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Economy Minister blocks ratification of ACTA

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Daniels Pavluts, Economy Minister of Latvia

The Economy Minister Daniels Pavluts has decided to block the ratification of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which has caused wide protests in the society.

On Wednesday, February 8, the Minister announced that he made the decision taking into account the mood of various groups of the society, as well as worries of several experts about the possibility of ACTA implementation in Latvia.

He thinks that it is already too late for a proactive and timely explanation of what ACTA really means. So now there is no rush with its ratification in the Parliament. “First we need a constructive and reasoned dialogue and a discussion with all the interested parties,” he says.

Pavļuts is set to ask the Ombudsman as well as other concerned ministries to provide a detailed explanation and analysis of the ACTA and its potential impact on the Latvian legislative framework for intellectual property rights, copyright law, human rights and fundamental freedoms.

“Despite the fact that the ACTA agreement took several years to be developed, still a number of community groups have raised concern, reflecting the public distrust in the state power and its organs. Such an attitude towards the government has developed in the recent years, because of the lack of a genuine dialogue between the power and the society. Restoring this confidence is a new task for the government,” Pavluts says.

He thinks that although it is too late for proactive discussions and the government has already signed the ACTA agreement, Latvia still can explain and discuss it and its impact on the Latvian population. “It is important to ensure that all parties are represented in the future discussions.”

The Minister stresses that the ACTA is not yet here – it will come into force in the European Union (EU) only after all member states sign and ratify it.

Several parliamentary committees have already started discussions. The Economy Ministry will also organize a debate on the Internet.

Pavļuts reminds that the ACTA was created in order to limit spreading of counterfeit goods in Europe. It causes annual losses of several billion dollars. Also Latvian companies whose products and patents are stolen for commercial purposes are among the sufferers.

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  1. made in latvia says:

    stupid! :(

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  2. Roland Orre says:

    Finally someone in the political arean who is sane❣

    The more of these stupid agreements agreed upon,
    the larger the mess will become when we need to
    clean up this society so it can start working
    in a sane way again❣

    No to ACTA, no to SOPA/PIPA, no to lots of other
    reality weirding proposals ordered by insane
    people for insane people❣

    Thanks Latvia ♡♡♡
    Roland Orre
    CEO/Chairman Wish-IT®, Wish Innovation Technologies ®

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  3. Maedhros says:

    Finally some good news from government side.

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