The European parliament is discussing ACTA in commitee today and the next couple of days.
Some of it will be televised. Micheal Geist is there.
(note: europe is 6 hours ahead of us)
here is the programme:
WORKSHOP The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)
Brussels Jozsef Antall Building Room JAN 4Q2 Thursday, 1 March 2012 (15.00-18.30)
Welcome and introduction to the workshop by INTA Chairman Prof. Vital MOREIRA
Panel 1: A comprehensive assessment of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and the EU IPR protection and enforcement-related trade policies.
Mr Karel DE GUCHT, EU Commissioner for Trade
Dr Michael GEIST, University of Ottawa Prof.
Christophe GEIGER, CEIPI, University of Strasbourg
Panel 2: Presentation of the European Parliaments External Study entitled The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Policy Department, 2011)
Prof. Anselm Kamperman SANDERS, Maastricht University Prof.
Dalindyebo SHABALALA, Maastricht University
The presentation will be followed by comments from the European Commission represented by
Mr Pedro VELASCO MARTINS, Deputy Head of Unit, DG TRADE (B-3)
Panel 3: Specific aspects of ACTA
The EU acquis and ACTA: Are civil liberties under threat? - What will be the likely impact of ACTA on EU Member States national legislation on IPR enforcement?
Dr Olivier VRINS, partner, ALTIUS Lawyers
Mr Rupert SCHLEGELMILCH, EC, Director, DG TRADE (B)