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Wednesday, 24 November 2010 - Strasbourg OJ edition

Explanations of vote

Text tabled : B7-0617/2010

  Maria do Céu Patrão Neves (PPE) , in writing. (PT) I am convinced that this motion for a resolution represents an important step in combating counterfeiting, while maintaining the necessary balance between conflicting values. It does not call into question freedom of expression and innovation, and guarantees fundamental rights, such as the right to privacy and data protection.

There are opposing interests that make consensus difficult, but what has been achieved here with some success is an agreement that is essentially a meeting of common desires. The transparency adopted by the Commission during these negotiations in keeping the EP informed is to be applauded, and I hope that it will be possible during forthcoming negotiations to resolve the ambiguities and omissions that are still pointed to by all parties. I believe that the agreement reached will strengthen international cooperation in the fight against counterfeiting, creating a tool for the effective protection of Intellectual Property Rights and the guaranteeing of fundamental rights. It is also essential to ensure respect for existing rights through repressive measures and the creation of a comprehensive international framework of assistance to the parties involved.

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