9 June 2012 – European Action Day Against ACTA

By EDRi · April 11, 2012

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On 9 June, there will be another day of action which will give
protesters the opportunity to gather across Europe to voice their
opposition to the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).
Civil society protests erupted in February 2012 to express concerns
regarding ACTA’s impact on fundamental rights and encouragement for
Internet surveillance. They added their voices to the numerous papers,
opinions and studies criticising ACTA from academics, politicians and
NGOs, such as the OSCE, the Sakharov Laureates, the EDPS, Amnesty
International and the EU Economic & Social Committee.

The European Commission has now published an update on its process of
referring ACTA to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). In a press
release, Commissioner De Gucht urged the Parliamentarians to delay their
vote. The question which will be asked is: “Is the Anti-Counterfeiting
Trade Agreement (ACTA) compatible with the European Treaties, in
particular with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union?”

The referral will not be the answer to all concerns regarding ACTA,
since it can legally only address compatibility with the EU Treaties and
neither the wisdom and value of such policies nor the compatibility of
ACTA with the full body of EU law.

Worse still, the referral to the Court is being used by the European
Commission as a way of bullying the Parliament into postponing its vote
– an approach which is being facilitated by the pro-ACTA faction within
the Parliament. Stand by for numerous delays due to translations,
printing, avalanches…

In this context, it is therefore crucial that the European Parliament
shows courage to stand up for its democratic role in the decision-making
process and does not give in to the Commission’s schemes to prevent the
Parliament from rejecting the Agreement. Not just for ACTA but for every
upcoming piece of legislation of importance for fundamental rights and
democracy, European citizens must support the Parliament in standing up
for both the rights of citizens and its own institutional role.

Since the decision of the International Trade Committee (INTA) of the
European Parliament not to file a separate request to the Court, it has
now become very possible that the Parliament puts the controversial
Agreement straight to a vote in June or July – “unexpected” delays

Tell the Parliament to support European citizens and itself!

9 June 2012 – Protest against ACTA! Promo video

Promo video in other languages, free to copy/remix

Stop ACTA! Contact your MEPs

Update on the referral of ACTA to the ECJ (4.04.2012)

FAQ On Referral Of ACTA To European Court Of Justice

ENDitorial: European Parliament Defends Itself And Democracy From ACTA (28,03.2012)

(Contribution by Kirsten Fiedler – EDRi)