ACTA: EP should listen to the Court of Justice before vote.

Daniel Caspary MEP and Christofer Fjellner MEP:

The Committee on International Trade of the European Parliament this morning voted on the Report on ACTA and recommended the plenary to reject the trade agreement. EPP Group Coordinator Daniel Caspary commented after the vote: “We regret that a majority of the responsible Committee refused to listen to the European Court of Justice’s legal assessment, requested by the Commission, on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, ACTA.”

EPP Group Shadow Rapporteur Christofer Fjellner added: “Just voting against ACTA as the majority now recommends to the plenary would solve possible problems ACTA poses but it would not solve the underlying issues which ACTA intended to solve, to counter large-scale infringements of Intellectual Property Rights. The answer is not to vote against ACTA but to call on the Commission and Member States who negotiated the agreement to fix the problematic issues and to get an agreement which achieves the goals without creating new concerns. It would have been sensible to listen to the ECJ Opinion before committing to a final verdict on the agreement.”