Bulgaria freezes ratification of ACTA
Feb 14, 2012, 12:43 GMT
Sofia - Bulgaria will freeze the ratification of a controversial international copyright treaty until the European Union agrees to a joint position, Economy Minister Traicho Traikov said Tuesday.
'We will not take any action, including the ratification of the (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) ACTA, until other EU countries clarify their position,' he told BTA news agency.
The decision came after thousands of Bulgarians joined Europe-wide protests against ACTA on Saturday, while Germany and Poland have taken similar steps.
The protesters said that, by aiming to curb piracy of copyrighted property, ACTA would undermine freedom on the internet.