EP vote on the compatibility of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) with the rights enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU
EP Committee on Civil Liberties
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EP
End production: 31/05/2012 First transmission: 31/05/2012
- extracts from the vote
- statement by Dimitrios DROUTSAS (S&D, EL), rapporteur
ACTA does not comply with the rights enshrined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the International Trade Committee should "recommend that Parliament declines to consent to the conclusion" of this agreement, says the Civil Liberties Committee in its opinion, which was adopted by 36 votes to one, with 21 abstentions.
Civil Liberties MEPs point out that Europe needs an international agreement to step up the fight against counterfeiting, but all deals concluded by the EU must be compatible with its treaties and ACTA does not ensure full respect for private life or full protection of sensitive personal information. The text also stresses that when fundamental rights are at sake ambiguity must be avoided and ACTA entails various layers of ambiguity.
Internet providers should not police the Internet, says this committee, urging the Commission and EU countries to ensure that the role of providers is legally clear. It also calls for an EU strategy to combat counterfeiting and piracy, which must fully respect fundamental rights in Europe.
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||Exterior shot of the EP, Brussels
||Wide shot, EP LIBE Committee when the votes are aout tu start.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Juan Fernando LOPEZ AGUILAR, Chair of the LIBE Committee, opens the vote on the compatibility of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) between the EU and its Member States, Australia, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and the USA, with the rights enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Simon BUSUTTIL (EPP, MT): "There are two different conclusions that this opinion can adopt: one is to recommend rejection of ACTA, and the other one is to call on the Commission to address the concerns identified in this opinion. These two conclusions by definition are incompatible, so if the second conclusion is adopted by us today, it is clear that it would overrule the first conclusion which is to recommend rejection".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Dimitrios DROUTSAS (S&D, EL), rapporteur: "If you want to say yes to ACTA do it openly and don't try to hide behind any kind of leaflets or any kind of procedural issues". Applause
||Vote on the report by MEP DROUTSAS, ambience shots during the vote on amendments.
||Final result of the vote: 58 members voting, 36 vote in favour, 1 against and 21 abstentions. Applause.
||Chair of LIBE Committe congratlates the rapporteur.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Dimitrios DROUTSAS (S&D, EL), rapporteur: "Certainly I can be more than satisfied with the results. It was quite a heated debate in the beginning but the final outcome is very clear, even clearer than expected. I think this is a very important message that the LIBE Committee is sending. First of all let me stress that we fully acknowledge and recognise the need for a real modern regime for the protection of intellectual rights, this is necessary. But we have come to the conclusion that the text of ACTA, as it has been presented to the EP, the text we have to decide upon is very problematic, especially regarding the protection of fundamental rights. In the EU we have achieved high standards of fundamental rights, and this we must maintain. The text of ACTA is too vague, to ambiguous in this respect, and this was for us the main argument to say no, the present text of ACTA is not compatible with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU, and this is why we recommend to the EP to say no to the ratification of ACTA".