Bulgaria and Netherlands back away from ACTA

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9 Responses to “Bulgaria and Netherlands back away from ACTA”

  1. very cool! I know redjade, he’s very active here in Budapest.  fwiw Hungary has already signed ACTA, I seriously doubt the government will back away from it.  They’re already dismantling democracy in this country, ACTA is just another manifestation of that.

  2. redjade says:

    wow, ive never been boinged before :-)  an honour!

  3. May the dominoes continue to fall!!! Great news.

  4. lanzz says:

    Fun populism around the Bulgarian retraction: the official position was “ACTA will have absolutely no impact on Bulgarian law” until 10k people went on protest against the treaty. Next thing you know, Bulgaria is halting all process on ratification, and our prime minister Boiko Borisov proudly announces that “stopping ACTA is our [the ruling party's] success”, and tries to blame all ACTA negotiations on the previous (socialist) government. The problem is, Borisov’s government has been in power for about two and a half years now, and certainly the previous government wasn’t in power on November 16th last year, when the cabinet approved the Bulgarian signature on ACTA, and on January 11th this year, when the Bulgarian ambassador in Tokyo was authorized to sign the treaty. But oh well, we’re out of ACTA at least. For now.

    • Martijn says:

      Some background on the Dutch situation: the opposition voted against it, but not the ruling parties. Now the problem with out current situation is that the PVV (Geert Wilders) is officially not part of the government coalition, but they do support it. It’s a sick relationship where the PVV does and says really outrageous things, and the government parties don’t say anything about it because they need his support. Quite often they give him whatever he wants in order to keep his continued support.

      Now the PVV opposes ACTA, but if the governing parties (VVD and CDA) really want Netherland to support ACTA, they can probably easily bribe him by enacting restrictions for eastern Europeans working in Netherland, or something like that.

  5. paulcarcosa says:

    Great news, but Strasbourg will have the final say on ACTA in the EU.

  6. nomind says:

    Heh, I’m Bulgarian and I just learned the good news from here. I should read the local media more often (then again, maybe not).
    The protest was lots of fun, I only wish it wasn’t so freaking cold. I’m glad though that the only police ‘repression’ we had was that it was forbidden to wear masks (and people did it anyway).

  7. Qat says:

    Hi. Just to say : the first link should point to 
    http://www.killacta.org/ and not killacta.com (domain for sale).

    Keep up the good fight !

  8. teapot says:

     More reasons for O’Reilly to rail on those depraved, stoned Dutch.

    Thanks for being Europe, Europe. You might wear funnily-cut shirts and enjoy strange electro, but you sure know when and where to draw the line for personal liberty.

    ….Except France.

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