On December 19, the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee voted to make the EU Legal Service Opinion on ACTA publicly available. [Click here for the full Opinion]. At the subsequent hearing on ACTA, Swedish Pirate Party MEP Christian Engström argued that “this Legal Opinion confirms the fact that ACTA is at best a borderline case. It depends very much on how it would be implemented, if it actually would be compatible with fundamental rights. So, I think there is a very strong case for asking for more authoritative guidance from the ECJ before we even consider giving consent to signing this agreement.” Click here for MEP Engström’s full floor statement.
Full full release of documents from the EU is here, and it is listed below. It includes correspondence over the opinion, and a refusal to release the complete Legal Opinion.
- Legal Service. “ACTA reply to questions raised in INTA on 23.11.11.pdf.” December 7, 2011.
- Letter from Klaus Welle to Ante Wessells, explaining why the opinion cannot be released. November 9, 2011.
- Cover Note to Legal Opinion. December 8, 2011.
- Legal Opinion. December 8, 2011.
- JURI letter to Legal Service, requesting opinion. October 4, 2011.
- EP legal opinion on ACTA. October 5, 2011.
- Summary of EP legal opinion ACTA. October 5, 2011.