Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
Do not reject ACTA prematurely, says industry
By Manon Malhère | Monday 11 June 2012
Concerned by the turn that the debate on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is taking, especially at the European Parliament, the industry is calling on policy makers not to reject the agreement prematurely in a communication, signed on 8 June, by some 130 European federations representing the manufacturing, culture, creative and innovation sectors. The signatories include the International Trademark Association, the Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE), the International Federation of Actors (FIA) and the Motion Picture Association (MPA).
The industry considers this international treaty for the creation of a preliminary global framework to fight intellectual property breaches and the counterfeiting of numerous products to be necessary for European growth. Thus, Chris Marcich, president and managing director of MPA Europe, adds: “If there are doubts [mainly on the compatibility of the ACTA with the fundamental rights], clarifications and reassurances should be obtained. But the agreement itself should not be rejected prematurely on the basis of false arguments”.
The rapporteur at the European Parliament’s Committee on International trade (INTA) - which is responsible for the content of the dossier - David Martin (S&D, UK) recommends categorically rejecting the agreement. A decision will be reached (approval or rejection of the agreement) at the July plenary session. While everything points to MEPs burying the ACTA, divergences remain within certain political groups.