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Cabinet will not sign or ratify Acta treaty

Monday 25 June 2012

The Dutch cabinet will not sign or ratify the Acta treaty on international authors' rights whatever the European parliament decides, economic affairs minister Maxime Verhagen and junior justice minister Fred Teeven told MPs in a briefing on Monday.

'The government has taken the standpoint that it will not sign until it has been indisputably shown to be in line with the constitution,' the briefing said.

Parliament earlier adopted two motions calling on the cabinet to reject the treaty, saying it is too open to 'unintentioned interpretations with negative consequences'.

Five EU committees have already rejected the plan and the European parliament is expected to vote against it on July 4. EU commissioner Neelie Kroes, who holds the digital agenda portfolio, is also opposed.

Acta set to fail after EU trade committee votes against it

What is your position on Acta? Have your say in the comments form below.

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Readers' Comments

Nice to read that every now and then sense prevails. This American initiative has no place in a free world. A shame for the countries which already signed.

By tim | 25 June 2012 4:02 PM

I am confused, who band the Pirates Bay. Who rules this land?

By Terence Hale | 25 June 2012 6:44 PM

This is policy laundering by the globalist elitists & is a direct attack on civil liberties.

I hope the EU rejects this as I hope the European people will continue to reject the EU!

By Phil | 26 June 2012 4:00 AM

A judge did, Terence Hale. In the Netherlands, like in so many countries, we have a separation of powers. This article however is about the executive power, the cabinet. And parliament, the third power, agrees with them.
A judge however has to rule according to the law, and according to the present law

By pepe | 26 June 2012 9:31 AM

When did they ban Pirate Bay? Terence are you on the latest version of the internet?
@pepe - that's much clearer now, thanks.

By Dr Ponzi | 26 June 2012 1:46 PM

Nice decision! Very likely that the EU Parliament will also vote against it, another signal that the European Insitutions, when given the right powers, are very good at what they do.
@Phil, if you think Europeans are rejecting the EU, go check the elections in Greece, or France, when it really counts, Europeans always vote in favour of a Union. We are paying the arrogance and selfishness of a few politicians and the speculations of americans.

By Jacopo | 26 June 2012 7:25 PM

Gentlemen, thank you for the “Rechte klären” but as Goethe's Faust put it
“And so I sit,
poor silly man No wiser now than when I began”.
Your judges baned the Pirates bay; your judges legalized the European stability pack; your judges ruled Dutch state 'responsible for three Srebrenica deaths'. Not being impressed or amused I re-quote Goethe. Is the interpretation of law above democracy?

By Terence Hale | 27 June 2012 7:16 AM

@Jacopo- less than 50% of Greek people voted pro Europe. I think a referendum on Europe would prove you wrong.

By Phil | 27 June 2012 11:34 AM

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