[A2k] URGENT: EP vote at 15:00 to delay ACTA procedure
La Quadrature du Net
jz at laquadrature.net
Tue Mar 27 05:00:48 PDT 2012
Themes: ACTA, EU PARLIAMENT, COPYRIGHT, DAVID MARTIN, CENSORSHIP
URGENT: EP vote at 15:00 to bury ACTA or not
La Quadrature du Net – For immediate release
Brussels, March 27th 2012 - This morning, the "international trade" committee of the EU Parliament decided to hold a vote today at 3PM on whether to refer ACTA to the EU Court of Justice. Since the Commission has already announced that it would make its own referral, the only effect of the EU Parliament referral would be to delay a final "yes or no" vote on ACTA for at least 18 months. On the contrary, if the Parliament refuses to refer to the ECJ, it will be able to vote on ACTA over the summer.
"If the EU Parliament gives in to these technocratic tricks, it will give up on protecting EU citizens. Enough is known about ACTA to justify working towards its rejection without having to wait for the opinion of the ECJ. Delaying the debate rather than have the courage to engage with the political issues raised by ACTA would completely undermine the democratic standing of the Parliament.", said Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson of the citizen advocacy group La Quadrature du Net.
** About la Quadrature du Net **
La Quadrature du Net is an advocacy group that defends the rights and freedoms of citizens on the Internet. More specifically, it advocates for the adaptation of French and European legislations to respect the founding principles of the Internet, most notably the free circulation of knowledge.
In addition to its advocacy work, the group also aims to foster a better understanding of legislative processes among citizens. Through specific and pertinent information and tools, La Quadrature du Net hopes to encourage citizens' participation in the public debate on rights and freedoms in the digital age.
La Quadrature du Net is supported by French, European and international NGOs including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Open Society Institute and Privacy International.
List of supporting organisations: https://www.laquadrature.net/en/they-support-la-quadrature-du-net
** Press contact and press room **
Jérémie Zimmermann, jz at laquadrature.net, +33 (0)615 940 675
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