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Parliamentary questions
5 February 2009
H-0089/09
ORAL QUESTION for Question Time at the part-session in March I 2009 pursuant to Rule 109 of the Rules of Procedure by Jens Holm to the Council

 Subject: Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)
 Answer 

ACTA will contain a new international benchmark for legal frameworks on what is termed 'intellectual property' right enforcement. ACTA is de facto legislation. A spokesman for the US Government has said that treaty language will only be made public after the parties have agreed to the actual text(1). If this is true, parliaments will not be able to scrutinise ACTA. ACTA will set a precedent of secret legislation, whereas legislation has to be as open as possible in the EU.

I would like to ask the Council the following questions:

Will the final draft be published prior to political agreement in the Council? Will parliaments have enough time to scrutinise ACTA prior to political agreement in the Council? Can the Council ensure that ACTA is not quietly passed during parliamentary recess?

(1)1  http://ictsd.net/i/news/bridgesweekly/30876/

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