EP vote on 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
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 31/05/2012 First transmission: 31/05/2012
The legal affairs committee has expressed its opinion on ACTA's compatibility with EU legislation on Thursday 31 May. Further to the adoption of the negotiating directives by the Council on 14 April 2008, negotiations on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement between the EU and its Member States, Australia, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and the USA (ACTA) were launched on 3 June 2008. The agreement was concluded on 15 November 2010 and the text was initiated on 25 November, after 11 rounds of negotiations. The current proposal concerns the Parliament’s consent to the conclusion of ACTA by the Council on behalf of the EU.
ACTA aims to establish a comprehensive international framework that will assist the EU in its efforts effectively to combat infringements of intellectual property rights (IPR), which undermine legitimate trade and the EU’s competitiveness with negative repercussions on growth and jobs.
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||Exterior view of the European Parliament building in Brussels, Belgium
||Cutaways of the ambience during the meeting (3 shots)
||Cutaways of the vote (16 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (French) Marielle GALLO (EPP, FR), rapporteur :"This agreement is an international trade agreement that brings together 38 countries and is intended to combat counterfeiting of physical goods, medicines and many damages on the economic level and concerning employment in the European Union".
||SOUNDBITE (French) Marielle GALLO (EPP, FR), rapporteur :"Taking into account the willingness of my colleagues who have had to face the public opinion, which was against ACTA, again because they were scarcely aware, I am satisfied with the outcome of the vote. 10 votes to 12 is a fully respectable result. I think that we have keeped the intellect. "