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July 02, 2012 | James Booth

ACTA: We’re almost there!

Update 2012-07-04: The European Parliament voted to reject ACTA (478-to-39).

This Wednesday (4th July), the European Parliament will hold a plenary vote as to whether to give consent to the provisions within ACTA. So far, your efforts have helped to ensure that all five of the Committees (INTA, LIBE, JURI, ITRE and DEVE), whose responsibility it was to scrutinise ACTA and present their findings, have consecutively recommended its rejection. Their voices will be influential as to the way in which the European Parliament will vote on Wednesday – but so will yours!

What’s next?

The vote on Wednesday is the most important. The decision of the European Parliament will determine whether ACTA becomes binding upon the 27 EU Members States. The European Parliament can vote to oppose, approve, or refer the matter to the European Court of Justice, but it cannot alter the content of the treaty.

What are we up against?

Shortly after the INTA vote, Greens MEP Amelia Andersdotter accused EU Commissioner Karel de Gucht of placing “undue pressure” on the INTA Committee by “asking [them] to vote in a certain way”. A day prior, de Gucht told the Committee that, regardless of their recommendation, the Commission would “nonetheless continue to pursue the current procedure before the Court, as we are entitled to do”. Should the ECJ “question the conformity of the agreement with the Treaties”, he said, “we will assess at that stage how this can be addressed”.

It would seem that, despite consistent, significant, and legitimate democratic opposition to the treaty, Karel de Gucht is determined to press ahead with ACTA in any way he can. “Clarifications”, promised to be made should the ECJ decide against ACTA, are simply not possible: the treaty has now been signed, and so its contents cannot be amended unless it is first ratified.

What is wrong with ACTA?

We believe that ACTA is such an imbalanced treaty that it disproportionately and unnecessarily puts innovation and freedom of expression at risk. By attempting to deal with two hugely different issues – the counterfeiting of physical goods and digital copyright infringement – the treaty lacks the kind of surgical precision necessary to ensure that fundamental rights are not sacrificed in pursuit of its goals.

Furthermore, ACTA promotes and incentivises the private 'policing' of online content through, for example, its broad thresholds for its criminal measures. It exacerbates such problems by failing to provide adequate and robust safeguards for fundamental freedoms. We set out some key points in our briefing paper.

From the moment it was sprung upon Europe, following a drafting process held in secret, the passage of ACTA has been lubricated by a total disregard for democratic principles. The European Commission has effectively sought to move decisions about ACTA further away from the people and their elected representatives.

There has been a positive consequence of all this: we have seen a renewal of interest in the workings of European democratic institutions, as large numbers of people engage with difficult debates and complex institutional processes in an attempt to understand and influence the passage of ACTA through Europe. People like you have helped to make sure that the democratic process is respected and obeyed.

What do I need to do?

The decisions of the five Committees were, quite rightly, heavily influenced by the many people across Europe who contacted their MEPs to explain the problems with ACTA. The vote in the European Parliament will be no different.

For what is hopefully the last time, we’re asking you to get in touch with your MEP and explain to them how ACTA is flawed, how you want them to vote, and why.

Who is my MEP?

We’ve listed the names and contact details for each of the 73 MEPs representing constituents within the United Kingdom. Find yours below, and give them a call!

Your MEPs

East Midlands

  • MEP: Bill Newton Dunn
    • Party: Lib Dem
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75712
    • E-mail: bill.newtondunn@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Defer to party
  • MEP: Derek Clark
    • Party: UKIP
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75552
    • E-mail: derekroland.clark@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Emma McClarkin
    • Party: Conservative
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75684
    • E-mail: emma.mcclarkin@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Glenis Willmott
    • Party: Labour
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75459
    • E-mail: glenis.willmott@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Roger Helmer
    • Party: UKIP
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75764
    • E-mail: roger.helmer@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Definitely against

East of England

  • MEP: Andrew Duff
    • Party: Lib Dem
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75998
    • E-mail: andrew.duff@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Definitely against
  • MEP: David Campbell Bannerman
    • Party: Conservative
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75733
    • E-mail: david.campbellbannerman@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Definitely against
  • MEP: Geoffrey Van Orden
    • Party: Conservative
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75332
    • E-mail: geoffrey.vanorden@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known / defer to party
  • MEP: Richard Howitt
    • Party: Labour
    • ContactTel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75477
    • E-mail: richard.howitt@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Defer to party
  • MEP: Stuart Agnew
    • Party: UKIP
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75404
    • E-mail: johnstuart.agnew@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Vicky Ford
    • Party: Conservative
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75672
    • E-mail: vicky.ford@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Defer
  • MEP: Robert Sturdy
    • Party: Conservative
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): 33 3 88 1 75294
    • E-mail: robert.sturdy@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Unknown

