Europe wants transparency on ACTA

The European Parliament has demanded more transparency in the EU, and it made a point of singling out the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Parliament has been considering a general transparency bill, but one amendment to the bill demanded access to ACTA documents—access that negotiators have so far been unwilling to provide. “In accordance with Article 255(1) of the EC Treaty, the Commission should immediately make all documents related to the ongoing international negotiations on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) publicly available,” says the amendment. The amended transparency resolution was adopted by a wide margin—439 in favor, 200 opposed, with 57 abstentions. While the text has now been updated with the approved amendments, Parliament elected not to actually vote on the resolution itself. The delay will allow the European Commission to offer its own counterproposals; it also allows Parliament to hold off on the matter until transparency-loving Sweden takes the rotating EU presidency from the Czechs later this summer.

Europe wants transparency on ACTA

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