Commission sides with business on ACTA (Euractiv)

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  1. Drew Wilson

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    The European Commission took a stance yesterday (4 April) in favour of a quick adoption of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), against the will of the European Parliament, which plans to reject it in a plenary vote by the summer.

    EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, a promoter of ACTA (see background), called on the European Parliament to "respect the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and await its opinion before determining its own position on ACTA".

    De Gucht's comments came after the College of Commissioners gave its agreement yesterday (4 April) to file a legal submission to the ECJ asking for its opinion on ACTA's conformity with the EU treaties.

    The statement comes in response to noises from the Socialist and Green groups in the European Parliament, which vowed to "bury" ACTA by the summer, before the Court would have a chance to issue a verdict.

    "I believe the European Commission has a responsibility to provide our democratically-elected parliamentary representatives and the public at large with the most detailed and accurate information available," De Gucht said.

    "Most of the criticism against ACTA expressed by people across Europe focused on the potential harm it could have on our fundamental rights. So, a referral will allow for Europe’s top court to independently clarify the legality of this agreement," he claimed.

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