The European Commission has now received a formal request to make public the ACTA negotiations and documents. A narrow majority for a key demand by the Liberals and the Greens, means it is taking a strong stand.
** Updated 11 March: I have now included below the text from the official consolidated version **
The European Parliament's resolution on ACTA (Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement) was carried today with a massive majority of 633 votes in favour, to 13 against. Political agreement on the motion had - mostly - been assured before the vote. There were however, some exceptions, and a series of amendments was voted individually and by roll call.
As I reported yesterday, there was an internal battle over the Resolution between the smaller Party groups and the larger Conservative factions. The smaller groups wanted a stronger call for transparency, whereas the EPP/ECR version was little more than a slapped wrist for the Commission. From what I can make out, an amendment by the Greens and the ALDE (Liberal and Liberal Democrat) groups, will turn it into a strong stand against
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