European Parliament rejects ACTA

ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, was rejected on 4th July by the European Parliament with a great majority.

 

This decision means that ACTA cannot come into force in the EU.

"The

decision to reject ACTA was not taken lightly" said Martin Schultz, President of the European Parliament. "It followed an intensive,

inclusive and transparent debate with civil society, business organisations,

national parliaments and many other stakeholders.

The

vote against ACTA was not one against the protection of intellectual property.

On the contrary - the European Parliament staunchly supports the fight against

piracy and counterfeiting, which harm European companies and pose a threat to

consumer health and European jobs.

The

majority in the European Parliament is of the opinion that ACTA is a wrong

solution, a sentiment shared by millions of citizens. The majority in the

European Parliament is of the opinion that ACTA is too vague, leaving the room

for abuses and raising concern about its impact on consumers' privacy and civil

liberties, on innovation and the free flow of information."

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