[A2k] [acta] A partly secret ratification process… How deep do you want to sink?

Ante ante at ffii.org
Fri Nov 18 07:08:27 PST 2011


A partly secret ratification process… How deep do you want to sink?

http://acta.ffii.org/?p=904
with links

November 18, 2011
By Ante

The European Parliament partly released the legal service’s opinion on ACTA, 
but left out the analysis on ACTA. Why?

“Important trading partners of the EU, such as the United States, Canada, 
Japan, Korea and Switzerland are contracting parties to the ACTA agreement. 
Disclosure of the parts of the legal opinion under consideration dealing with 
questions 1, 2 and 3 would seriously interfere with the complex ratification 
procedures of the ACTA agreement and the EU’s relations with the other 
contracting parties, as it might prejudice the ratification procedures by these 
countries.”

Really. The ACTA text is published. Everyone can now analyse it. Evidently, 
the analysis may show ACTA is very bad. That would jeopardize the ratification 
process – deservedly so. That is all in the game in a democracy. But the 
European Parliament is not interested in democracy, apparently.

A partly secret ratification process… How deep do you want to sink?

In related news, today it became clear there is a parallel secret track: the 
Legal Affairs committee also asked for an opinion.




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