ACTA in the News

December 20, 2012: FFII: European Commission withdraws ACTA referral (links to

July 4, 2012- ACTA poległo w PE. Zdecydowana większość za odrzuceniem umowy (links to
ACTA killed in European Parliament. The vast majority reject the treaty

July 4, 2012-IP Policy Committee blog: Lessons from the ACTA battles and opening up new fronts (links to

June 21, 2012-MEP Lidia Geringer de Oedenberg: ACTA--one step closer to the final rejection (links to

June 21, 2012-BBC News: European trade committee votes to reject piracy treaty (links to BBC News)

June 14, 2012-CitizenVox: While Battle against ACTA Rages, next Clash against TPP Looms (links to CitizenVox)

June 6, 2012-Bridges Weekly: Anti-Counterfeiting Pact Stumbles in European Parliament Ctte Votes (links to

June 5, 2012-European Parliament: ACTA now rejected by four EP committees (links to

June 1, 2012-Parliament votes bring ACTA closer to final rejection (links to

May 31, 2012-Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament: S&D call to reject ACTA backed by Parliament's civil liberties committee (links to

May 31, 2012-The Greens, European Free Alliance: Further blows to ACTA as EP moves to finish off controversial treaty (links to

May 31, 2012-European Parliament Press Release: ACTA rejected by three EP committees

May 2, 2012-Bridges Weekly: Rapporteur Urges EU Parliament to Reject Anti-Counterfeiting Pact (links to

February 22, 2012-Bridges Weekly: Anti-Counterfeiting Pact Referred to European Court of Justice (links to

February 17, Tusk apeluje do europejskich przywódców: Odrzucić ACTA (links to
Tusk calls on European leaders to reject ACTA

February 13, 2012-Europoseł Sonik: ACTA jest już martwe (links to
MEP Sonik: ACTA is already dead

February 11, 2012-
L'Express: Bruxelles se défend de tout manque de transparence sur l'accord ACTA (links to
Brussels condemns the lack of transparency surrounding ACTA

February 8, 2012-
The Washington Post: ACTA and the case of the undead (links to

February 6, 2012-
ACTA activates European civil society (links to

February 2, 2012-ący parlamentu europejskiego skrytykował ACTA (links to
President of the European Parliament criticizes ACTA

January 27, 2012-BBC: European Parliament rapporteur quits in Acta protest (links to

September 8, 2010-ars technica: European Parliament passes anti-ACTA declaration (links to

March 17, 2010-European Parliament: MEPs lobby for openness on Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (links to

March 10, 2010-European Parliament: Anti-counterfeiting agreement: Parliament must be fully informed (links to


    ACTA texts

Opposition from within the European Parliament against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

On July 4, 2012 the European Parliament voted against ACTA by 478 votes to 39, with 165 abstentions.

Prior to the European Parliament's vote, all four European Parliament advisory committees rejected ACTA

June 4, 2012
The Development committee: 19 votes against ACTA, 1 in favor, 3 abstentions
See Draft Opinion and Amendments

May 31, 2012
Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI): 12 votes against the draft opinion, 10 in favor, 2 abstentions
See Draft Opinion
Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE): 31 votes against ACTA, 25 in favor, 1 abstention
See Draft opinion
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE): 36 votes against ACTA, 1 in favor, 21 abstentions
See Draft Opinion

View video recording of the LIBE committee meeting on ACTA, 8 May 2012 (links to

Excerpt from the
Draft Opinion of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of ACTA

 2. Notes that counterfeiting, copyright and trademark infringements are covered by ACTA thus creating a one-size-fits-all instrument of enforcement which doesn't meet the unique needs of each sector; is concerned by the lack of definition of key terminologies on which the ACTA enforcement mechanisms are based; fears that this creates legal uncertainty for European companies and in particular SMEs, technology users, online platform and internet service providers.

Read full draft opinion here

Excerpt from the
Draft Opinion of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs on the compatibility of ACTA between the European Union and its Member States, Australia, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United Mexican States, the Kingdom of Morocco, New Zealand, the Republic of Singapore, the Swiss Confederation and the United States of America with the rights enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union

In this sense, your Rapporteur believes that ACTA comes at a very premature stage and a possible adoption of the Treaty would essentially freeze the possibility of having a public deliberation that is worthy of our democratic heritage. Against such a monumental challenge, what we absolutely need is that every expert we have, every affected organisation or institution we can spare, every citizen that desires to voice an opinion participates, from the beginning, in the creation of a modern social pact, a modern regime of protecting intellectual property rights. ACTA is not, and was not conceived to be, this. Instead, the Rapporteur believes that an adoption of ACTA would prematurely strangle the debate and tip the balance on one side, would allow for Member States to experiment on laws that could potentially harm fundamental freedoms and set precedents that could be undesirable for future societies.

Read full draft opinion here (links to

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), an independent supervisory authority devoted to protecting personal data and privacy, warned against the impact of ACTA on fundamental rights and particular the rights to privacy and data protection in an opinion presented on April 24, 2012.

69. Many of the measures envisaged in the Agreement in the context of enforcement of IP rights in the digital environment would involve the monitoring of users' behaviour and of their electronic communications on the Internet. These measures are highly intrusive to the private sphere of individuals and, if not implemented properly, may therefore interfere with their rights and freedoms to, inter alia, privacy, data protection and the confidentiality of their communications.

         --Excerpt from the Opinion of the European Data Protection Supervisor on ACTA
           Read conclusions and full opinion here

On April 12, 2012, the European Parliament ACTA Rapporteur, David Martin, released a draft recommendation to the EU Parliament that he had officially submitted to the EU International Trade Committee (INTA). The recommendation expressed strong concerns regarding ACTA's ambiguities and urged the EU Parliament not to consent to ACTA.

 Unintended consequences of the ACTA text is a serious concern. On individual criminalisation, the definition of “commercial-scale”, the role of internet service providers and the possible interruption of the transit of generic medicines, your rapporteur maintains doubts that the ACTA text is as precise as is necessary.

The intended benefits of this international agreement are far outweighed by the potential threats to civil liberties. Given the vagueness of certain aspects of the text and the uncertainty over its interpretation, the European Parliam
ent cannot guarantee adequate protection for citizens' rights in the future under ACTA.

         --Excerpt from the Draft Recommendation of David Martin, the European Parliament ACTA Rapporteur
            Read full draft recommendation here (links to Bridges Weekly)

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