ACTA Now Frozen in Slovenia, Too

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | March 15, 2012, Thursday // 20:32
Bulgaria: ACTA Now Frozen in Slovenia, Too Protesters carry banners as they gather in downtown Sofia to protest the controversial international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), in Sofia, Bulgaria, 11 February 2012.EPA/BGNES

Slovenia's new center-right government has suspended the ratification of the controversial ACTA trade agreement until the EU reaches a stance on the issue.

"We have decided to freeze the ratification since the debate on ACTA is continuing within the European Union," government spokesman Anze Logar told journalists on Thursday.

"It would be senseless to prejudge the outcome of that debate," he added.

In January, Slovenia's former center-government signed the agreement in Tokyo together with 21 other EU member states and 10 other countries, including the US, Japan, Canada, Australia and South Korea.

Slovenia's ambassador to Japan, Helena Drnovek Zorko, officially apologized for signing the agreement in early February.

Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania have also said they would not ratify ACTA.

ACTA, abbreviation for Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, mandates that signatory countries implement legislation to criminalize certain types of downloading content such as music and movies, from sites not sanctioned by rights owners, such as torrent trackers.

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