[A2k] Fwd: ACTA to be signed (unconstitutionally)

Erik Hjalmar Josefsson erik.hjalmar.josefsson at gmail.com
Sat Oct 1 03:26:30 PDT 2011

Dear David,

It's really simple. For example:

A video with David Martin was promoted at 
http://www.hivlawcommission.org last month. That's good.

But David Martin voted in favour of the Gallo Report: 
. That's not good.

Gallo is the Rapporteur in JURI on the ACTA dossier: 

Gallo will give consent to ACTA, so what is David Martin going to do?

David Martin is member of INTA and colleague to Kader Arif (same 
political group) who is the Rapporteur in INTA for the final report 
which will be put before Plenary. Will David and Kader agree to withhold 
consent? Are the MEPs active in the EP's Access to Medicine movement 
going to follow David and Kader and withhold consent too?

What are all these people going to do up until the vote on consent?

The MEPs in favour of ACTA knows what to do, MEP Daniel Caspary sent out 
a Press Release yesterday (see below).


Brüssel, 30. September 2011



/_Daniel Caspary (EVP/CDU):_/

*ACTA: Verpasste EU-Unterschrift *

*schadet Europas Wirtschaft*


/EU-Ministerrat hat noch kein grünes Licht für Unterzeichnung von ACTA 
gegeben / Abkommen wird am Samstag in Japan unterzeichnet/

Als "unverständlich" hat der außenhandelspolitische Sprecher der 
EVP-Fraktion im Europäischen Parlament, Daniel Caspary (CDU) das 
Versäumnis des EU-Ministerrates gewertet, am morgigen Samstag das 
geplante ACTA-Abkommen zum Schutz gegen Markenpiraterie auch von der 
Europäischen Kommission unterschreiben zu lassen.

"Produktfälscher verursachen der europäischen Wirtschaft jedes Jahr 
Schäden in Millionenhöhe. ACTA bietet europäischen Unternehmen Schutz 
gegen Produktfälscher. Es ist deshalb ein Armutszeugnis, dass die 
EU-Staaten noch kein grünes Licht für ACTA gegeben haben, so dass die EU 
dieses Abkommen nicht gleich morgen unterzeichnen kann. Das Versäumnis 
des Rates, rechtzeitig die Unterschrift der EU sicherzustellen, schadet 
Europas Wirtschaft".

Caspary forderte den Rat auf, sich für eine schnelle Ratifikation von 
ACTA in allen den Unterzeichnerstaaten sowie der Europäischen Union 
stark zu machen. "ACTA muss schnell kommen, damit Produktfälschern 
besser das Handwerk gelegt werden kann".

Das ACTA-Abkommen soll am Samstag, dem 1. Oktober 2011 in Japan 
unterzeichnet werden.

