As announced in a previous article, MEPs passed a resolution calling on the European Commission commitment to transparency on ACTA negotiations, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.
The resolution , supported by five parliamentary groups, has been widely adopted by the European Parliament: 663 votes against 13. In this text, MEPs call on the Commission and Council to "ensure access for citizens and parliamentary bodies and documents syntheses relating to the negotiation of ACTA. "
The Commission exceeded its powers
The resolution also requests that is now systematically excluded any new confidential negotiation, making the issue of confidentiality in a subject on the agenda of the next ACTA meeting in April in New Zealand.
In addition to this call for transparency, parliamentarians also intend to weigh now about the content of negotiations by setting limits and issuing recommendations. In particular, they ask the Commission to make "an impact assessment on ACTA's implementation regarding fundamental rights and data protection."
Confiscation PC, mobile and MP3 Players: MEPs want clarifications
The resolution wants the implementation of ACTA, especially in the area of copyright in the digital environment, can lead to body searches to EU borders.
The MEPs also that "any clause clarification that could allow warrantless searches and confiscation [...] of information storage devices such as laptops, mobile phones and MP3 players. "
Informed by leaking reports of the American desire to see the signatories commit to flexible response, MEPs warn the European Commission.
Flexible response must be banished from ACTA
They estimate that "the proposed agreement may not offer the possibility of imposing a graduated response procedure in three steps" and remind the EU executive that respect for privacy and data protection are core values the EU.
Failing a satisfactory return from the Commission, parliamentarians declare themselves ready to take the case to the Court of Justice of the European Union. They also threaten to reject the text of ACTA in its consideration in Parliament, following the example of the rejection of the SWIFT agreement .
In a statement, the Socialist deputy and instigator of the parliamentary resolution, Françoise Castex , rebelled.
"The leaks that have reached us, we have the impression of a Trojan horse: on the pretext of an entirely legitimate struggle against counterfeiting, the Member States, foremost among them the French government want to pass a text that could undermine access to medicine, freedom of speech, net neutrality and the legal liability of its intermediaries. "