|FYEG calls the European Parliament to reject the ACTA once and for all!|
On 16th of December 2011, the Council of the European Union adopted a decision authorising the signing of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) between the EU and Australia, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and the United States. This act gives the European Parliament the power to decide whether to give its consent to ACTA, or to give it a final STOP.
ACTA is a proposed multilateral agreement for the purpose of establishing international standards on intellectual property rights enforcement. The agreement focuses not only on counterfeiting of physical goods (such as medicines), but also deals with new tools targeting Internet distribution and information technology. The full text of ACTA has never been officially published and has been negotiated in secrecy.
Nic Schaefers, the co-spokesperson of FYEG declares that: “Leaked parts of the text of the treaty show that it will force Internet actors to accept repressive measures such as "three strikes" and blocking/filtering. There are expert studies that already prove that ACTA threatens Internet users’ fundamental rights such as right to information and education, as well as freedoms such as freedom of expression, the right to privacy and protection of personal data, and the right to a fair trial and due process. It also threatens innovation, creativity and scientific progress within, but also outside, the European Union.”
Terry Reintke, co-spokesperson of FYEG further claims that: “The process has to get transparent, so that the Parliament can be advised by proper experts and the citizens can be informed about all aspects of ACTA. We call on publishing of the document and for an open discussion on the content. ACTA in this shape is too dangerous, therefore FYEG opposes it!”
Studies on ACTA commissioned by the Greens/EFA can be found here: