Christian Engström, Pirat

10 mars 2010

Epic win for transparency on ACTA

Filed under: ACTA,English,informationspolitik — Christian Engström @ 13:53

ACTA - Epic win!

The European Parliament today voted on a resolution that demands transparency in the ACTA negotiations, and that the Commission puts all papers on the table.

The resolution was carried by 633 votes in favour, 13 against, and 16 abstentions.

Epic win! 🙂

At last, the elected representatives in the parliament have sent a strong message. We have shown that we do not accept secrecy. We have shown that we are prepared to stand up for a free internet open to everybody.

And we have shown that the European Parliament is not a door mat.

But this is just the beginning. This is a resolution by a virtually unanimous parliament, but it is not formally binding for the Commission. If they want to ignore us, they technically can. Then we will have to fight on.

And once we do get access to the documents, the fight over the content of the agreement will begin in earnest. This was a big win, but it was only a battle. Most of the war remains.

But today, we have every reason to be happy.


Update: Unofficial consolidated version of the resolution

Press release by the Green group

Previous articles on ACTA

Andra som skriver om omröstningen: DNSvD,, Piratpartiet, Hax, Liberal och långsint, ProjO, Daniel Holm, Svensk Myndighetskontroll,

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80 kommentarer

  1. Det blir väl vänta och bida sin tid spelet som tar vid och så faller allt i 3 behandlingen.
    Förresten – skrevs det något om hyperlänkning, ingen svarar på det.

    Kommentar av Nemokrati — 10 mars 2010 @ 13:59

  2. Bravo, Christian! Du är valuta för pengarna.

    Kommentar av Robin Iversen Rönnlund — 10 mars 2010 @ 14:00

  3. Märkte att det är inte bindande för EU kommissionen. Finns det något sätt för parlamentet att faktiskt tvinga EU kommissionen att lyssna? Känns lite konstigt att enda folkvalda delen inte kan säga annat än ja eller nej till förslag.

    Annat än det jätte bra arbete och det är ett sant nöje att se att EU parlamentet börjar stå upp för deras väljare.

    Kommentar av AxMi-24 — 10 mars 2010 @ 14:08

  4. Congratulations. But as you say, the commission can just choose to ignore it. And then you will be – a doormat 🙂 I guess what differentiates the two is that one speaks up when stepped on :/

    Kommentar av H. Moltke — 10 mars 2010 @ 14:09

  5. Jag lade min röst på Piratpartiet i EU-valet. Fan vad skönt det känns idag 😀

    Kommentar av Patrik — 10 mars 2010 @ 14:11

  6. Härligt! Bra kämpat! Fortsätt så!

    Kommentar av gastlind — 10 mars 2010 @ 14:13

  7. @AxMi – Jadu, det är så EU är designat. Det är klubben där de med makt kan få mer makt…

    Det som parlamentet kan göra om kommissionen inte lyssnar är att dra dem inför EU-domstolen och hoppas på lite mer hävkraft. Däremot skulle EU som projekt förlora oerhört mycket trovärdighet om kommissionen struntar i de folkvalda.

    Kommentar av Johan — 10 mars 2010 @ 14:20

  8. ååhh, fan va fett. tungt jobbat.

    Kommentar av anon — 10 mars 2010 @ 14:26

  9. […] Christian (förstås), Hax, Liberal och långsint, ProjO, Daniel Holm, Svensk […]

    Pingback av PP i Europaparlamentet: Storseger! | Rick Falkvinge (PP) — 10 mars 2010 @ 14:26

  10. It was far between I thought something good came out of EU. That was before PP was amongst the MEPs. Tally-ho! Today is a good day to be a Pirate.

    Kommentar av Mollemand — 10 mars 2010 @ 14:26

  11. ANNM: Det är så de flesta parlament fungerar. En kommission eller regering har initiativrätt och parlamentet får säga ja eller nej och har också oftast möjligheten att avsätta kommissionen. EU-parlamentet och EU-kommissionen fungerar inte på något särskilt ovanligt sätt.

    Det som gör det krångligare är att ministerrådet också har vetorätt i många frågor.

