EP to Determine ACTA Fate Wednesday

Bulgaria in EU | July 2, 2012, Monday // 11:07|  views

MEP David Martin is recommending MEPs to reject ACTA. Photo by europa.eu

This week will see EU's conclusive decision on the controversial ACTA international agreement, as the European Parliament is to vote on it Wednesday.

The Parliament cannot amend the agreement, but only approve or reject it. If it does not give its consent, then the agreement falls as far as the EU is concerned.

The agreement is believed to be almost killed, since four EP committees – those on Civil Liberties, Industry, Legal Affairs, Development and Trade? have already recommended that the Parliament reject it.

British Labour MEP David Martin, who was responsible for steering the text through Parliament, has asked MEPs to turn it down.

For ACTA to enter into force in the EU, the agreement has to be ratified by the European Parliament, the Council and all member states. Several member states, including Bulgaria, have already said they will not ratify ACTA.

ACTA, abbreviation for Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, mandates that signatory countries implement legislation to criminalize certain types of downloading content such as music and movies, from sites not sanctioned by rights owners, such as torrent trackers.

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Tags: Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, EU Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht, ACTA, European Court of Justice, European Union, European Commission, ECJ, EP, EU, EC, MEPs

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