Category Archives: Criminal

Smoking gun on ACTA Criminal Sanctions

We discovered a smoking gun on the criminal sanctions aspect of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). A declassified document reveals that the Commission made proposals and fundamentally steered the negotiations on criminal sanctions in ACTA for which no corresponding EU … Continue reading

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Closing the criminal legislation gap of the European Union

EU level Criminal law is a very delicate issue. In the European Parliament a new document from the Commission would be examined: “Towards an EU Criminal Policy: Ensuring the effective implementation of EU policies through criminal law”. Criminal law measures … Continue reading

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With ACTA, manipulation returns to the European Parliament

A few years ago, an amendment making sure that parallel importation was not criminalised in the EU disappeared after it was adopted in the European Parliament. This summer, the Chairman of the International Trade committee (INTA), Mr Vital Moreira, rewrote … Continue reading

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EU ACTA negotiators’ notes still secret

Pedro Velasco Martins, EU ACTA negotiator, today answered FFII’s 30 December 2010 questions on the initialling of ACTA. ACTA was initialed on 25 November 2010, through an electronic procedure. The Commission chief-negotiator initialled all the pages of the text, including … Continue reading

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De Gucht does not answer questions from German MEP

P-8950/10EN Answer given by De Gucht on behalf of the Commission (29.11.2010) The relevant provisions of ACTA were negotiated by the rotating EU Presidency on behalf of the EU Member States. Therefore, the Presidency is best placed to respond to … Continue reading

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De Gucht and his giant ACTA lie

For the past past months Commissioner Karel De Gucht cheated the Members of the European Parliament about the lack of competence of the European Union to negotiate ACTA criminal measures, and overplayed the known fact in Plenary that there is … Continue reading

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Metzger: Criminal sanctions beyond ‘may’ outside Acquis.

Intellectual Property Watch quotes Axel Metzger, University Hannover: “All criminal sanctions that go beyond ‘may’ clearly are outside of the EU acquis,” Metzger said.

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Beyond Wikileaks: How to get legal access to ACTA documents

In a Guardian interview this week Wikileaks founder Julian Assange stressed the importance of their disclosure of the secret Anti-Counterfeiting Agreement (ACTA). European observers do not have to rely on leaks because public transparency is a right of citizens under … Continue reading

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ACTA – outstanding issues (E-8295/2010)

Parliamentary questions 12 October 2010 E-8295/2010 Question for written answer to the Commission Rule 117 Franziska Keller (Verts/ALE) and Oriol Junqueras Vies (Verts/ALE) Subject: ACTA — outstanding issues In its resolution of 10 March 2010, Parliament: — was ‘deeply concerned … Continue reading

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European Greens/EFA enter the technical voodoo game

The MEPs from the Green Group in the European Parliament ask crucial technical questions about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement as “priority questions”. These questions address the tip of an iceberg concerning technical issues with the ACTA, there is much more … Continue reading

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