Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) referred to the EU highest court
The European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement to the European Court of Justice for legal guidance on whether it may be in contradiction with the EU fundamental rights. Due to the concerns that the announced framing of the Commission’s referral text is narrow and legalistic in nature, European Parliament is also considering referring question on ACTA legality to ECJ.
The European Commission and the European Council have already approved ACTA. The European Parliament is still in progress of debates on it. A number of member states have suspended ratification of the treaty due to public protests.
This EC decision means that ACTA’s ratification will be significantly delayed.