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Letter to EP Committee on Development

As we reported earlier, tomorrow, Tuesday 24 January 2012, around 16.30 Paris time, the European Parliament Committee on Development will hold an exchange of views on ACTA. Today, the FFII sent the committee a letter. (pdf version) Dear Members of … Continue reading

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EP legal service consistently overlooks known issues with ACTA

Today the FFII sent a letter to the European Parliament about the EP legal service’s opinion on ACTA. (pfd version, see also press release) Dear Members of the European Parliament, In the coming months the Parliament will have to decide … Continue reading

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Will the EP Development committee betray billions of people?

Tuesday 24 January 2012, around 16.30 CET, the European Parliament Committee on Development will hold an exchange of views on ACTA. The Committee’s draft opinion is available here. Update: The Development committee may already vote on the draft opinion on … Continue reading

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Why DG Trade wants ACTA

Pedro Velasco-Martins (EU-Commission DG Trade) explains the preconceptions and activism around the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA):

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Legal Affairs committee meeting 20 December

On 20 December 2011, the European Parliament Legal Affairs committee discussed ACTA. Video, debate starts at 11.31 According to MEP Marielle Gallo, rapporteur for ACTA, ACTA is compatible with the acquis, the current EU laws. In her draft opinion, which … Continue reading

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FFII note on the Legal Service’s Opinion on ACTA

We welcome the decision to release the European Parliament legal service’s opinion on ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement). We have compared the legal service’s opinion with multiple academic opinions on ACTA and some civil society analyses. (pdf version) 1. Conclusion We … Continue reading

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Letter to EP Legal Affairs Committee

Tomorrow, 20 December 2011, the European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee will discuss ACTA. Today, the FFII sent a letter to the committee. Below and pfd. Dear Members of the Legal Affairs Committee, The world faces major challenges: access to medicine, … Continue reading

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Dutch Minister says refusal to provide access to the EP legal service’s opinion on ACTA is “odd/crazy”

At a Dutch House of Representatives’ committee meeting, 13 December 2011, minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, Maxime Verhagen, said the refusal to provide access to the European Parliament’s legal service’s opinion on ACTA is “gek”: odd/crazy/silly. The European … Continue reading

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EP Legal Affairs Committee newsletter very positive about ACTA

The JURI Report, the newsletter of the European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee, is a very positive about ACTA. “Thus, it will provide benefits for EU exporting right holders operating in the global market who currently suffer systematic and widespread infringements … Continue reading

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Will the European Parliament Public Health committee formulate an opinion on ACTA?

As things stand now, the European Parliament committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety will not formulate an opinion on ACTA. Despite all the analysis work done on the effects ACTA will have on access to medicine, and despite … Continue reading

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