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Pirate Parties International

Pirate Parties International
PPI signetPirate_Parties_International
Abbreviation PPI
Formation April 18, 2010 (2010-04-18)
Type International nongovernmental organisation
Legal status Association
Purpose Political
Headquarters Brussels, Belgium
Membership Pirate parties and affiliated associations
Co-Chairmen Maša Čorak/Koen De Voegt
Main organ General Assembly
  Elected posts won
  Officially registered
  Active, unregistered pirate party
  No pirate party
  Member of Pirate Parties International
  Active Pirate Party, but not PPI member

Pirate Parties International (PPI) is a not-for-profit international non-governmental organisation with its headquarters in Pirate Parties, currently representing members from 42 countries. The Pirate Parties are political incarnations of the freedom of expression movement, trying to achieve their goals by the means of the established political system rather than through activism.


  • Aims 1
  • History 2
    • The Uppsala Declaration 2.1
    • The Prague Declaration 2.2
  • Structure 3
  • PPI Conferences 4
  • Pirate Party movement worldwide 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The PPI statutes[2] give its purposes as:

to help establish, to support and promote, and to maintain communication and co-operation between pirate parties around the world.

The PPI advocate on the international level for the promotion of the goals its Members share such as protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the digital age, consumer and authors rights oriented reform of copyright and related rights, support of information privacy, transparency and free access to information.

The name "Pirates" itself is a reappropriation of the title that was given to internet users by the representatives of the music and film industry, and do not refer to any illegal activity.


The first Pirate party was the Swedish Piratpartiet, founded on January 1, 2006 by Rick Falkvinge. Other parties and groups were formed in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, and Spain. In 2007, representatives of these parties met in Vienna, Austria to form an alliance and plan for the 2009 European Parliament elections.[3] Further conferences were held in 2008 in Berlin and Uppsala, the latter leading to the "Uppsala Declaration" of a basic platform for the elections.[4]

In September 2008, Andrew Norton (United States) was appointed as coordinator of the PPI collective. In August 2009 he stepped down[5] and passed the function of coordinator over to the "coreteam" led by Patrick Mächler and Samir Allioui.[6]

In 2009 the original Pirate Party won 7.1% of the vote[7] in Sweden's European Parliament elections and won two of Sweden's twenty MEP seats, inspired by a surge in membership following the trial and conviction of three members of the ideologically aligned Pirate Bay a year earlier.[8]

On 18 April 2010, the Pirate Parties International was formally founded in Brussels at the PPI Conference from April 16 to 18.[1]

On 17 January 2011, an activist of the Tunisian Pirate Party, Slim Amamou, was appointed Secretary of State of Youth and Sport[9][10][11] in the Tunisian government. On 25 May 2011, he resigned from his position, stating that once the country's democratic elections were planned, his mission would be over.[12]

In September 2011 in the Berlin state elections The Pirate Party won 8.9% of the vote and its first ever seats in a state parliament anywhere in the world.[13] They have gained representation in several German state parliaments elected in 2012 (North Rhine-Westphalia, Saarland, Schleswig-Holstein), typically at around 8% of the valid votes.

The Uppsala Declaration

At the 2009 conference of Pirate Parties International in Uppsala (Sweden), European Pirate parties agreed on a common declaration of the parties' goals for the upcoming election of the European Parliament.[14][15] Central issues of the declaration are:

  • reform of copyright, exemption of non-commercial activity from copyright regulation, reduction of the duration of copyright protections; banning of DRM technologies, opposition to media or hardware levies;
  • reform of patent law, particularly stating that patents on life (including patents on seeds and on genes) and software should not be allowed;
  • strengthening civil rights, transparent government, speedy and fair trial and freedom of speech; expansion of the right to anonymity in communication.

The Prague Declaration

At 2012 conference of Pirate Parties International in Prague (Czech Republic), European Pirate parties agreed to run in the elections to the European Parliament in the year 2014 with a common program as well as establish a European political party. The declaration[16] has been followed by conferences in Potsdam and Barcelona to work on the structure of the legal body to come and the statutes for it.


