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Total transparency on ACTA and TAFTA documents

13 March, 2013

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Deutsch: ACTA und TAFTA: Absolute Transparenz ist gefragt

In a letter sent to the president of the European Parliament, Linus Nordberg, a Swedish advocate, developer for Tor and representative of the EDRi-member Association for Digital Liberties from Sweden (Föreningen för digitala fri- och rättigheter – DFRI) asks for transparency and clarity regarding ACTA treaties and an immediate and full release to the public of the related documents.

Nordberg considers that The European Parliament (EP) has given ambiguous messages regarding ACTA, playing an “active role in transparency issues relating to ACTA both by demanding disclosure and by disclosing documents, but also, in some instances, by actively withholding public information."

DFRI wants the EP to keep showing high transparency standards even after the closure of ACTA files and asks for a total and public disclosure of the all documents related to the agreement.

The letter makes reference to the observations sent by the EP to the European Court of Justice and to the question asked by the Court of Justice also sent to the EP, as well as to other documents “we don't know of."

The request follows actions announced by US President Obama towards the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA), a joint American and European legislative initiative that might be another version of ACTA which was rejected by the EP in July 2012 with a crashing majority, following large public protests. The talks over TAFTA will start this year.

"(ACTA) was a wake up call for many of us in the European Union member states, that the European Parliament lacked the will or the power, whichever would be the worst I don't know, to let the people ultimately affected by the upcoming legislation learn what was at stake," stated Nordberg for the The Inquirer.

Digital liberties group wants to shine a light on all ACTA and TAFTA discussions (1.03.2013)

DFRI (Linus Nordberg)’s letter (26.02.2013)

EDRi-gram: Thank you SOPA, thank you ACTA (4.07.2012)



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