In a relatively close vote, the full plenary of the European Parliament voted today in Strasbourg to move forward with the draft of the ePrivacy Regulation and enter into negotiations with the EU Council and EU Commission on a final text of the legislation. Following a period of what publications have described as intense lobbying resulting from the text of the draft voted out of the LIBE Committee last week, the final vote was 318 in favor, 280 opposed, with 20 abstentions. The vote in LIBE was 31 for, 24 against; other committees that asked for opinion also had tight votes, with JURI voting 11-10 and IMCO 19-13. The ITRE Committee, however, endorsed the draft 50-5. The "Full Story" link has the full report from Rapporteur MEP Marju Lauristin, which includes side-by-side comparisons of the original Commission draft and the current Parliament draft.
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