According to a February 18, 2005 article from CNetNews.com, "Hundreds of people from across Europe gathered in Brussels on Thursday to demonstrate against software patents." Their message to EU Commissioner McCreevy was that "The European Union has become a Banana Republic. The division of competences between the legislative and the executive branch is not functioning as it should. And there is a lot you can do about it. . . ."
Leaders of the Parliamentâ€™s political groups were also reported to have unanimously backed a request that the European Commission repropose the draft directive on the patenting of inventions implemented by computer.