ACTA Brussels, 13 February 2012
Transparency of ACTA negotiations (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement)
"In an effort to alleviate concerns raised over the transparency of ACTA negotiations and the consultation process, we are providing a complete timeline and details of our contacts with the European Parliament, the media, civil society and the general public.
It is important to note that all 27 EU Member States were also able to attend all negotiating sessions of ACTA. This is because only the rotating six-monthly Presidency of the EU and the Member States themselves had the right to negotiate any element of ACTA concerning criminal law as this is was a Member States' competence before the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty and remains a competence shared between Member States and the European Union after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty.
The European Commission welcomes the debate recently triggered in Europe on ACTA and is fully engaged in this debate. It remains convinced of the importance of protecting Europe's intellectual property as this is a cornerstone of Europe's economies, jobs and prosperity in the years to come in the face of rising levels of intellectual property theft amid increasing global competition by emerging economies", stated John Clancy, EU Trade Spokesman.