The harshly criticized ACTA agreement (which, among other things, may result in severe limitations in the freedom of the net) has been reviewed by the Legal Services of the European Parliament. Rumors state that the resulting report is very critical of the agreement.
The report has been classified as restricted (meaning secret for all intents and purposes).
This is a translation of an article by Henrik “Hax” Alexandersson. The original is here.
A discussion about this report was announced for today’s meeting with the European Parliament’s committee for international trade, INTA.
Behind locked doors.
Of course, this led to protests — from Members of the European Parliament as well as from activists on the outside. Somebody got cold feet, and it was announced that the discussion had been postponed until the next meeting.
But late last night, INTA’s coordinators had a meeting — and decided to go anyway, on the meeting right this morning. (Which is to say: at the same time as all the “troublemakers” believe that the issue has been removed from the agenda.)
As the meeting started this morning, Carl Schlyter (Swedish Green Party) demanded that the meeting would be held in public. The demand was denied. So he demanded that the INTA committee would vote about opening the meeting to the public. Again, denied.
So. We have a controversial agreement on the table, with legislative effects. The analysis whether it is legal or not is kept secret. The discussion is held behind closed doors. Everybody who may have relevant objections is tricked into believing that the issue will not be discussed today. And when that happens anyway, the committee isn’t even allowed to vote whether the meeting is public or kept behind closed doors.
And then, our elected leaders wonder in concern and confusion what they should do about the democratic deficit in the European Union.
This is ridiculous! This is unworthy behavior in the democratic process!