EP Development committee vote Monday 4 June

Update: the Development committee advises to reject ACTA. The committee adopted the amendments to the draft report and then adopted the amended opinion with 19 in favour, 1 against, 3 abstentions.


Tomorrow, Monday 4 June 2012, the European Parliament Development committee will vote on ACTA. The committee’s Rapporteur’s draft opinion proposes to advise the Parliament to adopt ACTA. Committee Members tabled amendments to change this conclusion. See our May 7 letter to the DEVE committee. The vote will be at around 17.30, Central European Summer Time. Today, the FFII sent a short letter to the committee.

Committee home page | Draft agenda (point 1), draft opinion and amendments (point 13) | Video | Video stream: mms://livewms.europarl.europa.eu/reflector:36131 -aid 3 (English, try -aid [other number] for other languages)

On June 19 the Committee on Petitions (PETI) will hold a hearing with the petitioners of the ACTA petitions. On 20 June, the International Trade committee will vote on the final report. The committees’ opinions and the INTA report are not binding. The plenary vote, that will decide ACTA’s faith in about 20 seconds, will be on July 3 (to be confirmed).

See also La Quadrature du Net: Important victories on ACTA! Moving on to Final Steps

Our short letter to the Development committee:

Germany advises developing countries against signing ACTA

Dear Members of the Committee on Development,

Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development advises developing countries against signing the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). [1] See also our May 7 letter to the DEVE committee. [2]

We call upon you to propose to reject ACTA.

Yours sincerely,

Ante Wessels

Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure

[1] http://www.ip-watch.org/2012/05/08/german-ministry-advises-developing-countries-not-to-sign-acta/

[2] http://acta.ffii.org/?p=1313

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