As was recently reported
it came as no big surprise that the European Parliament rejected the
Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. However, according to Canadian academic Michael
, in addition to referring the question of ACTA's compatibility with
fundamental rights to the CJEU, there are also plans to use the Canada - EU
Trade Agreement (CETA) to implement ACTA.
CETA is a free trade agreement currently in the final stages of
negotiation. It aims to eliminate most tariffs between Canada and the EU in
addition to changing non-trade related government policies that affect business
profits, including differences in intellectual property laws.
The intellectual property chapter of CETA
apparently directly reproduces ACTA, and many of ACTA's enforcement provisions
will also be included in CETA. It is also possible that the criminal
enforcement and co-operation provisions found in ACTA could find their way into
CETA. The idea seems to be that once CETA is agreed there will be an argument
that ACTA should be passed as the principles in ACTA which have proved so
unpopular will already have been approved.
Michael Geist has said that "The
backdoor ACTA approach creates enormous risks for Canada's trade ambitions.
Given the huge anti-ACTA movement, the Canada – EU trade deal could face
widespread European opposition with CETA becoming swept up in similar protests."
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