Report: USA behind lack of transparency in ACTA meetings

September 3, 2010 -

Is the United States government behind the gag order that doesn't allow European Commissioner members to talk about those super secret Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) meetings? According to a report on Euractiv, that's what many European politicians are saying.

According to that report, US officials have blocked European attempts to publish the latest draft of the global Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) on the EU website after a round of negotiations in August. Those negotiations took place in Washington D.C.

The European Commission, which has been feeling the heat from lobby groups, the public, and the European Parliament over greater transparency in the negotiations, debriefed MEPs on the August negotiations Sept. 1. MEPs want to see the full transcript of the meetings because they will be asked to give ACTA their consent in a vote later this year.

Swedish MEP and Swedish Pirate Party member Christian Engström did attend yesterday's debriefing; still bothered by a July meeting where he was told that he could not distribute documents about the trade negotiations to fellow parliamentarians.

"If we want to be leaders in the EU on transparency, we really have to put more pressure on our partners to have more transparency," an Austrian Green MEP told EurActiv.

 

The United States believes differences about ACTA "are resolvable," according to Nefeterius McPherson, a spokeswoman for the US Trade Representative's office.

The next ACTA round is already set for September in Japan.

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Re: Report: USA behind lack of transparency in ACTA ...

I can completely understand why these European nations would accuse the US of holding back public disclosure. The US is home to the 3 biggest reasons why these proceedings even exist:

The MPAA, RIAA and the BSA

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
http://www.theeca.com/chapters_oklahoma

Re: Report: USA behind lack of transparency in ACTA ...

BSA? does that mean what I'm thinking?"

Re: Report: USA behind lack of transparency in ACTA ...

Business Software Association

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
http://www.theeca.com/chapters_oklahoma

Re: Report: USA behind lack of transparency in ACTA ...

Damn lobbyists.

Re: Report: USA behind lack of transparency in ACTA ...

Yet another fine example of the government acting on behalf of its constituency - corporations.

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Re: Report: USA behind lack of transparency in ACTA ...

What kind of power does the US have over the Europrean delegates exactly?

Are they being threatened by extraordinary rendition?

If not, just publish the damn things. Who the hell is the US to tell the Europeans what they can and can't do.

-- http://pixelantes.blogspot.com/

Re: Report: USA behind lack of transparency in ACTA ...

I believe that any release of information has to be approved by unanimous vote. If the vote is not unanimous, then ntohing can be done.

So yes, one nation can stop public release of information.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
http://www.theeca.com/chapters_oklahoma

Re: Report: USA behind lack of transparency in ACTA ...

The power of 'break the rules we agreed on and we will return the favor later on'... which given how often the US breaks international rules I can not see it as much of a threat.... except perhaps the US could release embarrassing information about its allies.

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