ACTA moves closer to the plenary. Next week the Trade committee (INTA) of the Parliament would take its decision. Commissioner Karel De Gucht invited himself to the meeting, what is tried now is delaying the Parliament vote. MEP Moreira mocked that since De Gucht has to come whenever INTA calls, he also enjoys the right to appear when he desires. Commissioner De Gucht would appear before INTA on Thursday 21 June at 10h (Room 4 Q 1), just before the crucial vote.
Supported is the Commissioner by the British conservatives. MEP Kamall tabled an amendment to this end. The time-winning Amendment 3 would be in focus for the upcoming debate while other MEPs pressure to get the awkward dossier off the table. Two other amendments, by Quisthoudt-Rowohl (EPP) and Fjellner (EPP) change the recommendation to “Consents to conclusion of the agreement”, but that is an unlikely outcome given the votes of the assisting Committees.
Many of my colleagues would be in Brussels. I’ll also be around Brussels but for other reasons.