    Kommentar av ANNM — 10 mars 2010 @ 14:27

  12. Bra jobbat, Christian och HAX! Idag känns det extra bra att vara Piratpartist.

    Men tänk att det finns 13 personer i parlamentet som inte är för öppenhet ändå…

    Kommentar av Sandra Eriksson — 10 mars 2010 @ 14:29

  13. A lot of non-swedes are reading this (being heavily RT’ed right now). Maybe a good idea to comment in English?

    Kommentar av H. Moltke — 10 mars 2010 @ 14:38

  14. @Johan: Yes, the Parliament could take the Commission to the Court, but the more direct approach is to simply strike down the final Commission proposal. The Parliament’s resolution need not have legal effect for it to have actual effect.

    As a side note, a refusal from the Commission’s or the Council’s side to allow an individual access to specific ACTA documents is, in principle, grounds for that individual to bring such a refusal before the Court of Justice. I wrote about the theoretical legitimacy of this in Swedish here:

    Kommentar av Johannes Schönning — 10 mars 2010 @ 15:01

  15. We will always have to fight for our freedom and rights, but this epic win shows that it’s not for nothing an we can actually change something.

    Greetz from Germany (i like the idea of commenting in english ;))

    Kommentar av xaos3k — 10 mars 2010 @ 15:03

  16. Congratulations!

    Kommentar av Tor M — 10 mars 2010 @ 15:05

  17. We need one country to say ”no to transparency” so that the Parliament can reject the agreement.

    Kommentar av burbit — 10 mars 2010 @ 15:32

  18. Good work!

    Kommentar av Douglas — 10 mars 2010 @ 15:51

  19. After a truly horrific day at work, this realy was just what I needed
    to brighten my day. Thank you Christian, for your absolutely tremendous
    effort to speak on our behalf!


    Kommentar av Isaksson — 10 mars 2010 @ 16:01

  20. Do you have info on who voted against, or abstained? Name + Party. Would be nice as a hall of shame list…

    Kommentar av David Weinehall — 10 mars 2010 @ 16:05

  21. So who were the 13 morons voting against it?

    Kommentar av Mark — 10 mars 2010 @ 16:06

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  23. Bara det här var värt att lägga en röst på PP för. Allt efter det här är en ren bonus!

    Det här kommer nog att ge ett skutt i medlemssiffrorna!

    Kommentar av Anders Troberg — 10 mars 2010 @ 16:39

  24. Gz, nice job. Bring more epics.

    Kommentar av joe — 10 mars 2010 @ 16:53

  25. Quite interesting to see that 8 members of the EFD group (including the two danish members) voted for the resolution, and that 8 abstained. Only nine voted against.

    But I am not really surprised about the two danish members of EFD: Messerschmidt worked for more openness in ACTA-negotiations while he was still in our local parliament. And they belong to a party that, while xenophobic, are sceptical about immaterial rights. Their party voted against the implementation of Infosoc in danish law, mostly because they do not like DRM.

    Kommentar av Ole Husgaard — 10 mars 2010 @ 17:18

  26. @Mark: The 13 morons voting against it were:
    EFD: Agnew, Andreasen, Batten, Bufton, Colman, (The Earl of) Dartmouth, Farage, Nattrass, Nuttall
    NI: Bontes, Sinclaire, Stassen, van der Stoep

    Kommentar av Ole Husgaard — 10 mars 2010 @ 17:21

  27. […] Läs också Joakim Hofvander, Andreas Froby, Hax, Christian Engström. […]

    Pingback av Acta er för parlamentet « Per pladdrar på — 10 mars 2010 @ 17:32

  28. Awesome. Thank you, Christian!

    PS. Why can’t people use Hmmmm?

    Kommentar av Rick — 10 mars 2010 @ 17:48

  29. Jag har en känsla att Piratpartiet i riksdagen kommer att åstadkomma liknande saker på nationell nivå!

    Kommentar av Hans J — 10 mars 2010 @ 18:06

  30. […] Christian Engström, Piratpartiet, Eva-Britt Svensson, Vänsterpartiet och Carl Schlyter, Miljöpartiet var alla delaktiga i författandet av resolutionen. Bra jobbat! […]

    Pingback av EU-parlamentet satte ned foten. | annarkia — 10 mars 2010 @ 18:07

  31. Awesome! Epic win indeed!

    Kommentar av Erik Levin — 10 mars 2010 @ 18:17

  32. Neither the EFD nor the non-inscrits were invited to participate in drafting the resolution, so I find it quite natural that those MEPs didn’t show overwhelming enthusiasm for it. Some of them still supported it in the final vote, perhaps from personal conviction or as an opportunist move, I can’t tell which.

