In Brussels a process has begun that will eventually lead to the ratification, or not, of the ACTA treaty. While each member state has the right to suspend ratification, as many have already done, the EU must await the European Parliament’s opinion before signing up to it.
The European Commission and the European Council, the executive and strategic arms of the European Union, have already approved ACTA. On February 22 the Commission referred the agreement to the European Court of Justice for legal guidance on whether it is compatible with existing treaties, the acquis communautaire and the European Charter of Fundamental Rights. This is expected to delay the European Parliament’s vote on ACTA until around September.
Will the European Parliament prove to be the last stand for the ACTA treaty?
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