ACTA is a project under the Global Europe Strategy which attracts quite some controversy. I don’t mind if I add to that controversy because the agreement is both flawed in content and process. EU-Commissioner Karel De Gucht told during the September 8 2010 plenary debate
“What we are aiming at is simply setting an international standard in IPR enforcement that is reasonable, balanced and effective, and thus goes beyond the current WTO rules on IPR: the TRIPS agreement. This is the ultimate objective, on which I am sure we all agree.”
His staffer Rupert Schlegelmilch recently argued during the European Parliament workshop (1st March 2010) ACTA does not aim to set a new standard.
European Parliament resolution of 22 May 2007 on Global Europe – external aspects of competitiveness (2006/2292(INI))
60. Stresses that European IPR policy towards developing countries should not go beyond TRIPs Agreement obligations, but that it should instead encourage the use of TRIPs flexibilities;
European Parliament resolution of 10 March 2010 on the transparency and state of play of the ACTA negotiations
6. Deplores the calculated choice of the parties not to negotiate through well-established international bodies, such as WIPO and WTO, which have established frameworks for public information and consultation;
As you can see we all agree.