Pirate party representatives from more than 25 countries agreed at a conference in Prague to prepare a joint platform and campaign for the elections to the European Parliament in 2014, the Czech media reported.
The Pirate parties agreed last weekend to establish their own political group in the European Parliament if they succeeded in the 2014 elections, the Prague Daily Monitor wrote.
The document adopted at the meeting may launch the basis for a more unified European party, but it must first be approved by the parties in individual countries, said Mikuláš Ferjen?ík, chairman of the Czech Pirate Party, the ?TK news agency reported.
Besides the election of their leadership – the Pirate Parties International (PPI) – the delegates mainly discussed ways to strengthen their voice in politics and succeed in elections, building on the success of their Swedish and German colleagues (see background).
The PPI admitted the Croatian and Greek Pirate parties as new members. The Slovak Pirates also have applied for membership.
"We will coordinate the campaign and start working on a joint programme that we will share all over Europe," Ferjen?ík was quoted as saying.
European Pirate parties vow to promote a more transparent state and a larger share in decision-making for citizens, Ferjen?ík said, adding that they would also seek a reform of the intellectual property concept.
Pirate Parties primarily focus on the Internet freedom and on restricting copyright that they consider an obstacle to the free spread of music, films and computer programmes.
Most recently, Pirate parties drew attention for organising protests against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which, they say, will limit internet freedom.