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As already mentioned by The Lobby in June (see Pirates could secure two seats in new European Parliament) the Swedish Pirate Party has secured another seat in the European Parliament following the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty.

Amelia Andersdotter, 22, is on her way to Brussels, thanks to the Lisbon Treaty, perhaps ironically, a Treaty she is personally not in favour of. But as she says herself in an interview with Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, “if it now has to enter into force, it’s good that the Pirate Party gains another seat…[as] two people can perform double the amount of work” (free translation).

She effectively becomes the European Parliament’s youngest MEP.

Well done, say we at The Lobby!

– Emil

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The Swedish Pirate Party snagged an impressive 7,1% of Swedish votes in last week’s EU elections giving them one seat in the new European Parliament. The Pirates are set to be led by the party’s Vice-Chairman Christian Engström in Brussels and party leader Rickard Falkvinge in Stockholm.

But there’s already talk of two seats in the new parliament for the Swedish Pirates. According to the Swedish Electoral Authority’s latest simulation the Pirate Party is set to gain one of Sweden’s two ‘extra’ seats awarded under the Lisbon Treaty. If this is the case 21-year old (also see ‘EU elections’ youngest candidate is a pirate‘) Amelia Andersdotter (the party’s second top candidate) will most certainly travel to Brussels as an ‘extra’ MEP armed with observer status but with no voting rights until the Lisbon Treaty comes into force.

Meanwhile the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, and online journal The Local, reports that the Stockholm District Court today announced that the judge overseeing the case against the famous file-sharing website The Pirate Bay was not biased, despite being a member of a copyright protection organisation. Now it’s up to the Swedish Court of Appeal to decide whether there will be re-trial for the four men behind the website. It may be worth noting that the initial guilty verdict against the Pirate Bay helped propel Pirate Party membership to over 44,000 in Sweden…

– Emil

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