EU trade negotiator talks tough on ACTA
MEPs clashed with representatives of the European Commission last week as they sought to understand the legal – and political – implications of the anti-counterfeiting deal ACTA
The European Parliament's International Trade Agreement
Committee held a two-day hearing into ACTA last week. MEPs and
academics outlined their concerns about the controversial deal
while the EU's trade commissioner defended the Commission's
negotiating position explained the economic imperatives behind
At the end of the hearing, the trade committee's rapporteur,
UK MEP David Martin, said he plans to produce an interim report
"We have critical interest in defending EU intellectual
property and we need to act," said Martin in a European
Parliament statement following the Parliament's first hearing
on the issue on 29 February and 1 March. He added that "it is
not the intentions of ACTA that raise concerns but its possible
unintentional consequences. ACTA lacks detail. The main concern
is how the text might be read".
"What I plan to do is bring about clarity on ACTA in the
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