Help sign the Written Declaration 12/2010 about ACTA
5 minutes to help the European Parliament reject ACTA!
The Written declaration 12/2010 was tabled by the Members of European Parliament Castex, Roithova, Alvaro and Lambrinidis. It opposes the ACTA by declaring that the negociated agreement must respect freedom of expression, privacy and Net neutrality (by protecting Internet actors against excessive legal liability). It calls on the Commission to publish all the texts under negociation.
There are now three months to collect signatures of half the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). It will then become an official position of the European Parliament. The more signature will be collected, the stronger the political value of the signed declaration will be.
Inside or outside the Parliament, every European citizen can participate to this endeavour!
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Signatures are open from March 8th 2010 and for a period of 3 months.
From Mar 8th to Mar 11th, call the offices in Strasbourg!
This timeframe includes 4 plenary sessions, when all the MEPs will be present in Strasbourg:
- Week from Mar 8th to Mar 11th
- Week from Apr 19th to Apr 22nd
- Week from May 17th to May 20th
- Week from Jun 14th to Jun 17th
It also includes the regular Brussels activity, including 2 "mini-plenaries" on March 25th and May 5th.
If you are available to help collect the signatures during the plenaries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
All the Members of the European Parliament can sign this declaration. The more the better.
- Target MEPs from your country. Write to them and call them presenting yourself and stating your nationality.
- Target MEPs from all political groups. Do not hesitate to invoke the names of the initial signatories from their political group (Mrs Roithova for the EPP, Mr Lambrinidis and Mrs Castex for the S&D, Mr Alvaro for the ALDE group).
You can report back your contact, whether it was successful or not to email@example.com
- MEPs receive hundreds of mails per day, so sending an email, even if important, has very little weight.
- A phonecall has much more impact, because it gets your correspondent's attention.
- The ideal is to send an email, then call. You can start by asking "(Hello my name is XY and I live in Z) I just sent you an email, have you read it? No? Let me tell you about it... ".
- Always refer to the written declaration as "Written Declaration 12/2010 by MEPs Alvaro, Castex, Lambrinidis, Roithova".
- Always be polite. Your interlocutor probably doesn't know much about ACTA and manages many topics in parallel, but has a good capacity of understanding.
You can convince the MEPs to sign the Written Declaration 12/2010 with the following arguments:
- It was signed by MEPs Roithova (EPP), Castex and Alvarao (S&D) and Alvaro (ALDE)
- It is a clear signal to send to the EU citizens that the European Parliament is here to protect their rights
- It is a strong message sent by the Parliament to the Commission that they cannot circumvent democratic process
- It allows to each signatory MEP to show his commitment towards protecting citizens rights
- It is a simple text that makes a very clear statement.
- It recalls general principles of the EU: protection of fundamental rights, competency of the Parliament for matters related to Copyright, transparency.
- ACTA is seeking to increase Internet actors liability for the counterfeiting done by their users. It is extremely dangerous and would turn them, in order to avoid legal risk, into private police and justice auxiliaries, determining which content must be removed/filtered/blocked and restricting access.