[A2k] Dutch Minister says refusal to provide access to the EP legal service’s opinion on ACTA is "crazy"

Ante ante at ffii.org
Fri Dec 16 14:33:04 PST 2011


Dutch Minister says refusal to provide access to the EP legal service’s 
opinion on ACTA is "crazy"

http://acta.ffii.org/?p=975
with links

December 16, 2011
By Ante

At a Dutch House of Representatives’ committee meeting, 13 December 2011, 
minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, Maxime Verhagen, said 
the refusal to provide access to the European Parliament’s legal service’s 
opinion on ACTA is "crazy".

The European Parliament’s International Trade Committee asked the legal 
service for an opinion on ACTA. The opinion is ready and secret. The FFII 
requested the document.

Mr Verhagen mentioned that a Dutch citizen requested the document, and that 
the request was rejected. He called this "crazy" (Dutch: gek). The minister 
said the Parliament does not want to publish the opinion to protect the public 
interest as regards international relations.

Later, he gets back to the issue and says: "I support this Dutch citizen in 
spirit and deed".

Before Verhagen became Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and 
Innovation, he served his country as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the 
Netherlands. This experienced minister does not agree with the Parliament that 
publication would undermine the public interest as regards international 
relations.

He first mentions the request at 44.30 minutes. He uses the word "gek" (crazy) 
twice. He expresses his support at 48.50 minutes (youtube). Dutch text: "Ik 
steun deze Nederlandse burger in geest en daad".

The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs committee requested an opinion as well. 
The FFII requested both documents.

During the meeting, Mr Verhagen also said many ACTA texts were leaked by the 
European Parliament.




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