Image: Ministers Traikov and Rashidov talking to each other during the parliamentary hearing on ACTA. By Konstantin Pavlov – Komitata
This very act
managed to attract great interest in the public
and to cause a huge societal debate.
The hearing occurred yesterday and was well visited by right holders´ organisations as well as by representatives of the non-governmental sector and the civil society in general. Being one of the latter, I attended the hearing too.
Needless to say that while
the Bulgarian right holders´ organisations endorse ACTA
the representatives of the civil society are more or less strictly against it.
By the way, I made big efforts to broadcast the hearing on Twitter and you might want to visit my stream, in order to see who has said what in greater detail.
My impression from yesterday´s event is that GERB – Bulgaria´s currently ruling party – endorses the trade agreement too and is willing to execute the necessary parliamentary ratification.
By the same token, however, the government is aware of the
public animosity towards ACTA
and is ready to make the ratification conditional upon some reservations mainly with respect to the digital enforcement.
I hope that yesterday´s hearing was just the beginning and that many others will follow. I might get the chance to participate in a working party to deliver an expert opinion to the Parliament, but shall in any case remain focused on the matter and make information available on that blog!