*_Für weitere Informationen_*

*Büro Daniel Caspary MdEP: Tel. +32 228 47978*

*EVP-Pressestelle, Lasse Böhm, Mobil +32 484 656 897*

On 10/01/2011 11:40 AM, David Hammerstein wrote:
> Dear Erik: I really don´t understand the substance of this exchange. 
> It is more semantic than real. We all agree that we must take 
> advantage of every procedural step and other opportunities to campaign 
> against ACTA . No one minimizes the difficulties, the opaqueness of 
> the  instittuions nor the defavorable relationship of forces.  Let´s 
> just get down to organizing a serious, broadbased campaign on many 
> levels. David
> 2011/10/1 Erik Hjalmar Josefsson <erik.hjalmar.josefsson at gmail.com 
> <mailto:erik.hjalmar.josefsson at gmail.com>>
>     There is no "ratification process" anywhere in the EU with which
>     you can interact in any meaningful way except the EP's vote on
>     consent.
>     There is no "significant space" in the EU for talking about
>     anything else right now than the so far successful coup to replace
>     a plenary vote on a resolution to ask the Court for an Opinion
>     with a question to the EP's Legal Service drafted in camera by
>     JURI and INTA Chairs.
>     There is no "public opinion" of significance anywhere in the EU
>     which can produce a light in which MEPs would find it worth while
>     to get educated about ACTA.
>     Normally I don't agree with Jérémie, but now he is right, the
>     signing of ACTA by the US, Canada, etc has to be the starting
>     point of a campaign which has to use every single procedural step
>     available to create public opinion and MEP awareness before the
>     final vote on consent:
>         * the Question(s) to the Legal Service (byline: MANIPULATION)
>         * which Committees will write and opinion on the INTA report?
>           Which MEPs are involved? (byline: GLOBAL HEALTH HEROES)
>         * civil society complaints to the Ombudsman (byline: GOLD
>         * written questions to Council or Commission, including
>           reporting on delays and non-answers (byline: NEXT QUESTION
>           PLEASE)
>         * the resolution on asking the Court for an Opinion (byline:
>     there will hopefully be more intermediary steps to hook into as
>     the campaign is successfully creating more political space and by
>     that moving the date for the consent vote forward.
>     Greens/EFA Press Conference on Tuesday:
>     http://en.act-on-acta.eu/4_October_Press_Conference
>     Now, who tables a Priority Question on Obama's Signing statement?
>     It should be in first thing Monday morning.
>     //Erik
>     On 10/01/2011 08:01 AM, David Hammerstein wrote:
>>     Dear Erik: This is not about agreeing with me or not. It is about
>>     not throwing in the towel yet when the ratification process is
>>     not over in most EU member states nor in the EP:  Of course, I
>>     agree that that politically we are not in a strong position but
>>     being fatalistic about it does not help to mobilize to public
>>     opinion nor to convince MEPs. We still have significant space to
>>     speak about the content of the agreement and to try influence the
>>     ACTA process as we have in the past with some modest success. David
>>     2011/9/30 Erik Hjalmar Josefsson
>>     <erik.hjalmar.josefsson at gmail.com
>>     <mailto:erik.hjalmar.josefsson at gmail.com>>
>>         I am afraid I disagree with most of David's posting and I'm
>>         quite sure there is no "gap" in Sweden any more. I suspect
>>         the situation is similar in other EU Member States.
>>         As far as I understand, all and everything is done and fully
>>         prepared, even the necessary changes in Swedish law. The
>>         *only* thing left to do is to find a date in the calendar
>>         when the Swedish minister of Justice can fly over to a
>>         Signing Party somewhere.
>>         I think we are shooting ourselves in the foot if we think
>>         there is any significant ACTA resistance in any EU Member
>>         State at government level, so regardless of MS-specific
>>         procedures for ratification there are no hurdles in practice
>>         there.
>>         I think there is *only one hoop left*, and that is whether
>>         the European Parliament will *give or withhold consent*.
>>         That said, we might be able to introduce an intermediary step
>>         before the vote on consent - but only through a coordinated
>>         and intense effort - and that is if we can get a EP majority
>>         to vote in favour of a resolution to ask the Court for an
>>         Opinion whether ACTA is compatible with the Treaties. The
>>         Greens/EFA has one in the freezer since May here:
>>         http://en.act-on-acta.eu/Resolution_requesting_an_opinion_from_the_Court_of_Justice_on_the_compatibility_of_ACTA_with_the_Treaties
>>         It was never tabled due to uncertainty of the application of
>>         Rule 90.6 at the time, but now we know, and it is now a
>>         matter of whether such a resolution has a chance at all to
>>         get a majority which is the concern.
>>         I am also sorry to say that even if asking the Court for an
>>         Opinion on ACTA looks like the self-evident and obvious thing
>>         to do a majority of the MEPs probably sees it differently. I
>>         am very sad to report that the EP yesterday rejected a
>>         resolution of exactly the same type as an ACTA->ECJ
>>         resolution would be, namely a resolution "requesting an
>>         opinion from the Court of Justice on the compatibility with
>>         the Treaties of the Protocol on the EU-Morocco Fisheries
>>         Partnership Agreement".
>>         For a majority of MEPs in the current Parliament, actively
>>         seeking to remain ignorant seem to be the preferred working mode.
>>         The question is if their voters will let them get away with it.
>>         Best regards.
>>         //Erik
>>         P.S. I have learned that "to table" means to postpone
>>         indefinitely in the US. Please note that it means the
>>         opposite in the EP, "to table" means to put forward for a
>>         vote a proposal/amendments/resolution in Plenary. We have a
>>         "Tabling Office" for that purpose :-)
>>         On 09/30/2011 07:06 PM, David Hammerstein wrote:
>>             The big gap between a signature and ratification of ACTA
>>             It should also be stressed that there is a great
>>             difference between a mere
>>             signature and ratification, especially in the case of the
>>             EU.  Each of the
>>             EU´s 27 parliaments must ratify the text and the European
>>             Parliament must
>>             vote its "assent".  We hope as well that the European
>>             Court of Justice will
>>             be forced to give its opinion on the accordance of ACTA
>>             with Community Law.
>>             ACTA must still jump through many hoops and get over many
>>             hurdles.
>>             2011/9/29 Manon Ress<manon.ress at keionline.org
>>             <mailto:manon.ress at keionline.org>>
>>                     ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>                     From: "Sean Flynn"<sflynn at wcl.american.edu
>>                     <mailto:sflynn at wcl.american.edu>>
>>                     To:<a2k at lists.keionline.org
>>                     <mailto:a2k at lists.keionline.org>>
>>                     Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2011 12:13:40 -0400
>>                     Subject: ACTA to be signed (unconstitutionally)
>>                     It has been reported in global press this week
>>                     that ACTA will be signed
>>                     October 1 in Japan.  But that does not mean that
>>                     ACTA actually goes into
>>                     effect. Indeed, there seems a decent chance it
>>                     will not go into effect
>>                     anywhere.****
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