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    European Parliament INTA Committee Draft ACTA Recommendation

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    Tuesday April 17, 2012
    The draft recommendation from the European Parliament INTA committee on ACTA has been posted online, confirming the committee "declines to consent to conclusion of the agreement."
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    Socialists & Democrats Group at European Parliament to Reject ACTA

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    Friday April 13, 2012
    The Socialists and Democrats Group at the European Parliament, the second largest bloc of MEPs, has announced that it plans vote against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, yet another indication that ACTA is likely to be defeated later this spring at the EP.

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    European Parliament Committee Rejects ACTA Delay as MEPs Seek to "Bury" the Agreement

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    Wednesday March 28, 2012
    The European Parliament's INTA Committee yesterday soundly rejected a proposal to refer the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement to the European Court of Justice for review. ACTA critics viewed the proposal as a delay tactic designed with the hope that public opposition to the agreement would subside in the year or two it would take for a court review. The 21-5 vote against the motion means that the INTA committee will conclude its ACTA review later this spring with a full European Parliament vote expected in June or July. The lack of support for ACTA within the European Parliament is now out in the open with multiple parties indicating they will not support the agreement. For example, MEP Bernd Lange stated:

    Today's decision not to ask for legal advice from the Court of Justice is the first sign that this Parliament is ready to reject ACTA. It was a mistake from the beginning to put counterfeit goods and internet content in the same agreement. The European Parliament was not involved in the negotiations and now we are asked to say either yes or no, without the possibility of amending the shortcomings. We cannot support the text as it is. ACTA will probably be buried before the summer.

    There were similar comments from other MEPs, who, after being shut out of the ACTA process for years, are now unwilling to delay voting on the agreement within the next few months. I spoke at the INTA Committee workshop on ACTA earlier this month - the sense the European Parliament would reject ACTA was openly discussed then - and my report on the agreement should be released shortly.
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    Assessing ACTA: My Appearance Before the European Parliament INTA Workshop on ACTA

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    Thursday March 01, 2012
    The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement has mushroomed into a massive political issue in Europe in recent weeks with protests in hundreds of cities across the continent. Much of the focus has been on whether the European Parliament will give its approval to the agreement. The focal point of attention within the EP has been on the INTA committee, which holds a public workshop on the issue today. Interest in the workshop has been incredible - there are apparently 800 registrants with thousands more expected to watch the live stream.

    Several months ago, I was approached to write one of several reports for the ACTA workshop. The report will be made public in the next couple of weeks, but I'll be on the workshop's first panel (along with Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and Professor Christophe Geiger) to discuss my report and the agreement. The panel starts at 9:15 ET. I only have ten minutes for opening remarks, so the comments target a few of the findings from the report. A transcript of my planned remarks is posted with EP permission below:


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