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The European Parliament has opposed the controversial ACTA treaty, after three of its influential committees said the trade agreement should be rejected.
The Legal Affairs Committee (JURI), the Committee for Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and the Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) all voted against implementing the agreement, which caused mass protests in several European countries this year.
Momentum against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement continued to build on Thursday as three different committees of the European Parliament voted not to recommend adoption of the treaty. A final vote by the full European Parliament is scheduled for July.
It was signed by President Obama last year, and was expected to be approved easily in Europe. But every EU nation must sign on for it to take effect, and the treaty has been losing momentum for months. The Netherlands joins Poland, the Czech Republic, and Germany in expressing reservations.
... On Thursday, three committees of the European Parliament—the industry committee, the civil liberties committee, and the legal affairs committee—all registered their disapproval of the treaty. ...