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It’s a no-show

Participants in the Joint Technology Initiatives were delighted when they were given the go-ahead for a day-long session at the European Parliament on 6 October to lobby MEPs. They prepared detailed presentations, and brought in researchers from all over Europe to get their message across. But only one, solitary MEP showed up: Italian conservative Mario Mauro, who had organised the meeting. He stayed for 10 minutes to give his welcoming words, and then excused himself for good, leaving the bemused JTI representatives to talk amongst themselves. And MEPs have the cheek to wonder why nobody takes them seriously.

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