Dutch Parliament Votes Against Software Patent Directive
Thru webwereld (Dutch)
Most A-items really don’t require further discussion, since the political agreement actually exists. With those, it clearly makes sense to skip a formal vote and save those 50 seconds in the process.Lenz also refers to a post by the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure, which has a link to the motion the Dutch parliament adopted and even a video stream of the debate (Dutch of course, parliamentary style).
In contrast, in this case, the “political agreement” does not really exist. It is pure fiction. Once you call a vote, multiple Member States needed for a majority would vote against.
Therefore, in this case the whole point of avoiding the vote is not the legitimate reason of saving time, but the deeply disturbing wish to fabricate a majority where there is none.