Tuesday, February 7, 2012

#ACTA : Can #Poland Stop ACTA ?

By Ante

Update: I rewrote the text on Monday 6 February.

The EU Council and Commission have opposing opinions on whether Poland can stop ACTA.

According to ZDNet, Poland may not ratify ACTA, which could spell the end of ACTA for the entire European Union:

“Tusk’s backtracking could spell the end of ACTA for the entire European Union. If Poland or any other EU member state, or the European Parliament itself, fails to ratify the document, it becomes null and void across the union.”
ZDNet added: “The European Commission confirmed to ZDNet UK that if just one member state does not ratify ACTA, the deal will not enter into force anywhere within the EU.”

But an IP Watch article of 21 December by Monika Ermert has opposite information on the ratification process:

“A spokesperson of the EU Council told Intellectual Property Watch that while member states would ratify ACTA according to their national laws, the parts of the agreement that do not touch criminal law issues would fall under the competence of the Community – and henceforth become valid across all member states.”...read more