Bulgaria halts ACTA ratification

Bulgaria halts ACTA ratification


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Bulgaria has become the sixth country to refuse to ratify the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

Bulgaria’s Economy and Energy Minister Traicho Traikov said Bulgaria will not ratify ACTA until member states manage to find a joint position.

Decision came after thousands marched in anti-ACTA protest in the capital Sofia and 16 other cities.

Traikov said he is not optimistic about helping the industry that has not adapted to digital age through sanctions instead of mechanisms of the market economy. “Authors’ copyright should not be placed above human rights,” he said.

ACTA was initially signed in October 2011 by Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the US and on 26 January, the EU and 22 member states joined the agreement.

Five EU countries – Cyprus, Estonia, Germany, Netherlands and Slovakia – decided not to sign the agreement in the first place.

Bulgaria is the latest in the series of countries which changed their mind about ACTA after street protesters and online activists sparked public outrage about provisions impeding freedom of internet.

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