[A2k] Dutch Parliament asks government not to sign ACTA

Ante ante at ffii.org
Wed Feb 15 02:56:50 PST 2012

On Wednesday 15 February 2012 10:39:17 Marcin Cieslak wrote:
> On Wed, 15 Feb 2012, Ante wrote:
> > Dutch Parliament asks government not to sign ACTA
> > http://acta.ffii.org/?p=1169
> > with link
> How binding is this?
> We've had two similar resolutions of parliamentary commissions
> here in Poland just before the signature and it didn't help.

The parliament (plenary) "asks" the minister, this is not binding. 

It does put pressure on the minister. Normally, the groups supporting the 
government, vote for government proposals. 

We have a special situation in NL at the moment, a minority government. They 
normally do have a majority, since one parliamentary group supports the 
government (while not having any minister). This group, the PVV, yesterday 
voted for the resolution. 

The minister may decide to sign ACTA regardless of the adopted resolution. But 
then the parliament may more easily decide to not ratify ACTA. The minister 
can not blame the parliament, and especially the PVV, to be disloyal, since 
then he was disloyal to parliament himself when he signed ACTA. 

vriendelijke groet,


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