Ante Wessels from the FFII ACTA Working Group issued a press release:
Brussels, April 8th 2010 – An ACTA Oversight Committee will undermine the European Parliament’s power in intellectual property rights enforcement, according to the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII). A recently leaked Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) document shows negotiating parties want to create an “Oversight Committee”, which is planned to supervise the implementation and consider the further development of ACTA. It may also address “disputes that may arise regarding the interpretation or application” of ACTA.
I remember during the 22 march stakeholders hearing former MEP David Hammerstein asked a question about what he called the “politebureau” institution of ACTA. Some observers fear that ACTA would create a parallel organisations to WIPO. No entirely bad idea, if you ask me. Now FFII’s Ante Wessels stresses that Parliament is left out of the equation. According to an MEP that is one of the main concerns among the members in the European Parliament.