The various Pirate Parties across Europe have agreed to work together on a campaign for the elections to the European Parliament in 2014.
Representatives from more than 25 countries gathered in Prague agreed to prepare a joint platform for the elections, forming the basis for a more unified European party. The document adopted at the meeting would mean that if the parties succeed in the 2014 elections, they will form their own political group in the European Parliament.
“We will coordinate the campaign and start working on a joint programme that we will share all over Europe,” said Mikulas Ferjencik, chairman of the Czech Pirate party.
The representatives also elected the leadership of the global umbrella body, Pirate Parties International, admitted the Croation and Greek Pirate parties as new members, and discussed methods of gaining greater electoral success, looking carefully at the success of the Swedish and German Pirate Parties, who have both won seats in their parliaments.
Core issues for the parties in the coming years will be transparency in government, giving citizens a greater voice in decision-making, and reforming the concept of intellectual property.
Elsewhere, the parties will continue their opposition to legislation like Acta andSopa, which has proved to be popular over the past year or so.