European Parliament Showered With Flowers Over ACTA Rejection

The European Parliament’s mail room looks like a florist’s shop, with bundles of flowers on every flat surface. Hundreds and hundreds. There are flowers being carried by somebody in practically every elevator ride. Those are the inside reports from the European Parliament in the wake of the ACTA rejection.

On Wednesday July 4, the European Parliament rejected ACTA overwhelmingly.

It would appear many citizens of Europe and the world took Thursday’s suggestion from here to heart:

Screenshot of the article on the eve of July 4, ACTA rejection day, suggesting a flower shower over Parliament

The idea of sending flowers was carried and spread by many (766 shares and counting – each +1 of the +766 is one share somewhere, and one share can reach just one other person or it can reach hundreds of thousands), but from what I’ve seen, I’d like to give particular credit to Glyn Moody, the Anonymous hive, Enrique Dans, and Kim Dotcom for using their range and reach to spread the message, but do note that they’re still just one +1 each. This was a grassroots reaction.

So what does it look like in Parliament, then?

Members of European Parliament are starting to tweet about it, and they herald it as a career first:

Christian Engström, Pirate MEP, has written a blog post about it, and Pirate MEP Andersdotter’s assistant @Senficon has posted pictures, too.

Close-up of flowers, with note “Thank you for helping reject ACTA last week”

Still, I predict most of the flowers will arrive tomorrow Tuesday rather than today. I’m very happy that so many chose to follow the suggestion and do as I did, sending flowers to a random Member of European Parliament who helped preserve our civil liberties against encroaching corporate interests.

Unfortunately, photos are not allowed in the mail room (for obvious reasons). We’ll see if our heroes in Parliament get over the surprise to take more of a group photo soon enough…

A bit of a group photo: some Members of European Parliament with flowers.

Rick Falkvinge

Rick is the founder of the first Pirate Party and a low-altitude motorcycle pilot. He lives on Alexanderplatz in Berlin, Germany, roasts his own coffee, and as of right now (2019-2020) is taking a little break.


  1. Datavetaren

    I’m so proud of being part of this. The impact of this will send a message to every MEP on who they truly represent. As a Swede I sent flowers to a Belgian member. That by itself is a strong message telling that EU is one entity with one destiny. Thanks to all who contributed!

  2. Norwegian

    Heres hoping that flowers from Norway shows that you also have impact on non-member states!

    1. Børge / forteller

      Just checking in as another Norwegian who sent flowers. Mine won’t be there until thursday, unfortunately, though. But I hope more people keep sending troughout the week.

  3. petru
  4. OpenBibliotheken

    We sent flowers to Marietje Schaake and she received them today:

  5. Zell Faze

    I sent flowers to a random “Yes” voting representative. Luthuania I believe is where I sent them.

    I hope he likes them.

    1. Calandrella

      Ehm… why? If you think that ACTA is good, please explain, because all I heard is that it would “protect jobs” on the pro side and risk fundamental rights on the net and risk hundreds of thousands of poor people’s access to medicine (according to Medecins Sans Frontieres) on the down side. So even if the proponents are right about the economical aspect (which I think they are not), I’d say that fundamental rights and the lives of hundreds of thousands of people clearly, clearly, clearly outweighs the economical argument, by far.

      1. Anon

        Get real. Who told you that? Troll.

    2. Rick Falkvinge

      Poor homework, there.

      1) You’d remember who you sent it to, if you had.

      2) It’s spelled Lithuania. You’d remember that too.

      3) Nobody (not one) from Lithuania voted in favor of the thing.

      Bad troll, no cookie.

  6. David Fuchs

    Next time lets throw them a block party. 🙂

  7. Commenter

    There is something quite poetic about “saying it with flowers”. As you say, it shows this is a “grassroots” effort, and, like flowers, creativity and art blossom all around us without government-granted monopolies. You could also say that sharing plants is like “seeding” files to your peers.

    I suggest that flowers and flower showers become an additional symbol of the worldwide Pirate Party movement.

    1. Datavetaren

      Just as “spam” became the term for unwanted email due to Monty Python’s famous skit, we may get the word “flowered” for the equivalent anti-symmetric meaning 🙂

      1. Rick Falkvinge

        As opposed to… de-flowered…? Plenty of room for hilarious misunderstandings there 🙂

    2. Abigcat

      I don’t think it’s a good idea to sent flowers whenever a certain political party is happy about the outcome. This can be counter productive.
      But there IS a good idea to make it common practice to send flower whenever a positive descition is clearly affected by a strong grassroot movement to mark that the desicion is a result of “REAL democracy in action”

  8. Calandrella

    Yes, that’s all great.

    But Rick and everyone else: [b]ACTA is not dead[/b]. The European Commission is trying an evil plan of [b]passing ACTA through CETA[/b], a trade agreement with Canada of all countries. But Canada can simply cut out the ACTA part if they wish. And if the European Parliament is enlightnened about this, they can stop it. So [b]e-mail parliament and Canada today[/b] and spread the word! Don’t know whom to e-mail in Canada, perhaps Rick can find out? And Rick, clearly you must blog about this!

    Source: Michael Geist, law professor in Canada and very knowledgeable about these issues.

    1. jimbo

      and Lamar Smith is trying to get the bad bits of SOPA reintroduced in the USA. see here:

      seems like defeating a bill means nothing. it just keeps coming back to haunt and those that introduced the original dont learn a thing from the defeat either!

    2. Rick Falkvinge

      I just posted an article on that:

      Alarm bells over CETA appear premature

      Yesterday, the net’s alarm bells went off all at once regarding a new trade agreement – a CETA, an agreement between the Canada and the European Union – that would sneak ACTA’s provisions into law through the back door, now that ACTA had been forcefully rejected by the European Parliament. The whole net was angry with the European Commission and its disrespect for democracy.

      However, the leaked docs were written in February 2012, when it was all but certain that ACTA would pass.

      So this is not “ACTA rises again”. This is not “ACTA, the First Zombie Remake”. This is an entirely logical document as it would have been written in February of 2012, written with the political assumptions of its time in mind.

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  10. Magnus

    Currently on vacation in Spain, I thought I’d send my flowers to a Spanish MEP. Hope that every no-voter gets at least one bouquet.

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    No news coverage?

  17. Elianora

    Hey that’s Tarja Cronberg in the picture. She’s a green MEP from my country, I sent her those orange flowers 🙂

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  19. Frank Drebin

    I also sent the flowers to the MEP selected by a fair dice roll.

    I didn’t retweet. I wish to remain anonymous in public. Only the MEP knows who I am and why (s)he got the flowers.

  20. @icanhazsake

    Epic win. I hope the message gets through. I wish I could send flowers to the ones that vote the right way here but unfortunately the votes are still secret.

  21. louisa

    Great idea, this random list of no-to-ACTA voters. As a Dutch I sent flowers to a Spanish guy.

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