    If anything, it might be interesting to know why some MEPs decided either to oppose the proposal or to abstain (a few abstentions even came from members of the GUE/NGL, PPE or S&D groups which officially supported the resolution). Given the outcome, the resolution appearantly was never in danger of not being adopted, and labelling everyone who didn’t vote yes a ”moron” isn’t really called for. The Commission will never point to that tiny opposition and try to paint a picture of the parliament being ”split” over the issue; there were even more absentees than opponents and abstainees together.

    I don’t want any MEP to vote against their own conviction merely to appease the general public, because the information revealed may influence future elections where said MEP is a candidate. If every single MEP had voted for the resolution, I would have been none the wiser with respect to their actual opinions.

    So in reality, I thank (among others) the members of the UK Independence Party for not hiding the fact that they would rather see the European Parliament remain silent on ACTA than send the amended resolution to the Commission for consideration, and likewise the members of Lega Nord for saying that they don’t care. I’m not a British nor an Italian citizen and therefore won’t be able to use their statements as a discriminator when voting in future elections, but I believe there are still a few British and Italian voters left out there who may find the information useful in their respective constituencies.

    Kommentar av Anders Andersson — 10 mars 2010 @ 18:58

  33. Great work!

    Kommentar av roppert — 10 mars 2010 @ 19:05

  34. Great work indeed. We live in interesting times.

    While this resolution is not binding for the Commission, it would have to be suicidal not to comply in some form.

    Kommentar av Johan Tjäder — 10 mars 2010 @ 19:28

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    Pingback av ACTAs för stötar… « Full Mental Straightjacket — 10 mars 2010 @ 20:02

  36. Hurro! Got meself a right fine MEP!

    Kommentar av Albert — 10 mars 2010 @ 20:40

  37. Great! 🙂

    Kommentar av David — 10 mars 2010 @ 20:45

  38. Congratulations!

    Kommentar av Koray Löker — 10 mars 2010 @ 20:52

  39. Thank you, the transparency you are fighting for over there will add fuel to the debate in my country. Canada while leaking some of the previous language is still closed about the whole deal. Hopefully once this is fully exposed as the ”Hollywood Treaty” it will shrivel in the sunshine.

    Kommentar av Bill Pickett — 10 mars 2010 @ 21:50

  40. […] Shared Epic win for transparency on ACTA. […]

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  41. […] Eva-Britt Svensson, Christian Engström, Ung […]

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  42. […] Way to go, EU. See also: [Christian Engström's talk on ACTA][talk] from the European Parliament floor. […]

    Pingback av European Parliament Demands Transparency For ACTA | Extra Future — 10 mars 2010 @ 22:31

  43. Tausend Dank für ihre Arbeit, weiter so!
    Thanks very much for your work, go on!

    Kommentar av willenlos — 10 mars 2010 @ 22:43

  44. […] Surse: Christian Engström, La Quadrature du Net, Bogdan Manolea (Cazul SWIFT) […]

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  45. […] 16 abstentions. Sweden’s PiratPartiet elected EU representative & friend-of-the-show, Christian Engström, was speaking in European Parliament plenary yestarday evening before voting on ACTA today: […]

    Pingback av Wednesday, March 10, 2010 « The Jeff Farias Show — 11 mars 2010 @ 0:27

  46. Awesome! Well done Christian & co.

    Kommentar av Anonymous — 11 mars 2010 @ 0:41

  47. […] Epic win for transparency on ACTA The European Parliament today voted on a resolution that demands transparency in the ACTA negotiations, and that the […] […]

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  48. Good work, thanks! I hope that ACTA will never be accepted or at least won’t affect our basic human rights!

    Kommentar av JK — 11 mars 2010 @ 2:31

  49. This will be interesting.

    The Obama administration has declared the ACTA negotiations classified on grounds of national security ( ). Disclosing the ACTA documents may prove to be a pickle on that account, as they are unlikely to contain anything relevant to U.S. national security, and thus bound to raise all kinds of legal problems. In that light, I anticipate the U.S. to rather disengage negotiations than disclose the ACTA documents.

