European Parliament's rapporteur recommends ACTA rejection
David Martin, the European Parliament's rapporteur on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), has announced at a hearing of the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) party last week in Brussels that he will recommend that Parliament votes against this controversial trade agreement because it does not provide enough guarantees for citizens.
"Today's conference has confirmed my suspicion that ACTA raises more fears than hopes. […] What it delivers in terms of important intellectual property rights is diminished by potential threats to civil liberties and internet freedom. […] When the European Parliament rejects ACTA, the Commission must work to find other ways to defend European intellectual property in the global marketplace", David Martin affirmed.
The rapporteur will present his proposal on April 25, the parliamentary committee for international trade will vote on it by the end of May, and the plenary of the Parliament will give its final word before the summer.
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