[A2k] 7 civil society groups ask for European Parliament transparency on ACTA

Ante ante at ffii.org
Thu Nov 17 08:14:04 PST 2011


7 civil society groups ask for European Parliament transparency on ACTA

http://acta.ffii.org/?p=897

November 17, 2011
By Ante

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From: Raegan MacDonald
Sent: 17 November 2011 10:43
Subject: Need for INTA Transparency on ACTA

Dear INTA Committee Member,

Please find attached and below a letter from civil society — including digital 
rights, access to medicines, free software and human rights organisations — 
regarding the INTA meeting on 23 November, at which an unpublished Opinion of 
the European Parliament Legal Service on ACTA will be discussed in-camera.

I am happy to discuss this particular meeting and the ACTA process more 
generally, so please do not hesitate to contact me directly at [TELEPHONE 
NUMBER] or by email at [EMAIL ADDRESS].

Best regards,
-Raegan MacDonald

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Dear Members of the Committee on International Trade,

The undersigned signatories of this letter are a group of international civil 
society organisations. We are extremely concerned and disappointed by the INTA 
Committee’s repeated insistence on keeping the deliberations around Anti-
Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) hidden from the public.

According to your Committee’s website,1 there will be a meeting on 23 November 
at 09h00 at which an unpublished Opinion of the European Parliament Legal 
Service on ACTA will be discussed, in-camera. This lack of transparency is a 
long way from the legitimate expectations of citizens, in light of how the 
Parliament acted in the past. The current non-transparent approach is very 
different from the March 2010 position taken by the European Parliament which 
called on the Commission to “immediately make all documents related to the 
ongoing international negotiations on ACTA publicly available.”

This lack of transparency around a trade agreement which would undoubtedly 
affect all European citizens is in contravention with the guidance provided by 
Article 1 of the Treaty of the European Union. Given the implications of this 
plurilateral agreement to fundamental rights, international trade, access to 
medicines, innovation, and the integrity of the global internet,2 these 
conversations cannot be hidden from the public. In light of the Turco Case3 
and the Committee’s obligations under Article 15 of the TFEU, we strongly 
object to this discussion being held in-camera.

As a first step to creating greater transparency around discussions and the 
eventual consent procedure on ACTA, the signatories of this letter urge the 
INTA Committee to make the meeting where the Legal Service Opinion on ACTA 
will be discussed open to the public.

Access
European Digital Rights (EDRi)
Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII)
Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE)
Health GAP (Global Access Project)
Oxfam
Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD)

1 
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/activities/committees/calendarCom.do?language=EN&body=INTA
2 https://www.accessnow.org/policy-activism/press-blog/access-acta-overview-anti-counterfeiting-trade-agreement
3 http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:62005J0039:EN:HTML

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