Some EU Members Delay Ratification of ACTA

February 7, 2012 -

ACTA protests around Europe have caused various European Union governments to suspend the endorsement of the anti-copyright infringement treaty. EU members Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have all announced that they will delay ratifying the treaty. We've already mentioned the protests in Poland (where even members of Poland's government got involved by donning Guy Fawkes masks in parliament) and the Czech Republic's opposition, but we haven't talked about what the Slovakian government thinks of ACTA.

Slovakian government officials said that they would delay the ratification of ACTA to allow for a public debate on the matter. One of the core reasons so many around the world have a problem with ACTA is because those who negotiated it did so in secret. If not for various document leaks during the process, the public wouldn't have learned anything about ACTA. While the final draft of the treaty was far less draconian than earlier drafts, the vague language of the text bothers a lot of people. Slovakia’s economy minister said that the text needs to be opened up to public debate before it will be endorsed.

While the European Parliament can approve ACTA (a vote is expected in June), it still requires that every member country ratifies the treaty first.

You can read more about the positions on ACTA of various governments in the EU by checking out this story on Out-Law.com.

Source: Out-Law

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