Hall: Lib Dem MEPs swing the vote to reject ACTA

Fiona Hall MEPThe European Parliament’s Industry Committee today voted to reject the controversial Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) with 31 to 25 votes.

Commenting after the vote, Fiona Hall, the leader of the UK Liberal Democrat delegation and industry spokesperson, said:

“It was a tight vote, with Conservative voting in favour of the agreement despite the fact that ACTA has been widely attacked because of serious concerns that it may compromise civil liberties of individual internet users.

“Liberal and Democrat MEPs today swung the vote and added another important nail to ACTA’s coffin.”

ENDS

Note to editors:

Please find below a link to an article by Fiona Hall MEP in which she discusses why the Liberal Democrats reject ACTA.

http://www.publicserviceeurope.com/article/1856/discredited-acta-is-dead-in-the-water-lib-dems

The Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) and the Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) today also voted to reject ACTA by 12 to10 (in JURI) and 36 to 1 (in LIBE) votes. These are indicative votes ahead of the main vote which will take place on June 21st in the International Trade Committee (INTA), followed by the final plenary vote in July.

 

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