ACTA. Whose rights does it protect? - Follow the debate organized by the S&D group
ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement which has stirred a great deal of criticism and protest all over the cities of Europe, will be presented for a vote in the European Parliament before this summer.
The PES considers ACTA “fundamentally flawed in both content and process” (see the Declaration), because it would endanger the privacy of Internet users and prevent developing countries from fully accessing generic medicines and because it has been negotiated in a secret manner,excluding elected bodies and civil society groups from the negotiations.
What do you think about ACTA?
What was the mobilization against ACTA like, in your countries? Did you take part in it?
The PES, other NGOs and groups say ACTA is not a good solution to the need of regulating Intellectual Property Rights. How do you think they should be regulated?
The S&D group is organizing “ACTA: whose rights does it protect?”; a debate which will involve party members, MEPs, activists, bloggers, experts and representatives of trade unions, civil society and industries. The debate will take place this Thursday (April 12th). More details here. The debate will be live streamed and live blogged here and on Twitter (hashtag: #acta).
Follow the debate live, ask questions to the speakers and engage with other activists!
Interim PES President Sergei Stanishev's video message calling to support anti ACTA protests on June the 9th.