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Health 31-05-2013

Groups warn EU-US trade deal could weaken consumer laws ‘via the backdoor’

Consumer groups on both sides of the Atlantic have raised concerns about a  proposed EU-US free trade agreement, saying it could weaken health, banking and food safety regulations through the back door.
Elections 01-10-2012

Stanishev elected PES president

The Congress of the Party of European Socialists elected Sergei Stanishev as their new leader. The chairman of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) and former Bulgarian prime minister clinched the office with 91.3% of the votes cast in an election held Saturday (29 September). 
Digital 05-07-2012

Goodbye ACTA: EU Parliament rejects anti-piracy treaty

The European Parliament rejected yesterday (4 July) the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), dealing a blow to European Commissioner Karel De Gucht, who sought to dissuade MEPs from voting on the international treaty before the European Court of Justice gave its opinion.
Digital 22-06-2012

MEPs to ‘finish off’ ACTA on 4 July

A European Parliament Committee rejected the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) yesterday (21 June) despite pro-business lobbying by Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, who insisted that Parliament should not decide before the European Court of Justice gives its opinion. A final vote in the full Parliament is expected on 4 July.
Digital 01-06-2012

Parliament votes bring ACTA closer to final rejection

Three committees in the European Parliament have rejected the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) yesterday (31 May), in what some MEPs described as the last nail in the coffin for the controversial agreement.
Digital 26-04-2012

Liberals put last nail in ACTA coffin

The liberal ALDE group in the European Parliament jumped onto the bandwagon to oppose the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) by declaring yesterday (25 April) that they will vote against it, as "too many provisions" were "unclear". In case a plenary vote was held before the summer, a majority of MEPs would therefore reject ACTA.
Digital 25-04-2012

ACTA: EU privacy watchdog warns of internet spying threat

A global trade deal to stop copyright theft could give internet providers the right to spy on users, breaching European Union law, the EU's data privacy chief said yesterday (24 April).
Elections 16-04-2012

European Pirate family is born

Pirate party representatives from more than 25 countries agreed at a conference in Prague to prepare a joint platform and campaign for the elections to the European Parliament in 2014, the Czech media reported.
Digital 13-04-2012

EU Parliament’s draftsman urges ACTA rejection

British MEP David Martin, in charge of steering the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) through the European Parliament, said yesterday (12 April) that he would urge lawmakers to reject the controversial treaty.
Elections 11-04-2012

Poll puts Germany’s Pirate Party in third place

Germany's political newcomer, the Pirate Party, has become the third political force in the country according to a new survey that gives it 13% of support, ahead of the Greens (11%), the Left (Die Linke, 8%) and the Liberals (5%). EURACTIV Germany contributed to this article.
Digital 05-04-2012

Commission sides with business on ACTA

The European Commission took a stance yesterday (4 April) in favour of a quick adoption of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), against the will of the European Parliament, which plans to reject it in a plenary vote by the summer.
Digital 28-03-2012

MEPs vow to ‘bury’ ACTA by summer

The Socialist and Green groups in the European Parliament vowed to "bury" the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement by the summer, before the European Court of Justice would have the chance to issue a verdict.
Digital 15-03-2012

Serbia to adopt ACTA for EU membership: Official

As a new candidate for EU membership, Serbia will have to adopt the controversial ACTA agreement if the bloc ratifies it. Official statistics show that software piracy in Serbia remains higher than in any EU member. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Digital 06-03-2012

Businesses plead for ‘correct understanding’ of ACTA

Considerable misunderstanding about what the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is, and especially what it is not, should be addressed before the European Court of Justice gives its verdict within two years, federations protecting copyrights told EURACTIV.
Digital 23-02-2012

EU suspends ACTA ratification

The Commission has decided to refer the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement to the European Court of Justice, halting for now ratification of ACTA by 22 EU countries. The Commission's moved was welcomed by leading European political parties that fear the international accord would trample rights and freedoms.
Digital 13-02-2012

EU Commission, businesses play down ACTA fears

As mass demonstrations took place across Europe over the weekend against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, the European Commission and pro-ACTA industry groups published statements intend to fend off "unjustified accusations".  
Digital 10-02-2012

Socialists say ‘Stop ACTA’

The leader of the Party of European Socialists, Sergei Stanishev, told EURACTIV he was "proud" that his European political family was the first to come up with a clear position on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which he says is against the interests of European citizens.
Digital 02-02-2012

ACTA activates European civil society

Online activists across Europe are protesting against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which officially aims to protect intellectual rights but which critics say violates privacy. An online petition against the international treaty attracted more than a million signatures, EURACTIV's network in Central Europe reports.
Digital 25-11-2010

ACTA comes one step closer to existence

A vote in the European Parliament yesterday (24 November) signalled that a controversial international trade agreement to tackle counterfeiting, known as ACTA, has moved one step closer to ratification, raising concerns among Internet service providers (ISPs). 
Digital 05-10-2010

Lawmakers call for halt to ACTA deal

Members of the European Parliament have asked the Commission to halt a global trade agreement against counterfeiting (ACTA) after reports that negotiations on the controversial pact were concluded without their consent in Tokyo on Saturday (2 October).
Digital 23-09-2010

Lawmakers in Internet piracy merry-go-round

EU policymaking history is repeating itself as another row erupted in the European Parliament yesterday (22 September) over how to tackle Internet piracy and whether users can be cut off from the Internet for making illegal downloads. EURACTIV reports from Strasbourg. 
Digital 02-09-2010

US told EU to hide ACTA from public

The United States is behind the wall of secrecy surrounding global trade talks to combat counterfeiting, say EU policy sources, who claim that American officials are refusing to let their European counterparts publish the draft agreement online.
Trade & Society 23-08-2010

Anti-counterfeit trade deal planned for September

Negotiators from the United States, the European Union and nine other countries said on Friday (20 August) they planned to finish work in September on a proposed pact to crack down on trade in counterfeit and pirated goods.
Digital 22-03-2010

EU defends itself from attack on ACTA

The European Commission attempted to dispel rumours today (22 March) regarding draconian new anti-counterfeiting laws being negotiated under the global Anti-Counterfeiting and Trade Agreement (ACTA) talks.