual member states aren’t stalling that democratisation for their own nationalist purposes any more.”

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