Canada Reiterates Position on Transparency of ACTA Text
As published in the March 17 issue of Canada's Embassy newspaper, Canada reiterates its position in support of transparency in the ongoing Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiations.
"An official from Trade Minister Peter Van Loan's office said the government is ready to lift the veil of secrecy, but pointed out it cannot do so by itself.
'Canada supports the release of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement text at the earliest possible opportunity,' the official said in an email. "Canada cannot release the negotiating text until there is consensus to do so among the [ACTA] partners.'"
The next round of ACTA talks takes place in April, in New Zealand. Following the European Parliament's recent resolution criticizing a lack of transparency, among other concerns, this statement from the Trade Minister lends further support to a new approach in regard to the ongoing international negotiations.