On June 21 in an unprecedented move, the European Parliament Committee on International Trade (INTA) in Brussels passed a report recommending the rejection of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Never before has INTA voted to reject a trade agreement negotiated by the Union.
With a vote of 19 to 12 (no abstentions) INTA members followed the recommendation of British Member of the European Parliament David Martin (Socialists & Democrats Party Group). Amendments from members of the conservative European Peoples Party Group (EPP) to opt in favor were withdrawn just before the committee vote which was watched by many observers in Brussels with Twitter buzzing about what is being seen as historic.
Read Full Story