In a statement published after the latest EU Council meeting, the Commission's patent policy unit now says:
"The adoption of a cost-effective Community Patent is the most important step. In the meantime […] the Member States and the Commission should together make the existing patent system more efficient by improving the means for litigation through a Community instrument."
This comes after the non-Community nature of the EPLA has fuelled a call from the European Parliament for a "significant improvements to the EPLA text, which address concerns about democratic control, judicial independence and litigation costs". The dissatisfaction seems to have spread to some of the ministries in control of patent policy at the national level. In particular the French industry ministry is rumored to have asked for a solution at the EU level instead of a replication of the EPO structure.
This can be seen as a significant slowdown of the EPLA bandwagon.