I got 90 seconds of speaking time in the ACTA debate in the European Parliament yesterday.
You can watch the clip on YouTube.
This is what I said:
First of all, I would like to congratulate the Commission on having achieved what EU leaders have been talking about for decades.
They have actually managed to get ordinary citizens interested in EU politics. ACTA is an issue that people on the net really care about.
But having said that, I still feel I must criticize the method the Commission has used.
The reason so many citizens are following the ACTA issue is because they are furious.
They are furious at proposals to limit their freedom on the net and invade their privacy, just because some big companies asked for it.
They are furious because they see their fundamental civil liberties balanced against industry interests, and coming up short.
They are furious at the complete lack of transparency.
This is not how it should be done in a democracy.
Tomorrow we will be voting on a resolution that calls on the Commission to live up to the Treaty, and to put all ACTA papers on the table.
I hope the resolution will be adopted by an overwhelming majority.
The right to privacy, to information freedom, and to a fair and proper trial are the cornerstones of a free and open society.
Tomorrow we will show that this is a parliament that is prepared to stand up for those rights in the information age.
We will demand the information that is both our right and our duty as elected representatives, and we will respectfully remind the Commission that this is a parliament, not a door mat.
The vote in the European parliament on the ACTA resolution will take place today around noon.