ACTA Closer To Death: Remaining EU Supporters Contemplate Rejecting It
from the nearly-there dept
Last week we saw the Socialists and Democrats, the second-largest bloc in the European Parliament, turn against ACTA. Combined with the stated position of the Green party there, that means ACTA is closer to being thrown out when the vote for ratification takes place in Brussels this summer.
The deciding factor is how politicians in the centre-right coalition of Liberals and Conservatives will vote, and there are now signs that they too are contemplating rejection, according to this article in taz.de (German original):
Word from Conservative circles is that the treaty won't be defended tooth and nail if the other parties are against it.
One of the key centre-right members in the European Parliament, Daniel Caspary, said that the relevant EU committees must be given enough time to make their reports before the final vote, but added, significantly:
"If we reject ACTA, we should tell the European Commission exactly why, and present them with alternative proposals."
The fact that even the centre-right parties are now seriously thinking about rejecting ACTA, and what to do next, means that while ACTA may not be dead in Europe yet, it is looking increasingly moribund.