[A2k] Did the EU Commission secretly initial ACTA?

Ante ante at ffii.org
Thu Dec 30 02:25:50 PST 2010

Did the EU Commission secretly initial ACTA?


According to European Parliament sources, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade 
Agreement (ACTA) has already been initialed. That would be amazing: normally 
the initialling of a trade agreement is a PR moment. Take for instance the EU 
- Korea free trade agreement: "EU Trade Commissioner Catherine Ashton and 
Korean Trade Minister Kim Jong-hoon have today initialled a free trade 
agreement (...) Speaking following the initialling in Brussels, Commissioner 
Ashton said (...)". The initialling of a trade agreement signifies the closing 
of negotiations with a stable legal text. Negotiators sign with their 

I asked the Commission 11 questions:

The EU is negotiating the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The 
parties published the final text.

1. When will the Commission initial ACTA?

2. Did the Commission already initial ACTA?

If yes:

3. When did the Commission initial ACTA?

4. Which other parties initialed ACTA as well?

5. The initialling of the EU - Korea free trade agreement was a PR moment, why 
not the initialling of ACTA?

6. Does initialling ACTA fall under the secrecy agreement?

7. Did the Commission initial ACTA including the criminal measures?

8. Did the Commission add negotiator's notes?

9. Will the parties publish the negotiator's notes?

10. Did the Presidency initial ACTA as well?

11. Did the Presidency add negotiator's notes?


vriendelijke groet,


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