Comment on referral of ACTA to European Court of Justice

Reacting to the European Commission’s decision to refer the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice, Peter Bradwell of Open Rights Group said:

“The European Commission has a vested interest in seeing ACTA pass. They get to choose the question asked of the Court. They show every sign of making sure they get the answers they want to try to give ACTA a fig leaf of legitimacy.

And this is also clearly an attempt by the Commission to pause the ratification process in the hope that protests lose their heat.

If the Commission expects these protests about clumsy and dangerous internet policies to fade away, they are very much mistaken. Citizens across Europe have found their voice.”