According to a Fox News report a top European Union official is implying that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will not be ratified by the European Union this summer.
"We are now likely to be in a world without SOPA and without ACTA," European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes said in a speech on Friday in Berlin, Germany.
Ryan Heath, a spokesmen for Kroes added that the European Commission has not changed its position on the treaty and continues to work toward ultimate ratification. Kroes remarks, he says, show that the European Commission Vice President was simply "observing political reality" in her speech.
ACTA faces an uphill battle when and if it finally does come to a vote before the full European Parliament this summer. You may recall that in mid-April that British MEP David Martin, the Rapporteur for ACTA, announced that he would recommend that the treaty be rejected. Add to that protests in many European Union member countries and the loss of political will to support it among member countries, and you have the makings for a grand defeat of the treaty when it does finally come up for a vote…
Source: Fox News