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    The leader of the Party of European Socialists, Sergei Stanishev, told EurActiv he was "proud" that his European political family was the first to come up with a clear position on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which he says is against the interests of European citizens.

    The Socialists yesterday (9 February) issued a strongly worded declaration, calling the ACTA agreement - recently signed by the Commission and 22 EU states (see background) - "wrong in both content and process".
    Stanishev told journalists that the Party of European Socialists has found a new war horse to mark its identity before the European electorate.

    The PES leader blasted the secrecy under which the anti-counterfeiting agreement was drafted, saying that gradually, even countries that signed ACTA will realise they should not ratify the agreement. The ratification process takes place both at the national level and in the European Parliament, where a vote is expected in June.
    "Many of the governments were not aware of the dangers which are implicit in ACTA. I'm thinking of Poland, I'm thinking of the Czech Republic. There will be more to come," he said [more on the positions of individual countries].
    "For me ACTA is dead the way it is. This process should start from the beginning and it should be a transparent process," Stanishev said, adding he fully supported the resignation of the European Parliament’s rapporteur for ACTA.
    French MEP Kader Arif (Socialists & Democrats) resigned in protest after the 22 members signed ACTA on 26 January. Arif said he had "never before seen manoeuvres" by officials preparing the treaty.

    Germany decided not to sign and to wait for the decision from the EU Parliament before doing anything:


    Economist and Financial Times already see ACTA as dead or at least dying:

    So make sure to go to protests near you today so we can stop this abomination.

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    Map for coming protests on the 25.2. with Visualisation:

    Netherlands is the newest country that doesn't want to sign the agreemen till question are answered, coming from the parliament directly:
    The Chamber,
    heard the discussion,
    whereas the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is or will be submitted for adoption to the European Parliament and national parliaments of the Member States of the European Union;
    whereas five Member States of the European Union, including the Netherlands, did not sign the treaty;
    whereas according to Article 218, paragraph 11 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, each Member State may obtain the opinion of the Court of Justice as to whether an agreement envisaged is compatible with the Treaties;
    whereas several scientific studies conclude that ACTA is possibly at odds with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights;
    whereas the possible effects of this Treaty for the in the Dutch Constitution recognized freedoms such as the freedom of expression and information and the right to privacy have not been explored,
    asks the Government not to sign the ACTA treaty as long as it is not conclusively established that the treaty does not conflict with fundamental rights,
    and proceeds to the order of the day.
    Bulgaria is another country to drop the ratification process for ACTA "for now":

    With those it's 7 countries so far in total that are "sitting this out": (Bulgaria, Germany, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia)

    Letter from industry associations to members of the EU-Parliament:
    Please support ACTA for the good of Europe
    Dear Member of the European Parliament,
    Over the past two weeks, we have seen coordinated attacks on democratic institutions such as the European Parliament and national governments over ACTA. The signatories to this letter and their members stand against such attempts to silence the democratic process. Instead, we call for a calm and reasoned assessment of the facts rather than the misinformation circulating. A considered reaction is more important than ever at a time when many outside of Europe doubt the ability of the European Union institutions and its Member State governments to act together.
    The signatories of this letter represent thousands of European companies of all sizes and millions of workers in dozens of sectors crucial to the European economy, which are eager to get Europe out of the current economic crisis by promoting innovation and growth-enhancing measures. We are all dependent on intellectual property.
    ACTA is good for Europe. Without changing EU law, it establishes common procedures for dealing with IPR infringements across countries accounting for 50% of world trade. The framework set up by ACTA will have a positive impact on protecting Europe’s industries, jobs and people. ACTA will have no negative consequences as it does not depart from EU law – as confirmed by two opinions of the European Parliament’s Legal Service as well as the European Commission. It is important to show that Europe is united and has trust in its institutions and government processes. That is why ACTA is supported by all the organisations and companies below, as well as 22 European Member States who joined the EU in the first step towards ratification.
    We therefore urge you to focus on the facts and not the misinformation and to support ACTA. ACTA is an international cooperation project that will protect Europe’s rights and people and will confirm the EU’s global importance as a responsible trading partner. For Europe to have a successful knowledge economy and manufacturing base it must protect its workers, creators and the innovations of its manufacturers and industries abroad. The ACTA treaty sends an important message to third countries and to Europe’s workforce that our rights must be protected in practice, and that Europe will not fall behind other countries in this regard. This is a crucial moment for Europe’s governments and institutions in their effort to safeguard Europe’s jobs and economic future. Failure to do so will irrevocably affect Europe’s credibility as a trusted global trade partner.
    We thank you for your support on this crucial issue
    Dutch government calls out to loosen Copyright laws:

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