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Originally posted on Christian Engström, Pirat:
This week a number of committees in the European Parliament will debate ACTA and vote on opinions that recommend if the parliament should give its consent to the agreement or not.
The final decision on ACTA will be taken by the full parliament in a vote that is currently scheduled for the beginning of July (but which may be moved), so the opinions of the various committees are not formally binding in themselves. They are, however, an important indication about the possible majority in the vote in plenary, and the outcome of the committee opinions will influence the political debate in the parliament leading up to the final vote.
The committees that are about to decide on opinions are (from the Act-on-Acta campaign page):
ITRE (Industry, Research and Energy)
Thursday May 31: vote on…
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