[A2k] Dutch Parliament asks government not to sign ACTA

Philippe Aigrain (perso Wanadoo) philippe.aigrain at wanadoo.fr
Wed Feb 15 04:58:01 PST 2012

Just an element of interpretation. after a similar vote during the
software patentability directive debates in 2005, the Dutch government
chose to change its vote from positive to negative in Council.



Le 15/02/2012 11:56, Ante a écrit :
> 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,
> cordialmente,
> Ante
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