The European Peoples Party wants to wash its hands in innocence. Yesterday, Monday 2 July, the EPP tweeded:
“EPP Group @EPPGroup
#EPP will ask during tomorrow’s debate on #ACTA for a postponement of the vote until we have ECJ’s ruling.”
The EPP is afraid of a political vote. Postponement would be a wrong approach. The Court’s test is a marginal one on fundamental rights. The Parliament’s committees also looked at broader issues, like innovation and access to medicine. The Parliament has to take a political decision.
So before the vote on ACTA there will be a vote on postponement of the vote. But it seems that the vote on postponement can not take place on Tuesday, because of Rule of Procedure 177 (24 hour rule).
Make sure the ACTA vote continues on Wednesday, contact your MEP!
Just before this happened, the European Parliament Tabling Service was about to publish the indicative voting list for the vote on ACTA here.
The vote on ACTA is to be a roll call vote on ACTA itself, (not on the INTA report).
A straight vote, in favour or against ACTA, no amendments.
That is, if the vote isn’t postponed…
Debate: Tuesday 15.00,
Watch it live:
EP video streams:
alternative stream, original language:
alternative stream, English:
mms://livewms.europarl.europa.eu/reflector:56235 – aid 3
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Second alternative stream: