PM Boc doesn’t know the circumstances in which Romania adopted ACTA


PM Emil Boc said, on Saturday, that, for the moment, he did not hold any information on the circumstances in which Romania had adopted the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), Realitatea.net informs. PSD President Victor Ponta is asking the government to publicly explain why it had signed ACTA on behalf of Romania without a prior public debate and notes that, when it goes to power, USL will suspend the enforcement of the Agreement until a dialogue with the civil society is fulfilled, he notes on his Facebook account.

Twenty-two EU member states including Romania signed the Agreement last Thursday. Apart from those states, the Agreement had been also signed by Great Britain, USA, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea. Kader Arif, the European Parliament’s rapporteur resigned over the issue on Friday. He said he had witnessed “never-before-seen manoeuvres” by officials preparing the treaty, BBC reports.

The Anonymous Group on Friday addressed a second message to Romanians, amidst the protests affecting the country for two weeks, warning about the ACTA instrument which, hackers claim, will limit the freedom of expression and will be a first step towards dictatorship on the internet, according to Mediafax. ‘You should know that, apart from video games, movies and entertainment in general, there are important things that bring people together: communication. With the signing of ACTA, the right to give and receive information has been taken away,’ Anonymous warns, claiming it is not a group or an organisation, but ‘all those people who fight against economic and monetary slavery.’

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