Extracts from the press conference by Karel De Gucht on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-072430   Duration: 10:02:02  Lieu:
End production: 22/02/2012   First transmission: 22/02/2012
On 22 February 2012, Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, participated to a press conference held in the European Commission, in Brussels. On this occasion, he gave a speech about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Arrival of Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, in the press room in Brussels 00:00:07
10:00:12 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:04
10:00:17 Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by Karel De Gucht: The European Commission has passed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the Council for consideration. Council has approved ACTA unanimously and authorized the European Commission to sign, which we did. The Council was also unanimous with implications to the Member States as this is a mixed treaty. 00:00:25
10:00:42 Cutaway of a man working on his laptop 00:00:05
10:00:48 Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by Karel De Gucht: I share people's concern on these fundamental freedoms. I welcome that people have voiced their concerns actively, especially over the freedom of the Internet and I also understand that there is uncertainty on what ACTA will really mean for these key issues at the end of the day. So I believe that putting ACTA before the European Court of Justice is a needed step. This debate must be based up on facts and not upon the misinformation or rumours that has dominated social media sights and blogs in recent weeks. 00:00:34
10:01:23 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
10:01:28 Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by Karel De Gucht: ACTA will change nothing about how we use the internet and social websites today since it does not introduce any new rules. ACTA only help to enforce what is already law today. So ACTA will not send the websites to shut them down, it will not hinder the freedom of Internet or the freedom of speech. So let's cut through this fog of uncertainty and put ACTA in the spotlight of our highest independent judicial authority, the European Court of Justice. 00:00:33
10:02:02 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
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