Three Key EU Parliament Committees Vote 'Just Say No' To ACTA

from the some-good-news dept

While some have believed that ACTA is already dead in Europe, there are still actual votes to be held, and there have been significant concerns that political trickery might lead to ACTA actually being approved. The first three key votes (from three specific committees) happened today, and while it was close, all three came out with recommendations to reject ACTA. As Rick Falkvinge points out, one telling point is if you look at the votes on the Committee on Legal Affairs (Juri) and the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). The winning proposal for ITRE was drafted by Pirate Party MEP (and occasional Techdirt contributor) Amelia Andersdotter. The losing proposal for Juri was written by Marielle Gallo -- author of the infamous Gallo Report a few years ago, pushing the EU Parliament to support massively draconian IP enforcement rules. In other words, "the pirate" vs. "the copyright maximalist" in an EU Parlimantary committee votes... and the pirate won. Not too long ago, such a result would be unthinkable. However, it shows how quickly things can shift when you have reality on your side...

Filed Under: acta, amelia andersdotter, european union, itre, marielle gallo, pirate party, rick falkvinge

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    Cerberus (profile), 1 Jun 2012 @ 8:09am

    Re: Re: Rejoice! ACTA has already been permanently vetoed for the entire EU by the Netherlands.

    I don't think that's how it works. It is not a mere recommendation: it is a binding motion ("motie"). The formula "verzoekt" does mean "request" literally, but it is the standard polite way of commanding the government and future members of parliament (see "vertrouwensbeginsel") not to ratify it. It is not possible for the government to ignore a motion like this, or it would be a coup d'état of sorts (Dutch parliament can disband cabinet with a "motie van wantrouwen", a "motion of distrust"). Moreover, whatever the government does doesn't matter, because parliament itself has to ratify the treaty for it come into effect. It has voted unanimously to reject ACTA, so this will not happen. You think there is a flaw in this reasoning?

    You may be right about other reasons (I don't know what they will come up with); I'd be interested to hear them. Perhaps, if the EP should vote for ACTA, the European Commission would stage some sort of "enhanced cooperation" (a coalition of the willing) with a new version of the treaty? In any case it is good to continue to fight against ACTA.

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