Five complaints calling on MEPs to reject the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), one supported by over 2.8 million people from all over the world, were discussed by the European Parliament Committee on Petitions on Tuesday. MEPs decided to keep the complaints open and await the outcome of the final votes in the International Trade Committee and Parliament as a whole, in plenary session.
By keeping the petitions open, citizens will continue to have a clear means to appeal “if they feel that ACTA does not meet their desires”, commented Petitions Committee Chair Erminia Mazzoni (EPP, IT), after the discussion.
The International Trade Committee will give its final opinion on ACTA on Thursday 21 June) and the plenary vote is scheduled for July.
Four European Parliament committees (Civil Liberties, Industry, Legal Affairs and Development) have already recommended that Parliament should reject ACTA. Here to read more.