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Following my article yesterday, the European  Commission  has been given a statement as to whether it will sign ACTA this Saturday. Its answer is no!

The statement obtained by confirms my views, posted  yesterday morning -Will the European Commission go to the ACTA party?   but also clarifies the position as to whether the Commission can sign ACTA before the European Parliament has consented.  This is because the European Commission has not yet

completed the ‘relevant processes’ and therefore  cannot sign. However, it seems the ‘relevant processes’ are to get translations of ACTA into all the EU languages, and this may take another couple of months.

The Commission is suggesting that ACTA can be signed before Parliament gives its consent. My understanding was that the Treaty requires consent prior to signature. Perhaps further legal clarification is required.



"The EU has not yet completed its internal procedures authorising the signature, therefore it will not be signing ACTA at this event," the Commission spokesperson said in a statement. "Neither will Mexico and Switzerland, since they did not conclude their domestic proceedings."

"For the EU, the domestic process for signature is that the Council [of Ministers] adopts a decision authorising a EU representative to sign ACTA. Since this required the translation of the treaty in all the EU languages, such decision has not yet been adopted. It may still require a couple of months for the EU to be able to sign ACTA. After the signature, the European Parliament will have to vote its consent of ACTA," it said


Please attribute this article: Monica Horten (2011)  Commission confirms it will not sign ACTA yet  28 September 2011 .

Iptegrity in brief is the website of Dr Monica Horten. I’ve been analysing analysing digital policy since 2008. Way back then, I identified how issues around rights can influence Internet policy, and that has been a thread throughout all of my research. I hold a PhD in EU Communications Policy from the University of Westminster (2010), and a Post-graduate diploma in marketing.   I’ve served as an independent expert on the Council of Europe  Committee on Internet Freedoms, and was involved in a capacity building project in Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine. I am currently (from June 2022)  Policy Manager - Freedom of Expression, with the Open Rights Group. For more, see About Iptegrity is made available free of charge for  non-commercial use, Please link-back & attribute Monica Horten. Thank you for respecting this.

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