[Ip-health] ACTA rapporteur will recommend EU Parliament to reject ACTA

ante ante at ffii.org
Thu Apr 12 05:21:50 PDT 2012

ACTA rapporteur will recommend EU Parliament to reject ACTA

April 12, 2012
By Ante

Today the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats,
the European Parliament’s second biggest group, held a meeting on ACTA.

At the end of the meeting David Martin, the Parliament’s rapporteur on
ACTA said his job as rapporteur is to balance hopes and fears and to
make his recommendation on voting for or against ACTA. He said that the
Commission says ACTA doesn’t change European law. Then what benefits
would we get? Only cooperation with 3rd countries. He thinks there is
inadequate separation of commercial and personal use. In the end, he
said, he thinks that the hopes do not balance the fears and his
recommendation will be to reject ACTA.

So, after the ITRE draft opinion on ACTA, the draft final report on ACTA
will recommend rejection as well. Note that another 3 committees will
formulate opinions, and that Members of the committees can propose
amendments. After that, the Parliament’s plenary session will vote on
ACTA, possibly in the beginning of June. See the Parliament’s Procedure

S&D group leader Swoboda said he will recommend his group to reject
ACTA. In the Parliament, the Liberals (ALDE), who often have a swing
vote, and the Conservatives (EPP), the Parliament’s biggest group, did
not formulate opinions. Many EPP Members are believed to be pro ACTA.

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