    The recording industry has – most likely – been pitching their wet dream of digital rights control, under the firm belief of total confidentiality. The point being that the outcome of the treaty might be strict, but not reveal the actual author of its different parts. A disclosure would put names on the offensive parts, revealing the ugly sinister face of each of their organizations. Bad publicity in other words. With the EP threatening to veto any of their actual wishes for internet control, they are likely to choose the back door, rather than flogging a dead horse in full public.

    This would remove the driving force from the ACTA treaty, and render it limb.

    Call it wishful thinking, but those are my reasons for believing that ACTA is dead, rather than the negotiations made public. Too many people would rather give up than being exposed red-handed.

    What is left in my mind is the bill for the whole show. We the ‘consumers’ of culture pay the bill for the recording industry. We the tax-payers pay our MEPs as we pay our EU Commissioners and ACTA delegates to part fight for our rights, part insist on destroying our democracy. What a depressing thought.

    I hope you enjoyed the show.

    Kommentar av Mollemand — 11 mars 2010 @ 9:26

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  51. It was a nice but rather symbolic win.

    I suppose the Commission and the Council will seek the fight, trying to check how the EP when it isn’t about non-binding resolutions…

    Kommentar av Julien Frisch — 11 mars 2010 @ 9:57

  52. @51 Julien Frisch:

    As the EP has veto rights in the ACTA amendment by powers of the Lisbon treaty, this is not a hollow threat. The message is clear: EP will not suffer the Commission in getting off with any more of its anti-democratic nonsense. The commission will have to play ball on this one, or suffer the consequences. They may take it to court, but they will loose. This is not idle threats. Eight of the thirteen MEPs voting against, did so on the account of not being included in the referendum negotiations. The parliament stands as united as it has ever been seen. This is not just for show, this is business.

    Kommentar av Mollemand — 11 mars 2010 @ 10:31

  53. sorry, I naturally meant @52 Julien Frisch

    Kommentar av Mollemand — 11 mars 2010 @ 10:35

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  55. @52 Julien Frisch … once more

    The EU Commission and the Council will never take the EP to court on this, as it would ensure the disclosure of the ACTA documents. Those documents would put a fire-cracker under the chair of the U.S. government. The whores of the U.S. would never venture that.

    Kommentar av Mollemand — 11 mars 2010 @ 13:24

  56. Here is how each MEP voted on ACTA:

    Kommentar av — 11 mars 2010 @ 16:52

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  59. ‘I’m not a British nor an Italian citizen and therefore won’t be able to use their statements as a discriminator when voting in future elections, but I believe there are still a few British and Italian voters left out there who may find the information useful in their respective constituencies.’

    I am British and I have cancelled my UKIP subscription and will not be voting for them in any future elections. They lost my support the second they voted for this monstrosity of a treaty.

    Kommentar av Merry — 11 mars 2010 @ 21:44

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  63. Epic win!?

    Where are the official documents then?

    The game is on until the documents are released. You gained position on one front, but it is not a win. Nowhere near in fact.

    Kommentar av W — 13 mars 2010 @ 4:17

  64. […] partihönsgårdarna om inte lilla (nummerärt) PP pekat? Senaste exemplet, i en betydande rad, är ACTA-diskussionen i EU-parlamentet. Nördarna rotar fram hemlighållna (obs inte hemliga) dokument och […]

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  65. Wow, this is fantastic – great job! Now, get out the big guns. 😛

    Kommentar av Nea — 13 mars 2010 @ 14:15

  66. Well done!!!

    Kommentar av vasistas — 13 mars 2010 @ 19:51

  67. Missa inte – transgenusmotorn polisanmäld!

    Kommentar av Tanja Bergkvist — 15 mars 2010 @ 14:36

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  73. A unanimous vote in the government? Why can the U.S.A. act like this? Why does everything have to be about political affiliations……….

    Kommentar av Gary — 13 april 2010 @ 3:21

  74. Transparency in government is so important.

    Kommentar av John — 14 oktober 2010 @ 17:43

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  77. I am wonder for seeing this post.It was so much necessary.At last i have got it !!!!!!.

    Kommentar av iberico ham — 17 januari 2012 @ 11:47

  78. […] Det ska bli ytterst intressant att läsa vad denna vidrighet till “handelsavtal” egentligen innehåller, såvida inte ACTA-folket försöker sig på några dumheter. Men nåja, då får vi ta till domstol, precis som Christian Engström säger. […]

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