ACTA: Last-Minute Appeal to EPP Group
Published 08:13, 04 July 12
If you watched the stream of the plenary session in the European Parliament yesterday, you will know that what we saw was an incredible parade of politicians from all parties denouncing ACTA - with one exception. The centre-right EPP Group is asking for a decision on ACTA to be postponed until after the European Court of Justice hands down its judgement on the compatibility of the treaty with EU law. That's likely to take a year or two, and amounts to a massive delaying tactic, as I've explained before.
The final vote will take place today (you can watch it live here), but it seems that the EPP Group is still going to push for a postponement, despite the massive rejection of ACTA by everyone else. I don't think there's any point clogging up the in-boxes of those MEPs that have said they will vote against ACTA, but it's maybe worth sending one last, quick email to the EPP Group to try to dissuade them. You can find your MEP on this UK list, or on this European list.
Here's what I've sent:
As you know, in the European Parliament yesterday there was a massive rejection of ACTA from all parties except the EPP Group, which instead is calling for a postponement of the vote until after the ECJ delivers its verdict. But the problems with ACTA are not in what it says, but in what it doesn't say in terms of defining terms or providing safeguards. This means that the ECJ decision will not address those key issues.
What we need now is a political, not legal, decision, and only the European Parliament can provide that. Voting against ACTA will be a historic moment for European citizens, the European Parliament and European democracy. Please do not end up on the wrong side of history: please stand with your constituents and vote against ACTA.