The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

6 Mar 2012 11:00
6 Mar 2012 13:00

The Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in cooperation with IBBT-SMIT, kindly invites you to attend the upcoming Policy Forum on March 6th with:

  • Mr Carl Schlyter, Member of the European Parliament
  • Mr Benoît Lory, Policy Officer at the European Commission - DG Trade
  • Mr Joe McNamee, Advocacy Coordinator at EDRI - European Digital Rights
  • Mr Burak Özgen, Senior Legal Advisor at GESAC - European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers
  • Mr Harri Kalimo, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for European Studies (Chair)

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) deals with the international coordination of intellectual property rights enforcement. On January 26th, 2012, the EU and twenty-two of its member states signed the trade agreement. For the European Union to ratify ACTA, however, consent is needed from the European Parliament. MEP Kader Arif resigned as European Parliament rapporteur of the trade agreement and argued that the ACTA negotiations lack transparency. Across Europe there have been waves of protest by citizens who see ACTA as promoting Internet censorship and monitoring, whereas supporters of ACTA have contended that large-scale infringements of intellectual property rights threaten the competitiveness of our economy. In this Policy Forum, four experts will debate ACTA and the implications of ratification by the EU. There will also be an opportunity for questions from the audience.

Registration & Venue

Participation is free of charge and open to all but, due to space limitations, registration is required. To register, please send an e-mail to

The programme starts at 11:00, followed by a lunch reception at 12:45.


Institute for European Studies
Karel Van Miert Building
Conference Room Rome & Lisbon
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Brussels
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