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INTA Committee vote against ACTA

Ska Keller & Amelia Andersdotter

Final vote in International Trade Committee (INTA) Centre-Right EPP and ECR Groups fail to have vote postponed. Final vote goes ahead, in public, and Trade committee recommends rejection of ACTA! There is hope! After the trade committee vote to recommend rejection of ACTA, the final plenary vote will take place in Strasbourg during the July session (Debate Tuesday 3rd, Vote Wednesday 4th) . Expect the HEAVY pro-ACTA lobbying to continue over the next two weeks, in Brussels and in Strasbourg, and a very tight vote that is impossible to predict. We have seen in the committee votes that there is hope if civil society and citizens also make their voice heard. The whole European Parliament will be voting so contact your MEP now!

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ACTA - anti-counterfeiting treaty

Writing on the wall for ACTA as MEPs vote to reject controversial treaty

The European Parliament trade committee today voted in favour of a report recommending that the EP reject the controversial ACTA anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (1). The Greens welcomed the outcome of the vote, with Swedish MEP Amelia Andersdotter stating: "The writing is now on the wall fo...

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Brussels agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 18 - 22 June 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include the debate on the agricultural policy reform and the vote on ACTA in the committee on international trade. Other highlights are the EU Council on the Euro crisis and the committee vote on rules on credit rating agencies

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50 reasons to reject ACTA

Greens/EFA campaign

With the European Parliament set to decide on the fate of the controversial ACTA anti-counterfeiting agreement, Green MEPs set out the reasons why they believe the parliament should vote to withhold its consent and reject the agreement. With your help we have put together 50 reasons to reject ACTA. See the video and join the anti-ACTA mobilisation on 9 June.

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Global changes in the production and consumption of culture


A Greens/EFA conference

Exploring the new trends in culture production and consumption across the world is necessary to be able to build the future policies needed to promote creation and access to knowledge. While the issue of copyright and the Internet has often occupied the debates in the European Parliament during the past years, offering a very narrow approach to industrial and social realities, we instead decided to broaden the focus in order to better understand the changes and challenges. We, thus, invited several analysts and experts, journalists, researchers and writers, who will speak about the results of their investigations and reflection; from Hollywood to China, from Australia back to Europe and to Brussels...

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50 reasons to reject ACTA

The reasons the matter to you

The vote of the European Parliament will be decisive for the future of ACTA. It has already been rejected by the Development, Civil Liberties, Legal Affairs, and Industry committees in the European Parliament, but the big votes are still to take place in the lead Trade committee and with the final P...



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ACTA - anti-counterfeiting treaty

Further blows to ACTA as EP moves to finish off controversial treaty

Three European Parliament committees today adopted opinion reports on the controversial ACTA anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (1). The Greens welcomed the outcome of the votes on the different opinion reports recommending that the EP reject ACTA. Greens/EFA MEP and draftsperson for the industry c...

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European Social Entrepreneurship Funds

European Parliament strengthens Social Economy

The economic and monetary affairs committee (ECON) of the European Parliament has adopted new legislative proposals, which aim to create a new type of European investment fund providing capital to the 'social economy'. This would give a crucial boost to this important sector of our economy. MEPs vot...

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ACTA rejection welcomed

Press Release from SNP MEP Alyn Smith

SNP MEP Alyn Smith has today (Thursday) hailed a vote to reject the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in the European Parliament's Industry Committee (ITRE), of which he is the only Scots member.  The committee vote was for the adoption of a draft opinion by Alyn's group colleague Amel...


European Parliament will listen to Citizens

Mandatory hearings for Citizens' Initiatives introduced

The European Parliament decided to change its Rules of Procedure and introduce mandatory hearings for successful European Citizens’ Initiatives. The new regulation will ensure that Europe keeps its ears open towards active citizens.


50 reasons to reject ACTA

Tell us about yours!

The vote of the European Parliament will be decisive for the future of ACTA. Discussions are currently taking place. We believe it is essential to survey the various fields and sectors impacted by ACTA.

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