It’s looking better and better for the anti-ACTA campaign. Yesterday, David Martin, the new European Parliament rapporteur for the treaty who stepped in after the previous rapporteur resigned in January to protest the lack of transparency of the negotiation process, recommended that the parliament should vote against the treaty. Martin says in his statement that “given the vagueness of certain aspects of the treaty and the uncertainty over its interpretation, the European Parliament cannot guarantee adequate protection for citizens’ rights in the future under ACTA.” (See also Martin’s interview over at Wired) It’s very likely that at least Martin’s own group, the Socialists, will follow his recommendation. The Liberals, the Greens and the Green Left are also expected to vote against the treaty, which already brings the anti-ACTA camp within the parliament very close to majority. A lot depends now on where the Conservatives will swing on the issue. There’s apparently some opposition to the treaty among conservative leaders in Eastern Europe where the anti-ACTA protests have been the most visible.
It ain’t over til the overweight woman takes the stage, though. The vote will be happening sometime in June or July, and European Digital Rights (EDRi) has called for another pan-European day of action against the treaty for June 9:
Time to give it the very final push!