Letters patent to the Council of the EU…

Today we send a Mail to the Council of the EU to demand a reaction of the online petition. If you don’t know what this is all about read this blog entry.


Dear Sirs/Madams

I recognised that the videos of the “Streaming Service of the Council of the European Union” [1] are only published in a proprietary format (in this case Windows Media Video “WMV”), so citizens using other operating Systems as Microsoft Windows or Apple’s MacOS are unable to watch those videos under assured legal conditions.

One of the main principles of the EU is the elimination of discrimination. Nobody should be excluded from services, rights, … because of sex, sexual orientation, religion, colour, … and choice of software.

My brother Erik Esterer has already sent a mail about this topic more than two weeks ago (December 21st, 2006). But there is no reaction till now.

I’ve started an online petition [2] to determine how important the issue is for the citizens of the EU. As of January, 8th 2007 over 15.000 people signed the online petition. This shows a strong interest in this topic and demands a statement and/or reaction of you.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me.

This letters patent will be published on my blog [3] and distributed on- and offline for reasons of transparency.

Yours faithfully
Stefan Esterer
Austrasse 3b
5020 Salzburg
AUSTRIA

[1] http://ceuweb.belbone.be/index.php?lang=EN
[2] http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/eu_streaming_service_for_everybody
[3] https://stefon.wordpress.com/2007/01/08/letters-patent-to-the-council-of-the-eu

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