EU Member Bulgaria Halts ACTA, Minister Of Economy Offers Resignation
from the ACTA-la-vista-baby dept
Following a long list of countries including Poland, Latvia and the Czech Republic, Bulgaria’s government has now announced it’s halting the ratification of the ACTA-treaty. Bulgaria’s Minister of Economics and Energy even went as far as offering his resignation, while commenting:
“Since there are no damages for society, I believe the move is sufficient as a sign of assuming responsibility. I was convinced that this agreement would be beneficial for Bulgaria. Even now experts say its positive effects would outweigh the negative ones.”
It’s unclear which ‘experts’ the Minister is referring to. It’s also a little hard to believe that someone would offer their resignation when they were convinced they were doing the right thing. Especially when the Prime Minister instructs his party to vote against ACTA in the European Parliament:
“The PM further vowed that the Members of the European Parliament from his ruling, center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, would not endorse the ratification of ACTA.”
What is certain is that the nationwide protests last weekend such as in the video below, which saw impressive numbers on the streets of 16 cities in a country of 7.5 million people, have startled the government sufficiently to understand they need to be more wary about the types of treaties they sign, especially when those treaties infringe on civil liberties. While proponents of stronger IP protection get more audacious, an increasing amount of people are taking to the streets to hold their governments accountable for signing these treaties or comparable laws.
Comments on “EU Member Bulgaria Halts ACTA, Minister Of Economy Offers Resignation”
But ACTA stops piracy, child porn, and TERRORISTS !!!!
We can’t let the evil doers win.
-page 1 of the George W. Bush Political Handbook
Eat that copyright trolls! I’m definitely going to the next protest as well. 😀 Hopefully we can convince the Dutch representatives to vote against it as well. So far there’s far less protest here though…
Separation of powers
Note that the prime minister cannot (officially) “instruct” MEPs from his party to vote a particular way: it is a separate institution from the government, with whipping determined by the transnational party groups. It’s a similar relationship to that between a state governor and the US House of Representatives. He can state how he would like his party’s MEPs to vote, and can certainly put strong pressure on them, but he cannot tell them how to vote. Last year UK Conservative MEPs defied their party leader (and Prime Minister) in a vote on EU climate change policy, so it isn’t a certainty that MEPs vote the way their national party leadership would like them to.
Dutch Liberal MEP Marietje Schaake (sp?) has spoken out strongly against ACTA.
‘It’s also a little hard to believe that someone would offer their resignation when they were convinced they were doing the right thing.’
or more to the point, is receiving enough of a payback!
Maybe in the UK the prime minister can’t do that…. how it works in Bulgaria is unknown to me.
I still can’t believe that guy won the presidency twice
It’s not really hard at all to believe someone would offer their resignation if they are convinces that something is the right thing to do but their prime minister pulls the rug from under their feet.
It is in fact the absolutely normal thing to do in circumstances like that.
Whether we agree with his view or not is irrelevant to whether it is to be expected that someone dedicated to a particular view would resign his position when over ruled on matters he has direct responsibility for, especially when what he has done is being undone.
I’m glad it is being undone of course.
He went up against Gore and Leiberman (the latter supports bills like ACTA, SOPA and PIPA) and then Kerry…
Yeah, I’m not really surprised.
Course, maybe if Gore had done some more Recounts, he might have won.
Separation of powers
It’s not Bulgaria’s Prime Minister that’s doing that, it’s the president of the GERB party (which in this case it’s the same person, if I understand it correctly). In what you said it’s the UK not the US analogy you gave. And yes, the reps could very well ignore him.
Japan, France, UK and the US can just suck it up now.
They are getting isolated on this issue.
Those are the countries that most insistently push this insanity to the world.
Separation of powers
In theory you’re absolutely right. Having lived in Bulgaria throughout the last 4 years, I can tell you Gowever that in the case of Borisov and GERB, what you describe is not the case.
He’s basically the strong leader of the party and you better do what he says… :/
Separation of powers
The UK example wasn’t an analogy, but an actual example of a European Parliamentary party delegation defying its national party leader, just to show that it can and does happen. I do know that the analogy with the US state governor/Congress is imperfect [e.g. the state governor is not the state party leader; national parties in EU states are separate orgnisations that affiliate to European parties, as opposed to being federal orgnisations in the US]. And yes, some national parties in the European Parliament may have a stronger tendency than others to defer to the party leadership (the UK Labour Party tends to do this, often causing ructures with its European party group).
I think it also stops animal abuse as well.
Think of the puppies and kittens.
Lister: Are you saying they were sirens?
Rimmer: Yes, it’s as plain as a Bulgarian pinup!
Good to know we’re making some headway against the smegheads pushing ACTA. Senile old Holly’s got more sense than they do.
We should watch this person and see if they end up working for the entertainment industry.
+1 for the Red Dwarf reference …
Don’t feel bad for the minister. I’m sure the entertainment industry has a nice, cozy job waiting for him.
I think that the ‘experts’ that the Minister is referring to are the US diplomats that have informed him that Bulgaria doesn’t vote in favor of ACTA that the US won’t promote any more trade agreements with Bulgaria.
I have no doubt that this has been said or hinted at behind those closed negotiation doors.
Rimmer (MAFIAA): What are you doing?
Kryten (the people): I believe I’m rebelling, sir.
Rimmer (MAFIAA): You’re rebelling?
Kryten (the people): Yes, I think that’s what I’m doing.
Rimmer (MAFIAA): What are you rebelling against?
Kryten (the people): What have you got? Smeg for brains! Molecule mind! Swivel on it, punk!
So you are surprised that there are ACTA protests in countries that are net IP consumers, rather than producers? They don’t want tougher laws, it will only hurt their ability to get stuff for free online. Why would they want to do that?
Remind me again of all the wild international music and movie successes coming out of Bulgaria, and all the big software companies there.
Laws should only benefit the producers, never the consumers. Hey, that sure sounds like modern copyright law to me!
“We need to protect Hollywood’s profits against the public hordes and unwashed masses!”
We here in the U.S. need to do the same thing (as on that video) about our existing IP laws to have them repealed. Our laws have gotten completely out of control thanks to the government-industrial complex and it’s ridiculous. IP laws need to be substantially repealed.
it must a lonely place in your head, a head where only Hollywood exists.
Its very typical of drug addicts like you, addicted to Hollywood crack so much, you don’t know anything about the real world.
If he is honestly sorry, then they want him. Very few political apologize, especially explaining the correct reason.
The Dutch Lower House has backed a motion from the Green Left party which says that the Netherlands should, for the time being, refrain from signing an international treaty designed to combat piracy and counterfeit trade on the Internet.
The entire problem is how we got railroaded into bad decisions in the first place…
We need electoral reform, not more recounts.
Actually, IT is one of Bulgaria’s fastest growing industries. That includes software programming.