Re: "Take this opportunity to have your say on Europe's digital future..."
> Actually, AC, I *have* contributed.
Fair enough, and congratulations for contributing.
From your description however, it would simply seem that your proposal wasn't persuasive enough to be taken into account. I have had, as you can imagine, the same experience--which wasn't unexpected and in hindsight probably correct.
Now, there is a bit of an impossible leap of reasoning from there to saying that they will just "ignore [you] in favour of whichever industry lobbying group has offered us the most". Do you have any specific evidence of that being the case? If so, I suggest you head for the courthouse, as that would simply be illegal.
A different matter of course is interest groups having the resources to invest in actually coming up with convincing arguments which happen to work in their favour, but I think the current system, at the EU level, works much better than the national systems, where in many cases you cannot even contribute directly.
In any event and going back to your example, if I were the ABS industry, what would I gain from making ABS non-overrideable? As long as I managed to get it installed on every motorcycle, I would be happy enough.
Incidentally, I know nothing about motorcycles, but just happened to chat on IM with a friend of mine who is a former motocross national and international champion and has done the Paris-Dakar thing and other stuff like that. His rather conclusive reaction: "I wouldn't buy a bike without ABS". I think this illustrates that, in the motorcycle world itself, the opinion may be divided and what on the face of it appears to be the sensible option has been chosen.
> all new bikes above 125cc are going to have to have mandatory "always on" ABS included by 2020
Just FYI, according to my mate, and I haven't verified, the deal is that anything 125 cc and above has to have ABS from 2016, not 2020. By 2019 a decision will be made in respect of bikes under 125 cc (if the ABS lobby has so much power, why leave it for latter to decide whether to have it or not?). The only thing that happens by 2020 is some emissions thing that I did not understand a word of. He also mentioned something about bikes over 100 horsepower being legal, something which the French were initially not happy about.
So is it OK if I withdraw my accusation of ignorance and replace it by "sore loser" instead? :-)