[Ip-health] Agenda of TRIPS Council meeting (28-29 February 2012): Review of ACTA and Australia's tobacco plain packaging bill 2011

thiru at keionline.org thiru at keionline.org
Mon Feb 27 01:10:08 PST 2012

Agenda of TRIPS Council meeting (28-29 February 2012): Review of ACTA and
Australia's tobacco plain packaging bill 2011

The following WTO airgram WTO/AIR/3892/REV.1 contains the agenda for the
upcoming WTO Council for TRIPS meeting to be held in Geneva from Tuesday,
28 February 2012 to Wednesday, 29 February 2012. Paragraph 2 and agenda
items D, E, F, J, M and N will be of interest to readers. It should be
noted that in the original document, the text is capitalized.

The Dominican Republic made a written request to the WTO secretariat that
an additional agenda item be added ("M) on "Australia: Tobacco Plain
Packaging Bill 2011 and its compatibility with the TRIPS Agreement".

Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand,
Singapore, Switzerland and the United States have made another written
request for an additional item ("N") on "IP Enforcement Trends". In light
of of the European Parliament Committee for International Trade's (INTA)
hearing on ACTA on 29 February 2012 and the DIRECTORATE GENERAL FOR
EXTERNAL POLICIES Policy Department and Committee on International
Trade/European Parliament workshop on ACTA on 1 March 2012, the
discussions of ACTA at the TRIPS Council should provide a useful barometer
of DG Trade's talking points on ACTA, particularly, in light of the recent
citizens' protests which have spurred on the governments of Bulgaria,
Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, and the Netherlands,
Poland and Slovakia to reconsider their ratification of the Agreement.

According to the EU Parliament website, INTA is the

"committee which will make a formal recommendation to the full house on
whether or not to approve ACTA. Parliament cannot amend the agreement, but
only approve or reject it. If it does not give its consent, then the
agreement falls as far as the EU is concerned.

Under EU Treaty articles 207 and 218, most international agreements need
Parliament's consent to enter into force. Equally, all EU countries need
to ratify them".

Please click link below to see the WTO airgram in full:



Thiru Balasubramaniam
Geneva Representative
Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)

thiru at keionline.org

Tel: +41 22 791 6727
Mobile: +41 76 508 0997

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