London

  • MEP: Charles Tannock
    • Party: Conservative
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75870
    • E-mail: charles.tannock@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Claude Moraes
    • Party: Labour
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75553
    • E-mail: claude.moraes@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Gerard Batten
    • Party: UKIP
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75920
    • E-mail: gerard.batten@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Dr Syed Kamall MEP
    • Party: Conservative
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +33 88 1 75792
    • E-mail: syed.kamall@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): In favour, decision maker for Conservative group
  • MEP: Jean Lambert
    • Party: Greens (E&W)
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75507
    • E-mail: jean.lambert@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Definitely against
  • MEP: Marina Yannakoudakis
    • Party: Conservative
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75692
    • E-mail: marina.yannakoudakis@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Defer
  • MEP: Mary Honeyball
    • Party: Labour
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75209
    • E-mail: mary.honeyball@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Defer
  • MEP: Baroness Sarah Ludford
    • Party: Lib Dem
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75104
    • E-mail: sarah.ludford@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Defer

North East England

  • MEP: Fiona Hall
    • Party: Lib Dem
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75561
    • E-mail: fiona.hall@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Defer
  • MEP: Martin Callanan
    • Party: Conservative
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75701
    • E-mail: martin.callanan@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Defer
  • MEP: Stephen Hughes
    • Party: Labour
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75408
    • E-mail: stephen.hughes@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known

North West England

  • MEP: Arlene McCarthy
    • Party: Labour
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75501
    • E-mail: arlene.mccarthy@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Brian Simpson
    • Party: Labour
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75510
    • E-mail: brian.simpson@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Chris Davies
    • Party: Lib Dem
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75353
    • E-mail: chris@chrisdaviesmep.org.uk
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Defer
  • MEP: Jacqueline Foster
    • Party: Conservative
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75674
    • E-mail: jacqueline.foster@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Defer
  • MEP: Nick Griffin
    • Party: BNP
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75772
    • E-mail: nick.griffin@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Paul Nuttall
    • Party: UKIP
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75740
    • E-mail: paul.nuttall@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Sajjad Karim
    • Party: Conservative
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75640
    • E-mail: sajjad.karim@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Atkins
    • Party: Conservative
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75373
    • E-mail: robert.atkins@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known

Northern Ireland

  • MEP: Diane Dodds
    • Party: DUP
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75770
    • E-mail: diane.dodds@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Jim Nicholson
    • Party: UCUNF
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75933
    • E-mail: james.nicholson@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Defer
  • MEP: Martina Anderson
    • Party: SF
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75222
    • E-mail: martina.anderson@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known

Scotland

  • MEP: Alyn Smith
    • Party: SNP
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75187
    • E-mail: alyn.smith@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Likely against
  • MEP: Catherine Stihler
    • Party: Labour
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75462
    • E-mail: catherine.stihler@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: David Martin
    • Party: Labour
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75539
    • E-mail: david.martin@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Against
  • MEP: George Lyon
    • Party: Lib Dem
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75628
    • E-mail: george.lyon@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Ian Hudghton
    • Party: SNP
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75499
    • E-mail: ian.hudghton@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Struan Stevenson
    • Party: Conservative
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75499
    • E-mail: struan.stevenson@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known

South East England

  • MEP: Catherine Bearder
    • Party: Lib Dem
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +33 3 88 1 75710
    • E-mail: catherine.bearder@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Daniel Hannan
    • Party: Conservative
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75137
    • E-mail: daniel.hannan@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Unsure
  • MEP: James Elles
    • Party: Conservative
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75951
    • E-mail: james.elles@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Defer
  • MEP: Keith Taylor
    • Party: Greens (E&W)
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75153
    • E-mail: keith.taylor@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Definitely against
  • MEP: Marta Andreasen
    • Party: UKIP
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75726
    • E-mail: marta.andreasen@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Nigel Farage
    • Party: UKIP
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75855
    • E-mail: nigel.farage@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Nirj Deva
    • Party: Conservative
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 77245
    • E-mail: nirj.deva@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Defer
  • MEP: Peter Skinner
    • Party: Labour
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75458
    • E-mail: peter.skinner@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Will decide with rest of party
  • MEP: Richard Ashworth
    • Party: Conservative
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75309
    • E-mail: richardjames.ashworth@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Will decide with rest of party

