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Labour MEPs say they were consistently against negotiated version of ACTA

ACTA impinges upon civil liberties, Labour says.

Matthew Vella
30 January 2012, 12:00am
Over 500 users on the ‘Malta is against ACTA’ Facebook were surprised to find out Thursday that the Maltese government had signed the treaty, without even announcing it officially.
Labour's three MEPs have joined the popular swell of discontent against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, saying they were consistently against the treaty as negotiated by EU governments, including Malta's.

Labour said the negotiated version of ACTA impinged upon fundamental liberties, and the Socialists and Democrats group in the European Parliament, together with the Liberal Democrats and the European Greens, had moved a resolution to protect ctizens' interests with amendments to ACTA.

The European People's Party, including Nationalist MEPs Simon Busuttil and David Casa, had voted against the resolution.

"This resolution states that there is serious concern and demands that the non-transparent negotiations  are stopped," Labour said in a statement.

The international agreement, devised by the United States and Japan and negotiated in secret with major industries, seeks to create an unelected international body to enforce intellectual property rights: most controversially by forcing internet service providers to police online content and impose criminal sanctions on copyright infringers.

Another serious aspect is to reinforce the international patent regime (TRIPS) for medicines, and stop pharmaceutical firms from creating generic drugs - genuine copies of medicinal - once the patents of the original medicines expire.

Over 500 users on the 'Malta is against ACTA' Facebook were surprised to find out Thursday that the Maltese government had signed the treaty, without even announcing it officially.

The EU Council adopted the instrument in December.

Matthew Vella is editor and MaltaToday on Sunday.

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Kalanc Qasamula
Ghal GonziPN l-ewwel dak li jridu l-BARRANIN, ghal Labour l-ewwel il-MALTIN.
Saviour Cachia
Gonzi PN Government...decisions ignoring not only the NP back benchers (as happened in the 500 euro weekly rise to the cabinet members) but also behind the people's back, as this report clearly show. Console yourself, it was than in the best interest of Malta, like P.M. Gonzi is trying to do by staying in power up to the end of the legislature and face all the challenges ahead coming in the turmoil dominating the eurozone and european union members economics. Oh, sorry I forgot, Malta is unique, we are doing marvelously.
m borg
GonziPN are EU's YES men with gonzi, simon and casa leading the brown nosed brigade.