"Everyone's rights are enforced already except for intellectual property, so why not?"
You've got copyright protection, trademark protection, and patents, with enforcement behind all of them. I doubt any EU country will condone propping up a stand and selling bootleg DVDs or CDs, I know there've been software bootlegging rings arrested. I know what you REALLY want is even MORE enforcement, but don't go around pretending there's none at all.
"Note this is about mostly to do with industrial patents (and trademarks), not copyright."
True, but mostly doesn't matter, very nasty bits of copyright legislation were wedged in there, that's what made it be tabled to begin with; people have repeatedly voted down this kind of junk.
"I expect the Freetards and who think ripping people off is OK will soon be whining like spoilt children they are."
The kind of rules these jokers were going for are strongly disagreed with by many people and by may countries in general. Major problems with the types of laws pushed in there (DMCA-style clauses, 3-strikes, etc...) are
1) Objections to anticircumvention clauses -- i.e. many countries respect fair use, and respect the property owner's right to break any rights restriction system that interferes with their full use rights (i.e. make a backup, use the file on whatever computer they wish, etc.) You've already so much as said this is so I can pirate stuff. You know as well as I do that it's not.
2) Objections to 3-strikes stuff... The extreme costs of expecting every ISP to filter, and the slippery slope this provides -- the ISP is spying on their own customers at that point. These rules are badly structured too, I was hassled by my own ISP until I cancelled for downloading stuff when they finally sent paperwork to the RIGHT address instead of just shutting my cable modem off over and over, I found besides it not being anything I downloaded the IP address was also one I had never had -- they had and still have a scrambled account<->IP database. There was not a provision for an appeals process, it was assumed I did it. I said "forget it, here's my cable modem I'm cancelling service".
3) In some countries internet is also viewed as a human right, and do think about it --- would anyone advocate people that commit copyright infringement should have their electricity cut off? That would stop infringement too. Of course not, electricity is a basic service; but internet service can be just as necessary for a normal life as power or phone service is.
This is not a matter of "freetards" wanting stuff for free. These laws are deeply flawed.
One thing I wonder, I don't know how EU government really works. Is them suggesting the European Comission look at this stuff and showing they don't want it yet again, is this binding? Is it truly a suggestion, or is it a "suggestion" they can't refuse?