Mr De Gucht today held a one-hour discussion with members of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs at the European Parliament. But S&D MEPs said there could be no serious debate since members do not know the content of the negotiations.
EP vice president and S&D member Stavros Lambrinidis said: “It is unacceptable that the latest document is not available for this debate and that it will be accessible only at a later stage in a closed room. It was therefore impossible for us to have a serious discussion about the state of the play on ACTA negotiations.
“The European Parliament has co-decision powers for trade agreements and it should be informed at all stages of the negotiation. If the negotiators have nothing to hide, they should have nothing to fear about making the document available to the public.”
Dutch Vrijschrift added an allegation of ‘misinformation’:
The European Parliament LIBE committee ACTA hearing last Tuesday took an unexpected turn when Commissioner De Gucht said that there will not be a definition of commercial scale in ACTA. Member of Parliament Lambrinidis then asked for confirmation that the definition was out. De Gucht confirmed this. […]
Since then, the new text leaked. This text does contain a definition of commercial scale on page 15. […] In fact, the bracketed text shows the EU contributed to the new definition.