South West England

  • MEP: Ashley Fox
    • Party: Conservative
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75677
    • E-mail: ashley.fox@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Giles Chichester
    • Party: Conservative
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75296
    • E-mail: giles.chichester@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Sir Graham Watson
    • Party: Lib Dem
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75626
    • E-mail: graham.watson@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Likely against
  • MEP: Julie Girling
    • Party: Conservative
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75678
    • E-mail: julie.girling@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Trevor Colman
    • Party: UKIP
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75763
    • E-mail: trevor.colman@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: William, Earl of Dartmouth
    • Party: UKIP
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75735
    • E-mail: william.dartmouth@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known

Wales

  • MEP: Derek Vaughan
    • Party: Labour
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75419
    • E-mail: derek.vaughan@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Jill Evans
    • Party: PC
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75103
    • E-mail: Jill.evans@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Eluned Morgan
    • Party: Labour
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +33 3 88 175 457
    • E-mail: eluned.morgan@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: John Bufton
    • Party: UKIP
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75730
    • E-mail: john.bufton@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known

West Midlands

  • MEP: Anthea McIntyre
    • Party: Conservative
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75106
    • E-mail: anthea.mcintyre@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Wait for ECJ decision
  • MEP: Malcolm Harbour
    • Party: Conservative
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75132
    • E-mail: malcolm.harbour@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Michael Cashman
    • Party: Labour
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75759
    • E-mail: michael.cashman@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): In Favour
  • MEP: Mike Nattrass
    • Party: UKIP
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75133
    • E-mail: michaelhenry.nattrass@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Nikki Sinclaire
    • Party: Independent
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75756
    • E-mail: nikki.sinclaire@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Phil Bennion
    • Party: Lib Dem
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75521
    • E-mail: phil.bennion@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Philip Bradbourn
    • Party: Conservative
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75407
    • E-mail: philip.bradbourn@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known

Yorkshire and the Humber

  • MEP: Andrew Brons
    • Party: BNP
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75773
    • E-mail: andrew.brons@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Edward McMillan-Scott
    • Party: Lib Dem
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75959
    • E-mail: edward.mcmillan-scott@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Godfrey Bloom MEP
    • Party: Conservative
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +33 3 88 175 469
    • E-mail: godfrey.bloom@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Linda McAvan
    • Party: Labour
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75438
    • E-mail: linda.mcavan@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Rebecca Taylor
    • Party: Lib Dem
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75201
    • E-mail: rebecca.taylor@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Not known
  • MEP: Timothy Kirkhope
    • Party: Conservative
    • Contact Tel (Strasbourg): +333 88 1 75321
    • E-mail: timothy.kirkhope@europarl.europa.eu
    • Position on ACTA (if known): Defer

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Comments (6)

  1. Tony Finch:
    Jul 02, 2012 at 01:33 PM

    Rebecca Taylor has mentioned she is against ACTA on Twitter - as are all Lib Dem MEPs.
    https://twitter.com/RTaylor_MEP/status/219697332999045120

  2. Peter Murray-Rust:
    Jul 02, 2012 at 03:28 PM

    Note that you can select your MEPs automatically through http://writetothem.org and write the letter and get it sent.

    I have had anti-ACTA from Lib (Duff) and UKIP

  3. John Coxon:
    Jul 02, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    I would like to second the comment plugging WriteToThem.com – it's a fantastic service and ORG should be plugging it more often, it makes it very easy to contact your MEPs (and MPs, and councillors).

  4. maxim dewald:
    Jul 03, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    PLEASE COMMENT! SHOW YOUR PRESENCE!

  5. Adele Bailey:
    Jul 03, 2012 at 01:30 PM

    Tim Kirkhope replied as follows :-

    Dear Adele,

    Thank you for your email.

    Regarding ACTA, our Group tabled an amendment across all committees which read:

    Decides to suspend the vote on consent to the draft Council decision; the decision on whether to consent to or reject the agreement will be reviewed once the European Parliament is in a position to take into account the opinion of the European Court of Justice on the compatibility of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement with the Treaties.

    At the moment we would like to wait for the ECJ's decision before proceeding and the vote will also depend on whether the file remains on the plenary agenda (we are not sure yet) and on the ouctome of a debate we are having on ACTA. The UK goverment has signed the ACTA agreement but notes that the Parliament has requested a delay (through the ECJ) and believes the ruling could be helpful.

    I will have more information for you post this debate and will be back in touch.

    Kind Regards,

    TK

    Timothy Kirkhope MEP
    ASP 9G305
    60, Rue Wiertz,
    B-1047 Bruxelles
    Tel: + 32 228 45321
    Fax: + 32 228 49321
    timothy.kirkhope@europarl.europa.eu

  6. Simon Phipps:
    Jul 03, 2012 at 01:49 PM

    I had a reply from Nigel Farrage saying all UKIP MEP's oppose ACTA.



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