[Ip-health] [ffii] Poland is not lost - could challenge ACTA at the ECJ

Ante ante at ffii.org
Thu Jan 26 04:22:25 PST 2012

[ ACTA / Poland / Internet ]
Poland is not lost - could challenge ACTA at the ECJ
Brussels, 26 January 2012 -- Today the European Union and its member
states signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in Tokyo,
Japan. Signing is a first step to enable later ratification of the
controversial agreement. The United States already announced they would
not ratify it and their legislature would not be bound by it. According to
the FFII signing is only the very start of the actual debate in Europe.

"Our representatives in the European Parliament still have to decide
whether to consent. Without their consent the agreement is void.", reminds
FFII General Secretary André Rebentisch. "It's a delicate issue because
the European Commission failed to respect the European Parliament's

And he adds another issue: "The ECJ should review the legality of the
agreement under European law. ACTA raises serious legal concerns. We need

In Poland an internet movement sparked and set the Polish government under
strong ressure. Under the chosen procedure Poland or any other single EU
member state could put legal questions to the European Court of Justice.

Background information

Behind closed doors, the European Union, United States, Japan and other
trade partners negotiated the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. ACTA is
a multilateral agreement which proposes international standards for
enforcement of copyright, patents and other exclusive rights. In the
coming months, the European Parliament will have to decide whether to give
consent to the agreement or not.


FFII note on the Legal Service’s Opinion on ACTA:

General FFII ACTA analysis:


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About FFII

The FFII is a not-for-profit association active in twenty European
countries, dedicated to the development of information goods for the
public benefit, based on copyright, free competition, open standards. More
than 1000 members, 3,500 companies and 100,000 supporters have entrusted
the FFII to act as their voice in public policy questions concerning
exclusion rights (intellectual property) in data processing.

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