Data Protection

Brussels agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 25-29 June 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include rendition and illegal detention by CIA in EU countries, European patent, new energy saving rules, tackling climate-damaging car emissions, rights management in the digital age and implementing the European Citizens' Initiative


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Hello Democracy, Goodbye ACTA

"Trade" Agreement defeated after long campaign by Greens

After many years of campaigning by the Greens, the ACTA agreement was finally rejected by the European Parliament. It is a victory for the Citizens of Europe who contacted their MEPs, signed the petitions and marched in the streets. The Greens/EFA group will continue keep a close eye on developments, keep citizens informed and fight for internet freedom and digital rights.


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ACTA anti-counterfeiting agreement

ACTA consigned to history; EU must now start honest debate on IPR protection

The European Parliament today voted to refuse its consent to the ratification of the ACTA anti-counterfeiting trade agreement by the European Union (1). The vote to reject ACTA effectively ends the prospect of the EU acceding to the treaty. The Greens/EFA group, which has been active on ACTA since t...


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Jill acts on ACTA

Press release from Plaid MEP Jill Evans

Today's rejection of the controversial ACTA anti-counterfeiting treaty by the European Parliament has been welcomed by Plaid MEP Jill Evans, who voted against the agreement. There are widespread civil liberties concerns related to the proposed treaty and fears that it will do more harm than good in ...


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AU REVOIR ACTA!

Press release from SNP MEP Alyn Smith

SNP MEP Alyn Smith has today (Wednesday) hailed a landslide vote in the European Parliament to reject the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The Parliament voted to refuse its consent to ACTA with a huge 478 against, 39 in favour. Alyn said: "I am delighted we have said goodbye to ACTA...


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Data Protection for the Digital Age

28.06.2012

A Greens/EFA hearing

The Greens/EFA hearing will address issues such as the right to be forgotten, technological approaches and privacy-driven technology development and police data sharing and access to corporate databases


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Brussels agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 25-29 June 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include the commission proposal on combating tax fraud and evasion in the EU, the EU summit and several Greens/EFA events...


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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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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 11-15 June 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary week included border controls and preserving Schengen, preferential trade for poor countries, Eurozone economic governance, regulating the global arms trade, own resources and the EU budget, safer baby food through EU rules, fixing EU fisheries, ...


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IT Security

Confusion in EP over internet security and infrastructure

Intellectual property rights infringements are not related to network stability and internet security issues. While the European Parliament in Strasbourg voted in favour of a report from MEP Ivailo Kalfin (S&D, Bulgaria), aimed at strengthening the security and resilience of vital informati...


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Global changes in the production and consumption of culture

07.06.2012

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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