Belgian Compromise not Sufficient to Remove Deadlock on EU Patent Language Regime (updated)

Refering to an article on the well informed EurActiv network, the meeting of the Competitiveness Council held in Luxembourg on 11 and 12 October 2010 did not bring any improvement to the deadlock between the trilingiual language regime proposed by the EU Commission, as supported by e.g. France and Germany, and alternative solution, such as a monolingual (exclusively based on English) or multilingual (additionally based on Spanish and Italian) language system, as supported e.g. by Spain and Italy. It appears that the latest compromise as suggested by the Belgian EU Presidency has been reamed between this opposing poles and national interests:
France and Germany want to maintain the privileged status reserved for their respective languages in the current system, which is run by the European Patent Office (EPO), a pan-European body which is not part of the EU. Italy is the most vocal country against a trilingual regime. The minister in charge of the dossier, Andrea Ronchi, continued to threaten yesterday at the EU Council that Rome would not hesitate to use its veto power on the issue. [He] described as "absolutely incompatible" the trilingual regime proposed by the Commission and de facto backed by the Belgian Presidency. "It hampers the internal market. It discriminates against languages and does not reduce costs sufficiently," he said at the end of the Council. Spain is also very critical and has proposed a system based on English and a second language, to be chosen at will by applicants. Poland is said to have voiced criticism at the last Council. Warsaw is clearly against the idea that a possible solution could involve a five-language regime, where Italian and Spanish would join English, French and German as official languages for EU patents, leaving out Polish. Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Cyprus are also sceptical about the three-language proposal made by the Commission last July ...
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