European Commission Refers ACTA to the European Court of Justice

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will get a judicial review in Europe's highest court, according to the Wall Street Journal (registration required). The European Commission has asked the European Court of Justice – the highest court in Europe, to review the treaty and make sure that it is compatible with current European treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

"The Court's opinion is vital to respond to the wide-ranging concerns voiced by people across Europe on whether ACTA harms our fundamental rights in any way," said John Clancy, the spokesman for EU trade commissioner Karel de Gucht. "We now look forward to Europe's top court to independently clarifying the legality of this agreement."

Source: Wall Street Journal (registration required)

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