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 it.
At the end of the hearing, the trade
committee’s rapporteur, UK MEP David Martin, said
he plans to produce an interim report into ACTA.
"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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