ACTA hearings this week

Marietje Schaake (ALDE) and Ivailo Kalfin (S&D) will host an ACTA stakeholder hearing in the European Parliament tomorrow, Wednesday 11 April, 13.00h – 15.00h.

Live webstream on http://www.tinyurl.com/ACTAhearing

According to the announcement there will be speakers from Amnesty International, ACCESS, Oxfam, Article19, Health Action International, Reporters Without Borders, Consumer Rights groups, Knowledge Ecology Online, an SME organization, International Federation of Library Associations, Academics and Researchers, High level advisors and the Council of Europe.

Update: it was a very interesting meeting, pointing out very serious issues with access to medicines and fundamental rights. The SME organisation was PIN-SME. Jan Malinowsky of the Council of Europe said: “policy goals should not be to protect outdated business models.” Professor Julian Kinderlerer, a member of the European Group on Ethics in Science, was sharp on ACTA. Seemingly referring to the Court’s opinion on ACTA, he said that ACTA may be legal, but that does not make it good morally.

The video will be available probably at the live webstream address above. The Twitter hashtag used: #ACTAST

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The next day, Thursday 12 April, 09.00 – 12.30, the S&D group will host an ACTA hearing as well. A public debate between members of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament and representatives of the civil society, industry, trade unions, internet freedom activists and bloggers, NGOs and experts.

The debate will be live streamed and live blogged on http://www.socialistsanddemocrats.eu

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