Oral Question with debate (Rule 115)
Carl SCHLYTER, on behalf of the Greens/EFA Group
Daniel CASPARY on behalf of the EPP Group
Kader ARIF on behalf of the S&D Group
Niccolò RINALDI on behalf of ALDE group
Helmut SCHOLZ on behalf of the GUE Group
Syed KAMALL on behalf of the ECR Group
Transparency and State of Play of ACTA negotiations(Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement)
Parliament in various occasions has called on the Commission and Council to ensure the widest possible access to ACTA documents, notably in its reports of 18 Dec 2008 (Susta Report, P6_TA(2008)0634, Paragraphs 14, 28) and in its report of 11 March 2009 (Cashman Report, P6_TA(2009)0114), whose Paragraph 26 reads: “the Commission should immediately make all documents related to the ongoing international negotiations on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) publicly available.”
Parliament in its Resolution of 9 February 2010 on a Framework Agreement with the Commission demands immediate and full information at every stage of negotiations on international agreements, in particular on trade matters and other negotiations involving the consent procedure, to give full effect to Article 218 TFEU. The Commission on 27 January 2010 assured its commitment to a reinforced association with Parliament in the terms of this Resolution.
- When will the Commission grant Parliament access to all primary texts relating to ACTA, in particular the ACTA negotiation mandate by the Council, the minutes of ACTA negotiation meetings, the draft chapters of ACTA, and the comments of ACTA participants on the draft chapters?
- Has the Commission made an impact assessment of ACTA’s implementation on e-trade in the EU and worldwide? How will the Commission ensure enforcement of ACTA internet provisions are fully in line with the Acquis and how will the Commission redress any incompatibilities?
- Does the Commission agree that access to ACTA documents should be given to Parliament prior to the coming into effect of the new Framework Agreement?