The PPI is governed by a board, led by two co-chairs.[17] Policy, govenance, and applications for membership are the responsibility of the PPI General Assembly which must convene at least once per year.[18]

PPI Board
Year Co-Chairs COA CFO Member of the board Alternates
2010/2011  Germany Grégory Engels,

 Luxembourg Jerry Weyer

 Germany Joachim Mönch  Sweden Nicolas Sahlqvist  Serbia Aleksandar Blagojevic,

 Czech Republic Jakub Michálek,
 Czech Republic Bogomil Shopov

2011/2012  Netherlands Samir Allioui,

 Czech Republic Marcel Kolaja

 Russia Lola Voronina   Switzerland Patrick Mächler  United Kingdom Finlay Archibald

 France Paul da Silva
 Germany Thomas Gaul

2012/2013  Germany Grégory Engels,

 Russia Lola Voronina

Travis McCrea  United Kingdom Ed Geraghty  Portugal Nuno Cardoso,

 Russia Jelena Jovanović,
  Switzerland Denis Simonet

 Australia Brendan Molloy,

 Germany Thomas Gaul,
 Italy Alessandra Minoni,
 United States Andrew Norton

2013/2014  Germany Grégory Engels,

 Czech Republic Vojtěch Pikal

 Germany Thomas Gaul  Luxembourg Marc Tholl  Portugal Nuno Cardoso,

 Russia Azat Gabrakhmanov,
  Switzerland Denis Simonet

 Russia Jelena Jovanović,

 Belgium Paul Bossu,
 Poland Radosław Pietroń,
 Turkey Yasin Aydin

since 2014  Croatia Maša Čorak,

 Belgium Koen de Voegt

 Germany Thomas Gaul  Germany Sebastian Krone  Germany Grégory Engels,

 Germany Thomas Gaul,
 Norway Anders Kleppe,
 Greece Stathis Leivaditis

 Italy Marco Confalonieri,

 Turkey Yasin Aidin,
 Japan Min Chiaki,
 Tunisia Chemseddine Ben Jemaa

PPI Conferences

International Pirate Party Meetings
Name Date of Meeting Location Host Party
International Conference 2007 8-10/6/2007 Vienna, Austria
International Conference 1/2008 26-27/1/2008 Berlin, Germany
International Conference 2/2008 27-29/6/2008 Uppsala, Sweden
PPI Conference 2010 (Founding Conference) 16-18/4/2010 Brussels, Belgium Pirate Party Belgium
PPI Conference 2011 12-13/3/2011 Friedrichshafen, Germany Pirate Party Germany
PPI Conference 2012 14-15/4/2012 Prague, Czech Republic Czech Pirate Party
Pirate Summer Conference 9-10/6/2012 Aarau, Switzerland Pirate Party Aargau
PPI Conference 2013 20-21/4/2013 Kazan, Russia Pirate Party of Russia
PPI Conference 2014 12-13/4/2014 Paris, France Pirate Party of France

Pirate Party movement worldwide

See Pirate Party and List of Pirate Parties for an overview of all Pirate Parties around the world.


  1. ^ a b "The Pirate International is born".  
  2. ^ "Pirate Parties International Statutes" (PDF). Pirate Parties International. 2010-04-18. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  3. ^ Ben Jones (2007-06-09). "Pirates Gather at First International Pirate Party Conference". TorrentFreak. Retrieved 2010-05-28. 
  4. ^ "The Uppsala Declaration or European Pirate Parties Declaration of a basic platform for the European Parliamentary Election of 2009". Piratpartiet. 2008-07-02. Retrieved 2010-05-28. 
  5. ^ Norton, Andrew (2009-08-02). "Signing off". mailing list. Retrieved 2009-09-07.
  6. ^ "Patrick Mächler steps down - Jerry Weyer Steps up!". 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  7. ^ "Swedish pirates capture EU seat".  
  8. ^ Will Smale (2010-04-27). "Election: Can Pirate Party UK emulate Sweden success?".  
  9. ^ "Turmoil in Tunisia: As it happened on Monday".  
  10. ^ "Arrested Pirate Party Member Becomes Tunisian State Secretary". TorrentFreak. 2011-01-17. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  11. ^ "Dissident blogger enters new Tunisian government".  
  12. ^ "Tunisian minster quits". The Guardian. 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  13. ^ Wil Longbottom (2011-09-19). "Shiver me timbers! Pirate Party wins 15 seats in Berlin parliamentary elections".  
  14. ^ "European Pirate Platform 2009".  
  15. ^ "Uppsala-Deklaration". Piratenwiki (in German and English).  
  16. ^ The Prague Declaration
  17. ^ Pirate Parties International Statutes, Article XIII.
  18. ^ Pirate Parties International Statutes, Articles IX - XI.

External links

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