Breaking news: Dutch parliament against signing ACTA


Last Updated on 2022-07-08 by Joop Beris

This was just announced by Dutch news network NOS: apparently the Dutch national Parliament has accepted a motion not to sign ACTA, due to concerns about human rights. A majority in Parliament consisting of D66, Groenlinks, PvdA,  SP and PVV stated that the ACTA agreement might conflict with the European declaration on the Rights of Man. According to these parties, the ACTA agreement can not be signed until it is abundantly clear that there is no conflict.

Bulgaria has also joined the ranks of nations that don’t support ACTA. At least, not any more. After signing ACTA last month, today Minister Traicho Traikov told reporters that “I’m a pessimist when it comes to regulating an industry, which hasn’t adapted to the digital age, through sanctions rather than market means”. He announced that Bulgaria would not take any further steps toward ratifying ACTA until the position of all EU states would be unanimous.

This adds The Netherlands to the list of EU countries where ACTA support is waning. These countries are Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech republic, Latvia, Germany, Bulgaria and now The Netherlands!

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